Common Questions

How should I prepare for my pet's consultation?

You have either been referred by your primary care veterinarian, a friend, a family member or you have referred yourself to Animal Surgery and Advocacy Services for surgery or another opinion on your pet’s condition.  Please come to us with anything that you notice or any questions that you may have. Medical records and any diagnostic images (radiographs, ultrasound, etc) should be forwarded prior to or brought with you at the time of the consultation.


What is the process for leaving my pet should I decide to have surgery?

If surgery is elected after your consultation then, in most instances, it can be performed the same day as your first visit. An estimate for the procedure will be thoroughly discussed with you prior to admission of your pet into the clinic. Nearly all surgeries can be safely performed on an outpatient basis and you will be able to take your pet home after recovery from anesthesia and surgery. We work with you and your pet to help manage any pain after surgery.


How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?

Nearly all of the procedures performed at Animal Surgery and Advocacy Services do not have sutures placed that require removal. In the rare instance that sutures are placed that need to be removed it is recommended that they be removed 7 to 10 days following the surgery.


How often do you recommend performing blood work on my pets?

It has been determined in many species of animals, including people that a thorough history and physical examination will determine if and when bloodwork should be performed. Numerous studies have found that with a normal history and physical examination that only 5% of bloodwork performed will show any significant abnormality that might alter the treatment, anesthetic protocol, or surgery planned. In general pre-anesthetic bloodwork is recommended in all pets 8 years or older unless the required bloodwork was done within the last 30 to 60 days.


How can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service and we gladly accept cash and checks.  Visa, Mastercard and Discover credit cards are also accepted for payment.


Do you allow urgent or same day appointments?

We set aside certain times during the day for emergency vet visits. Please call our office and speak with one of our staff to set up a same day appointment.


Do you offer overnight hospitalization, boarding, or day care?

Animal Surgery and Advocacy Services does not provide overnight care, boarding or day care. If your pet needs continued care following diagnostic or surgical procedures arrangements will be made on an as needed basis.