Dogwood Petcare Center

4102 N. Mulford Rd.
Loves Park, IL 61111


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to questions that we are frequently asked. If you have additional questions that aren't covered here, please feel free to call Dogwood Pet Hospital at 815-282-3371.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

    Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until noon. The hospital is closed on Sunday.

     We close for staff training the first Tuesday of the month from 12:15pm to 1:45pm.

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

    Yes, patients are seen by appointment.

3.  Can I make payments?

      No. Payment is required at the time of service.

4.  What forms of payment do you accept?

      We accept cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa.

5. 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.

6.  What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

   This is a blood test that is run here in the hospital 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.

7. How long do the sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?

   Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed in 10-14 days following the surgery.

8.  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 your 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 decreasing the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

9.  Do you board pets?

    Boarding is available for dogs at Dogwood Pet Resort, located immediately behind the Pet Hospital Building.