The Initial Appointment

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • You will be asked to fill out the Client Information and Patient History form.
  • We typically ask you not to feed your pet that morning, in case that certain procedures such as anesthesia or an abdominal ultrasound are necessary as part of your pet’s evaluation
    • Water is always allowed
    • If your pet is diabetic, please inform our staff at the time you set up the appointment. We will likely ask you to feed your pet as usual.
    • Once the evaluation is done or deemed not necessary, we do have yummy foods your pet can eat or you can bring in a small meal (especially if your pet is on a special diet or has allergies)
  • Please bring in your pet’s medications and be aware of the doses he/she is receiving, as well as when the last dose was given
  • The initial consultation takes about one hour.
  • One of the oncology nurses will review your pet’s medical history and record your pet’s vital parameters
  • Dr. Sarbu will review all the available information regarding your pet, examine your pet and thoroughly discuss the findings and recommendations with you. We want to make sure that you are well informed about all the options, so you can make the best decision regarding the care of your pet
    • It is always good to write down any questions that you may have prior to the appointment, to make sure that we answer all your concerns. Should additional concerns arise later, you can always email or call Dr. Sarbu for additional clarifications
    • All the information discussed will also be provided in writing
    • Your regular veterinarian will be kept informed of everything discussed. A copy of the report as well as results for any tests performed at Veterinary Oncology Center will be faxed to him/her.
  • If additional diagnostic tests are indicated, we may be able to perform them the same day. In this case, you pet may spend part of the day with us. Depending on the nature of the tests, you may also be referred to another facility. A cost estimate will be provided prior to performing any tests at Veterinary Oncology Center.
  • If chemotherapy treatments are indicated, we are often able to perform them at the end of the same day, depending on the availability of all necessary diagnostic tests
  • We do not have the ability to hospitalize patients overnight or treat critical patients. If you pet requires hospitalization or is critical, we will refer you to a nearby emergency facility