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Do I need an appointment to bring my pet in for vaccinations?

No, you do not need an appointment to bring your dog or cat in for vaccinations. We are open on a walk-in basis  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-12pm and from 1pm – 5:30pm.

Do I need an appointment to bring my pet in to be spayed or neutered?

-Yes! It is very important to schedule an appointment with our clinic staff to have your pet spayed or neutered. We do not accept walk-ins for surgery.

Does my pet need an e-collar after surgery?

-We always recommend purchasing an e-collar for your pet after surgery. It helps prevent them from licking and chewing at their incision site, which could lead to serious complications. If you are ever unsure on whether your pet needs it or not, then we suggest you purchase one.

Do I need to bring my pet back to get stitches removed?

-No! Here at the Valley Animal Center our veterinarians use a special technique that buries the sutures so that you don’t need to bring them in for any suture removal. We also use absorbable suture that safely dissolves over an extended period of time. However, some of our veterinarians do use a small skin loop that should fall out on its own within a few weeks from their surgery. If you would like to bring them back to have the sutures removed after 2 weeks, we will remove them free of charge.

Why doesn’t my male cat have stitches?

-Male cats do not need to have stitches after they are neutered. The incision that is made is so small, that it will heal within a day or so making stitches unnecessary. This is standard procedure unless your male cat was cryptorchid.

My puppy/kitten is only 5 weeks old; can I bring them in for vaccines?

-No, we do not start puppies or kittens on their vaccination series until they are at least 6 weeks of age. It is not safe or recommended to start them any earlier.

When should I start my pet on their vaccinations?

-Usually puppies and kittens are started on their vaccination series at around 6 to 8 weeks of age. Check out our Vaccination Information page for more answers regarding vaccinating your pet.

Are you open on holidays?

-We are not open on most major holidays to include New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

Do I need to bring my cat in a carrier when I come to the clinic?

-Yes, we ask owners to bring their cat(s) in a carrier when they come into the clinic. It is for the safety of the animal and other clients/patients that are in the lobby. Cats can be easily scared and stressed, which increases the risk of the cat biting and/or scratching someone and becoming loose.

Does my pet need to be vaccinated prior to surgery?

-No, even though we do strongly recommend that all animals be vaccinated prior to their scheduled appointment, it is not required.