Best Friends Pet Clinic

1820 Wheeler Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please feel free to give us a call at Best Friends Pet Clinic.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

  We are  open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

We do, at times, close during lunch time to have special staff meetings.  We hold these meetings for continuing education and to discuss ways to better serve you. 

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

    It is ideal to have an appointment so pets can be seen in an orderly fashion.  We understand that not all of your pet's health care needs can be planned.  In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, please call our office and we will do our best to see your pet as soon as possible.


3. What forms of payment do you accept?

     Cash, Care Credit, Discover Master-card and Visa.   Checks are accepted subject to check approval. 


4. Can I make payments?

    Payment is required at the time of service.


5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

   Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. A pre-anesthetic blood screen is required prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.


6.  What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

   This is a blood test that is run here in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions, blood counts and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery.


7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?

   Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 10 days following the surgery.


8.  Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?

    No, there is no advantage to letting your pet have one litter. However there are plenty of advantages to having you pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.


9.  Do you board pets?

   Yes, we do boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats. We also can board small animals, but you will be required to bring your own cage and food for your pet. Please call us for further information about boarding your exotic pet.


10.  What are your kennels like?

   Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 3 times daily during the week and twice daily on Saturday and Sunday. The cat boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Blankets and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own. Please see our list of acceptable items listed on our boarding agreement.