Federal law requires veterinarians to have an established “doctor-patient relationship” with patients before providing health care recommendations for or performing procedures on them. A valid relationship is defined as having conducted a physical examination on the pet within the past year.
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.