Emerald Coast 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 Emerald Coast Animal Hospital (850-243-5080).
1. What are the hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until 3:00pm. The clinic is closed on Sunday.
2. Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment, but you may also drop off your pet and we will see them as time permits, to be picked up by you at your convenience (current vaccinations are required for drop off appointments).
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover and CareCredit.
4. Can I make payments?
We are not able to offer payment plans through our practice at this time. Payment in full is required at the time of service. We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. We do accept CareCredit and will be happy to assist you in filling out an application if you desire. A returned check fee will apply for any checks that do not cover payment.
5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 4 to 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. Proof of current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is strongly encouraged prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
This is a blood test that is run here in the clinic prior to surgery. It tests the organ functions, blood counts and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to 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 skin sutures or staples require them to be removed in 10 to 14 days following the surgery.
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 your pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors later in life, eliminating 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, eliminating the occurrence of testicular cancer, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
9. Do you board pets?
Yes, we provide boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats. We can also board birds and other small animals, but you will be required to bring your own cage and food for your pet.
10. What are your kennels like?
Our dog kennels are all indoor. The dogs are walked at least 3 times daily while they are boarding. Cats boarding are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Blankets, beds, and Royal Canin GI diet foods are provided for our boarders, but we encourage you to bring your pet's regular food to avoid stomach upset.