Accepted Forms Of Payment
At the AHOM - payment is expected at the time of service.
We accept the following forms of payment:
- Checks (with proper I.D)
- Major Credit Cards
We also offer these forms of payment from outside sources:
Care Credit® - Medical credit card offered through GE Bank. Care Credit offers reasonable finance terms & generous lines of credit. Must be approved! Apply online or here at the clinic!
Scratchpay - Scratch Pay is a financial option that allows owners to receive a loan almost instantly.
*Note, the application for Scratch Pay does not affect your credit score.
How to apply:
- Navigate to the ScratchPay link listed below.
- Fill in the needed information for your pet.
- Select the Animal Hospital of Martinsville from the list of participating clinics.
- Fill in the needed personal information (income is based on a monthly basis).
- Select one of the offered payment plan options.
After a plan has been selected and agreed to, the owner will submit their application to Scratch Pay. Once this process is completed, an email will be sent to the owner and the Animal Hospital of Martinsville detailing whether or not the owner was approved. At this time, the clinic is able to begin treatment on the pet. Owners then repay Scratch Pay following the payment plan that was agreed to. The entire process, from application to approval, only takes a few minutes.
My Pet Had Surgery...but I Forgot What The Technician Told Me!
We're Home...but now what?
- Realize that your pet may still be feeling the effects of anesthesia, and may be steady on his/her feet even hours after their procedure.
- Keep your pet in a quiet place; where they can rest.
- Supervise eating/drinking. Provide food and water in small amounts, until you are sure your pet is back to normal.
- Monitor your pet's bathroom activities. Make sure they are relieving themselves as expected. Be aware that your pet received fluids, and may need frequent potty breaks.
- Keep your pet on a leash, while outside until your pet has healed.
- Keep your pet crated, or confined if needed, to protect them from harm. Especially if you have other pets who like to play.
- Discourage your pet from jumping onto furniture, or running.
Monitoring the Surgical Site
- Some swelling will be normal after your pets procedure.
- Monitor your pets surgical site for any possible signs of infection, including redness, odor, oozing, pain, and/or heat.
- Do NOT allow your pet to scratch or lick the surigical site. Your pet may need an E-collar to help prevent this. If so, please call our clinic on the next business day.
- Depending on the procedure that your pet received, recover times may vary. (A typical spay/neuter will take approximately 2 weeks to 1 month to heal. Where as a dental procedure may only take a few days for your pet to feel better.) Please call our clinic, for any questions on recovery time that you may have.
Follow - Up
- It is very important that you keep your pets surgical follow up appointments, so that our veterinarians can monitor your pets progress.
- If sutures were placed, they will need to be removed by one of our veterinary assistants/technicians. Depending upon the type of procedure that your pet received, determines the time frame for this. During your pets discharge instructions, you should have received this. Please call our clinic with any questions concerning suture removal.
Dominant or Aggressive Dog?
Step 1: Avoid Confrontation
Simply put, do not do anything, or allow your dog to do anything that causes it to growl or become aggressive. If your dog growls and protects his dog treat, do not give him a treat. If he is possessive about stolen garbage, or tissue then put these items where he cannot get them.
Step 2: Feeding
Only you feed the dog and only you decide when to feed the dog. No more free choice feeding. Leave the food down for a certain amount of time then pick it up. Distract the dog, or wait until it leaves before picking up the food. Most importantly, the dog must respond appropriately to a command given by you before he is fed. (i.e. the dog must sit on command) If the dog does not sit or obey the command do not give him the food. Do not give in to your dog if he does not eat for several days. This is a battle of wills that you must win. When he finally gives in, he is acknowledging that you are the boss over the food, not him.
Step 3: Petting
The physical act of petting your pet, and the recognition that goes with it are very important to your dog. Petting is a powerful and meaningful reward for a dog. Always pet your dog by stroking his chest, chin or cheek. Petting the top of a dog?s head has resulted in many bites to owners because the dog perceives that as a threatening or aggressive act. Again the most important thing is never let the dog tell you to pet it. You must make the rules. Do not respond to your dog?s head butting or coaxing to be petted. Also, do not respond every time the dog wants petted. When you do decide to pet your dog make your dog respond to a command first, then pet him but only for a brief time. If he doesn?t sit then he doesn?t get petted. This is very hard for owners to do, but is very important.
