What to Expect at a Veterinary Appointment
Knowing what to expect at your first appointment will help make the process more relaxed for you and your pet.
Please arrive approximately 10 minutes early to fill out our New Patient Form. To save a bit of time, you can complete the New Patient Form online in advance.
Meet Your Veterinarian
A member of our team will review your pet's history and discuss their issues. You can ask any questions you want, and we'll dedicate time to answering them.
Examination, Diagnosis & Treatment
Once your pet has been assessed, we will provide you with a diagnosis and options for treatment. Your veterinarian will work with you to determine a treatment plan for your pet.
After your visit, we will create a detailed report of our diagnosis, the discussion we had with you, and your pet's treatment plan. We will keep this information on hand whenever you need it.
Our Pet Care Philosophy
We proudly serve pet owners in Benicia, Vallejo, Cordelia, Fairfield, Vacaville, Pinole, Suisun, Martinez, Walnut Creek, and beyond. Our team of veterinary professionals is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art veterinary service to you and your pet with care and compassion.
At Animal Clinic of Benicia we are passionate about preventative care, client education, and providing comprehensive emergency and medical care to Benicia pets.
If you are new to our animal hospital you are bound to have a few questions. Learn more about our office policies, payment options, and appointment booking by reading through our hospital FAQs.
- What types of payment options are available?
Payment in full is expected at the time services are provided or upon discharge of your pet. We accept payment by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
For more information about your payment options and our clinic's policies, read and fill out our Payment Policy Form below.
- Are there payment plans available for my pet’s care?
We are proud to offer CareCredit as a financing option. They offer an easy application process that will give you results in minutes.
- Will I be provided with an estimate of costs?
Our team will provide you with a good-faith estimate of the cost of our services before treating your pet. However, unforeseen circumstances may arise that impact your final bill.
We will always discuss our written estimate with all clients before they leave our facility, and require a deposit based on our estimate before any further treatment.
- Should I call ahead to book an appointment?
While we do offer walk-in care in some circumstances, it is always best to call ahead to ensure that our vets have enough room in their schedule to provide your pet with the outstanding veterinary care they deserve.
Whenever possible please call ahead to book an appointment to ensure we have room in our schedule to see your pet.
If your pet needs emergency care during our regular business hours, please contact us right away.
- What is your appointment cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the space in our schedule to other clients.
- What types of animals do you treat?
At Animal Clinic of Benicia we provide care for cats and dogs.
- Where can I purchase my pet's prescription and food?
You can purchase all the medications and specialty food your pet needs either via our online store or our in-house pharmacy.
- What are the fees associated with a specialty appointment?
You are financially responsible for the initial examination fee and any diagnostics or treatment that you consent to for your pet’s treatment. This payment is due at the time of service.
For further hospitalization, diagnostics, or surgery, a deposit is required upfront with payment due in full when your pet is discharged.
- What are the fees associated with an emergency visit?
A deposit payment is required for all emergency examinations. Once the staff and doctors have examined your pet, an estimate for treatment will be given to you to determine a treatment plan.
If further hospitalization, diagnostics, or surgery are required, a deposit is required up front, with payment in full due when your pet is discharged.
- Can you help with my pet insurance?
We’re happy to help you fill out pet insurance forms for your pet’s visit.
Pet Owner Resources
Here are some helpful links for your pet's health.