What to Expect at a Specialty Appointment
Knowing what to expect at your first appointment will help make the process more pleasant for both you and your pet.
We ask that you please arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment 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 Board-Certified Specialist
A member of our specialist team will review your pet's history and discuss their issues with you. You can ask any questions you want, and we'll take the time to answer.
Examination, Diagnosis & Treatment
Once your pet has been assessed, we will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Your veterinary specialist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your pet. After your visit, we will also contact your primary care veterinarian and provide a detailed written report about your pet's appointment and treatment plan.
Our Pet Care Philosophy
Our team works as an extension of your primary care veterinarian at those times when advanced medical care is required.
We proudly serve pet owners and veterinarians in Santa Cruz by providing specialist services and procedures not typically available in regular practice.
We will work closely with you, your family veterinarian and our network of specialists to provide the best course of treatment for your beloved pet.
Payment & Financing
At Pacific & Santa Cruz Veterinary Specialists we'll help you navigate our options for payment and financing so you can focus on getting your pet the care they need.
- 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, American Express.
- Are there payment plans available for my pet’s care?
We are proud to offer CareCredit as a financing options. It offers an easy application process that will give you results in minutes.
- Will I be provided with an estimate of costs?
Yes, we will provide a good-faith estimate of the cost of our services before pet treatment, however, unforeseen circumstances may arise that influence 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 prior to any further treatment.
- What are the fees associated with a specialty appointment?
You are financially responsible for the initial exam 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 in full due 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 examine your pet, an estimate for treatment will be given to you to determine a treatment plan.
For further hospitalization, diagnostics or surgery, a deposit is required upfront with payment in full due when your pet is discharged.
- Can you help with my pet insurance?
We’re happy to help you complete pet insurance forms for your pet’s visit to our Santa Cruz animal hospital.
Pet Owner Resources
Here are some helpful links for your pet's health.