FAQ's

Here are some questions/answers that I am frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please call or e-mail me.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Discover, and Visa.

  • Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service. You may elect to make payments in advance of services, similar to a savings account. We will be happy to credit payments toward your pet's care to make it easier to budget; an example of this might be paying $20 per month for your puppy's or kitten's spay or neuter surgery.

  • At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying a female dog or cat should be done at approximately 6 months of age; I like to wait to neuter male dogs and cats until they're about 11 months old. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help ensure that she or he is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. Current vaccinations are required by the time of surgery.

  • How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Many procedures utilize absorbable sutures, which will be strong enough for a long enough period of time to ensure healing is adequate before they dissolve. Procedures involving non-absorbable sutures require removal 10 days following the surgery.

  • Is it a good idea to let my female dog or cat have at least one litter?
No; this is an old wive's tale. There are plenty of advantages, and no disadvantages, to spaying your female pet before she has her first heat cycle; these include decreasing the chances of mammary tumors, cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, and also to prevent the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens. Neutering male pets before sexual maturity ensures that they won't be nearly as interested in roaming the neighborhood or fighting with other males, decreases the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, and helps prevent spraying and marking their territory (inside the house as well as outside) with foul-smelling urine.

  • Do you board pets?
I offer boarding services for my well-behaved patients on a very limited basis. Please call for more information.

  • What does "Paisano" mean?
Paisano is Spanish for roadrunner (or Italian for countryman!). When I started the mobile clinic, I liked the idea of a roadrunner as an appropriate symbol for the clinic.