What services do you offer at the 1stPet Veterinary Center closest to my location?
Every 1stPet location can accommodate whatever services you and your pet need, whether it’s emergency or critical care, general wellness care, or the advanced services of a specialist. Our general practice appointments are available during normal business hours, but our veterinary centers are open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year so you can be sure your pet will be cared for, whatever happens. If you have to visit a 1stPet location that isn’t your ‘regular’ location, rest assured we can access all your pet’s records through our networked electronic medical records software.
Where are 1stPet Veterinary Center locations?
We have 3 clinics in the North Valley metro area:
1233 W. Warner Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224
520 W. Union Hills Dr., #105
North Phoenix, AZ 85027
1423 S.Higley Rd. #102
Mesa, AZ 85206
At what age should my puppy or kitten receive vaccinations? And when should they be spayed or neutered?
We recommend that puppy and kitten vaccinations be started at 8 weeks, and then be given every 3 weeks until 16 weeks of age. Spaying and neutering usually happens when your pet is 4-6 months of age, but can be done any age after that.
Why do you recommend my pet receive a physical exam at least once yearly?
Regular physical exam helps us assess the general health of your pet and rapidly detect minor changes over time. Physical exams can catch signs of disease early, often before the animal is showing any symptoms, which may allow for better outcomes with treatment and a higher quality of life for as long as possible. In older pets, a physical exam every 6 months is recommended.
Why does my indoor cat need vaccinations?
Despite our best efforts to keep our cats safely indoors, we all know that some are escape artists, or other roaming ‘friends’ may come visit your doorways- both of which are opportunity to spread disease. Certainly other vectors such as mosquitoes and fleas can also result in illness. By keeping up on routine regular vaccinations of your indoor cat, you will minimize your pet’s chances of contracting these harmful illnesses and best protect your family friend.
What does ‘board-certified’ mean and why does it matter to me?
Board-certified veterinary specialists have completed an additional 3-4 years after veterinary school
in a residency program where they learned and performed highly extensive work within a specific medical discipline, such as surgery, emergency/critical care, or internal medicine. After this, board-certified specialists must pass a rigorous multi-day examination something only a few ever obtain. These highly qualified and trained veterinarians are ‘certified’ by the medical board within their specialty. This means they have extended, focused knowledge about their chosen specialty, and continue to stay abreast of all the latest medical research and procedures in that specialty. If your primary veterinarian has recommended you see a board-certified specialist to help diagnose and treat your pet’s condition, you will be in the very best hands with our specialists here at 1st Pet.
Do I need an appointment? And what forms of payment do you accept?
We do ask that you make an appointment for any wellness, general, or non-emergency needs your pet has. If you have an emergency, please just bring your pet to your closest 1stPet Veterinary Centers location, any time of the day or night. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If possible, do call ahead and alert us to your arrival and if you need assistance transporting your pet from the car to the hospital. As is customary, payment is required at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, most major credit cards, and CareCredit financing.
Why does my pet need a blood screen before surgery?
Pre-anesthetic blood tests are done to check on the overall health of your pet as another way to ensure they are safe to undergo an anesthetic procedure. We want to be sure your pet will have the best experience possible at 1st Pet, and by doing a physical examination as well as blood tests, we are doing all we can to optimize the best outcome for your family friend. Pre-anesthetic screens test organ function, such as the liver and kidneys, as well as check that blood counts are normal. Safety is our primary concern and we want to have all the information we can about your pet’s health so they can return home, heal quickly, and return to their healthy and happy life by your side!
Does my pet really need a dental exam?