Frequently Asked Questions
Pets in Stitches
Why can you do this so cheaply?
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.
What forms of payments do you take?
We accept cash, credit cards or debit cards. We do not accept personal checks.
Do you know of assistance programs to help cover costs of my pet’s surgery?
Humane Society of Greene County’s spay/neuter subsidy program (937) 376-3001 – Must be a resident of Greene County. If you qualify, you will be given a voucher to bring to Pets in Stitches
Miami County Animal Shelter (937) 332-6919 – A voucher is given to new owners when adopting an intact shelter pet. Please bring the voucher with you to Pets in Stitches. This voucher does not cover the entire cost of surgery and you will be responsible for the balance due.
Humane Society of Greater Dayton and Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association Partnership Vouchers – Only available to individuals receiving governmental assistance. Proof of such assistance must be presented to the HSGD at 1661 Nicholas Rd, Dayton, Ohio 45417. The voucher must be brought to Pets in Stitches and does cover the cost of surgery. The voucher does not cover the cost of the required rabies vaccine (if pet is not current). Please call the Humane Society at 937/268-PETS (7387) for more information.
Do you give vaccinations?
Yes, both at the time of surgery or during our walk-in clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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 vaccinations are available?
- Vaccinations for cats – rabies, feline distemper, or feline leukemia
- Vaccinations for dogs – rabies, distemper/parvovirus or kennel cough
Do you microchip?
Yes, both at the time of surgery and during our walk-in clinics on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for non-surgical pets.
Spaying & Neutering
Do male cats need special litter boxes after neuter surgery?
Male cats should use Yesterdays 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.
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.
Is the procedure painful?
Surgical 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 offered for home use at a minimal cost.
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 perform 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.
Is there pain medication available after the surgery?
Your pet will receive pain medication before and during surgery. In addition, you can purchase take-home pain medication for use after surgery which is recommended.
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 through Thursday 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.
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.
What should I do to keep my dog/cat from licking his/her incision?
You may purchase a post-surgery collar from us.