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 (802)862-7021.
- What are the Hospital hours?
Please refer to the chart on the left hand column of this web page for the different hours at our two locations.
- Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. Walk in emergencies are also accepted but please be aware that your animal may have to wait to be seen depending on our evaluation as to the severity of his or her condition.
- What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check (Vermont only), Discover, Mastercard, and Visa. We also accept Care Credit.
- Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service. CareCredit is a third party credit agency and offers a 6 month no interest period on bills over $200.
- At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done as early as 4 months of age but your veterinarian will discuss with you when the best time may be to spay or neuter your animal as this depends on the breed, intended use, and history of your animal. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and 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 many need for them to be removed in 14 days following the surgery. Some procedures use absorbable sutures only and these may not need a follow up appointment to have them removed.
- 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.
- Do you board pets?
No, at this time we do not routinely board animals.