Frequently asked questions
We always encourage our clients to ask questions! However, we have put together a page of frequently asked questions for your convenience.
We hope these answers help you! If you don't find the answer you're looking for, please contact us!
Q: Does my puppy need to be vaccinated?
A: Just like infants, there are protocols for immunizing pets. Puppies should begin at 6 to 8 weeks of age and continue until 16 weeks of age. Kittens, on the other hand, should begin vaccinations at 8 weeks of age according to their lifestyle (inside or outside) and continue until 16 weeks of age.
Q: When is it ok to spay or neuter my pet?
A: These procedures should be performed at 6 months of age. This is when most dogs and cats have attained their adult size and the anatomy is developed. These procedures prevent unwanted puppies, unwanted sexual behavior, deter aggression, avoid the heat cycle, mammary and testicular tumors, emergency uterine infections and can extend your pets life 2-3 years. Contrary to popular belief, pets do not gain weight after this procedure and do not have to go through a heat cycle prior to spaying.
Q: How do I keep my pet from getting fleas?
A: Using a product such as Frontline will help keep your pet free from fleas. The adult fleas that infest dogs and cats only represent about 5% of the flea population. The remainder is eggs, pupae and larvae in the environment. The pupae are resistant to all types of environmental treatments with pesticides. Heat, humidity and movement activate flea eggs to hatch. No flea preventative repels adult fleas. They must get on the dog or cat for flea products to kill the adult flea.
Q: How do I prevent Heartworm Disease?
A: Heartworms are transmitted to both dogs and cats by the mosquito. The infection in a dog or cat cannot be detected until 6 months after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The only way to avoid this disease is to start your pet on preventative as soon as 6-8 weeks of age for the rest of their life. There are several oral and topical preventatives available, each with its own pros and cons. Clinical signs are: a distended abdomen, coughing, exercise intolerance and pale mucus membranes (gums and eye membranes). This is a treatable disease, with the outcome usually directly related to the severity of the infection.
Q: Is it ok for my pet to be overweight?
A: Obesity is one of the most common problems we see with our pets. This, more often than not, is due to lack of exercise and overfeeding (too many treats and table food).
Q: Does my pet need dental care?
A: This is the most overlooked aspect of a dogs and cats general health. Pets do not brush their teeth or eat apples! The mouth is the perfect environment for growing bacteria. It is moist, warm and constantly being bombarded with food. Simple brushings, dental treats or mouth washes can help prevent dental disease. By the time most pet owners notice an odor, it's too late and a dental cleaning is required.