- Do I have to pay when my pet is treated? Can you just bill me?
Payment is expected at the time service.
- What forms of payment do you acccept?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Cash, Checks and Care Credit.
- Do you offer payment plans?
No, unfortunately we don’t. Payment is due when services are rendered. However, we do accept Care Credit and work with Superior Financial Services on a local level to assist with your fees. All information from these resources is available from our caring staff at the reception desk.
- Do you accept pet health insurance?
Yes, we do! Payment to us for services rendered is required but we will prepare all necessary forms for you to submit for reimbursement to your provider.
- Why does my pet need an exam when all he/she needs is a rabies shot?
The annual exam is the single most important aspect of keeping your pet healthy! And vaccinations of any type can only be given to healthy pets, which is why we require an examination before administering any vaccinations.
- Why do I have to bring my pet in when all he/she needs is a prescription?
Just as your doctor needs to examine you to determine what medication you might need, our veterinarians must examine your pet to determine the best course of treatment. If your pet takes a specific medication on a regular basis, your veterinarian will specify the number of refills available between re-checks.
- Do I need to make an appointment or can I just bring my pet in?
For routine appointments we strongly suggest that you schedule an appointment as a convenience to you. This will reduce your waiting time and likely be much more comfortable for both you and your pet.
- What if my pet has an emergency?
We take emergencies at any time! It is best if you call and let us know that you are coming so that we can prepare for your arrival, though we understand that this might not be possible. Our North Johnson City location, at 3026 Peoples Street, is open 24 hours daily to handle any emergencies.
- Are emergency services more expensive?
Our fees depend on the time of day that your bring your pet in, whether your visit is for an emergency or for routine services. If your appointment is during our “After Hours” time, your fees will be slightly more expensive. These hours begin at 6PM on weekdays and 5PM on weekends.
- Since you are always open, does this mean that the veterinarian that I always see is always available to me for appointments or to answer my questions?
Just as you work a schedule, so do our veterinarians and our technicians. We have a dedicated “day team” of veterinarians and a “night team” of veterinarians. We offer the same services at any hour of the day or night but our daytime doctors are not available for questions in the evenings, just as our night doctors are not available during daytime hours. Our “day hours” end at 6PM on weekdays and 5PM on weekends.
- If we see another veterinarian, can we bring our pet to you when they are closed?
Yes, we welcome all clients and pets when their veterinarians are closed! And we will forward all medical records regarding treatment to your preferred veterinarian when treatment is complete.
- Do I need to call in my prescription refills?
To reduce your waiting time, it is strongly recommended that you call ahead when you need a prescription refilled, especially if you plan to pick up your presciption in the evening hours. In some cases, doctor approval is necessary. Contacting us ahead will merely make it a quicker process for you, with less waiting time. For your convenience, you can request refills online at any time of the day or night and we will have it ready for you within 24 hours.
- If my pet has to remain overnight, may I visit him/her?
Yes, you absolutely may and we actually feel that this is important for both you and your pet. Again, we do suggest prearranging a time frame to allow you to speak with your treating veterinarian and to reduce your waiting time.
- Why do I need a password for some pages on your site?
We offer a client/pet portal which requires that you register and provide a password. This area includes your personal contact information and your pet’s medical history.
- What is the best way to make an appointment?
You can always call our offices to make an appointment and we suggest that you call during daytime hours to reduce your hold time. However we now offer the convenience of scheduling your appointments online via this website. If your work environment prohibits personal phone calls, this is an easy way for you to schedule!
- Why can’t I see the same veterinarian each time we visit?
When scheduling a routine visit, you always have the option to schedule with the veterinarian of your choice. In the event of an emergency, we will make every effort to accommodate your choice however there will be instances when your requested vet will be unavailable.
- The time has come for me to let my pet go but a visit to the office will be very uncomfortable. Do you make housecalls?
We want to make this extremely difficult time as comfortable as possible for you and your pet and we will make a house call for this procedure. Please call our office and make arrangements with one of our caring staff members. They will also discuss with you further arrangements that we can assist with such as cremation or preparations for burial.