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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 Tender Touch Veterinary Care.
Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursdays and Saturdays we are open from 8:00 am until noon. The clinic is closed on Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, all patients are seen by appointment.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, Mastercard 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 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 anesthesia. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
Pre-anesthetic blood screening is a blood test that is ran prior to surgery at a regional laboratory facility. 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. For more detail about pre- anesthetic blood tests, please make an appointment with Dr. Sue Fluhr and/or go to surgical FAQ's under the services tab on our website.
7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
The time span required for sutures and/or staples to stay in depends on the procedure provided. The more common procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 10-14 days following the surgery. On the other hand, some sutures do not require removal due to the body's white blood cells digesting the suture material.
8. Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?
No, there is not any 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 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?
Boarding is not offered at our facility due to the limited hours the practice is opened.
10. What are your kennels like?
Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 3 times daily while they are at our facility.Cats that stay with us for a day or more are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Blankets and food are provided for our patients, but you are always welcome to bring your own.