Despite our best efforts, sometimes pets get sick! That is when we schedule a problem visit for your pet. Illness can happen due to a variety of causes. Some of the most common reasons for a problem visit include allergies or skin problems, ear infections, dental problems (often first noticed as bad breath by the owner!), injuries, infections, or recent changes in behavior or body condition. These examinations are different from wellness exams. During this time, our team really focuses on the recent changes and problems that the pet is experiencing. Based upon the exam findings, we will frequently offer additional testing. This can include blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, or additional laboratory work. Often this can be done the the day of the exam in the hospital, to obtain immediate answers. Based on all the information obtained, our experienced team will thoroughly go over the findings and treatment options available, coming up with an appropriate treatment plan that works for both the patient and his or her owners.