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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know about heartworm testing and prevention?

We require, at the recommendation of the American Heartworm Society (AHS), Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), and all preventative manufacturers, annual heartworm testing for dogs. We are a high-risk heartworm region, so it is recommended that ALL dogs be on a preventative year-round. We will NOT write online prescriptions for heartworm prevention due to issues that have occurred in the past and the risk those issues pose to your pet’s health.

Should I spay or neuter my pet?

It is recommended that ALL non-breeding animals be spayed or neutered. We will not perform these procedures if the animal is less than 6 months of age. Upon examination of the animal and discussion with the owner, we will recommend the ideal age for the operation to be performed.

How does your clinic handle discounts and rebates?

Periodically, manufacturers will provide discounts or rebates on their products. If we are using these products, we will do our best to pass these savings on to you. However, product recommendation will be based on what we feel is the safest and best solution for your pet.

What are Arkansas Veterinary Clinic’s protocols on vaccinations?

We strictly adhere to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) guidelines on vaccination. Discussion with each owner will allow us to tailor a vaccine protocol to each animal’s living situation.

How should I treat my pet for fleas and ticks?

Most pets will encounter fleas and/or ticks in their lifetime. We offer several treatment options and will recommend one for your pet based on their lifestyle.

How regularly should I bring my pet in for an exam?

In accordance with AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommendation, we recommend annual wellness checkups for pets, especially in their senior years.

How does Arkansas Veterinary Clinic handle dental cleanings?

Dental health is an important component of your pet’s overall health. We can schedule appointments for dental exams, however, the examination of teeth, tongue, gums, and entire oral cavity is a key part of our full physical examination. Should we discover a problem, we will recommend a solution to keep your pet as healthy and comfortable as possible.

How do I schedule an appointment for my pet?

We ask that our patients call 479-646-3478 to schedule appointments. We understand emergencies do occur and will do our best to accommodate them. Walk-in visits without an appointment will be seen as time allows and will incur an additional fee.

Holiday/Emergency
Fort Smith Animal Emergency Clinic provides night, weekend, and holiday care.
Phone: 479-649-3100
Address: 4301 Regions Park Dr. # 3, Fort Smith, AR 72916
The office is located off the corner of Zero St. and Hwy 45 behind the Valero station and across from Rheem Manufacturing.

What kind of payment does your office take?

We accept payments via Care Credit, Master Card, Visa and Discover. We do NOT accept checks.

What is CareCredit?

CareCredit is a credit card designed specifically for health needs. While this card can be used for medical and dentistry appointments, it can also be used for your pet’s health needs. We are happy to accept this convenient form of payment in our office!

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