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 St Francis Animal hospital, 770-975-3341.
Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8 A.M until 7 P.M We are closed daily from 12 N to 2 P.M. to catch up on drop off appointments and surgeries. The clinic is closed on Saturday & Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
While appointments are preferred walk-ins are welcome. Please understand appointments will be seen first. However, emergencies will always be seen right away.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express
4. Can I make payments?
We do not offer payment plans. Payment in full is required at time of services.
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. 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 7-10 days following the surgery. However, many of our routine procedures will have sutures that are buried beneath the surface and will not require 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?
No, we do not provide boarding services. We prefer to maintain a calm, quiet atmosphere in the hospital for our recovering surgical and/or sick patients. We will gladly make a recommendation for a boarding facility.