Tar River Veterinary Hospital

101 E. Green St.
Franklinton, NC 27525



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 (919)494-5500

  1. Do I need to have an appointment?
    Yes, patients are seen by appointment.
  2. What forms of payment do you accept?
    Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa, and CareCredit 
  3. Can I make payments?
    Payment is required at the time of service. Estimates are gladly provided, prior to any service.
  4. At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
    Spaying or neutering can be done at approximately 6 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 is recommended prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
  5. 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.
  6. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
    Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed 10-14 days following the surgery. * Please refer to your pet's specific aftercare instructions for more information *
  7. 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 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 cancer later in life, helping prevent spraying and marking, and also decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.
  8. Do you board pets?
    Yes, we do boarding for our clients. We have boarding space for both dogs and cats. Proof of current and veterinarian given vaccines must be provided or your pet will be ineligible for boarding. This includes a stool check for intestinal worms.
  9. What are your kennels like?
    Our indoor dog kennels are heated and cooled. Our attached outdoor runs are available when weather permits. The dogs are walked multiple times in a day while they are boarding. The cat boarders are housed in a separate area away from the dogs. Blankets are provided for our boarders, but you are always welcome to bring your own. Food will also be provided for an additional charge to our boarders, so we encourage our clients to bring their own. Changes in diet may cause upset stomach.