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 Animal Medical Services.
Our office is open Monday, through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Animals dropped off for boarding, grooming, and surgery can be brought in after 7 a.m. each of these mornings. On Saturdays, our doors are open from 8:00 am until noon. Doctor's appointment hours are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. We are closed on Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Appointments are preferred. Pets brought in without an appointment will be seen as time allows. Emergencies are given a priority over any standing appointment.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and CareCredit.
4. Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service unless arrangements are made with Dr. Butler in advance.
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 recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
This is a blood test that is run here in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests liver and kidney function, blood counts, and electrolyte levels of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to increase safety during surgery 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?
Yes, we do boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats. We also can board birds and other small animals, but you will be required to bring your own cage and food for your pet.
10. What are your kennels like?
Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 3 times daily while they are boarding. Blankets and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.