Bernalillo Pet Care Center is a full-service veterinary hospital serving Bernalillo, Albuquerque, Placitas, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas. We are a small animal clinic and treat dogs, cats, small mammals (rats, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters, and ferrets), rabbits, reptiles, and amphibians. We do not currently treat birds. Click the links below to learn more information or read the FAQs that follow!
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 (505)-867-4575.
What are the Hospital hours? Our hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00 am until noon. The clinic is closed on Sundays.
Do I need to have an appointment? Yes, patients are seen by appointment, but we will accept walk-ins. Walk-ins will be seen between scheduled appointments based on severity of condition. If your pet is extremely ill, and we have no appointments available, we may refer you to a local emergency clinic for care.
How much will my visit cost? The regular office visit fee is $45 ($55 for reptiles/amphibians) and the walk-in fee is $60 - this does not include any diagnostics, treatment, or vaccinations. All other costs will be discussed with you during the visit and a written estimate will be provided for all extensive procedures or at your request.
What forms of payment do you accept? Cash, all major credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover), and Care Credit. We only accept checks on a case-by-case basis. We use telecheck to process checks instantly, similar to a debit card.
Can I make payments? Payment is required at the time of service. There are no exceptions. We will be glad to discuss Care Credit if payments are needed. We do now offer monthly payment preventive care packages - these cover general wellness care only. See the PCP information page if you are interested in a package.
What vaccinations are required? All dogs and cats over the age of 15 weeks are required to be vaccinated against Rabies. If your pet is not up to date on this vaccination, one will be administered during your visit unless the veterinarian deems your pet is not healthy enough for vaccination. Although not required, all dogs should be vaccinated for distemper/parvo (DA2PP) and cats for respiratory viruses (FVRCP) - these are considered core vaccinations for all pets. Other vaccinations which may be recommended based on lifestyle and risk for your individual pet are Bordetella (kennel cough) or Leptospirosis for dogs or feline leukemia (FeLV) for cats.
At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered? Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 4-6 months of age. This recommendation may vary for large or giant breed dogs. Your pet is given an exam and a pre-anesthetic blood screening prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery.
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.
How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery? Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 10-14 days following the surgery. Typically we use dissolving sutures under the skin which do not need to be removed, but we still recommend having the incision rechecked in 10 days.
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 and potentially be hit by a car or attacked by a wild animal, decreasing the incidence of prostate diseases later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Do you board pets? No, we do not have the facilities to board pets at this time.
Monday 8:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday 8:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 8:00am to 5:00pm Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm Saturday 8:00am to noon Sunday closed