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Why can't my pet see the same veterinarian/veterinary technician each time we visit?

We make every effort to accommodate our clients' requests. However, there may be circumstances that prevent a certain veterinary team member from being available during your pet's visit. Scheduling conflicts, emergency situations, and vacation schedules all play a role in their availability. Please feel free to ask for a specific veterinarian or veterinary technician when you schedule your appointment, and we will do our best to facilitate your request. However, please be understanding if we can't. All of our team members are highly skilled professionals who look forward to your pet's visit.

Why is my veterinarian referring my pet to a specialist?

Our top priority is to make sure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and best possible outcome. This is why we sometimes make the decision to refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Our veterinarians make every effort to stay current and skilled in many aspects of animal health, providing comprehensive care for your pet. However, board-certified specialists have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. Specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centers have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely undertaken by general practitioners.

Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care and rehabilitation.

Can I call and have you fax a copy of my pet's rabies certificate and proof of vaccinations to the kennel where my pet will be staying?

We'd be happy to send proof of vaccination to your pet's boarding facility or groomer. Just let us know the fax number.

If my pet's problem doesn't get better, can I get a refund for his/her veterinary care?

Unfortunately, we can't offer refunds for veterinary care. Our fees cover the cost of examining, testing, diagnosing, and treating your pet.

Not all health problems have a straightforward solution. Some may be chronic, requiring a long-term management plan; others may be more difficult to diagnose or may involve several causes. A cure may not always be possible, and treatment may be ongoing. Your veterinary team will do everything they can to find answers and continue to help your pet.

What precautions/measures do you take so my pet doesn't feel pain related to surgery/injury/infection/chronic disease?

At Lockridge Animal Hospital, your pet's comfort is a priority for us. Using our knowledge of pain medication and pain relief strategies, we do everything we can to prevent and manage your pet's pain under all circumstances. We will tailor a pain management plan to your pet's medical condition and individual needs.

We also offer veterinary laser therapy, which can help control pain in some pets.

I'm worried about my pet's upcoming surgical procedure. What do you do to help ensure your patients' safety during surgery?

Our veterinary team takes every precaution so that your pet receives the highest-quality care. We perform a physical exam and preanesthetic testing before surgery and monitor your pet during surgery. During the procedure, a veterinary technician will continually assess your pet's heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, temperature and other vital signs to help prevent anesthetic complications. The veterinary technician will then remain with your pet through recovery to ensure his or her comfort and safety. We also provide appropriate pain medication to keep your pet comfortable during recovery.

I think my pet ate something that's making him/her sick, and he/she has lost consciousness/is having seizures/trouble breathing. What should I do?

During normal business hours, bring your pet in immediately. Call us right before you leave or while you're on your way to help us prepare for the situation.

If your pet gets sick outside our normal hours, take your pet immediately to an emergency veterinary clinic.

I think my pet ate something that could be poisonous, but he/she seems fine. What should I do?

Don't panic, but call us right away. If it's outside our normal business hours, please call the Animal Emergency Center of Manchester at 603-666-6677. They are located at 336 Abby Road Manchester, NH, just south of the Mall of New Hampshire. If your pet is not showing any adverse symptoms, you can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. You may be charged a consultation fee.

I think my pet ate something that could be poisonous, but he/she seems fine. What should I do?

Don't panic, but call us right away. If it's outside our normal business hours, please call the Animal Emergency Center of Manchester at 603-666-6677. They are located at 336 Abby Road Manchester, NH, just south of the Mall of New Hampshire. If your pet is not showing any adverse symptoms, you can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. You may be charged a consultation fee.

I think something's wrong with my pet. Can I call you and have a veterinarian give me a diagnosis over the phone?

Veterinarians can't diagnose over the phone. Besides being unethical and illegal, diagnosing by phone doesn't allow veterinarians to physically examine a pet. A physical exam is necessary so your veterinarian can provide an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. Treating a pet for the wrong disease or condition will cost more in the end and could be harmful or even deadly to your pet.