Frequently Asked Questions
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
The average age is 5 to 6 months. Individual pets can sexually mature a bit earlier or later (just like people).
When should I start vaccines on my pet?
Generally 6 to 8 weeks. We give boosters every 3 to 4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Rabies is added when your animal reaches a minimum 12 weeks.
How long do the vaccines last?
The first rabies vaccine lasts one year. After that, rabies vaccines are good for 3 years. (Although this varies by state.) A Core vaccine (DHPP-Cvk, FVRCP-C, Felv) is good for one year after the FINAL booster. We then to go to 3-year “Core” vaccines, just like rabies.
Do I have to have an exam with vaccines?
Yes, we always do an overall health exam with core vaccines. Exceptions are Bordatella (kennel cough), which can be given by a technician if the dog is in good health and has been seen by the doctor within the last year, and the second feline leukemia booster, if a doctor allows.
Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
First, spaying or neutering prevents unwanted pregnancy, both in your or someone else’s animal. Pregnancy and giving birth both carry health risks to your animal. Spaying and neutering also prevent later health problems, such as mammary and uterine cancers, prostate cancer, uterine infections, and testicular tumors. It also prevents the side effects of hormonal fluctuations, which contribute to animals escaping from yards (and getting hit by cars), fighting, and some dominance problems. Spaying and neutering costs much less and is a less risky surgery when done at the younger age.
My pet has fleas. What should I do?
We recommend Advantage or Frontline for an active flea problem. They are safe for the pet, and they kill adult biting fleas before they can lay more eggs. Both of these brands are sold “over the counter” at pet stores and other retail outlets. Some people prefer Program to prevent flea problems. Program is an oral medication that acts like a “flea birth control” so the fleas cannot lay eggs. However, Program does not get rid of the biting adults. Keep in mind that these products cannot cure a bad flea infestation; you may have to treat the environment with sprays, or call in professionals.
Why is my cat spraying? How do I stop him?
Spraying can stem from medical or behavior issues. We recommend an exam and a urinalysis to rule out the medical causes before discussing potential behavioral causes.
Why is my puppy or kitten having diarrhea?
There are several possible reasons. Are you feeding them milk? (This is a big no-no.) Has there been an sudden change in their diet? Did they eat something they shouldn’t have (oftentimes a plant or people food or bird poop or compost)? It is possible they have been plagued by parasites or a virus. Typically, if there has been a recent food change or they ate something they aren’t supposed to, but they are acting normal otherwise, this is probably the culprit, and a bland diet for several days should help. Any other reason should be consulted by the doctor, and bringing in a fecal sample to your appointment is always a good idea in these cases. If your pet is lethargic or not eating, please bring them in to the doctor right away.