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Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can my pet be spayed (female) or neutered (male)?

Spaying or neutering can be done as early as 4 months of age, but we recommend having the surgery done between 6-8 months of age, and even later for large breed dogs (around 1 year old). Your pet will be given an exam prior to surgery to determine if they are healthy enough to undergo surgery.  A pre-operative blood panel is optional, but recommended, prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery. Pain relief will be given as part of the procedure and can be sent home to provide post-operative comfort at home, at an additional charge.  Your pet must have current vaccinations; these can be given at the time of surgery if needed.

What is the Pre-Operative Blood Panel?

This is a blood test preformed in-house prior to surgery. We test organ function, blood count and clotting function of your pet's circulatory system. This panel is recommended prior to surgery to ensure your pet is healthy enough to undergo the procedure and has the ability to heal after the procedure.

How long do the sutures need to stay in after my pet's surgery?

Procedures that involve suture material or skin staples should be left in and kept clean for 10- 14 days after surgery. Suture removal is free, but should be scheduled as an appointment.

Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter before spaying or neutering?

No, there is no advantage to letting your pet have one litter. However there are plenty of advantages  to having your pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors, decreasing the chances of  cystic ovaries and uterine infections, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the chances of prostate cancer, helping to prevent spraying or marking and decreasing the surplus of kittens and puppies.

Do you board pets?

We offer day boarding, if space allows, and overnight boarding for patients that have medical conditions. We also have a boarding facility located on the property next to us called Paws Inn.

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Our family pets have gone to Dr. Wes Wittman and staff for over 20 years. His care has exceeded any expectations we have ever had. He even performed a c-section on our rabbit! Our pets are an extension of our family and have always been treated so with Dr. Whitman.

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The Arnold Family.

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