Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to questions that are frequently asked by our clients and potential clients who are seeking veterinary services for their pets. If you have additional questions that are not covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (931)359-6376.
Companion Animal Hospital is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm. On Saturdays, we are open from 8:00am until 12noon. The clinic is closed on Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. If you have an emergency during regular business hours, please proceed to our hospital. Call ahead, if possible, so that we are prepared to begin treatment as soon as you arrive with your pet.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa
4. Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service.
5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering is normally completed at approximately 6 months of age, however, the doctor may recommend a different timetable depending upon the pet's needs. 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 is 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. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving non-absorbing sutures are typically removed within 14 days following the surgery. The doctor will share more with you about this after the surgery and provide recommendations.
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 your pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include the following: 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 provide boarding for the convenience of 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 avian and exotic pets.
10. What are your kennels like?
Our kennels are all indoor. Dogs are walked numerous times daily while boarding and given access to the fenced exercise paddocks. Cat boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs and provided with litter boxes and a play area filled with toys. Blankets and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.