Preparing for Your Visit
- Entrance: Our entrance is accessed from the back parking area. Proceed around the right side of the building to the back parking area.
- Emergency Patients: No appointment is necessary for emergency admissions. You may, however, call our reception desk at 404-924-2000 and/or complete a Patient Information Form prior to arrival to expedite check in.
- Referrals: If your pet has been referred to one of our specialists by your family veterinarian, please call 404-924-2000 to schedule an appointment. If your family veterinarian has given you copies of medical records or x-rays, remember to bring those with you.
- Fasting Instructions: For scheduled appointments, please do not feed your pet after 8 pm the evening prior to your appointment and remove access to water first thing that morning. If your pet is diabetic or has problems with hypoglycemia, please call for specific instructions.
- Medications from Home: Please bring all of your pet’s oral and topical medications with you to your appointment. All medications must be in the original properly labeled prescription bottle/container in order to be administered during your pet’s stay.
- Online Patient Information Form: To expedite check-in and allow us to prepare in advance for your arrival, please complete the online Patient Information Form prior to your appointment.
- Payment: An initial payment based on the estimated costs of services will be collected at admission. Payment is due in full prior to patient discharge. For your convenience, we honor most major credit cards and offer CareCredit payment plans.
What to Expect
Your visit to Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists will begin with the opportunity to meet with the doctor who will be caring for your pet. At that time, the doctor will ask you questions about your pet’s health history, perform a physical examination, and review previous test results. The doctor will discuss recommended procedures and treatments and answer any questions you may have regarding recommendations or your pet’s health condition.
If your pet is admitted to the hospital for recommended tests, procedures or treatments, the doctor will confirm a time for a follow-up phone call to discuss the outcome of all tests or procedures and confirm a time that your pet can be discharged. Most patients referred to the Internal Medicine service are discharged between 3 and 6 pm the day of admission. If your pet is admitted to the hospital for intensive or continuous care, the doctor will confirm times to call you with regular updates. Both you and your primary care veterinarian will receive a written summary at the time of your pet’s discharge from the hospital.
If your pet will be staying with us for the day and you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you consider spending your time in downtown Decatur which is 5 minutes away by car. Amenities include a variety of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, parks and a public library. The Dekalb International Farmers’ Market and Kudzu Antiques are nearby as well. Our receptionists can provide you with a Decatur map and additional information about the area.