There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to our most common questions.

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At Westside Animal Hospital, we get a ton of interesting questions from pet parents. Below are some common FAQs that might help answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call us at (207) 829-4090 for any other concerns you might have about your pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an appointment?

Yes, patients are seen by appointment, but we do accept emergencies if time allows so please call!

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, ScratchPay, and CareCredit.

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 for pets is generally recommended between the ages of 12 and 18 months, although the timing may vary depending on individual circumstances. Before the surgery, your pet receives an examination to ensure they are in good health for the procedure. Up-to-date vaccinations are necessary at the time of surgery. Additionally, conducting a pre-anesthetic blood screen before anesthesia and surgery is advisable for added safety.

What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

This is a blood test that is run here in the clinic at the time of surgery. It tests the organ functions and blood counts of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and the ability to heal following surgery. We prefer to send samples to IDEXX ahead of time, but same-day testing is also available for your convenience.

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, 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 urine spraying and marking, and also a drop in the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

Do you board pets?

No, we do not offer boarding for dogs or cats. We do, however, provide dog daycare on Tues, Wed, and Thu from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.