We are dedicated to the health of your pets. Because you may have questions since becoming a pet owner, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you out.
Do you accept new clients?
We are always open to meeting new clients and their pets. Feel free to contact us so that we can schedule an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring any old records or paperwork from your previous veterinarian. Please also bring any medication that your animal is on.
How are records transferred from my previous veterinarian?
We will contact your previous veterinarian office to have your records transferred to us. You simply need to let us know who your previous veterinarian is.
What types of payments do you accept?
Payment is expected at the time of service. To make sure that your pets receive the care they need, we accept multiple forms of payment. We accept cash and checks along with most major credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept CareCredit, which is another form of credit.
Do you offer payment plans?
No, at this time we do not.
Should I get pet insurance for my pets?
Getting pet insurance is always a great idea. There are many plans from which to choose. Some will help with routine visits while others can be very helpful in an emergency. If you would like help choosing a plan, contact us today.
When should I start getting my animal vaccinated?
We suggest that you get your pets vaccinated when they are 6-8 weeks old, but this age range varies by animal and breed. To get the full benefits of their vaccinations, your pets will need to be vaccinated several times until they are around 16 weeks old. After that, they will need to come for an examination and vaccinations every year, though some vaccinations can last up to 3 years.
When should I get my pet fixed?
We usually recommend spaying or neutering your pets when they are around six months old. There are times when we might suggest waiting a little bit longer, so be sure to talk to us about it when you bring your pets in for their early vaccination visits.
Do I really need to fix my pet?
It is important to get your pets spayed or neutered to keep them healthy. They are less likely to roam, get in fights, or get hit by a car. They are also less likely to develop certain cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Females who get pregnant can get pyometras, an infection of the uterus which can be deadly. Of course, you are also helping to prevent litters of unwanted pets by spaying or neutering your pet. We would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of these procedures, and answer any other questions you may have at your kitten or puppy appointment.
What are some signs of an emergency?
If you are concerned about your pet, the best thing to do is to give us a call, we can help you decide if your pet needs to be seen, and how emergent the problem is. Common signs of emergency include: ingestion of medications, toxins, or foreign materials, trouble breathing, pale or blue gums, extreme lethargy, repeated vomiting, or inability to urinate.
If we are not available, the local emergency clinic can also guide you in these situations. Please call:
Seattle Veterinary Specialists 206-624-9111 (Downtown Seattle) 425-823-9111 (Kirkland)
Blue Pearl Veterinary 206-364-1660 (Seattle/Renton)
If you have any questions not listed here, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (206) 232-0333.