Spaying or neutering can be done at any time. The minimum is 4 lbs or 4 months. Some pets can be neuetered as early as 8 weeks with no increased risk to your pet. 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 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.
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.
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.
What are your kennels like?
Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 3 times daily while they are medically boarding. The cat medical boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Blankets and food are provided for our medical boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.
Do you board pets?
No, we do not do boarding for our clients. However we do have day care and grooming services. Play space is available for both dogs and cats. We also can also discuss arrangements for birds and other small animals, but you will be required to bring your own cage and food for your pet.
Veterinary Appointment Policy
To allow ample time for all pet patients and scheduled surgical procedures, we operate primarily by appointment. Emergency cases shall always receive top priority, which is why occasional appointment delay is inevitable. Please realize that we make a sincere attempt to see each client on time.
For your convenience, drop-off' appointments are available. A 'drop off' means you could bring your pet at the time that works best for you and leave him/her with us for a couple of hours. Usually we will ask you to drop off' sometime before 10 am so our doctors can examine the patient in between appointments. Once the doctor is done, she will give you a call to go over the diagnosis and to give you discharge instructions.
For the safety of all animals in our care, we require that all vaccinations be up to date. Even though we make every effort to make our patients feel comfortable during visits, they may be a little uneasy about new people, new surroundings and other pets. This is one of the reasons we ask you to restrain your pet. We recommend that animals be placed on a leash or in pet carriers before entering the waiting room. Please ask us any time about our happy visit program where we help train you pet to love coming to the veterinarian.
This is by far the best animal hospital I have ever seen. I have two cats and they have been to many vet's before I took them here. Everyone here is very nice, and one of my cats, who is very jumpy around new things, sat calmly during her exam and didn't try jumping on everything in the room.
The staff is super welcoming! Dr. Rachel is also very personable, which makes everything feel more comfortable.
Dr. Kuhn and the rest of the PAH team are absolutely astounding. Had to have my cairn terrier boarded for a couple days on very short notice and they took amazing care of her. Would recommend to anyone.
SO impressed. The doctor and staff went out of their way to make my big dog (who has social issues) feel comfortable. They were caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and prompt. I couldn't ask for better. We have to drive a bit to get to the facility, but it is well worth it. HIGHLY recommend!!