Fequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at my initial appointment?

Dr. Dudley will review medical records and radiographs from your referring veterinarian and will perform a thorough examination. This exam may include observation of your pet's movement while walking or trotting. Dr. Dudley always uses a hands-on approach when examining your pet. Once the exam is complete, we will discuss findings, explain whether further work-up or additional diagnostic tests are necessary. Options will then be presented and may include medically conservative treatments or surgical procedures. Prognosis with various treatments will be discussed.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

You will need to bring your pet (on a leash or in a carrier), copies or original radiographs that have been previously taken, current medical records including lab results, if available, and a list of current medications including the dose your pet is receiving and how often they are administered. You can have your veterinarian email them to info@georgetownvsc.com or fax them to us at 512-843-0073. 

What should I do the night before surgery?

Your pet must not be allowed to eat anything after 6pm the night before surgery. Free access to water until arrival at our hospital is permitted. If your pet is taking medications, make sure to give them with dinner but do not give medications in the morning. Do not feed your pet in the morning. 

How should I prep for the ride home after surgery?

We strongly recommend buying a plastic kennel with a metal door. This type of kennel is required after most surgeries. If you don’t have one available, make a padded raised bed for your pet to ride in. We want to make sure your pet is not trying to move during the ride home.

How should I prep my home after my pets surgery?

Depending on the type of surgery, we strongly recommend buying a plastic kennel with a metal door. These plastic crates with metal doors are very safe. Wire framed crates are dangerous and frequently lead to broken teeth or  injured limbs. While your pet in recovering they may be in a confined space for a number of weeks. In the unusual event that your pet is allowed to run free in the house after surgery, you should block off stairs or steps in and outside of your home with a baby gate. If you have hardwood or other slippery floors, get a rug runner or you can make a runner with non-slip bath mats. We recommend getting a 4-foot leash since your pet must remain on a short leash whenever they are not in the crate. 

What type of restrictions will I need to follow after my pets surgery?

Most patients will need to be confined to a plastic kennel during surgical recovery. Some of our patients must be confined for up to 8 weeks and success is dependent on this, so making sure you follow your written discharge instructions is very important.  

How many post-surgical appointments will there be?

You will need to return to our clinic 10-14 days after surgery for assessment and suture removal. If your pet had implants for fracture repair, there will be several appointments for post surgical x-rays and eventually an appointment to remove the implants in most cases. Most patients can expect 1-3 post-surgical follow-ups. 

What is a myelogram and why does my pet need it?

A myelogram is a diagnostic procedure performed under anesthesia. We use a special dye administered into the spinal cord, followed by a series of x-rays. Myelograms are used to diagnose various types of spinal cord issues, including ruptured discs, tumors, fractures or other spinal cord trauma. 

What types of payments do we accept?

Payment is due in full for all consultations and procedures. We accept cash, check, debit card, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Scratch and CareCredit. We do not offer other payment plans. 

You may apply for CareCredit here in the office or online at www.carecredit.com. CareCredit is a medical credit card that offers a 6-month same-as-cash plan, or extended care plans of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years at their current interest rate. 

Scratch is a payment option in which the clinic is paid directly and you pay over 0-12 months. Unlike a credit card, it does not harm your credit score to apply and has a higher approval rate than CareCredit. To apply for Scratch, visit https://scratchpay.com/.