Tieton Drive Animal Clinic

3901 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902

(509)966-4000

tietondriveanimalclinic.com

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 Tieton Drive Animal Clinic.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

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

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

Yes, patients are seen by appointment though we do accept walk-ins and veterinary emergencies. Patients will be seen in with the following priority: 1. Veterinary medical emergencies 2. Patients with an appointment 3. Patients without an appointment (walk-ins).

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, Carecredit

4. Can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service.

5. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We recommend spaying and neutering most pets around 5-6 months of age, ideally before a female's first heat cycle. Our spay and neuter packages include a pre-operative exam on the morning of your procedure, pre-anesthetic blood screening, IV fluids, pain medications, and an overnight stay.

6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

This blood test looks at red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and organ functions including the liver and kidneys. Most times our pre-anesthetic blood work finds no problems, but some findings will alter what drugs we use before and after surgery, and serious findings may mean it is safer to delay your procedure.

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

Many procedures use absorbable sutures that do not need to be removed. If your pet has had a procedure where external sutures or surgical staples have been used, these should be removed by our technicians 10-14 days following 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 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.