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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that aren’t covered here, please give us a call at (785) 843-5577.


What are the hospital hours?
Our hospital is open Monday - Friday from 7:30am to 5:00pm and on Saturdays we are open from 7:30am until 12:00pm. The office is closed on Sunday.
What services do you provide?
Wakarusa Veterinary Hospital is a comprehensive pet care hospital. The Services List on our home page details the core services we offer. If your pet needs something that is not listed, give us a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
Are you taking new patients?
Yes! We are accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you and your beloved pet! Please give us a call at (785) 843-5577 to schedule your first appointment.
Do I need to have an appointment?
Yes. Patients are seen by appointment. Emergency cases are also accepted during office hours.
What if I have an emergency after business hours?
After business hours, contact BluePearl Pet Hospital in Overland Park.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and Care Credit.
Can I make payments?
Sorry, no. Payment is required at the time of service.
Do you make house calls?
House calls can be arranged. Please call to discuss this with one of our veterinarians.
At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?
For most pets, spaying or neutering is recommended at approximately 6 months of age. Prior to surgery we examine each pet to help determine the ideal time for them to undergo this surgical procedure. Current vaccinations are required at the time of surgery.
What is pre-anesthetic blood screening?
This is a blood test that is run prior to surgery. It examines organ function, cell counts, and clotting function of your pet. The pre-anesthetic blood screening is done to assure safety during surgery and to assess ability to heal following surgery.
How long do sutures stay in after my pet's surgery?
Procedures involving removable sutures require them to be removed 10-14 days following the surgery.
Do you board pets?
No, we do not offer traditional boarding. However, we do offer specialized overnight care for geriatric or special needs pets. Please see the description under Services for more information.
Should I keep my pets on prevention medication all year round?
Yes. Because of an increase in heart worm positive dogs and the spread of tick borne diseases in dogs and cats, we recommend year-round monthly flea/tick/heartworm prevention.
Is someone with my pet all night if it's hospitalized?
No. We are not open 24 hours a day to provide around the clock nursing care, but we do have a skilled member of our nursing staff check on hospitalized patients between the hours of 8:30-10:30 pm. Each patient’s needs are addressed before they’re tucked in for the night, and then a staff member reports at 7am to perform morning treatments.
How long should I fast my pet before surgery?
A 12-hour fast is required before surgery. Please remove food by 7:30pm the night before surgery. Water can be offered until midnight the night before surgery.
What time is the surgery drop off?
Please drop off your pet for surgery at 7:30 am.
My pet may have ingested a poisonous substance. Who do I call after business hours?
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number (888) 426-4435
Pet Poison Helpline 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center (855) 764-7661
Is it important to vaccinate?
Yes! Pets should be vaccinated to protect them from many highly contagious and deadly diseases. Experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Even though some formerly common diseases have now become uncommon, vaccination is still highly recommended because these serious disease agents continue to be present in the environment.
Which vaccines should pets receive?
The pet’s lifestyle, related disease risks, and the characteristics of available vaccines are considered when creating a vaccine protocol. We recommend most pets get “core” vaccines, which include rabies, feline panleukopenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus infection, canine distemper, canine adenovirus type-2, parainfluenza, and canine parvovirus infection. Additional “non-core” vaccines such as feline leukemia, canine kennel cough, canine leptospirosis, and canine influenza may be appropriate based on the pet’s particular needs.