We will make every effort to schedule your house call appointment on a day and time that is convenient for you. On the day of the exam, we will call you if we are running more than 10 minutes late for your appointment time. Generally we set aside about an hour of time at your house to get to know you and your pet, perform a physical exam, take diagnostic samples, administer vaccines, and discuss a health plan. If we are examining more than one cat at the same visit, please allow an additional ½ hour per cat. Unless your cat is extremely friendly to strangers, please confine him/her to a small room – generally a bathroom works well so the kitty will not be able to run under the bed. Some cats still may be nervous or resent being restrained, even in the comfort of their own homes, so we may need to wrap your kitty in a soft towel to make him/her feel more secure. Dr. Cohn will call or email you as soon as any test results are available, and is always glad to answer any questions you may have. Payment is expected at the time of the visit, and can be via check or credit card.
Please read our tips for some ways to make the carrier and trip to the hospital a little less stressful. Still, your cat may be nervous and we understand. Our receptionist will check you in at the front desk, then you may feel free to relax and enjoy water or coffee. Please place your cat carrier on one of the tables in our waiting area rather than on the floor – generally cats feel more secure when they are up off the ground. One of our technicians will call you and your kitty into an exam room for your appointment. The technician will ask you some questions about your cat’s health, weigh your cat, and then relay that information to the doctor. Dr. Cohn will perform a physical exam, taking care to go slowly and accommodate your cat’s preferences for where he/she feels most comfortable in the exam room. Vaccinations, nail trims, and even blood draws are generally done in the exam room in your presence, unless you request otherwise. For some outpatient procedures your cat may need to be taken to the treatment area where we have the proper equipment and personnel available to best take care of your cat. Afterwards, back out at the front desk, one of our receptionists will review your appointment, take care of payment, and make sure you don’t have any unanswered questions.
Please be sure to bring your cat in a carrier or on a leash (if your cat is used to this) so that he/she is secured in the waiting room. Previous medical history is very important, so be sure to bring this with you, or even better let our receptionist know when you schedule the appointment and we will contact your previous veterinarian to obtain these records. Please bring a list of current foods, medications, and brand of cat litter used. Bringing a list of questions you may have also helps to ensure that you leave our office feeling well-informed and cared for.
We know general anesthesia can be scary and we take it very seriously. Prior to scheduling any procedure involving anesthesia, Dr. Cohn will perform a thorough physical exam on your cat and discuss both you and her concerns regarding your cat’s safety. Laboratory testing (which may include blood work, urinalysis, x-rays, and/or ultrasound) will be recommended based on your cat’s age and health status. Just prior to your cat’s procedure, Dr. Cohn will re-examine your cat to be sure nothing has changed significantly with your cat’s health. We then will administer a pre-medication to relieve your cat’s anxiety and prevent pain. The large majority of our anesthetized patients will have an intravenous catheter placed to allow administration of anesthetic induction medication, pain medication, and emergency medication in the unlikely event your cat has complications. An endotracheal tube will be placed to allow for administration of anesthetic gas and oxygen . Your cat will be carefully monitored under anesthesia by a trained technician. Heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, mucous membrane color, oxygenation, temperature and carbon dioxide levels will be monitored continuously throughout your cat’s procedure. Once the procedure is completed, your cat will continue to be monitored regularly until he/she is completely awake. We will provide written instructions when we release your cat as to what to expect and any follow-up care that needs to be done at home. Please be sure to leave us a phone number you will be able to answer quickly, so that we can update you on your cat’s progress throughout the day.