FAQs

Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions here.  Hopefully this will help save you a phone call, but if you don't see your question answered here, please don't hesitate to call or email us!

Q:  At what age should my pet begin a vaccine program?

A:  We recommend new puppies and kittens begin their vaccines around 8 weeks of age.  For older pets, if you have no previous vaccine information (shelter or rescue pet) we recommend that you start an alternative vaccine schedule recommended by the veterinarians on a pet by pet basis.


Q:  What vaccines should my pet receive?

For Dogs we recommend:

  1. DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptosporosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus)
  2. Rabies* required by State and Local law
  3. Bordetella (kennel cough)
  4. Canine Influenza
  5. Lyme


For Cats we recommend:

  1. Feline Distemper Vaccine
  2. Rabies* required by State and Local law
  3. Leukemia


Q:  How often does my pet need a full physical exam?

A:  Our veterinarians recommend yearly physical exams regardless of which vaccine schedule your pet is on.  For geriatric patients (those over 8 years of age) we recommend they have exams every 6 months.


Q:  What if I suspect my pet has worms?

A:  Some possible symptoms of intestinal parasites (worms) that you may see are: 1. loose stool/diarrhea, 2. a bloated belly, 3. vomit occasionally, 4. or some owners will even see "worms" in their pet's stool or vomit.  If you see any of these symptoms, we recommend that you bring a stool sample with your pet to be seen by one of the veterinarians.  At that time, we can determine what type of parasites your pet has, and what course of action needs to be taken (typically oral medication is given).  We may recommend rechecking a stool sample after medication has been given time to work.

Q:  What should I do if I see a flea on my pet?

A:  We recommend you treat your pet with a flea prevention product. We carry many of the major brands on the market today. If your pet is suffering from an existing flea infestation, we will need to check your pet's weight and dispense an additional flea treatment to deal with the issue and then start you pet on a monthly flea preventative. 

Q:  What are Heartworms?

A:  Heartworms are parasites that live in the blood stream, heart and large blood vessels of the lungs in the infected pet.


Q:  How does my dog acquire heartworms?

A:  Heartworms are transmitted through the bite from an infected mosquito.  The heartworm larvae travel through the bite to the heart where they develop into adult heartworms.  Once the reach the heart they can cause heart failure, liver and kidney disease or even death.


Q:  How can I find out if my dog has heartworms?

A:  We can see if your dog has heartworms by a quick blood test done in clinic. This test will check for Heartworm disease, as well as Lyme, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis. 

Q:  Can I prevent heartworms?

A: Heartworms are very easily prevented by giving your pet a monthly heartworm preventative. We carry several different brands of preventative in our in house pharmacy and there is also a range on our online pharmacy. We can dispense preventative once we have a negative heartworm test result for your dog. Puppies under 6 months of age should be on prevention as well.


Q:  If my dogs tests positive for Heartworm disease, can it be treated?

A:  Yes. While it is easier to prevent than to treat, once a dog tests positive for heartworm disease, our doctors will develop a treatment plan for your dog.  

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

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4:00 pm-6:30 pm

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