Darien Animal Hospital
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 Mike Pope, DVM PC.
Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and the first Saturday of every month from 8am to 1pm. The clinic is closed on Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. We can, however, often get you scheduled the same or next day if needed.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit
4. Can I make payments?
Payment in full is required at the time of service.
5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering is typically recommended between 4 and 6 months of age. Your pet will be examined prior to surgery to help determine whether they are healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. For abnormalities that cannot be detected via physical exam, a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery. Also, current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery.
6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
This is a blood test that is run on our machines here in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions and blood counts of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to help 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 external sutures require them to be removed in 10 - 14 days following the surgery. However, for many routine surgeries such as spays and neuters, your pets sutures will likely be absorbable and placed under the skin, eliminating the need for suture 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. Also, the majority of the dog fights and attacks (especially big dog attacks little dog) that we see and treat involve pets that have not been spayed or neutered.
9. Do you board pets?
No, we only hospitalize patients that need continued care
10. Do you do grooming?
No, we do not do grooming at this time.