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 Cedar Lake Pet Hospital.
Our hospital is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm. On Thursdays and Saturdays we are open from 7:30am until noon. The hospital is closed on Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Patients are seen on an appointment-preferred basis. Emergencies are evaluated on a priority basis. If you believe your pet needs emergency care, please take a moment and give us a call before coming to the hospital to be sure we can see your pet quickly, or if we are referring emergencies.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Local Check, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover
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 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 hospital 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?
The length of time sutures should remain in place varies, but is usually 7-14 days. You will be advised when your pet is discharged from a surgical procedure when it should be rechecked or come in for suture removal.
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 dog kennels are all indoor. We also have an outside exercise area where dogs are walked. 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.