Frequently Asked Questions

Following are some questions/answers that we are frequently asked. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at Montana Veterinary Specialists 406-449-3539

    1. What are the hospital hours?

Our doors are open Monday-Friday 8-5:30pm with the exemption of some holidays.

    1. 2. Do I need an appointment?

Yes, patients are seen by appointment or scheduled drop off. Established clients with emergencies will be seen 24/7.

    1. 3. What forms of payment do you accept?

Cash, Check, Credit/Debit Cards and Care Credit

    1. 4. What is Care Credit?

“Care Credit is a healthcare credit card designed for your health and wellness needs. It’s a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments.” For more information or to apply please visit

    1. 5. Can I make payments?

Payment in full is required at time of service.

    1. 6. What age can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying or neutering can be done as early as 4 months of age. We require a physical examination by one of our veterinarians prior to scheduling the surgery to ensure that your pet is healthy and has received all necessary vaccinations prior to the procedure.

    1. 7. What is the comprehensive diagnostic profile?

This is a blood test that we recommend prior to any surgical procedure as well as some prescribed medications. It tests liver and kidney function to ensure that your pet will be able to process the anesthetic used for surgery.

    1. 8. How long do the sutures stay in my pet after surgery?

Depending on the suture and surgical procedure, sutures are removed between 7 and 14 days unless absorbable.

    1. 9. Do you board pets?

We are a medical facility, but we will board based on the need of our patients and clients.

    1. 10. At what age does my puppy/kitten need vaccines?

Puppies and kittens need their first vaccine by 8 weeks of age, followed by boosters at 12 and 16 weeks. At 16 weeks they will also receive their first rabies vaccine which is good for 1 year, every rabies vaccine after that will be good for 3 years.

    1. 11. Does my animal have to have a rabies vaccine?

It is required by law that any dog, cat or ferret must have a current rabies vaccine. Verification of rabies vaccine must be presented at, or before, time of appointment.