Your scheduled visit to the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins with check in at the reception desk. Preferably if any diagnostic imaging is necessary it is a good idea to not feed your dog or cat in the morning before the appointment in the event that sedation is needed for imaging. Following a small amount of paperwork, you will be greeted in the waiting room by our resident or technician and brought to a private examination room.
Your pet's history and a physical examination will be perform by either a student or technician and further assessment of the cursory physical exam by resident or faculty member will occur before a full orthopedic and soft tissue examination of your dog happens from the resident or faculty member. We may recommend further testing, and will discuss with you potential diagnosis, next steps, cost and logistics.
Often, you will be asked to leave your pet in our care for the day so that we can begin appropriate testing, which can include blood tests or diagnostic imaging. Given our busy schedule and consultations with other specialists regarding your pet's care, you may be asked to return to discuss our findings later in the day.
Depending on the outcome of the appointment we will discuss many therapeutic options and will help you choose the best course of treatment for you and your companion.