Hospital Policies

Hospital Policies

Appointment Policy

Our Emergency-Critical Care department is open 24 hours a day to provide care for pets on an emergency basis. Each pet will be seen as soon as possible based on the seriousness of his or her condition. Pets referred to one of our special services will be seen by appointment. Please call us at 1-508-668-5454 to schedule an appointment.


Your pet has been admitted to Tufts VETS for treatment. We know how special your pet is to you, and we will keep you informed of your pet's condition with updates and timely notification of changes in your pet's status.

All of our hospitalized patients receive the best care possible. Our doctors will update you daily by 11:00 a.m. or by a mutually agreed upon time. If you have not received a call by 11:00 a.m. or the mutually agreed time, please call. Be assured that you will receive a call immediately if there is an important change in your pet's condition.

Patient Arrival Policy

For your protection, and that of others, all dogs must be on a leash and properly controlled while in the waiting area or exam rooms. All cats must be presented in a cat carrier or on a leash.


We understand that you are concerned about the welfare of your pet. It can be reassuring to your pet to receive a visit while hospitalized. Visiting hours are daily, 11am - 6pm. For exceptional circumstances, special arrangements can be made with the doctor. Please try to limit the length of time of your visit to allow your pet the needed rest and to avoid interruption of your pet's treatment (medication, blood work, etc.).


You have been asked to leave a deposit of 75% of the estimated maximum total bill. The estimate may need to be adjusted if medical conditions change after admission. We will update you with any additional charges as needed.

You and your pet are important to us. We will make sure that your pet's stay is a comfortable one. A written report of your pet's treatment will be sent to your referring veterinarian upon discharge from Tufts VETS. However, referring veterinarians are always free to call Tufts VETS directly at any time.

Payment and Pre-Payment Policy

We require full payment at the time that services are rendered. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, CareCredit, and cash.

Why We May Require A Deposit When Making Your Appointment

The demand for veterinary care has skyrocketed, but the number of appointment slots cannot keep up with the demand. When someone does not show up for an appointment, it means that another pet, who desperately needs veterinary care, has missed an opportunity to be helped.

For this reason, Tufts VETS may require a deposit of the examination fee at the time of making an appointment. Our promise to you is that if you call or text to cancel your pet's appointment at least 48 hours prior to the time of the appointment, we will refund your deposit. If you call within 48 hours of the appointment and we are able to fill your pet's spot from a waiting list, then we will refund your deposit. If the appointment spot is not able to be filled your deposit is not refundable.