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 Taylor Veterinary Hospital (319) 277-1883.
What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:30am until 10:00am. The clinic is closed on Sunday.
Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Care Credit, Scratchpay, Mastercard, Discover, Visa and American Express. Please don't be offended when we ask to see identification with payment using a check.
Do you have payment plans/can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service.
Do you board pets?
Yes, we have limited boarding but feel free to call for availability!
What are your kennels like?
Our kennels are all indoor. Cots, blankets and food are provided for our boarders.
Can I bring blankets and toys for my dog/cat to have while boarding?
We discourage it for the following reasons: In order to maintain the cleanliness of the kennels, bedding is washed daily and we have no way of tracking individual bedding through the laundry. Toys are a risk for choking or ingestion resulting in emergency surgery. However we have a waiver you can sign if you would like to leave items that states you are informed of the risks (health or losing the items) and you give permission for your items to be used while boarding.
At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 5 to 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. We require vaccinations and a fecal sample to be current at the time of surgery. Also a pre-surgical blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter of babies?
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 prostate cancer, breast tumors, cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
What is pre-surgical 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-surgery blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery. It is required for any surgery on a pet that is over 3 years of age, and strongly recommended for any surgery procedure.
Will my pet have stitches?
For some surgeries, we use absorbable sutures underneath the skin. These will dissolve on their own, and do not need to be removed later. Other surgeries, especially tumor removals, 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 the incision, but this is an occasional problem you will also need to watch for. 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 level for a time and no baths are allowed for the first 10 days after surgery. Most surgical procedures we will send home an E-Collar for your pet to wear during the time they still have stitches.
Is the anesthetic safe?
Today's modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Taylor Veterinary Hospital, we do a thorough 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.
Pre-surgical blood testing is important in reducing the risk of anesthesia. Every pet needs blood testing before surgery to ensure that the liver and kidneys can handle the anesthetic. Even healthy appearing 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. Animals that have minor dysfunction will handle the anesthetic better if they receive IV fluids during surgery. If serious problems are detected, surgery can be postponed until the problem is corrected. For geriatric (older) or ill pets, additional blood tests, electrocardiograms, or x-rays may be required before surgery as well.
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 before surgery, so do not feed your pet after 6:00pm the night before surgery. Water is ok for your pet to have.
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 it. Pain medications needed will depend on the surgery performed. Major procedures require more pain relief than things like minor cuts. Most of our surgery patients receive laser therapy to help decrease pain and speed healing.
For dogs, we recommend an oral anti-inflammatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. Dogs receive an injectable pain medicine to help minimize pain after surgery. We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even the morning of surgery.
We need to be careful what types of pain medicine we use in cats, because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Tylenol. Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We use a combination of injectable and oral pain medication to make sure that the cat's pain is under control. Providing whatever pain relief is appropriate is a humane and caring thing to do for your pet.
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 make decisions on the blood testing and other options available. When you pick up your pet after surgery you can also plan to spend about 10 to 15 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs.