What to Expect at Your Veterinary Appointment
If you know what to expect at your pet's first appointment, the process will be easier and more pleasant for you and your animal companion.
We ask you to arrive approximately 10 minutes early to fill out our New Patient Form. To save time, you can fill out the New Patient Form in advance online.
Meet Your Veterinarian
One of our knowledgable team members will review your pet's history and discuss their issues. We will dedicate as much time as needed to address any questions or concerns you have.
Examination, Diagnosis & Treatment
After your pet has been examined, we will give you a diagnosis and treatment options. Your vet will closely work with you to determine the treatment plan for your companion.
Once your visit is over, we will develop a detailed report that will include the diagnosis, the discussion we had with you, and your pet's treatment plan. We will keep this information on file for when you require it.
Our Pet Care Philosophy
We are happy to serve pet owners in the Fitchburg area and across Central Massachusetts. Our highly skilled and talented team is driven to provide you and your pet with state-of-the-art veterinary service and compassion.
Patient care is our number one priority and we pride ourselves in providing the gold standard of care to all pets that come through our doors.
Read our FAQs to learn more about our payment options, office policies and appointment scheduling.
- What types of payment options are available?
We expect payment in full at the time of your pet's discharge or when services are provided. We accept payments by cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
- Are there payment plans available for my pet’s care?
We are proud to offer both CareCredit and Scratchpay as financing options.
- Will I be provided with an estimate of costs?
Prior to your pets' treatment, we will give you an estimation of the cost of our services. Although, unforeseen circumstances may arise that impact your final bill.
We always discuss our written estimates with clients before they leave our hospital, and require a deposit based on our estimate before continuing with any further treatment.
- Should I call ahead to book an appointment?
Yes, always call ahead to book an appointment to make sure we have room in our schedule to see your pet.
If your pet requires emergency care contact us immediately.
- What is your appointment cancellation policy?
If you have to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please inform us as soon as possible so that we can give the time slot in our schedule to other clients.
- Where can I purchase my pet's prescription and food?
You are able to purchase any of the medications or/and specialty foods your pet needs at our in-house pharmacy or on our online store.
- What are the fees associated with a specialty appointment?
You are financially responsible for any service we provide including the initial examination fee and any diagnostics or treatment services that you consent to for your pet’s treatment. The fees and payment are due at the time of service.
An upfront deposit is required for further hospitalization, diagnostics, or surgery, with the full payment due when your pet is discharged.
- What are the fees associated with an emergency visit?
We require an upfront deposit payment for all emergency examinations. After the staff and doctors have examined your pet, an estimate for treatment will be given to you in order to determine a treatment plan.
If your pet needs further hospitalization, diagnostics or surgery, we require a deposit upfront, with the payment due in full when your pet is released.
- Can you help with my pet insurance?
We will be happy to help you fill out the pet insurance forms for your pet’s appointment.
Pet Owner Resources
Here are some helpful links for your pet's health.
Patient Account Login
Schedule your pet's appointments and refill their prescriptions by creating a patient account.
New Patient Form
If your pet has their first appointment scheduled with us, please fill out our New Patient Form prior to your visit.
Get financing with CareCredit or Scratch pay quickly and easily.
Welcoming Cats & Dogs to Our Animal Hospital
Wachusett Animal Hospital and Pet Retreat is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Westminster companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.