Dewitt Veterinary Medical Center

Compassionate Care for Animals Big & Small

Dewitt Veterinary Medical Center

222 Old Bridge Street

East Syracuse, NY 13057

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Be prepared for your visit by reviewing these commonly asked questions.

How should I prepare for my pet's annual appointment?

An annual exam is a standard procedure that we conduct, but it is up to you to keep watch and make notes about your pet’s health and behavior.  Our comprehensive full body examination of your pet will help ensure optimal health.  Please come to us with anything that you notice or any questions that you may have.

Call us to learn more about what our clinic can do for you and your pet!

What is the process for having my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying or neutering can be done at any age, but is recommended when your pet is 5 - 6 months old. Your pet is given an exam prior to surgery to help determine if they are healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure. Your pet will go home the same day of the procedure.


Up-to-date vaccinations are recommended for the time of surgery. We will work with you and your pet to help manage any pain after surgery.

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

Procedures involving sutures require them to be removed anywhere between 7 - 14 days following the surgery, depending on what procedure was performed. Our staff will be happy to assist you with setting up all follow-up appointments to meet the specific needs of your pet.

How often does my pet need to have their teeth cleaned? Is there anything I should be doing at home?

We will examine your pet's teeth during their annual exam to determine the best schedule for your pet.


Just like people, individual pets develop tartar and oral disease at different rates. Many large dogs can go for one to five years without a cleaning. However, smaller breeds often need a professional cleaning every twelve months.


By brushing your pet’s teeth at home daily, you can minimize how often your pet will need its teeth professionally cleaned.

Can my pet catch a cold or flu?

Although your pet can catch strep throat, he can't catch a cold or the flu from you. That does not mean your pet can’t have an upper respiratory infection or intestinal disruptions.


Coughing, sneezing, vomiting and or diarrhea can all be debilitating for your pet and we recommending setting up an appointment with our clinic if your pet is suffering from these symptoms.

How do I choose a Veterinarian?

Make sure that you choose a veterinarian who makes you and your pet feel comfortable and safe, and is someone that you can trust. It is important that you find a supportive, calm and caring environment that both you and your pet are comfortable with.


Also, choosing an animal clinic that has additional in-house services can make your pet health care more convenient for you over time.


At Dewitt Veterinary Medical Center, we want to exceed your expectations regarding high quality service for you and your pet. We are committed to consistently offering you quality pet health care combined with compassion and respect for animals.


You can be confident knowing your pet is in good hands, as we work closely with you to provide the best professional medical attention available.

Do you allow urgent or same day appointments?

We set aside certain times during the day for emergency vet visits. Please call our office and speak with one of our staff to set up a same day appointment.

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that you cancel your appointment 24 hours prior to your appointment, so that we can use that available time to assist other patients that need to be seen in the office.

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