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Preparing for your visit

As you prepare to bring your pet to the medical center, the following are some good guidelines to follow:
·    As a general rule, please do not feed your cat or dog for 12 hours prior to the appointment - unless it has diabetes or is a very young or small animal. This is important as blood work and radiographic imaging typically need to be performed on a fasted patient. Please consult a receptionist if you have any questions regarding fasting your pet.
·    Do not restrict water, as we do not want your companion animal to become dehydrated.
·    In most cases, you do not need to stop pain medications prior to your appointment. If you have any questions, please ask the receptionist.
·    If for any reason you are detained or unable to meet the prearranged appointment, please call 515-294-4900 to cancel or reschedule as soon as possible.
Please make sure that you bring all of your pet’s medications and special diets with you. It is also very helpful for you to bring all results of previously performed diagnostic tests such as laboratory work and radiographs if your regular veterinarian has given you copies. If you have any further questions regarding your pet's preparation, please consult your regular veterinarian or one of our surgeons.


At the ISU Orthopedic Service, your pet will be examined multiple times, by students, residents, and faculty, and your appointment will likely take longer than at your local veterinarian. Please plan to spend at least a half-day at ISU LVMC for your first visit. Recheck appointments may be shorter.