Surgery FAQs

Veterinarian and cat at Chastain Animal Clinic in Smyrna

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 Chastain Animal Clinic.

What are the Hospital hours?

Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm. On Tuesdays, we stay open until 7:00 pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until 1:00pm. The clinic is closed on Sunday.

Do I need to have an appointment?

While we do accept walk-ins, we recommend that you call us to schedule an appointment in advance.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express

Can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service.

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 required prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.

What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

The pre-anesthetic blood screening is performed to try to detect underlying conditions not evident through examination. We feel that pre-surgical bloodwork is essential because of the extra requirements placed on your pet's vital systems during surgery. Sick and older pets will require more thorough blood testing than young, healthy animals.

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

Procedures involving external sutures require them to be removed in 14 days following the surgery. We perform some surgeries with intradermal sutures that will dissolve on their own.

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 testicular cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

Do you board pets?

Yes, we do boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats.

What are your kennels like?

Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked 2-3 times daily while they are boarding. The cat boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Towels and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.