Step 4: Praise
Do not over praise. Too much praising causes the dog to not care. Also make the dog work for the praise by following a command or doing an appropriate action (such as walking calmly beside you or sitting or shaking on command). Make the praise warm and heartfelt. In other words: praise for good things but do not shower the dog with praise as it will become meaningless to the dog.
Step 5: Toys
Toys are great; however, the dog must work to get the toy. He must respond to your command to be allowed a toy. Put all toys in a box/drawer. Your dog must come to you if he wants a toy and respond to your command to get the toy. After he is done playing, quickly put the toy back into drawer/box.
Step 6: Games
Make sure you initiate the game. If he wants to play and is pestering you to play, ignore him. A short time later, when he has given up, you can start the game. Make sure he obeys YOUR rules! If he will not release a toy, or misbehaves, simply quit the game and walk away. Remember to stay away from any games that could be considered to promote aggression!
Step 7 Needs & Wants
Demanding what they want and getting it, is a form of dominance. Dominant dogs thrive on this, they demand something and keep demanding until you consent. This only adds "fuel to the fire". The answer is, to ignore the dog, give them the cold shoulder. This may be hard, as we all want to pet our dogs. However, with a dominant dog, we must decide when to pet and when not to.
Step 8 Company
All dogs, even dominant ones, want to be close to their owners. Ration this closeness out as rewards for good behavior. Avoid having dominant or aggressive dogs, sit in your lap or lay in your bed. These forms of companionship should be banned in aggressive dog.
Step 9 High Places
NEVER allow a dominant dog on furniture or beds, and never get down on the floor with a dominant dog. Being at eye level with such a dog, makes them feel more in charge. If you are scared to initiate removing your dog from one of these places, try one of these tricks:
1. Place a long leash on the dog while in the house, and if he gets on the furniture, pull him off. Tell him "No - get off the couch", but praise him when he has all 4 feet on the ground.
2. You can "booby" trap the furniture. ( A tin can filled with pennies, attached to a string, or a water pistol) .
Step 10 Freedom
Again, do not let the dog out when he demands it. You make him obey your command first. If he does not obey, do not let him out. (unless the dog is needing to use the bathroom - which in this case, tie him out or walk him on the leash. Do not allow him to run loose)
Step 11 Exercise
Plenty of exercise is good!! A tired dog is less likely to be aggressive.
Step 12 Diet
Try a low protein diet. It might help!
Treats 4 Your Pets!
Below are lists of some treats along with estimates of how many calories each one has?
Alpo Variety Snaps ~ 20 cal/pr treat
Alpo Healthy Snacks ~ 13 cal/pr treat
Beggin Littles ~ 7 cal/pr treat
Beggin Strips ~ 40 cal/pr treat
Beneful Snackin Slices ~ 23 cal/ pr treat
Busy Bone Mini ~ 146 cal/pr treat
Busy Bone Dental Treat Lg. ~ 600 cal/pr treat
Trupanion Pet Insurance
We recommend Trupanion Pet Insurance.
When your pet gets sick or injured, the last thing you want to think about is how much it will cost. Pet health insurance from Trupanion helps protect you from that financial burden and makes sure you can focus on getting the best care possible for your dog or cat. Whether your pet has several minor incidents or develops a serious medical condition like cancer, pet insurance shields your budget from unexpected veterinary costs.
Knowing that your pet's healthcare is covered allows you to determine the course of treatment based on what will be most effective for the health and happiness of your pet (not the size of your wallet).
With pet medical insurance, your 4-legged friend will be taken care of.
Visit Trupanion's website to learn more about insurance for your pet!
By law, veterinarians cannot prescribe or dispense prescription medications without a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship or VCPR (Indiana Code 25-38. 1-4, Chapter 4). A VCPR exist when the prescribing veterinarian has examined the pet, diagnosed a medical condition, assumed responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding treatment, and discussed treatment and follow up with the owner. The prescription shall only be for a duration that is consistent with the animal's condition. A veterinarian cannot prescribe or refill a drug for more than one year from the date they last examined the pet.
**For heartworm preventatives, an annual heartworm test must be completed with a negative result.**
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Parasites and How They Can Affect Your Family!
Dogs and cats are not just pets. They are treated like members of the family. And like any member of your family, it's important to keep your companion animal healthy and free of parasites.
Visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) website www.petsandparasites.com for more information about parasites that can affect your pets and your family! State, regional, and local information about parasites such as heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tick-borne diseases is available on this informational site.
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