Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital

42902 Waxpool Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4525

(703)723-1017

www.streamvalleyvet.com

A Good Medical Clinician is...
 
...a lot of things!  That means that picking a good veterinarian can be just as difficult as finding your own family doctor or dentist.  To be comfortable with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), you have to find the right fit in terms of personality and medical philosophy, among other things.
            As you may or may not know, the Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital motto is "Modern Medicine, Hometown Hospitality."  In practice, our doctors strive to live up to these words in many ways.  For example, we know the value of simply listening to our clients.  We want you to feel free to voice any questions or concerns that you have. Then, once we hear your concerns, we like to work with you to formulate treatment plans.  This gives both the doctor and the pet "parent" a sense of direction and purpose.  We want to reduce instances of the unexpected, both in terms of treatment choices and money spent.  With these plans, we're always happy to accommodate requests for estimates, giving our clients--in writing--proposals of treatment options and costs.

            A good clinician also attempts to monitor the limits of a situation, whether that is the stress boundaries of the pet and client, the restrictions of his or her hospital's tools and equipment, or the extent of specialized treatment he or she can offer.  A DVM needs to consider the choices that make the best sense for any particular family.  That may mean foregoing certain treatment for financial or other personal reasons, or that may mean referring to another specialty practice for advanced care.  Doctors need to stay up to date on what specialty services are available, who can accomplish necessary treatment plans, and how to keep up strong relationships for referrals.  Just as we may visit an orthopedist or a cardiologist for more focused treatments than our family doctor can offer, our pets can have these options, too--as long as the family vet helps us keep those avenues open. 

            Of course, there are other characteristics that you may look for in your family veterinarian, and you may value certain traits over others.  Any "good" doctor should be willing to let you make those standards clear from the very beginning.  The bottom line is that you have to be able to trust your doctor when seeking care for any member of your family.

 
 
 
Where is my Money Going?
            You notice that your dog or cat has developed bad breath, and that the tartar build-up is getting harder and harder to scrub off with a toothbrush or dental chew.  So, it's time for a professional dental cleaning at the vet!  If you ask your vet for an estimate for this service, here is what it might look like:

 

Pre-surgical exam               $30
Pre-anesthetic screen        $48
Hematocrit                            $20
Coag (PT/APTT)                   $45
IV Catheter Placement       $40
Fluid Therapy/BP support $20
General Anesthesia            $120
Dental Prophy                      $75
Ampicillin IV, IM, or SQ        $25
Dental Radiographs           $90
Flurofoam/Oravet app         $40
Treatment Misc.                   $100
Medication Misc.                  $75
Homecare Samples           $0
Homecare Toothbrush kit $12
Microchip & Registration    $60
 
Estimate total (approx) $800

So how do you decipher what this estimate offers you?  According to this general and routine-looking plan, in addition to the pre-surgical exam, this veterinarian will run pre-anesthetic blood work to ensure that the pet's organs can process and filter out the anesthesia product, to look for signs of illness or infection, and?in the event that extractions are necessary?to check for bleeding or coagulation problems.  The staff will also place an intravenous catheter so that the pet can receive fluids to support blood pressure while under anesthesia.  An antibiotic injection will help protect your pet from bacteria released during the cleaning, or "prophy." Then, just like at our own dental visits, the pet will have full-mouth x-rays and fluoride treatment.  This vet has also provided miscellaneous room for possible extractions, antibiotics, or pain medication to go home.  You'll be offered free samples of homecare products, along with a toothbrush and paste kit.  Finally, this anesthetic event presents a great opportunity to microchip your pet; the needle used to implant the chip is rather large, so it is much easier to do so when your pet is sleeping and can't feel it! For a more personalized treatment plan, call Stream Valley and schedule your pet's dental exam and evaluation today!

 
 
 
 
Is your Dog Protected?
 
Most of our dogs have access to outdoor spaces where wildlife may leave "presents," where rain water may accumulate in puddles, or where stream or pond water collects. This means that our dogs may be at risk for infection from a bacteria called leptospirosis, or lepto for short. Lepto, spread through an infected animal's urine, is a zoonotic disease,  or an illness that people and pets can share, including symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and bloody urine. Unfortunately, this bacterial infection is potentially fatal; however, a preventive vaccine can help stop the spread of lepto. It is a yearly vaccine, so check with your vet to make sure that your dog is up-to-date and protected!
 

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