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 Apple Valley Animal Hospital.
1. What are the Hospital hours?
We are open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm and Saturdays from 8am until 1pm. We are closed on Sundays and Holidays.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes. To make sure all our patients have the time they deserve, we schedule by appointments.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Care Credit.
4. Can I make payments?
We are unable to accept payment plans. Payment is required in full at the time of service.
5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done 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 strongly recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
This is a blood test that is run in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions, blood counts and clotting function of your pet. This pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery, make the doctor aware of any concerns with administering anesthesia, and the ability to heal following surgery.
7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 14 days following the surgery.
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. 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.
9. Do you board pets?
We currently do not provide boarding services, with the only exception being well established clients whose pets have chronic/severe medical needs.