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 Middlebrook Animal Clinic.
1. What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open:
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm
Tuesday from 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturdays from 9:00am until noon
The clinic is closed on Sundays
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. We will take walk-ins but you may need to be prepared to wait. Calling ahead always pays off in saving you time in the long run.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Debit Cards, MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express. We also offer Care Credit for those that qualify.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS!
4. Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service. However we do accept the Care Credit Card you may apply online at http://www.carecredit.com/ .
5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 4 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 and your pet should be free of all internal and external parasites (e.g., intestinal worms, fleas or ticks). 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 performed a couple of days 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. There is nothing worse for a doctor than to realize that an animal cannot clot its blood AFTER they have made the first cut with the scapel!
7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving external sutures require them to be removed in 10 to 14 days following the surgery. Many of our patients have internal sutures (stitches are not exposed to the outside world). In these cases, the stitches will gradually be dissolved by your pet's body long after the surgery site has healed. No removal is necessary.
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 cancer, cystic ovaries and uterine infections, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood (a biggie for males), decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer (death sentence), helping to prevent spraying and marking, and also decreasing the overabundance of unwanted puppies and kittens.
9. Do you board pets?
No, but we can recommend some excellent boarding facilities in the area. Give us a call for available kennels or house-sitters.
10. Do you offer grooming?
Yes, we have grooming available on Wednesdays (by appointment) with Perri Waiwaiole or Crystal Diaz. We also give medicated baths, trim nails, express anal sacs, clean ears, etc.