Brentwood Animal Hospital

3900 Rhode Island Avenue
Brentwood, MD 20722

(301)864-3164

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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 Brentwood Animal Hospital.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

   Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 7:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 7:30am until 2:00pm. 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, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express. Checks are accepted with certain restrictions.

4. Can I make payments?

    Payment is required at the time of service. A deposit of the amount of estimated services is required for hospitalization, sugery, and other times when your pet is checked into the hospital. If you wish to make payments, please use your credit card or apply in advance of your visit for a Care Credit account (www.CareCredit.com)

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

   Spaying or neutering can be done at around 6 months of age. Your pet is given an examination 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. Often, we use sutures (and more advanced techniques) that do not need to be 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; indeed, having a litter or going into "heat" is detrimental to the long-term health of your pet. However there are plenty of advantages to having you pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors, cystic ovaries, testicular and prostate cancers, and uterine infections; decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood and fight; helping prevent spraying and marking; and it also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens. Millions of cats and dogs are euthanatized every year-- thousands of them every single hour of every single day-- and millions more suffer and starve and die on the streets, or fields, or the median strips of highways. Spay or neuter your pet NOW to stop this senseless suffering.

9.  Do you board pets?

   Yes, we do boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats. We also can board birds and other small animals, but you will be required to bring your own cage and food for your pet.

10.  What are your kennels like?

   Our dog kennels are all indoor and climate controlled-- heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the summer. The dogs are exercised several times daily (as weather permits) in our spacious yard while they are boarding. The cat boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs and are played with as much as possible while they are cared for. Blankets and food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own.