When do I start and end flea and tick preventative?
We suggest starting in April and going through the first frost.
Why does my dog need to be on heartworm preventative all year?
We recommend heartworm preventative for your dog all year long only because it helps owners to remember to give it every month. Also, the preventative helps protect against intestinal parasites, which are not seasonal.
Why does my dog need to have a heartworm test every year?
A yearly heartworm test is done to ensure the protection of your dog, especially if a dose has been missed or forgotten.
Should I have a stool sample done every year?
Yes, a stool sample should be checked yearly for internal parasites because they can be transmitted by other domestic and wild animals. Your pet can walk through a contaminated area and become infected.
When do I start vaccines on my kitten or puppy?
We start giving vaccines at 6 weeks of age and do a series every 3 weeks until an age of 14-16 weeks.
Why should I neuter or spay my pet?
There are several reasons why owners should spay or neuter their pets. One reason is, the sooner or younger they are neutered, the easier the procedure will be for your pet. Keep in mind that one intact cat and it’s mate can produce 120 offspring in just 7 years! That is a lot of unnecessary kittens when, according to the Save-A-Pet website, more than 7 million adoptable pets are euthanized yearly because they could not find the animals a home. Some of the medical reasons why owners should spay or neuter is that it helps cats and dogs to live longer, healthier lives. Spaying and neutering can eliminate and reduce a number of health problems. Spaying females can reduce the chance of uterine or ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. Neutering males can reduce the chance of testicular cancer and prostate disease.
Do I need to have an exam every year for my pet?
Since dogs and cats age much more quickly than people, a yearly exam for them is the same as a doctor’s visit every 6-8 years for us. A lot can change in a year. Yearly exams can help your veterinarian to detect disease in its early stages, and implement vaccination, parasite prevention, dental hygiene, and other programs that safeguard your pet from costly and sometimes fatal disease.
What vaccines do I need for my puppy / dog?
Distemper, Adenovirus 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Rabies, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.
What vaccines do I need for my kitten / cat?
Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia psittaci, Rabies.
What are parasitic zoonoses?
Parasitic zoonoses are diseases caused by parasites. While we normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs, people can accidentally be infected with the same parasites.
My pet was sprayed by a skunk. How do I neutralize the odor?
Tomato juice does not work. Instead, bathe the animal in a mixture of 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda ( sodium bicarbonate), and 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent. After 5 minutes, rinse the animal with water. Repeat as necessary. The mixture must be used immediately after it is mixed and will not work if it is stored for any length of time.