Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you only see emergencies?
|1. Do you only see emergencies?|
Not at all! We are a complete veterinary care facility, providing physical examinations, vaccinations and preventive care; medical and surgical services; dentistry, radiology, pediatric and senior care; orthopedic and laser surgery; in-house specialists, laboratory services and more! We do see our fair share of emergencies, but that is only the tip of the iceberg! FYI: Our emergency services are provided for our clients and pets only. [Back to Top]
2. Can you bill me later?
The Animal Hospital of Barrington receives no financial support from charitable organizations, government agencies or any other third party payment. In order to offer high quality veterinary medicine, it is required that every client be prepared to pay for all services as they are rendered. We do not extend credit or accept partial payments. For your convenience, we accept cash, checks (local banks only, with a valid license), VISA and Mastercard. [Back to Top]
3. Do you take walk-ins?
We know that sometimes in an emergency it is not possible to call ahead, but for routine services and non-emergencies (ie. vaccines, ear infections, rash, etc.) we do operate by appointment. Everyone loves a smooth-running schedule, so please help us maintain ours by calling ahead. [Back to Top]
4. Do you offer grooming?
Not presently but we haven't ruled it out for the future! We do carry an assortment of shampoos and conditioners if you are the "do-it-yourself" type! [Back to Top]
5. What are your hours?
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED for family time
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6. How do I get there?
We are located on route 125 in Barrington, just seconds north of the junction of routes 125 and 9, also known as "Calef's Corner." We share our driveway with the Barrington Family Practice and Urgent Care. You may want to check out Yahoo or mapquest.com if you're still not sure where we are.
7. I just want a rabies shot for my dog, nothing else. How much is that?
Our primary concern here at The Animal Hospital of Barrington is with your pet's health, and therefore we do not do vaccinations without an exam. Unknown medical conditions or disease can be cause for serious complications, even with something as "basic" as a vaccine. We also encourage you to become familiar with the other preventive health measures which are in your pet's best interest, above and beyond what is required by law. During an examination, your pet's overall physical condition, skin, eyes, ears, heart, lungs, muscles and bones, and teeth will all be evaluated, and recommendations made and/or treatments prescribed as necessary. It is our goal to ensure a long, happy life for your pet and we encourage you to take an active role in this endeavor. We welcome you to call the office to inquire about fees and any other questions you might have. [Back to Top]
8. What actually happens during a physical exam?
There seems to be a misconception as to why pets need to see a veterinarian yearly. Most owners think the most important reason is so that their pet can "get his shots" and that anyone who knows how to give a shot and has access to vaccines can do it. In reality, the most important reason is so that the veterinarian can look at your pet and determine if there are any abnormalities that an untrained eye may not notice. There are many things your doctor looks at when you take your pet in for his "shots". Here are just a few things we look for as a part of your pet's physical exam; from the moment the doctor sees your pet, the physical exam has already started.
Overall (from a distance exam)
9. Do you offer boarding?
Not currently and while The Animal Hospital of Barrington does not endorse one boarding facility over another, we would be happy to provide you with the names of facilities our clients know and like. We also have information on in-house pet sitters, who will see to your pets' care while in the comfort of their own home. [Back to Top]
10. Do you see birds/snakes/turtles/other exotic pets??
While we of course love all animals, our practice is "small animal," meaning cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and various "pocket pets". [Back to Top]
Have a question that's not answered here? Please contact us!