Sweetspire Veterinary Clinic

FAQs

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

How much will my first visit cost?

All exams are free during our walk-in clinics! All additional services and products are extra, including in-room consultations with the veterinarian.

What is an in-room consultation?

During our walk-in clinics, you will speak to a veterinary assistant for all of your routine pet care needs and services. This allows the veterinarian to examine more pets and allows your exam fee to be free. There are times when a pet may need more intensive care and consultation, which will require an in-room consultation with the veterinarian. This will incur an additional fee as we can’t see any other pets during your consultation.

Do you offer payment plans?

No, but we offer preventative care packages that allow you to make monthly payments on certain preventative care services. Please see this section of our website for more information.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash and all major credit cards. We do not accept checks. Payment is due at the time of service.

Do you see emergencies?

We treat basic illness and injury, but if your pet is critically sick or injured, we recommend taking your pet to a 24-hour veterinary hospital.

Please see the links below for local 24-hour veterinary emergency facilities:

BluePearl Pet Hospital Summerville
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

Do you offer cat declawing, ear-cropping, or tail docking?

No. At Sweetspire Vet Clinic, we do not believe in elective cosmetic surgeries for pets. Our stance is supported throughout the profession. The link below offers additional reading material regarding cosmetic elective surgeries.

AVMA Policies: Ear Cropping and Tail Docking Dogs

Do you offer in-home euthanasia?

No, we do not offer this service. However, we have utilized the services of Low Country Pet Hospice and Euthanasia for our own pets, and we highly recommend them! We have also linked additional at-home hospice and euthanasia services for your consideration.

Low Country Pet Hospice
Lap of Love

Do you offer boarding and grooming services?

We have chosen not to offer boarding or grooming services in order to focus on providing the best possible care for our clients and patients.

Do you require vaccines for services?

Yes, our policy is that all of our canine and feline patients over 16 weeks of age are vaccinated against rabies. If your pet is not up-to-date on this vaccination, one will be administered during your visit at your expense unless the veterinarian deems your pet is not healthy enough for this vaccination.

What will be required of my pet the day of surgery?
  • Your pet must be fasted (no food or water) from midnight the night before surgery.
  • A valid Rabies certificate must be provided, or your pet will be given a Rabies vaccine.
  • A physical exam is required prior to any dental cleaning and is recommended for all pets seeking surgery appointments.
  • Pre-anesthetic blood testing is recommended for all pets, and we require it for pets over the age of 6 years.
  • If your pet is in heat (actively bleeding from the vagina) on the day of surgery, we will reschedule your spay.
  • We do not perform abdominal cryptorchid neuters (testicles retained in the abdomen) at this time. We will perform inguinal cryptorchid neuters. Bring your pet in for an exam to ensure that your pet qualifies for surgery at our clinic.
  • We recommend an injectable anti-nausea medication given in the hospital prior to surgery for all brachycephalic pets. Brachycephalic pets are those that have a squished-in nose, like a Bulldog or Persian cat. These breeds are at higher risk for inhaling saliva/vomit and giving themselves aspiration pneumonia during/after surgery.