What does a Spay/ Neuter cost for cats/dogs/rabbits/rats/etc.?
- Spays and neuters are priced according to species, size/weight, and special circumstances such as age, “in heat”, cryptorchid (undescended testicle or testicles), pregnancy, pyometra (infected uterus), or puppy/kitten package or rescue/shelter discounts. Our prices include anesthesia, in-hospital pain medications, and overnight hospitalization (except for cat neuters). Please ask to speak to one of our staff members for an estimated cost for your pet.
- We will spay cats that are “in heat” because they continue to cycle (unlike dogs), often get outside and come home pregnant and it is relatively safe to do so. With dogs, pregnancy is easier to control and the risk for significant bleeding is much higher. Therefore, we ask dog owners to schedule the female dogs for spay surgery when they are not cycling in heat.
When should my pet be brought in for an examination by a veterinarian?
- If your pet develops signs (or symptoms) that are new or have changed, it should be checked out by one of our doctors. While some signs are more frightening than serious (such as “reverse sneezing”) others may be an indication of a more serious problem. It is usually not possible to properly diagnose a pet’s condition over the phone.
What does a dental cost?
- Dental costs vary depending on the pet’s age, care, the condition of the teeth and gums, possible extractions and need for pain control, and how long the procedure takes. At the pre-dental examination, our doctors evaluate the pet’s dental health and overall health, and our staff prepares a detailed estimate based on these findings.
“I just got my pet from a shelter, what does my pet still need?”
- Actually, that depends on the age, previous vaccinations and parasite control.
- Cats in a shelter usually get a FELV test, and a Feline Distemper/Upper Respiratory Disease (FVRCP) vaccination, one deworming and a flea treatment. For these cats we have a Shelter package that completes the missing services (FIV test, rabies and FeLV shots, parasite control). We highly recommend that the cat get vaccinated against Feline Leukemia (FELV) especially if the cat is going to be outdoors because this disease cycles in our neighborhood and can be transmitted by sharing water bowls with an infected cat. We also see cats that have contracted FIV (cat AIDS) in our area. A vaccine against FIV (“feline AIDS”) is available for at-risk cats (e.g., those that are spending time outside and especially those who get into cat fights). Since the major source of Rabies in the Pacific Northwest is bats, and since bats can get into houses, all cats need to be vaccinated against Rabies. By far, the most commonly contracted infectious disease in our area is Bartonella (“Cat Scratch Fever”) (prevalence in Renton is 60%) and so we look for signs of this disease and will frequently recommend this test for cats that have been abandoned and re-homed as they have often picked up the disease from intermittent or inconsistent flea control. See our link for more information on this bacterial disease that is quite capable of being transmitted to children under 12 and elderly pet owners.
- Dogs from a shelter usually get a DA2PP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus vaccine, Bordatella vaccine (Kennel Cough) and a flea treatment but they still need to be vaccinated against Rabies and often need a global de-worming. We have a Shelter package for puppies that will provide missing services for dogs 14 weeks and older.
What is a puppy/kitten pack?
- See the Preventative Services section on our services page.
Do we offer boarding?
- Yes, click here for complete information on boarding at Renton Veterinary Hospital.
- Boarding fees depend on species, size, and other considerations such as multiple pets housed together and pets that require regular medications. Please ask one of our receptionists for more details.
- For cats, we offer cat-boarding rooms where they are not caged and have room to romp and play. This is a great idea for families with multiple cats since they all go in together. For those who request, we still have some traditional cat cages for boarding.
Do we see exotics/avians/pocket pets?
- We are working on it but if you need it now, we can provide this service. For details, see the About Us section of this website. Call and ask one of our receptionists if your particular critter is not on this list.
Do we do medical grooming?
- Yes, on a very limited basis. We do not have a groomer; so our “grooming” services are limited to baths, nail trims, and lion cuts (for cats, especially those requiring sedation). We can de-matt animals.
“I need a refill of my pet’s medication from a different vet, do I need an exam?”
