FAQs Companion Veterinary Hospital in Lacey, WA
There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to our most common questions.
How long has Companion Veterinary Hospital been in business? And why should I bring my pet to you?
So far, it’s working! We are currently the highest rated Lacey veterinary hospital on Google+. Come see why Lacey loves Companion Veterinary Hospital. We look forward to meeting you! Give us a call at 360-455-8090.
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How do I know if I should have the doctor examine my pet?
1) Changes in energy level or eating habits
2) Changes in eating habits
3) Signs of pain or other discomfort
If you notice any of the above, we recommend a physical examination for your pet. If you feel that something’s not quite right, we trust your judgment. For your own peace of mind, we often recommend visiting with the doctor even in the absence of obvious symptoms. After all, you know your pet best!
What do I do if I have an emergency?
During our regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8AM to 6PM), give us a call at 360-455-8090. We can usually accommodate emergencies, especially if your pet is currently a patient of ours. Outside of business hours, or in situations where your pet’s life is in imminent danger, Companion Veterinary Hospital recommends that you go directly to a critical care facility for 24 hours care an access to specialists, if either becomes necessary. The nearest such facilities are:
BLUEPEARL VETERINARY PARTNERS
5608 South Durango
Tacoma, WA 98409
SUMMIT VETERINARY REFERRAL CENTER
2505 South 80th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409
OLYMPIA PET EMERGENCY
4441 Pacific Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503
How much does (insert procedure here) cost?
Where it gets tricky is when a procedure is hard to predict. This includes most surgeries (including spays and neuters for pets over six months old) and other anesthetic procedures (growth removals and teeth cleaning, for example). In these cases, we can give a firm estimate only after examining your pet. Please call 455-8090 to set up a time to meet with the veterinarian, who will help you determine the most appropriate health plan for your pet.
In which circumstances do I need to schedule an examination (``office call``)?
As long as your pet does not have new concerns that need to be addressed by the doctor, and as long as your pet has been seen by the veterinarian within the past year, we can generally perform procedures such as vaccination, nail trims, anal gland expressions, ear cleanings, baths, and blood draws without an examination fee.
In most cases, as in human medicine, when you visit the veterinarian for a new health concern, she will provide a Consultation and Examination. In rare instances (such as a follow-up on a previously addressed health issue), the doctor will conduct a Progress Evaluation.
We can generally refill medication (with refills left on a valid prescription) without requiring a new exam as long as your pet has been seen by the doctor within the past year. However, for medication with dosage based on patient weight or other fluctuating factors, an exam or Progress Evaluation may be required before refilling is approved.
Please call us at 455-8090 for details on your pet’s particular health needs.