Frequently Asked Questions

How often should my pet come in for an exam and bloodwork?

At minimum your pet should be seen at least once a year by our staff. They will receive their vaccine boosters as well as be tested and examined for any illness or tumor growths while here. If you notice a change in behavior or eating habits and suspect that your pet may be sick, please bring them in for an exam at once.

What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

Please contact BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine for Pets at 816-759-5016 or Animal Emergency Center at 816-455-5430 if your pet is needing emergency care.

At what age do you suggest having my pet spayed or neutered?

Barry Road Animal Hospital, along with most veterinary practices, recommends waiting until your pet is at least six (6) months of age before any sterilization procedure. It is important to remember that a spay surgery for a female pet is the equivalent of a hysterectomy in a human, therefore significant recovery time is needed for your pet.

When is pain management recommended for my pet?

Trauma and injuries in pets will usually cause obvious pain recognized by crying and possibly an animal that is trying to bite those that are helping. A whining, listless or lame pet is likely hurting somewhere as well. Milder arthritic pain, postoperative pain, cancer pain or even an ear or toothache may not be as obvious. Some animals just get a little grouchier when they hurt and some animals are so stoic and afraid that they just will not show any signs except withdrawal when they hurt. Our staff is trained to look for the subtle signs of pain and discomfort in all species.

What finance options do you offer and is payment expected at time of service?

We accept cash as well as all credit cards. If you find that you are facing a large bill and are unable to pay in full, we work with Care Credit which can set up monthly payments with you so that your pet is taken care of as soon as possible. Payment is expected at time of service due to the rising costs of operating a clinic with a high standard of care.