What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:30pm. The hospital is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. Please call to schedule a time that is convenient for you.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover & CareCredit.
Can I make payments?
No, payment is required at the time of service.
What if I can't afford services for my pet? We accept Care Credit and Pet Insurance.
What is Care Credit? Care Credit is a credit card for health care that requires credit approval. It allows you six months to pay off your debt at no interest. You can apply at www.carecredit.com and once approved, you can start using it immediately.
What is Pet Insurance? Pet Insurance can be used for acute and chronic conditions depending on which Pet Insurance you carry. We like Embrace because their plans can be tailored to your needs. Get your free quote at www.embraceyourpet.com or call 1-800-226-1308
At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 4-6 months of age. It is not necessary or recommended for your female dog or cat experience their first heat cycle or have a litter before getting her spayed. Your pet will be 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 screening is strongly recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
What is pre-anesthetic blood screening?
This is a blood test that is performed here in the clinic prior to surgery. The test assesses basic organ functions and measures blood counts (white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets) of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to make sure there are no underlying problems that may affect your pet's ability to undergo anesthesia and surgery.
How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving sutures typically require them to be removed in 10-14 days following the surgery. In some cases, the stitches are placed under the skin and will dissolve over time; therefore, they do not need to be removed.
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. Some of these advantages include decreasing the chance of breast cancer and cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreasing the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
Do you board pets?
Yes, we do provide boarding facilities for both dogs and cats. Call to reserve a spot for your pets or to have a tour of our facility.
What You Need to Know Before Your Pet's Upcoming Surgery
Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet's surgery, and we hope this information will help. It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your pet's upcoming surgery.
Is the anesthetic safe?
Today's modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Tidwell Animal 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. The handout on anesthesia explains this in greater detail.
Preanesthetic 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 apparently healthy 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.
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 for at least 8 to 10 hours before surgery. Water can be left down for the pet until the morning of surgery.
Will my pet have stitches?
Most surgeries do require skin stitches. 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.
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 lacerations.
For dogs, we may recommend an oral anti-inflamatory the day after surgery and several days after to lessen the risk of discomfort and swelling. We use newer medications, which are less likely to cause stomach upset and can be given even the morning of surgery.
Because cats do not tolerate standard pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Tylenol, we are limited in what we can give them. Recent advances in pain medications have allowed for better pain control in cats than ever before. We administer a pain injection 10 minutes prior to surgery. After surgery, pain medication is given on a case by case basis. Any animal that appears painful will receive additional pain medication.
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 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 to 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 minutes to go over your pet's home care needs.