Seven Locks Animal Hospital

7817 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854



Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some questions/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 Seven Locks Animal Hospital.


What are the Hospital hours?

Seven Locks Animal Hospital is open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. On Saturdays we are open from 8:00am until noon. The clinic is closed on Sunday.


Do I need to have an appointment?

Yes, patients are seen by appointment. We will see walk-in appointments but please plan to be patient. We will do our best to see you and your pet in a timely manner, but our patients that have an appointment have priority unless an emergency presents itself.


What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover


Can I make payments?

Payment is required at the time of service. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our payment policy, please contact our office manager prior to making an appointment.


At what age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We recommend spaying or neutering anytime after 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 will be performed prior to undergoing anesthesia and surgery.


What is the pre-anesthetic blood screening?

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


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.


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 you pet spayed or neutered. These advantages include decreasing the chances of certain cancers later in life, decreasing the chance of cystic ovaries and uterine infections later in life, decreasing the desire to roam the neighborhood, helping prevent spraying and marking, and decreasing the surplus of unwanted puppies and kittens.