Here are some questions that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (636) 355-8565.

  • Surgical

    • What other decisions do I need to make?

      While your pet is under anesthesia, it is the ideal time to perform other minor procedures, such as dentistry, ear cleaning, or implanting an identification microchip. If you would like an estimate for these extra services please call ahead of time. This is especially important if the person dropping the pet off for surgery is not the primary decision maker for the pet's care.

      When you bring your pet in for surgery, we will need 5 to 10 minutes of time to fill out paperwork and help you make decisions on the blood testing and other options available. When you pick up your pet after surgery you can also plan on spending about 10 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs.

      We will call you the night before your scheduled surgery appointment to confirm the time you will be dropping your pet off and to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to call us with any questions about your pet's health or surgery.

    • Will my pet be in pain?

      Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. Pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don't whine or cry but you can be sure they feel pain. The pain medications needed will depend on the type of surgery performed. Major procedures for example require more pain relief than things like minor lacerations.

      For dogs and cats, we may recommend an injection for pain on the day of surgery followed by two days of oral pain medication to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset, and can be given safely to most pets. The cost of these pain management packages varies from $20 to $37 and are customized to each individual pet's needs. Because cats do not tolerate standard human pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what medication we can give them. However recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We now have pain management packages specially tailored to meet the needs of cats.

    • How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
      Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 10-14 days following the surgery.
    • Will my pet have stitches?
      For many surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed later. Some surgeries, however (especially tumor removals and lacerations), do require skin stitches. With either type of suture, you will need to keep an eye on the incision for swelling or discharge. Most dogs and cats do not lick excessively or chew at their incision but this is an occasional problem that needs to be monitored closely. Please call if your pet licks or scratches their sutures. If there are skin sutures, these will usually be removed 10 to 14 days after surgery. You will also need to limit your pet's activity for a period of time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 to 14 days after surgery.
    • Is the anesthetic safe?

      Today's modern anesthetics have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Tri-City Animal & Bird Clinic we do a pre-anesthetic physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics to ensure that a fever or other illness won't be a problem. We also adjust the amount and type of anesthetic used depending on the health of your pet.

      Preanesthetic blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet would benefit from blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even apparently healthy animals can have serious organ system problems that cannot be detected without blood testing. If there is a problem, it is much better to find it before it causes anesthetic or surgical complications. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected.

      We offer in-house blood testing before surgery and for anesthesia, which we will go over with you when you bring your pet in that morning. For geriatric or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well. We recommend pre-anesthetic bloodwork for all pets over 6 years of age.

      Anesthetic risks can be further reduced by the use of fluid therapy which maintains blood pressure to vital organs during surgery and helps prevent dehydration. Different methods of administering fluids are used and are based on the needs of your pet and the type of surgery being done. We recommend fluid therapy for all pets over 6 years of age.

      It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food and water after 12 midnight the night before surgery.

  • General

    • What are your kennels like?
      Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 3 times daily while they are boarding. The cat boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Blankets and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.
    • Do you board pets?
      We offer boarding services to our clients with dogs requiring medical attention, cats, birds, and small mammals.  Current vaccinations are required and reservations are recommended for use of the boarding facility.
    • 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 your 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.
    • 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.
    • At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
      Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 4-6 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 fluid therapy are recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
    • Can I make payments?
      Payment is required at the time of service.
    • What forms of payment do you accept?
      Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, & Care Credit.
    • Do I need to have an appointment?
      Yes, patients are seen by appointment.
    • What are the hospital hours?
      Our hospital is open Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 7:00pm. On Fridays we are open 8:00am to 6:00pm.  On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until 4:00pm. The clinic is closed on Sunday.