- By state law, we can fill an original prescription faxed to us by the prescribing veterinarian. State law limits how many times we can fill a prescription without examining the patient.
“Can you refill my prescription from two years ago? It’s the same problem.”
- In order to prescribe medication for a patient, there must be a valid doctor-patient-client relationship. For most medications, this requires an examination within the past year. For certain medications, the examination must have been performed within the past 6 months. There is the potential that it is NOT the same problem, or that the patient’s overall condition has changed. Laboratory work may be needed to ensure that the patient won’t be harmed by the medication. In addition, newer and potentially more effective treatments may have been developed since the last occurrence of the problem.
“I’ve found/have a stray, do you guys take them?” Do we take kittens, dogs, or other animals?
- We can only take in strays or surrendered/abandoned animals on a very limited, case-by-case basis. We do have foster home program for nursing orphaned; once these are weaned, these kittens are available for adoption with purchase of the kitten care package that provides the preventative health care services that all kittens need. There is no specific adoption fee for the kitten. Some “mom” cats (queens) come in with their kittens and will need homes. We sometimes have clients that die and leave specific directions and funds for their pets through their attorneys with our hospital to re-home their pets. However, most adult cats, dogs and puppies we direct to the nearest shelter, rescue group or non-profit haven. There are no-kill shelters in the area as well.
Who takes strays that WON’T euthanize them?
- This information is available at www.C3Seattle.com
Where is a low-cost spay/neuter clinic located?
- This information is available at www.C3Seattle.com or talk to our receptionist. Please note, we recommend only clinics that provide anesthesia and pain control.
“I have money problems, do you guys do billing/payment plans?”
- We do not do billing or regularly schedule payment plans because we are not a bank and have no investors who want to loan money to our clients. We provide estimates for our services and work hard to develop treatment plans that will be successful and fit into the family budget. However, payment is due when services are rendered. We accept all major credit cards and debit cards. Additionally, we do offer a medical credit card that allows for defined no-interest periods through Henry Schein for those clients that can quality.
Do we euthanize pets?
- Yes, if one our doctors has determined that euthanasia is the most humane alternative for a patient.
Do we do disposals/cremations for after euthanasia?
- We have disposal and cremation services available. Costs vary by weight of the animal. Please ask one of our receptionists for the price of these services.
- General disposal means the hospital disposes of the pet with hospital policy (tallow works).
- Communal Cremation means the animals are created in a group and you don’t get the ashes back.
- Private Cremation means the pet is cremated by itself and the ashes are returned to you.
“My pet had their shots last year, why does he need boosters?”
- Each vaccination needs to be boostered depending on the animal’s risk of exposure to that disease. The exception is the Rabies vaccination: the first vaccination is valid for 1 year; subsequent Rabies vaccinations are valid for 3 years, unless you plan to relocate to an area that requires more frequent vaccinations (e.g. Texas, or other states with higher rabies prevalence).
Do we take walk-ins?
- While we prefer to see patients by appointment, we do realize that illnesses and injuries don’t always occur at convenient times. We will try to work you in as soon as we are able.
“Can I drop my pet off for his exam and pick them up later?”
- We do offer this service; however, there is cage care fee (for use and cleaning of the kennel or cage) and we must be able to reach you if we have any questions.
Do we sell frontline/revolution/advantage/sentinel?
- We sell a variety of flea and tick control products. If you ask for one we do not sell, we can usually order it from our on-line Pharmacy, Vet Centric. Please ask one of our receptionists about the specific product you are interested in.
“My pet has fleas, do I need an exam for medication?”
- Some flea control products are available without an examination; others are by prescription and require an examination (and sometimes a blood test) before we can dispense them. We recommend parasite control throughout the year, as flea eggs in the house can hatch at any time. We also have a premise spray, “Knockout” available for using on carpets and upholstery in your house. When all else fails, we recommend a visit from Flea Busters who will guarantee a flea-free environment when they are done. Fleas transmit parasites and bacterial diseases; they need to be eradicated from your pet.