Columbia Pet Hospital

400 Nebraska Ave.
Columbia, MO 65201

(573)443-7274

www.columbiapethospital.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 (573)443-7274.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

   Our hospital is open Monday to Thursday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Fridays 8:00am to 5:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until noon. The clinic is closed on Sunday.

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

    Yes, patients are seen by appointment.

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

     Cash, Check, Mastercard and Visa. If you are paying with a check we require that we have a driver's license number on file.

4. Can I make payments?

    Unfortunately we cannot accept payment plans at this time. Payment is required at the time of service.

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. Your pet must have an up to date physical examination through one of our veterinarians in order to undergo the surgical procedure.

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. Sometimes the sutures may be dissolvable and a technician will inform you if it is necessary for your pet to come back to get the sutures removed.

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, we do boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats. Some larger dogs may not fit comfortably in our current kennel set up, when calling be sure to inform us of the size of the dog so we can have a better idea if they will be able to stay with us. 

10.  What are your kennels like?

   Our dog kennels are all indoor/outdoor runs. The indoor area of the runs are 3 1/2 feet by 3 1/2 feet.  The outdoor area is 4 feet by 10 feet.  They have a doggie door that allows them to go in and out at their leisure. Also, the indoor area is air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter. If you would like your pet walked daily there is an additional charge. Please ask the receptionist for more information about our boarding facilities if needed.