Please note: Due to understaffing, we will be temporarily be closing at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays.

Common Inquiries and Answers


There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to our most common questions.

We Proudly Serve Pets of Hendersonville, NC, and Beyond

At Hendersonville Veterinary Hospital, we get a ton of interesting questions from pet parents. Below are some common FAQs that might help answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call us at (828) 692-0561 for any other concerns you might have about your pet.


Do I need to have an appointment?

Yes, patients are seen by appointment.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Check, Debit, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. We also accept CareCredit and Scratchpay.

Can I make payments?

Payment in full is required at the time of service.

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

Spaying or neutering is recommended at 4 to 5 months of age for cats and small-breed dogs. At that age, pets will have completed their initial vaccinations and be well-protected against various serious viral and bacterial diseases. To those owners of large or giant breed dogs, we recommend that spaying or neutering be delayed until after six months of age. This advice is based upon recent studies that have demonstrated a link between early spaying and neutering and developing certain types of cancer later in life. Ask our veterinarians for their recommendations for your pet.

What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

This is a blood test that is run here in the hospital prior to surgery. It tests your pet’s organ functions, blood counts, and clotting function. 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 or staples require them to be removed in 14-21 days following the surgery. Absorbable sutures may also be used and typically dissolve in 8-12 weeks.

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, having your pet spayed or neutered has plenty of advantages. These advantages include decreasing the chances of breast tumors, cystic ovaries, and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, decreasing the incidence of prostate cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreasing the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

Do you board pets?

No, not at this time.