Before Your First Visit FAQs

  • What are your office hours?

    We’re open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm and closed on weekends and all major holidays. If you reach our voice mail system during the hours we’re closed, know that we’ll return your call as soon as possible. Please leave us a detailed message so we can be better prepared to assist you.

  • How do I schedule a consultation with a surgeon?

    ASOC sees patients by referral only. This means that your pet needs to have been evaluated by a veterinarian for the problem within the past 6 months.

    To schedule a consultation if you have been referred to ASOC, call us at (206) 545-4322 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and choose option 2 to be connected to our front desk. One of our referral coordinators will help you find a day and time that works best for you.

  • Why can’t I schedule surgery without a consultation?

    The state of Washington requires that every veterinarian establish a doctor-patient relationship before making a diagnosis, prescribing medication, or providing treatment. This means that one of our surgeons must perform an examination, and consult with you regarding all treatment options that may be appropriate for your pet’s condition. This is the same procedure followed in human medicine, where a patient always consults with a surgeon before going to the operating room.

  • What does ASOC need for a consultation?

    • A copy of your pet’s medical records that include evaluation for the pertaining issue within the past six months. We’ll call your primary care veterinarian to have records sent to us prior to your appointment.
    • Any current x-ray, MRI, or CT scan images – We’ll also call your veterinarian to have diagnostic images sent to us directly.
  • Is there any paperwork I need to fill out as a new client?

    Please fill out our new client form. If you like, you can print it at home, fill it out, and bring it along. Otherwise, you’re welcome to fill it out when you arrive. In this case, please be prepared to list any medications you are currently giving your pet.

    Client Info Form

    Lameness History Form – This form should be filled out so that we have the most current information regarding your dog’s lameness and activity tolerance.

  • What can I expect during a consultation?

    Consultations usually last 45 to 60 minutes. During the appointment, the surgeon will examine your pet, review the medical records and diagnostic images from your family veterinarian, and discuss your pet’s condition with you. The surgeon will go over all the treatment options that are appropriate for your pet and answer any questions you may have. He or she also will provide a cost estimate for recommended treatment plans.

  • How much does surgery cost?

    The cost of surgery depends on your pet’s diagnosis and the specific procedure being performed. You’ll be given a cost estimate before any treatment is initiated. If your pet is admitted to the hospital for surgery, a 50% deposit is required at that time, with the balance due at the time of discharge.

  • What payment options are available?

    For your convenience, we accept the following forms of payment:

    We are not accepting cash or checks at this time.

    If you have pet health insurance, we’ll be glad to provide you with any of the necessary invoices and doctor’s notes needed for you to submit claims. ASOC does not submit insurance for pet owners.