Policies

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Thanks for choosing us to be your veterinary healthcare provider! In order to ensure that all our patients and clients receive the best possible care, please keep the following policies in mind when you come in.

  • Closed for lunch: Beginning October 4, 2021; we will be closed from 12:30pm to 1pm for a 30 minute lunch break for all of our staff. We will not be accepting walk-ins, prescription, or pet pick up at anytime during this 30 minute period. 

  • Payment is due at time of service. There are no exceptions. Failure to pay at time of service will result in permanent suspension of any and all services.

  • Client behavior: We are saddened that we have to put this up. However, due to daily client intimidation, belligerent behavior and disrespect towards our staff members, its a must at this point. We have policies set for specific reasons and we DO NOT tolerate our staff to be talked down to, intimidated, or cursed at. IF this happens, you WILL be asked to leave and to not return, this is a ZERO tolerance policy. We will give you a copy of your records for your future vet to have. We want our staff, clients, and patients to have a healthy happy relationship.

  • Written Prescriptions: Due to a larger amount of people wanting written prescriptions, limited staff and the time it takes for written prescriptions to be done, we will now be charging a $5 fee for all written prescriptions as of 4/1/22. 

  • The FIRST 5 EXISTING CLIENTS in line at 9am for vaccines only, will get checked in first. You must only have 1 pet with you to get checked in first. After the first 5 vaccines are checked in and placed in rooms, we will open up for all exams and vaccines. 

    • WINTER months check-in trial (as of 1/10/22- ended 3/14/22). At 8am, we will place a board on our front door for everyone to sign in on while they wait for us to open at 9am. Please put your information down and then you can head back to your warm vehicle while you wait for us to call you in. This is to help save spots in line so you do not have to continue to wait in the cold. ​

  • Be prepared for long wait times! Our wait times can occasionally be short, but may climb to as much as 3-4 hours on a busy day. Please plan accordingly!

  • Facebook Updating: We work hard to make sure our Facebook is updated if we cut of earlier than normal on most days. We also post new information and any upcoming changes. However, we do not check the messages on our Facebook daily. Please check it out and like us on Facebook to keep in the loop. https://www.facebook.com/MichiganStreetVet/

  • Dental/ Teeth cleaning update: Due to overwhelming demand and limited doctor and technician availability, we have stopped performing dentals that need major extractions at this time. However, will still be doing cleanings with minor extractions. 

  • No more than 2 animals per person per visit. Exceptions are made for litters of puppies or kittens (a litter vaccination fee of $35 will be charged in addition to any medications, vaccines, or procedures performed).​​ This will be enforced in the event of only having 1 doctor on medical side. 

  • Coughing dogs and dogs with GI symptoms should NOT enter the building until their turn to be seen. Any pet with coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea and who are not eating or drinking must wait outside. You also must have proof of vaccines if your pet is vomiting, having diarrhea or not eating or drinking. If you do not have proof of vaccines, your pet will need to be tested for Parvovirus (exam $35 and Parvo test $30) For more information, click here. There is a $50 cleaning fee if we have to clean/ sanitize after your pet. 

  • All fractious cats and dogs will have an additional fee of $10-$20. This fee will cover the additional time/restraint/assistance your pet requires. This will become effective July 1, 2021.

  • Rabies Vaccines: Are required by law, no matter the pet or if they are indoor or outdoor. It is required especially when handling your pet so it decreases a rabies risk for our staff. If your pet does not have one, it will be done when your pet is in unless otherwise noted by the doctor due to medical condition. 

  • All dogs who require a muzzle for safe handling must arrive with a basket muzzle (click for a good example). Traditional muzzles, especially ones with velcro will not be accepted due to the safety risk they pose, since they inhibit the dog's ability to pant and regulate body temperature. We do not have basket muzzles for sale, and your pet will be turned away if you arrive unprepared for your visit. Basket muzzles can be bought at pet stores or online. We are no longer providing muzzles and you MUST have your own. If you are not able to muzzle your pet, you will be turned away. 
     

  • All clients must sign in at the front desk upon arrival. If we have never seen the patient before, please click here to download and fill out paperwork ahead of time. All cats must be in enclosed carriers and all dogs must be on a leash. Please make sure to keep your puppies off of the ground!

  • Prescription refills: For all prescription refills, you must allow 24-48 hours for your prescription to be filled. Please call ahead, leave us a detailed message, text our phone number or ask for one through our Vitus Vet App!

  • Cut-off times may vary due to patient load and doctor schedules. We reserve the right to turn away clients that arrive after we have cut off for the day. We will do everything we can to inform clients of any change in schedule, including updating our Facebook page, website hours, and voicemail hours.

  • If you are coming in from another vet, emergency clinic, specialty clinic, or for a second opinion, you MUST have records sent over 24 hours in advance. We need to have the records to view in order to determine if we are able to see your pet or not and to ensure we are doing everything we can for your pet. Pets with longer medical histories, we ask you to give us at least 48 hours to go over paperwork. Failure to do this will result in us having you return another day once we can view your records. 

  • We are NOT an emergency clinic. For true emergencies, we always recommend proceeding directly to an emergency clinic. We may be able to help in certain emergency situations, but we may refer you to an emergency clinic if the patient would be better served there. For a list of local emergency clinics, please click here.
     

  • Barking dogs must wait outside in the rear of the facility for their turn to be seen. In order to keep our lobby as peaceful as possible, we require all patients exhibiting fractious or noisy behavior to wait outside. Please leave your phone number or vehicle description with reception so we can reach you when it is your turn to be seen.
     

  • We do NOT respond to faxed requests for prescriptions or prescription refills, and we do NOT fax or call in prescriptions to outside pharmacies. We do NOT respond to requests to confirm prescription orders by fax or email. If you wish to have a prescription filled outside our facility, you must pick up a written script at the office. There are no exceptions. For prescription food orders, you may either request a written script or you may purchase food from our online pharmacy.

  • We do not provide training or behavioral services. Owners of pets with separation anxiety, aggression, or other behavioral concerns are encouraged to find a specialist.

  • West Michigan Street Veterinary Clinic declines to provide any medical services for any breeding animals under joint ownership or contract under any circumstances. By signing any medical or surgical release forms, you acknowledge that you are the sole owner of a pet being presented for medical services, and you acknowledge that West Michigan Street Veterinary Clinic is not liable for any breach of contract that may result between the client and any joint owner or individual with breeding agreements.