Antioch Veterinary Hospital - 2 Locations Frequently Asked Questions

(925) 452-7997
1432 West 10th Street
Antioch, CA 94509
Howard Schutzman, DVM
Q: What’s involved in a spay/neuter procedure?
A: "Typically, the procedures include a pre-operation examination, any vaccines that may be due, a pre-anesthetic EKG and in-house mini panel (blood work), pre-anesthetic pain and anti-inflammatory injections, IV catheter, anesthesia, hospitalization, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines and antibiotics (if needed), and an "e-collar" to prevent the animal from disturbing the incision site. It’s also possible to apply fluoride to help prevent cavities and micro-chipping to permanently identify pets in case they’re lost. Before any work is done, all these options are reviewed with the owner and an exact plan is chosen to meet the patient’s individual needs."
Q: Can you tell me how much certain services cost over the phone?
A: "We can tell you the fees of things like routine exams, vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures, but many of our services are based on the specific needs of the animals we see, so it’s difficult to give an exact price quote over the phone without first examining your pet. We can give you an idea of what to expect based on your pet’s symptoms, but it’s a lot easier after we’ve conducted a proper examination. We’ll spend as much time as needed to ensure you fully understand all the options available to you. "
Q: Do you offer competitive prices?
A: "Absolutely. We’re very competitive when it comes to medical fees, so we rarely encounter a situation where we have to explain why we’re more expensive than another practice. "
Q: Are you open on weekends?
A: "Yes, and that’s very important to our clients. When someone can’t get their pet into the hospital during an emergency, it can be a very stressful situation for everyone involved, so we make sure we have enough doctors and support staff to stay open weekends. "
Q: Do you offer boarding services?
A: "Yes, we offer boarding services at both our locations, and our Deer Valley facility even has an outdoor play yard. We’ll take good care of your pet in our clean, comfortable facilities so you can enjoy a worry-free vacation. "
Q: Do you offer grooming services?
A: "Yes. Our Deer Valley location features an expert groomer who is onsite Tuesday through Saturday to attend to every detail of your pet’s grooming needs, from routine bathing and nail clipping to brush-outs and specialized breed cuts. To schedule an appointment for your pet, please call (925) 452-7997. "
Q: Do you accept pet health insurance?
A: "Absolutely. Pet health insurance helps meet any expenses due to an unexpected illness or injury. It’s easy and affordable, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can always care for your pet. Our staff can provide you with more information about specific types of insurance. "
Q: Are your facilities environmentally-friendly?
A: "We try to be as environmentally-responsible as possible. Our Deer Valley location has four bioswales, which divert rainwater to certain areas of our parking lots and remove oils, toxins and other harmful substances before entering the water table. We also have a ‘cool roof,’ which is light-reflective and allows us to use much less electricity to air-condition our building, as well as artificial turf called K-9 grass that’s designed specifically for dogs. Recycling bins are located throughout our hospitals, which help us greatly reduce the load we put on landfills. "
Q: When should I have my pet vaccinated?
A: "All dogs and cats should begin with a series of booster vaccinations at eight, 12 and 16 weeks of age. Vaccinations should be given every one to three years, with the exception of the bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine that’s given to dogs every six months. "
Q: When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
A: "Spaying or neutering can be done at about six months of age. We’ll examine your pet prior to surgery to determine whether it’s healthy enough to undergo the procedure. "
Q: What should I expect after having my pet spayed or neutered?
A: "Each individual pet is unique, but typically your pet will resume normal eating habits within 24 to 48 hours. Restricted activity is best for 10 to 14 days. If sutures are required, we’ll remove them in 10 to 14 days. If you have questions during the recovery period, don’t hesitate to call us at any time. "