What To Expect
When you are looking for a veterinary clinic you should be able to count on superior care and excellent service. At Lake Forest Animal Clinic, we have assembled an expert team of veterinary professionals to bring you the best possible healthcare for your pet. We have a state of the art veterinary facility that is clean, comfortable, and efficient. Call 949-837-7660 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and the four-legged members of your family.
We recommend that you bring your puppy or kitten in for an initial exam which includes a complete physical, a discussion about intestinal parasites, flea treatment, and heartworm prevention, screening for FELV/FIIV, spay or neuter recommendations, and a vaccination protocol. We advise that adult pets up to the age of seven come in once yearly for a general check-up and we recommend semi-annual exams for senior pets. This will include a full physical exam, parasite screening, and wellness blood work if needed. Our veterinarians will check the health of your pet from head to tail, and will discuss any recommended diagnostic testing and possible treatments with you in detail.
Make sure to bring in any medical history you have of your pet when you come to our vet clinic. It's best to keep a journal of your pet's health throughout his or her life, including behavioral shifts. Share any observations you may have about your pet’s appetite changes, weight gain or loss, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, increased thirst or urination, or excessive itching or scratching. Your observations can play a key role in aiding in the diagnosis and subsequent treatment recommendations for your pet.
In some circumstances, Dr. Melissa Byers and her colleagues may refer you to a specialist who has advanced expertise in areas such as neurology or internal medicine. We have Dr. Ann Reed, a board certified radiologist, who is available to perform ultrasounds and echocardiograms. In addition, we have several board certified veterinary surgeons ready to handle any advanced soft tissue or orthopedic surgery.