Frequently Asked Questions
I just adopted a puppy/kitten, what vaccines does it need?
Puppies and kittens need vaccines starting at 6 weeks.
Puppies need a distemper, hepatitis, parvo, and parainfluenza vaccine every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Our vaccine schedule is a series given at 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks old. The first adult shots and rabies vaccine are given at the last visit. These boosters should be given every year.
Kittens need a rhinotracheitis, calici, panleukopenia, and chlamydia vaccine every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. We also recommend leukemia vaccines for outside cats and cats in a multiple cat household. The rabies vaccine is given at the last visit. Booster shots should be given every year.
Does my pet need heartworm preventative?
Heartworm preventative should be given to all dogs whether they are indoor or outdoor dogs. They will be exposed to mosquitoes at some point and one bite from an infected mosquito is all it takes. Heartworm disease is deadly, prevention is the best option.
What about fleas?
Fleas are the most common pest of our pets. They can be treated easily with several different drugs. Ask the vet which is the best option for you.
Do I need to deworm my dog?
Yes your dog needs to be kept free of intestinal parasites. Some are contagious to humans, any of them can make your pet sick. See the video on the right.
My pet has an appointment for surgery. What do I need to do?
Pick up your pet's food and water at 10:00PM the night berfore surgery. Do not allow him or her access to food or water the morning of the surgery. Have your pet at the office at the appointed time.
Other helpful links:
carecredit.com - apply for affordable payment program
petlink.net - register you pet's microchip/reunite lost pets and owners
aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/ - questions about toxic chemicals or plants
canismajor.com/dog- training tips, breed profiles, articles about dogs
heartwormsociety.org/ - complete info about heartworm prevention/disease
cathealth.com - cat care information