Sweeten Creek Animal and Bird Hospital

3131 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803

(828)684-8875

www.sweetencreekvet.com

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 Sweeten Creek Animal and Bird Hospital.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

   Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

    Yes, patients are seen by appointment.

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

     Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and CareCredit

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?

   The answer depends on the species of pet in question. In general, for cats and dogs, Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age. Please call us for information regarding any other species.

Your pet is given an exam and pre-anesthetic blood screen prior to surgery to help determine whether it is healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and surgery. Current vaccinations are required for dogs and cats at the time of surgery.

6.  What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

   This is a series of tests that are run prior to surgery. They evaluate organ functions and blood cell counts. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to aid in identifying patients with elevated anesthetic/surgical risk, or health issues that might complicate healing post-operatively.

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

   We treat a variety of different species with different healing timelines. So the answer is species dependent. Many patients receive absorbable internal sutures only. However when external sutures are required, they may be removed in 10-12 days following the surgery for mammals/birds and as much as 21-28 days for reptiles.

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?

   We are strictly a medical and surgical care hospital, however we are happy to recommend local kennels, pet sitters, and groomers.

   10.  What are your Hospitalization accomodations like?

Our canine hospital kennels are all indoor. Dogs are walked 3 times daily (or more) if appropriate for the hospitalized case. Cats are housed in kennels where close supervision can be maintained. Blankets and food are provided for our patients.