What to Expect at Your Appointment

Find out how your visit will progress.

At Best Friends Animal Hospital and Urgent Care Center, we foster a collaborative, communicative treatment style and encourage you to ask questions and raise concerns during and after your appointment.

During your appointment, you may expect:

  1. Dr. Schissler and her veterinary technicians will discuss your pet’s history and review available medical records.
  2. We then thoroughly examine your pet with you and take non-invasive samples from the ears and skin for microscopic examination.
  3. Options for diagnosis and treatment will be thoroughly discussed and estimates can be provided.
  4. Medications, topical treatments, and diet will be prescribed/dispensed as appropriate.
  5. A thorough report will be provided to you and your veterinarian.

New appointments typically last from 60-90 minutes, recheck visits are typically 30 minutes in duration.

Board Certified Dermatologist

We are thrilled to have on staff our own veterinary dermatologist, Dr. Schissler. After veterinary school, a veterinary dermatologist must undergo a minimum of three years of additional supervised formalized training in the diagnosis and management of skin and ear conditions. Upon completion of this training, and a research project and publication, they must pass a rigorous examination to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD). To maintain their diplomate status, the dermatologist must continue to attend continuing education conferences and/or publish peer-reviewed literature in the field of dermatology.

What to Expect at Your Appointment