St Helena Veterinary Hospital

Health Policies


Philosophy of the Practice

Our philosophy is to provide your animal with the best care available and provide you with as many options for treatment as possible. We see ourselves as advocates for the animal and want them to receive benefit from treatments and procedures performed on them.


Vaccinations

Minimum is best and we vaccinate only for diseases that your animal is at risk for and the product has a reasonable expectation of working. Happy to discuss why and what we are vaccinating for!


Prescriptions

We will provide a prescription for all medications if you wish to purchase them from an alternate source. It is important to remember that veterinarians are required by law to maintain a client patient relationship with you and your animal before prescribing products. Some products have specific requirements. For existing clients we can mail your products free of charge.

    Heart Worm

    An annual examination and heart worm test is required. However, if we are providing the preventative product, we do not need an annual test. You should consider the cost of testing when price shopping for products.


    Other

    At least an annual examination is required. Some medications require blood testing for continued prescription.

Euthanasia

The hardest and the most important procedure. Clearly difficult for all involed including you and the staff, it is important to be prepared and know why, who and how this works. Doc does not euthanise on demand, but expects a relationship with all involved.


Referrals

We are happy to refer you to a specialist or another veterinarian. We will forward records at your request at any time to any veterinarian.


Over Night Care

We do not have staff on the premises 24 hours a day. Doc will check on your animal overnight at his discretion. If you would like 24-hour on site care we will refer you to a facility that can provide it.


Payment

Payment is expected at time of service. We do not bill insurance companies. We can discus other options in advance and are happy to give estimates.

Finding the animal hospital:  584 Main Street | Saint Helena, California 94574 | Get Directions
707-963-3094