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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 Linwood Animal Hospital.
1. What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday through Friday 7:30am-5:00pm. The clinic is closed on Saturday & Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. However, we understand that in certain circumstances it may be difficult or impossible to schedule an appointment, and for those occasions we ask that you contact us at the earliest possible convenience so that we may plan appropriately for your visit. Even a phone call while you're on the way (for an emergency) would be helpful to our staff and doctor.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Discover, and Visa
4. Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service.
5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering is typically recommended at approximately 6 months of age. Your pet is given an exam 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. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is required prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
These are blood tests that are run here in the clinic prior to surgery. They tests multiple organ functions, blood counts and the clotting ability of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is performed to determine if there are any underlying risk factors that should be addressed prior to the surgery and the ability to heal following surgery.
7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving external or visible sutures oftentimes require them to be removed 10 to 14 days following the surgery. Most surgeries will be completed with "intra-dermal" sutures that lie entirely under the skin. This suture will absorb within time so no removal of the sutures will be necessary.
8. 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. For females these advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors, cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life. In males the advantages include decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate or testicular cancer, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
9. Do you board pets?
No. We do not board pets. Our space is limited to those patients needing medical attention. We would be glad to recommend a boarding facility to you for your pet.
10. What are your kennels like?
Our kennels are all indoor, and depending on the size of our canine patients determines the size of the kennel in which they will be placed. We have adequate facilities to accommodate all sizes and breeds of dogs and cats. Blankets and food are provided for our patients that may require overnight admittance.