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 Grays Harbor Veterinary Services.
1. What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:00a-5:30pm. Wednesdays from 8:00a-6:00pm. Fridays from 8:00a-12:00p and 2:00p-4:30p. The clinic is closed on Saturday & Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, CareCredit, Mastercard, and Visa
4. Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service. We will help you apply for CareCredit if you need to make payments or you may apply online www.carecredit.com/apply/index.html
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 and an ECG are 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 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.
7. What is an ECG?
An ECG (sometimes called an EKG) can be performed on your pet to detect subtle heart abnormalities. We recommend that your pet has at least an annual ECG after the age of 7 years and before under-going general anesthesia. You can help protect your pet’s heart health with a high-quality diet, monthly heartworm prevention, and a daily fatty acid supplement such as 3V Caps.
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. Spays and neuters are typically performed using absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed.
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 boarding dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 3 times daily while they are boarding. We do have outdoor kennels that are used only in special circumstances and only if the owner requests these. Blankets and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.