Valparaiso Animal Hospital

815 Calumet Ave. Suite 1
Valparaiso, IN 46383


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 Valparaiso Animal Hospital.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

Hospital Hours can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page. We are open Monday through Friday, the second and fourth Saturday of each month, and closed on Sunday. Waiting Area and Front Desk 


2. Do I need to have an appointment?

Appointments are best as there may be times that the doctor is unavailable. If you have an emergency during normal business hours, please call ahead to make sure we have a doctor on staff!


3. What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Debit Card, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and Care Credit.  No checks, please.


4. Can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service. We do offer Care Credit, which is a zero interest option that you can apply for from home.  Please call if you would like details or click HERE.


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

Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 months of age; though for larger breeds (Retrievers, Shepherds, Great Danes, etc) we prefer to wait to closer to 1 year. Larger breeds can take more time to mature to their full capacity. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine whether your pet is healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure and current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery. Also a pre-anesthetic blood screen is required prior to undergo anesthesia and surgery. For more information regarding surgeries click HERE.


6. What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

This is a blood test that is run 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 10-14 days following the surgery. Many routine surgeries will have "absorbable" sutures which do not require a return visit.


8. Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?

The short answer is NO. There are soooo many complications that come from having a litter of puppies including (but not limited to): Pyometras (infections of the uterus), wounds from the physical act of breeding, puppies stuck in the birth canal and dying causing the mother a severe sepsis, mother trying to eat puppies, or pulling them out during birth (thus hurting and/or killing the puppies). 

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 and testicular cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.