The ER consultation fee is no more expensive than consultation fees of other departments within MissionVet. Fees associated with a given category are equal across all departments (e.g. hospitalization, medications, and diagnostics).
When you arrive you will be directed to speak with one of our emergency technicians. They will first ask you a few questions about your pet and will later bring him/her to the back for our doctors to perform a physical exam.
When the ER is busy, your pet will be seen on the basis of need. A triage technician and ER doctor will make an initial assessment of your pet’s needs within minutes of your arrival. Pets that are experiencing emergencies and need immediate attention will take priority. If all of our current patients are equally stable, they are seen in order of arrival. If other pets are being seen before yours, this is good news as it means your pet is not as sick as some of our other patients.
Our excellent and experienced emergency doctors or critical care specialist will personally perform a physical exam on your pet. They will also be sure to come out and speak with you afterwards with an initial diagnosis.
We have veterinarians and technicians available in the hospital 24/7, 365 days a year. Your pets are always being looked after and cared for while they are in our care.
Our patients are walked regularly. We have areas surrounding the hospital that allow for seamless transition from inside care to bathroom breaks and appropriate exercise outside. Typically, our patients on IV fluids are walked at least every 4-6 hours.
We encourage visiting with your pet while (s)he is in the hospital and always do our best to accommodate those who wish to do so. Your pet misses you as much as you miss him/her! We do ask that you discuss a visit with your doctor or call ahead to arrange a time so that we can best accommodate you.
It is helpful to bring your pet’s food and medicine while (s)he is in the hospital. If you do choose to bring personal items, we recommend not bringing anything of sentimental value. We have plenty of comfortable bedding here, so there is no need to bring your own. Please understand that if any items become soiled, they will go into our laundry and we cannot guarantee their return to you. We also suggest asking your veterinarian prior to bringing any toys to make sure that they won’t interfere with your pet’s treatment.
Your veterinarian receives regular updates from our emergency/critical care doctors during hospitalization. Our goal is to work closely with your veterinarian to ensure seamless care for your pets while they are at MissionVet. Your primary veterinarian will receive the details regarding our physical exam, any diagnostic tests performed with the results, and the recommended treatment plan.
Here at MissionVet, we understand that medical costs can be extremely difficult, especially when they are unexpected. Should you choose to do so, you may apply for CareCredit or Wells Fargo. This is a healthcare credit card designed for payment of your veterinary needs. It is a way to pay for the costs of treatments and procedures in manageable monthly increments. Please talk to your doctor or a member of our client services team at reception to learn more.