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 Shelter Island Veterinary Hospital.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until 2pm. The clinic is closed on Sunday.

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

Appointments are strongly recommended. However, we welcome Walk In appointments although wait times may vary, and priority is given to scheduled appointments and emergencies.

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Care Credit and Scratch Pay.

4. Can I make payments?

Payment is due at the time services are rendered.

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

Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 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. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is recommended 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 sutures require them to be removed in 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 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.

9. Do you board pets?

Yes, but we only provide limited boarding for our clients. Due to our limited space for boarders, especially during busy times of the year, arrangements need to be made in advance. Please call us for more information.