Frequently Asked Questions
Will I receive an after-care summary?
You will! Via email and hard copy. We will also contact you after surgery to see how your fur baby is feeling!
If my pet is showing signs of illness, should I postpone surgery or vaccinations?
Please call us. Some conditions do not interfere with surgery and some do require surgery be delayed.
What forms of dental surgery do you offer?
Routine scale and polish, extractions, excessive gum growth removed.
Should pets have yearly check-ups like people’s wellness visits?
With your full-service veterinarian, yes! As pets age, they need to have more than once a year wellness examinations.
Which meds do you consider essential (heartworm, etc.)?
dogs, cats, and rabbits – fleas preventative
dogs and cats – heartworm preventative
Do you offer diagnostic testing for pets?
For dogs – heartworm testing
For cats – feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus testing
For both dogs and cats – fecal testing for intestinal parasites, screening for external parasites and/or pre-surgical bloodwork for high risk patients
Do you provide care to giant dog breeds?
Which animals do you see at your practice?
Dogs, cats and rabbits.
Do you accept pet insurance plans?
Pet Insurance does not work like human insurance. Vet clinics do not process insurance. The pet parent collects and submits invoices and paperwork on their own after they’ve already paid full price for services. The insurance comes in a reimbursement form to the pet parent.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, we now offer a payment plan via CareCredit.
What forms of payments do you take?
We accept cash, credit cards or debit cards and Care Credit. We do not accept personal checks.
A 4% service fee is applied to all sales. We do offer a full discount on this service fee to customers who pay with cash.
Why can you provide surgical services at a cost less than most full-service practices?
Pets in Stitches is a streamlined practice. Unlike a private veterinarian who provides a full medical service, we are focused on one single service, i.e. quality surgeries. Pets In Stitches performs surgery along with basic vaccinations and testing only. With our singular focus, we can better maintain our overhead costs, making it more affordable.
Do you microchip?
Yes, both at the time of surgery and during a scheduled non-surgical afternoon appointment.
Can I just bring my pet in for a rabies shot?
No, as a dedicated spay and neuter clinic, we can only administer vaccinations at the time of surgery.
What vaccinations are available?
- Vaccinations for cats – rabies, feline distemper, and feline leukemia
- Vaccinations for dogs – rabies, distemper/parvovirus, leptospirosis, and kennel cough
Do you give vaccinations?
Yes, both at the time of surgery or schedule an appointment in our afternoon hours.
If your pet is a surgical patient, we are required to administer a rabies vaccination if your pet does not have a current one. We will administer additional vaccinations on the day of surgery at your request.
What should I do to keep my dog/cat from licking his/her incision?
You may purchase a post-surgery collar or body suit from us.
Should I be worried that my dog/cat is licking his/her incision?
Yes. Please bring them in so we can check their incision. We are available for rechecks Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with an appointment or follow the emergency contact instructions on your Postoperative Care Instruction sheet.
What is the green mark on my pet?
A small tattoo is the best way to identify your pet has been spayed or neutered. It is standard procedure for sterilization surgeries.
Do male cats need special litter boxes after neuter surgery?
Male cats should use Yesterday’s News, which Pets In Stitches does have available for purchase, instead of litter for two days after neuter surgery. This helps prevent irritation to the surgical incisions from litter dust particles.
What is the recovery period like?
The recovery period is seven to ten days. You need to restrict their activity and keep them indoors. You also want to watch their incision closely. We will give you Postoperative Care Instructions when you pick up your pet.
Is the procedure painful?
Surgery is performed under general anesthesia with additional pain medication administered by a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The animal is asleep during the procedure and may experience mild discomfort after surgery. Most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. Pain medication is also sent home.
Is the surgery safe?
With any surgical procedure, there is always risk but we take every step possible to protect your pet. Your pet will be constantly monitored in person as well as with specialized monitoring equipment during surgery. Pets In Stitches uses an anesthetic protocol that is widely accepted in our field. A licensed veterinarian performs the surgery while the pet is under full anesthesia. Your pet will stay at our clinic for the day so we will be able to observe them during recovery.
How long does the surgery take?
It depends on the animal and the surgery; most surgeries are completed in 20 minutes or less.
Can they drink water all night before surgery?
Yes, always keep water available to your pets. However, unless your pet is under 4 months of age, no food after midnight.
Will my animal’s behavior be changed by spay or neuter surgery?
The behavior changes as a result of sterilization surgery are positive. Males reduce territorial spraying. Neutered animals fight less and do not wander in search of a mate.
How soon after they have a litter can they be fixed?
For dogs, the mother must stop lactating before we can do the spaying surgery. This is typically four weeks after the puppies stop nursing completely.
For mother cats, we can do the surgery when the kittens are at least four weeks old. Lactating cats may undergo a flank spay where the reproductive organs are removed though an incision on the side of the abdomen rather than the underside.
Will my pet gain weight after this surgery?
Weight gain is more a product of exercise, calorie intake and aging, than spaying or neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim if you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.