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**   LOCATION:  PAWS Advanced Imaging works within the Veterinary Emergency Clinic located at 4821 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY.  Click here to be taken to the directions page.  Their main phone number is 716-839-4043 and is the number which should call on the actual day of your appointment for updates.  All other communication including scheduling may be directed to PAWS Advanced Imaging at 716-773-4838.

 

 **  BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT:  Please obtain an famotidine (Pepcid) dose from your primary veterinarian.  Unless contraindicated, this medication should be given the night before the appointment at bedtime.  It helps reduce the risk of esophageal irritation from stomach acids during anesthesia.  TWO forms must be completed prior to admission for imaging studies.  Please click on each separate logo to download and have them completed prior to arrival to ease the paperwork on the day of the appointment.

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**  ON THE DAY OF YOUR PET’S APPOINTMENT:  Do not feed your pet for at least 8 hours prior to the appointment.  You will also need to sign some additional paperwork generated at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic that morning.  This includes initialing and signing either a medical treatment and response or a DNR (do not resuscitate) consent. While there is extensive monitoring during the procedure, it is impossible to predict cardiac arrest.  As such, you will need to direct how to proceed with management should an emergency arise during the anesthetic process.  You will also need to sign the estimate and leave a deposit of no less than 75% of the anticipated costs.  The VEC accepts care credit, cash, and all major credit cards.

 

**  DURATION/AFTERCARE:  Most patients are admitted in the morning and stay through the early to mid-afternoon.  Although they have recovered and may seem fairly bright in many cases, please do not feed them for several hours after they are home.  If present, the catheter band-aid should also be removed before bedtime that day.  Medications may be restarted as normal later that day unless directed otherwise.  All feeding and medications should be   back to their normal schedule on the day following the imaging study.

 

**  RESULTS:  Results are forwarded to your veterinarian and usually take 24 hours to return.  UNLESS YOUR PET IS AN ADMITTED PATIENT FOR URGENT CARE AT THE EMERGENCY CLINIC, ALL RESULTS ARE TO BE DISCUSSED WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN.  PLEASE BE PATIENT AS THEY WILL NEED TIME TO REVIEW THE RESULTS UPON RETURN.