Large Animal Clinic - FAQ's

My veterinarian suggested that I should bring my pet to UC Davis. How should I make an appointment?

Your veterinarian can call the internal medicine service to make an appointment or to speak one of the doctors about the need for your pet to be seen at our hospital. You may also make an appointment directly by calling 530-752-1393.

Can I speak to the doctor before my appointment?

Animals that are seen through the internal medicine service often have very complex problems that require communication among multiple doctors. It is not possible to obtain a diagnosis over the phone and we must fully evaluate your pet before offering advice. After we have seen your pet, we are more than happy to discuss issues over the phone.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?

Your veterinarian will prepare a referral letter describing your pet's problem results of previous tests, and response to treatment. You should bring any paperwork, medical records, and x-rays with you to your appointment.

Will a student perform procedures on my pet?

The VMTH is a teaching hospital; therefore, you should expect that veterinary students will be involved to a variable extent in the evaluation and treatment of your animal at our facility. The experience our students gain by being involved in the care of client-owned animals constitutes an essential component of the clinical training that will prepare them to become excellent veterinarians who will serve the needs of animal owners in the future. Our students do not, however, perform procedures or make patient care decisions independently. Rather, they function as part of a team under the close supervision of faculty, resident veterinarians, animal health technicians, and nurses.

How long will my appointment take?

At your appointment, you will be greeted initially by a student, who will take a history and perform a physical examination. Please give any information from your veterinarian to the student when you enter the room. When the student has finished their examination, they will consult with the doctor assigned to your case and develop a diagnostic plan. Your doctor will then review your pet's physical examination and discuss our recommendations. Any tests that can be performed on the day of your appointment will be performed later in the day. Some tests will require hospitalization. You should anticipate to spend at least 2 hours at the clinic for your appointment, and it might be necessary for your pet to spend 1 or more days with us.

What should I do if I can't reach my petts doctor at UC Davis?

In the event of an emergency or a situation requiring urgent care, we recommend that you contact your local veterinarian or emergency service, or call the emergency department at UC DAVIS.

How can I get copies of my records?

Contact the front desk.

How can I get a refill on a prescription?

When you call the hospital, select the option to refill prescriptions. The pharmacy will contact your doctor if there is any question about refills.

What are the most common signs of respiratory disease?

Cough, difficulty breathing, lack of ability to exercise, loud breathing, nasal discharge, sneezing, and snoring are all signs of respiratory disease.

What types of procedures might be required to diagnose my pet's respiratory problem?

Respiratory endoscopy is a common tool that is used to evaluate animals with cough, sneeze, nasal discharge, noisy breathing, and abnormal respirations. It is also very helpful in removing remove foreign bodies (ie foxtails) from the respiratory tract. Endoscopy is a diagnostic technique that uses fibre-optic cables attached to a small camera to evaluate the larynx, trachea, lower airways, and nasal cavity. Prior to doing endoscopy, radiographs or CT (computed tomography) are required to identify the abnormal region to be evaluated with endoscopy.

Why should I bring my veterinarian's blood tests and x-rays - won't they be repeated at the VMTH?

Diseases of the respiratory tract are remarkably variable and can change rapidly over time. Evaluation of the progression that occur in x-rays over time will help the doctor determine what the most likely disease process is, whether current therapy should be continued, and whether additional tests are required. After we have reviewed the x-rays from your veterinarian and compared them with current x-rays from our hospital, they are mailed directly back to that clinic by the radiology service.

Will my animal need to be hospitalized for respiratory procedures?

While x-rays of the neck and chest can be obtained without anesthesia, obtaining a CT (computed tomographic image) and performing endoscopy requires general anesthesia. Animals undergo clinical evaluation by the medicine service and the anesthesiologists on the day of the appointment, and then are hospitalized for the night prior to the procedure for additional treatments, monitoring, and preparation for anesthesia. Depending on the procedure being performed and recovery from anesthesia, animals may remain hospitalized the night that the endoscopy is performed. Animals that have nasal evaluation (rhinoscopy) performed virtually always remain hospitalized on the night of the procedure for observation.