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How do little pups and frisky kittens grow up to be healthy, playful, well-adjusted dogs and cats?  It all starts with you and the care of your pet.

And that's where Animal Care Center of Salem a full-service veterinary clinic can be a great partner in assuring the best life possible for your furry family member.

Across all of our vast array of services - from check-ups to laser and endoscopy surgery, diagnostic with ultrasound to therapeutic services, and boarding to grooming - we treat all pets as if they are our own.  With gentle, understanding care.

We at Animal Care Center of Salem own pets.  We love pets, and we're ready to help with all the needs of your pets. 

We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets.  Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos.  The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention.  If you want to ask a question call 540-389-0219 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you.  Our veterinary office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page.  You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for our pet owners.  In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

At Animal Care Center of Salem, you will find the Best Care for your Best Friend...We treat your pet like our own!

Mark Wadstrom, DVM and Kimberly Noel, DVM 
Animal Care Center of Salem | 540-389-0219

1035 Electric Road
Salem, VA 24153



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How Does My Veterinarian Make a Diagnosis?   

 

This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian.
 

When my pet has a problem, how does my veterinarian decide what is causing the problem? 

The approach to a health problem is based on training, experience and probability.  Some health problems are common, others are rare. Some problems occur more commonly in young animals, other problems are more common in aged pets. Some problems are common in one part of the country but rarely occur in other locations.

After getting a history of your pet's problem and examining your pet, your veterinarian will go through a mental or written process of listing all the problems from the history and physical examination. The veterinarian then decides which organ(s) and disease(s) may be causing the problems and narrows down the lists based on the age, breed, sex and travel history of your pet.

The veterinarian then recommends tests to determine which organ(s) and disease(s) may be responsible for your pet's problem(s). Tests are often recommended in stages, beginning with screening tests that are relatively inexpensive and have little potential for causing harm to the animal.  Based on the results of the screening tests more sophisticated tests, which often cost more and may have some risks, may be recommended. Although your veterinarian cannot predict what will be found on a specific test, usually the veterinarian will provide some possible outcomes for each of the tests so that you can decide whether the costs and risks are worth the information that may be gained. This is referred to as cost-benefit ratio.

Washington State University assumes no liability for injury to you or your pet incurred by following these descriptions or procedures.

http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/diagnosis.aspx

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