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 (734)439-1112.
- What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday & Tuesday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Wednesday doctor hours are from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The office is open until 5:50 p.m. Thursday 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. Friday 9:00 to 5:30 pm. On Saturdays we are open from 9:00 am until noon. The clinic is closed on Sunday.
- Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. Emergencies will always take precedence. There will be addition fees that apply for emergency appointments and for those who walk into the clinic without an appointment. If you walk in without an appointment we may deem it necessary to schedule one for you at a later time or date.
- What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Debit, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and CareCredit.
- Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service. You may apply for CareCredit for instant credit 6 months same as cash with bills over $200.00 if accepted. See application site on our page or fill one out in our office (two forms of ID required).
- At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
The majority of spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age. Medium to large breed dogs may wish to wait until they are between 12-18 months of age or for two months after their first heat cycle. New studies suggest waiting is better for their growth and development and may reduce the risk of some forms of cancers. (Also see next question). Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is strongly recommended for all age pets prior to undergoing anesthesia and 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 a toxic infection of the uterus later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, hormonal aggression and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
- What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
These are blood tests that are run here in the clinic prior to surgery. They test organ functions, blood counts and minor clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery.
- How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Most of our surgical patients go home with dissolvable sutures which require no removal. Procedures involving other sutures require them to be removed in 10-14 days following the surgery.
- Do you board pets?
No, however we do have several recommended boarding kennels and even a pet sitter search site listed on our website's Area Links page. For your pet's protection it is recommended that their vaccinations, heartworm & fecal tests are up-to-date at least one week prior to going to the kennel. Make sure they are currently on their heartworm preventive medication and flea & tick medications.
- Why should I give my pet heartworm preventive medication all year round in Michigan?
Having heartworm disease is a horrible way to die. The weather year round in Michigan is unpredictable. We have seen temperatures rise into the 80's in February. Heartworm disease is transported by mosquitos and carried by other canines such as domestic dogs, coyotes and foxes. It can be spread to any unprotected dog or cat simply with one bite. Most heartworm preventives also deworm your pet once a month for intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms or whipworms. There is even a canine one that deworms for tapeworm as well. Intestinal parasites can be zoonotic (spread) to humans, especially children.