St. Johns Veterinary Clinic

4818 North Lombard
Portland, OR 97203


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions, along with their 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 St. Johns Veterinary Clinic.

1. What are the Hospital hours?

Our hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. The clinic is closed on Sunday. Hours

2. Do I need to have an appointment?

Yes, patients are seen by appointment.  Please give our office a call, our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your appointment. Hospital Policies

3. What forms of payment do you accept?

American Express, Care Credit, Cash and Check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover accompanied with proper identification. Hospital Policies

4. Can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service. However, we would be happy to give you an estimate before any services are rendered. Hospital Policies

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?

Our greatest concern is the well being of your pet.  We will perform a physical examination before administering anesthesia.  However, disorders of the liver, kidneys or blood, are not detected unless blood testing is done.  Abnormalities of any of these may increase anesthetic risk.  For these reasons we highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood screens.  If your pet is seven years of age or greater, testing is required.

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

Procedures involving sutures vary from patient to patient, please see your pet's discharge instructions, or call our office for further information regarding your pet's 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 decreases the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.

9. Do you board pets?

No, we are sorry to inform our clients that we do not offer boarding; our facilities are used for patients only.  However, we do know some local boarding facilities which you can be referred, just give us a call.

10. What vaccines are required?

Rabies vaccination is required by Multnomah County to obtain a license for your animal. For your convenience, you can also purchase or renew your Multnomah County License at the same time as your appointment right in our office.