Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions at Our Animal Hospitals

Why does my pet need vaccines?

Vaccines are an important part of your pet’s health care. Vaccines keep your pet healthy and prevent serious diseases. We will make sure your pet avoids these serious diseases through a vaccination schedule based on your pet’s lifestyle, health, exposure to other animals in kennels and urban dog parks, your pet’s risk of preventable diseases and other individual circumstances.

How often does my pet need a Rabies vaccination?

The first Rabies shot your pet receives is good for 1 year. Subsequent canine Rabies vaccinations immunize your pet for 1 – 3 years depending upon the vaccine your dog receives. Most states require dogs to have a current rabies vaccination. For cats, we use feline-exclusive rabies vaccines which are good for 1 year.

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

We recommend waiting until your pet is at least 4-6 months of age before seeking a spay or neuter procedure. Contact us to discuss specific details based on species, breed, and size. Spaying/neutering leads to health and behavior benefits for your pet, and of course helps prevent overpopulation.

How do I get my pet’s prescription medications?

Our in-house pharmacy has a selection of prescription medications and therapeutic diets for your family pet. Our staff members can help you select the best medication, determine the proper dosage, and provide information on side effects or interactions. Contact us immediately if your pet experiences an adverse reaction, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding a prescription medication.

How long should my pet be on heartworm prevention medication?

Heartworm disease is a serious disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can be fatal if left untreated. Our veterinarians recommend that all dogs be given year-round heartworm prevention, regardless of their lifestyle.

Does the fecal sample test for heartworms?

No. Heartworm disease is a blood-borne disease that is transmitted through mosquitoes. A routine blood test will confirm whether or not your dog has heartworm disease.

Do I need to brush my pet’s teeth at home?

Regular at-home dental care is recommended to help maintain your pet’s oral and overall health. Home dental care for your pet should start early, even before their adult teeth come in. Pet owners should brush their pet’s teeth frequently, as tooth brushing is the best method of preventing plaque, calculus, and bacterial build-up. There are also additional options for at-home dental care such as dental formulated foods, water additives, and dental treats.

Do you take pet insurance? How does pet insurance work? Do you recommend a specific insurance carrier?

Pet insurance has been extremely beneficial to many of our clients and there are many different companies to choose from. While we do not specifically recommend one over another, we do recommend comparing multiple policies before deciding. Important things to consider are deductibles, percentage of claim paid, whether or not the claim is based on the actual treatment or a predetermined value, and what happens with pre-existing conditions or breed specific issues.

When can I take my puppy to public places, like dog parks?

It is very important that puppies be kept restricted from public areas and other dogs until they are fully vaccinated. Puppies do not have a fully functioning immune system and their vaccines are not completely effective until around four-five months old. There are numerous serious infectious diseases that your puppy can be exposed to at dog parks and in other public areas. If you have questions about specific situations, consult with your veterinarian.

When can my puppy eat adult food?

It is strongly recommended that puppies eat puppy-specific food until 1 year of age. Puppy foods should be labeled for puppies only and not multiple life stages. If you have any questions about which type of food is appropriate for your puppy, please consult your veterinarian.

What should I do if my pet gets sprayed by a skunk?

Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of strong liquid soap (dishwashing detergent) together in an open bucket or bowl. Mixture will fizz. Wet pet thoroughly and massage solution into coat. Keep out of eyes, nose and mouth. If necessary to use on face, use a washcloth or sponge CAREFULLY. Leave mixture on for 10 minutes, then rinse the coat thoroughly.

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