Referral Policy

We support a large network of general practice veterinarians to provide compassionate, specialized care for pets with eye disease. We work on a referral basis with veterinarians that practice locally and with veterinarians throughout other regions of California and the western United States. Family practice veterinarians refer patients to us for assistance in managing a variety of ocular disorders in a number of animal species. Please refer to the list of conditions which we manage.


To schedule an appointment

We examine patients by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed most major (national) holidays and for a short period during the summer so we may enjoy holiday time with our families. During this period we provide referral to another board certified veterinary ophthalmologist.

You should allow at least one hour for an initial examination at Animal Ophthalmology Services. Depending on your pet’s condition and the recommended diagnostic tests, the initial examination may take longer.

What to bring to the appointment

We believe that keeping your family veterinarian informed about your pet’s condition and progress is an important part of our professional relationship with your veterinarian. Please allow us to keep your family veterinarian up to date and help us provide your pet with an efficient examination by bringing the following to your first appointment:

  • Name and phone number of your veterinarian
  • Any medication your pet is currently receiving
  • Names of previously administered medications
  • A summary of your pet’s medical history (your veterinarian may phone us, or may mail or fax this summary to us before the examination).

Examination Summary

After examination, we will give you a type written summary of the examination findings (diagnoses) and Dr. Canton’s specific treatment recommendations. To help your veterinarian maintain a current record of your pet’s medical history, we will send your veterinarian(s) a complete report including diagnostic test results, diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and a summary of your pet’s progress. This report is faxed to your veterinarian the same day of your appointment, usually within a few hours of a completed examination.

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