What to Expect
Our doctors and staff at Animal Care Clinic in Bedford have received many frequently asked questions about what to expect from veterinary care with us. Since we offer so many different treatment options, we believe a FAQ can help you prepare yourself and your pet for their appointment at our clinic! If you have further questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss them with you.
What are the exam options at Animal Care Clinic?
We offer a variety of exam options for your pet. The care we provide is personalized for each unique patient, and our team strives to get to know every pet in order to meet their individual needs. Our exam options include:
- Cat Only Days
- Please call for details
- Extended Patient Comfort Exams
- New Puppy and Kitten Visits
- Adult Dog and Cat Exams
- Senior Patient Visits
- Sick Patient Visits
- Great time for questions
- Acupuncture Treatments
How can I schedule an appointment with one of your veterinarians?
To schedule an appointment with us, you may either call our office in Bedford or request an appointment here. Please allow at least two days prior to visit if you are scheduling online. If you choose to schedule online, you will be notified of availability. Furthermore, we ask that you check in at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out our information forms.
Can I have more details about Cat Only Days and Extended Patient Comfort Exams?
If you are interested in our Cat Only Days or Extended Patient Comfort Exams, you may request one of these appointment types during scheduling. Both options are excellent for pets that are often more nervous around others. Our canine patients benefit from the comfort exams because they are given a little extra time to adjust to the excitement of their visit. We’ve found that a few minutes in our K-9 Athletic facility for free play often helps our anxious or overly excited patients calm down. Exams often run smoother when our patients have time to adjust to the new surroundings. Exam time is much more productive and enjoyable this way – it is a win-win for everyone!
What can I expect price-wise?
Our doctors will make thorough, professional recommendations for treatment and if additional procedures are needed. You will then receive an itemized estimate of the cost. We work to customize a plan that fits both you and your pet’s needs.
How do surgeries work at Animal Care Clinic?
Scheduled surgery patients receive an appointment time for admission the morning of the surgery. The doctor will meet and discuss with you all of the details of the procedure, allowing you time to learn more and ask questions you may have. We may recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork for certain pets, and all of that will be discussed during appointments prior to the surgery. During surgical procedures, patients receive monitoring of heart rate and respiration. Gas anesthetic and pain medications are used as well.
Some surgery patients will be discharged late in the afternoon on surgery day, while others will have an overnight stay. The doctor will discuss this with you at admission time. Upon checkout from exams or on the day of discharge for surgery patients, you will receive an itemized list of charges along with discharge instructions. Follow ups and/or rechecks may be necessary and scheduled in advance.
How long do acupuncture treatments or physical therapy sessions take?
Acupuncture treatments may take 40 minutes up to 1 hour. Some owners choose to stay with their pet during treatments, while others schedule an admission and discharge time for the treatment. Rehabilitation physical therapy, on the other hand, is a customized session and may vary in time length – the doctor will discuss this with you.