Ryegate Small Animal Hospital

54 Moore Lane
East Ryegate, VT 05042

(802)633-3660

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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 Ryegate Small Animal Hospital at 802-633-3660.

1. What are the hospital hours?

   Our hospital is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and on Tuesday from 8:00am to 7:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until noon. The clinic is closed on 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, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover

 

4. Can I make payments?

    Full Payment is required at the time of service.

 

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 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 and blood counts 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 sutures require them to be removed in 10 - 14 days following the surgery.

 

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 disease and other tumors later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.