Thank you for giving SAGE the opportunity to care for your pet. Here are easy steps to obtain an appointment with one of our specialists:
2. Please call us at your chosen facility to schedule an appointment.
Our Client Service Coordinators (CSCs) will help you find the best date and time for your appointment and answer any questions you may have. If necessary, they will also help obtain your pet’s medical record from your primary veterinarian, if you have one.
3. Items to Bring
Your pet’s medical records to include any x-rays/radiographs and labwork. You may have your primary veterinarian fax these to us ahead of your appointment.
Medication, in its original container, that your pet is–or was–taking and your pharmacy’s name and phone number. It is helpful for us to double check doses and types of medications with your medical records.
Please bring any special diet needs if your pet may be spending the night. This might occur if scheduled for surgery or other diagnostics and therapies requiring hospitalization. We may also want to adjust feeding instructions for very young animals, certain toy breeds, and patients on certain medications for the heart or for seizures. You can check in with us or with your family veterinarian if your pet falls into one of these groups.
Please bring any supplements you routinely give to your pet.
Write down your concerns, questions and observations of your pet, to bring with you to your appointment.
In general, we recommend you do not feed your pet 12 hours prior to the appointment time. Some patients require different feeding and medication requirements, so please check with your primary veterinarian prior to your visit or ask our CSC when making the appointment.
If the appointment is for an endoscopy or a colonoscopy, or for electrochemoterapy or surgery, your pet will need to have fasted for at least 12 hours before the appointment.
Water and medications may be continued, unless you have been directed otherwise by your primary veterinarian or a SAGE team member.
5. At time of appointment
If your appointment is a consultation, please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment.
Our CSCs will greet you upon arrival. If you need assistance with bringing your pet into the facility, please check in at the front desk first and we will assist you with bringing your pet in from your vehicle. We ask that you have your dog either leashed or in a carrier while waiting in the lobby and all cats must be in a carrier. This is for the safety of all of the patients and clients.
You and your pet will be greeted by one of our clinical staff members to discuss and obtain information and bring you to an exam room prior to meeting with the doctor.
If this is your initial visit, the doctor will answer your questions and provide options and a recommended course of treatment, taking into consideration what you would like to do for your pet.
Very often, we care for your pet while you wait. We offer a comfortable lobby area with refreshments, reading material and free wi-fi for your convenience.
If the treatment is over a period of time, you may be asked to leave your pet in our care. We’ll ask for your contact information and keep you informed of your pet’s progress.
We will present you with a treatment plan and an estimate for your pet’s care. We will ask you to approve and sign the estimate before we start treatment. An initial payment is required at the time of patient admission. The initial payment will be the low end of the estimate of services.
Payment in full is required when your pet is released.
We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards. Please bring your driver’s license for identification and security purposes.
We also accept pet insurance. Please bring in your claim form with your visit and we will be happy to fill that out for you.