The Cat Hospital at Palm Harbor

2501 Alternate 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

(727)785-2287

www.wespeakmeow.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 727-785-CATS (2287).

What are the Hospital hours?
Do I need to have an appointment?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Can I make payments?
Why do fees differ from one veterinarian to another?
Will I be provided with an estimate of costs?
Why does my veterinarian require that my cat be vaccinated prior to admittance to the hospital, or prior to surgery, and you do not?
At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?
How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Is it a good idea to let my pet have at least one litter?
Do you board pets?


What are the Hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until noon. We are closed for appointments on Sunday.

Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes, patients are seen by appointment. However, emergencies are accomodated as they occur. Early morning drop-offs are also available, where you can drop your cat off in the morning, and pick them up in the afternoon. The is no additional fee for staying during the day for drop-off appointments.

What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

Can I make payments?
Payment is required at the time of service.

Why do fees differ from one veterinarian to another?
The quality of veterinary services provided differs greatly from one veterinarian to another. Our fees reflect our level of expertise, our on-going commitment to feline-only continuing education, the quality of our facility and equipment, the caring and concern of our staff, the service provided, and our willingness to listen and learn from you. Please be advised that the quality of veterinary services varies greatly from one veterinary hospital to another. We practice by the very highest standards, and do not cut corners. All surgical procedures performed at our hospital are performed by our veterinarians only.


Will I be provided with an estimate of costs?
The unexpected costs associated with your cat's care can raise concerns or questions. Due to the complex  nature of many conditions, and the unpredicatability associated with medicine and surgery, it is not always possible to exactly and accurately predict outcome, and the final costs associated with your cat's care. You will be given an estimate to cover the first part of your cat?s stay in our hospital. If his / her condition changes, and / or if additional tests or treatments not covered under the initial estimate are required, you will be contacted as soon as possible unless steps are considered necessary for life saving measures. 

Please remember that the initial treatment plan is simply an estimate of predicted costs for care. A guarantee of the final cost cannot be made to you. Unfortunately we cannot bill you for any portion of the fees. Please discuss any concerns with us before treatment begins in order to minimize any misunderstandings. The payment methods offered are cash, check, VISA, MasterCard,  Discover and CareCredit. CareCredit is a medical credit card that we can apply for on your behalf. Please feel free to ask the receptionist for details on CareCredit.

 

Why does my veterinarian require that my cat be vaccinated prior to admittance to the hospital, or prior to surgery, and you do not?
Dr. Marrazzo has been following the recommendations of the Feline Sarcoma Task Force, and the AAFP since 1997, before their vaccination recommendations were published in 2000. These guidelines showed that cats are being over-vaccinated. We strongly believe that if you don't need something, then why take it? Add to that, the very last thing a sick patient needs is a vaccine. Why do other veterinarians do this? You should ask them.


At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering can be done any time after approximately 3 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, and intravenous fluids to maintain blood pressure are recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.

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.

How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed 7 - 10 days following the surgery.

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 mammary gland or 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 chance of spraying and marking, and very importantly helps with the pet over-population that we face.

Do you board pets?
Yes, we do boarding for our clients. Our boarding condo's have a clear back wall that looks out through a window. This allows your cat to feel like they are sitting in a window at home. Cats who board with us do not have to put up with any noise from barking rascal dogs, and we monitor them closley during the course of their stay with us. Plenty of TLC is given at no charge. Soft bedding and Hill's Science Diet food are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own. It is advisable to bring food that you know your cat likes to eat to avoid any upset tummy from eating a new diet. >^..^<