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Frequently Asked Questions

Browse Animal Care Center of Plainfield's catalog of frequently asked questions and learn more about what to expect on your next visit.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, Telecheck-approved checks, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, ScratchPay, and Carecredit. We do not allow payment plans. All services must be paid for at the time they are rendered. We accept all pet insurance plans. Insurance plans are mainly reimbursement types of payment.

How do I schedule an appointment?

We are a walk-in clinic for all doctor visits. However, we require an appointment/reservation for surgery, grooming, and boarding.

How do I know if my pet is having an emergency?

We have gathered a list of emergency situations requiring a visit to our Animal Care Center or emergency animal hospital. See the complete list here.

How long can I expect to wait before my pet is seen?

Because we are a walk-in hospital, we cannot predict wait times. All staff scheduling is based on a typical daily patient load to ensure expediency, and we do our best to get clients in and out as quickly as possible.

Please note that critical patients take precedent over wellness visits.

Can I visit my pet in the hospital?

While family visits can be considered uplifting for the patient, they require prior authorization from the doctor. Please ask our staff for more information.

How do I prepare my pet for surgery?

If your pet is coming in for routine scheduled surgery, a 12-hour fast prior to the appointment is typically required. When you arrive, a technician will go over the pre-surgical authorization form while also covering important electives for your pet’s comfort and health which will require your approval. This is an ideal time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure and/or recovery. When you arrive to pick up your pet, you will also receive thorough discharge instructions regarding post-op medications, what to expect from your pet, and when to return to the clinic for a recheck.

What are common effects of anesthesia?

While some pets are sleepy for the remainder of the day following anesthesia, today’s anesthetic methods are more advanced and allow pets to return to their normal demeanor much quicker than in the past. To avoid stomach upset, we recommend only small amounts of water and little to no food the first day of surgery.

What are the protocols for post-surgical care?

Your pet should rest for the remainder of the day following surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, cage rest may be recommended for continued days. If your pet is sent home with prescriptions, please finish all medication to ensure that he/she remains pain-free and infection-free.

Is there anything specific I should watch for following my pet’s surgery?

Monitor your pet throughout the day to make sure he is not licking or chewing at their wound or bandages. This can cause permanent tissue damage or infection and may require a repeat procedure if either the sutures or wound site is damaged.

Do you board pets?

We board pets and have state-of-the-art boarding facilities, including outdoor potty areas for dogs. We do require reservations for your pet’s stay. Call for current boarding rates and to schedule other services, such as playtime while boarding or bath and grooming before the return home.

All boarding pets must be current on required vaccines and stool checks before staying at Animal Care Center of Plainfield.

Do you offer grooming services?

We offer several levels of grooming at Animal Care Center of Plainfield, ranging from a basic wash and dry to a complete day at the spa. All Animal Care Center of Plainfield’s groomers are certified by the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA). Grooming appointments are required. All grooming pets must be current on required vaccines and stool checks prior to their visit.

What vaccines will my puppy need?

Puppies require a series of several vaccines to protect them from fatal and contagious diseases and viruses. We recommend rabies, distemper, canine influenza, bordetella (for upper respiratory infection) and lyme. They will also receive several dewormings and stool checks to protect them from intestinal parasites.

What vaccines will my kitten receive?

Kittens require a series of several vaccines to protect them from fatal and contagious diseases and viruses. We recommend rabies, distemper, and leukemia for outdoor cats. They will also receive several de-wormings and stool checks to protect them from intestinal parasites.

What about boosters?

We recommend bi-annual to annual boosters of all vaccines for both dogs and cats. Studies show that boosters offer additional protection from diseases and viruses by preventing vaccines from losing their effectiveness over time.

What is heartworm and how do I protect my pet from it?

Heartworm is a deadly disease that pets can get from infected mosquitos. Because pets are vulnerable to mosquitos for 75% of the year, we recommend year-round heartworm prevention for all pets.

Do your veterinarians have special interests?

Because several of our vets have extensive training in orthopedics, we perform multiple bone and joint surgeries every week.