“How can I save money on my pet’s
The simplest way to save money is through prevention. It’s
much cheaper to keep your pet safe and healthy than to wait
until your pet is sick or injured.
Example: A puppy
vaccination series of 3 injections, which include protection
against parvovirus, would cost under $100. Treating a sick
puppy for Parvo can cost over $1200 and some puppies may die
despite even heroic and costly efforts.
“What is the normal temp for my pet?”
The wetness or dryness of the nose is NOT an indicator of
health. Rectal temperatures are still the most accurate
method to measure internal temperatures at this time.
|Normal vital signs:
|DOGS: Temp 100.5-102.5 rectal
|CATS: Temp 101-102.5 rectal
|(Larger pets tend to have pulses and temperatures on the
“At what age will my female dog or cat go into heat?”
The answer varies a bit between breeds and individuals. As a
rule, larger dogs tend to go into heat later than smaller
1-2/year(spring & fall)
Every 14-17 days (spring & fall)
(Please be aware that while a female cat is in heat she can
continuously go in & out of heat until she is bred or
spayed. This means she could potentially be in heat every
other week during the season).
“How long is my dog or cat’s pregnancy?”
DOGS: 57-69 days, average: 60 days
CATS: 55-65 days.
Note: Cats may give birth several days apart if they were
bred several days apart.
“When can I spay or neuter my pet?”
We advise spaying/neutering early to reduce risk of some
cancers and unwanted pregnancies.
DOGS: 4-6 months. For smaller dogs, we recommend spaying
after their adult canine teeth are in.
CATS: 4 months. Cats should have had at least 2 vaccinations
for FVRCP before surgery.
“Does my pet have to be current on vaccinations for me to
medical board or have elective surgery?”
YES! Puppies must have completed their DHPP series and adult
dogs be current on those and Kennel Cough (Bordetella)
vaccinations. Kittens must have completed at least 2 of
their FVRCP series.
“How bad is Parvo? Is it contagious?”
Canine Parvovirus is highly contagious and deadly, causing
life-threatening disease in under vaccinated dogs. The virus
is spread by body fluids from an infected dog, usually from
diarrhea. It can live for very long periods of time (even
years) in dirt and other surfaces and is resistant to many
common disinfectants. This is why we strongly advise that
you do NOT take your puppy out into public areas nor have
unvaccinated dogs come in contact with your puppy until they
have completed ALL of their puppy series vaccinations. Just
1 vaccination is not enough to protect your puppy. Under
vaccinated adult dogs may also contract Parvo. Note: Please
be aware that fall is a notoriously high season for Parvo.
“Can I feed puppy or kitten food to my adult animals?”
Animals require different nutrition based on species and
age. As a rule, puppy and kitten diets are higher in protein
and fat than maintenance diets and can cause weight gain or
eventually contribute to other issues such as diarrhea,
allergies or even kidney disease. Please follow
“Why do I have to test my pet for heartworm every year, even
though I use Heartgard all the time?”
Although we highly recommend yearly testing for any dog who
has had a break in heartworm prevention, pets who have been
on uninterrupted heartworm prevention are still encouraged
to test yearly. Not testing annually voids the
manufacturer’s warranty and they will not cover pets who
don’t have documented annual tests.
“I saw something that looks like little rice grains around
my pet’s bottom. What the heck is it?”
Tapeworms are a likely culprit. These do not usually show up
in regular fecal tests so we rely on clients who notice the
parasites on their pet or the pet’s stool. Praziquantal
(brand name Droncit) is our recommendation for treatment.
Along with Praziquantal, most tapeworm medications are now
available over the counter.
“My pet seems a little sore. Can I give him some of my
NO!!! Dogs and cats are very different from people in how
they process medications and their smaller size makes it
very easy to overdose otherwise safe drugs. Even very small
doses of certain human drugs can kill a cat or do serious
damage to a dog. DO NOT USE HUMAN MEDICATIONS UNLESS
AUTHORIZED BY YOUR VETERINARIAN! We will be glad to help you
find the best veterinary medications for your pet’s
“Can I use Frontline on my pregnant or nursing dog?”
Yes. However, please read all instructions for any flea
control product. Many products cannot be used on cats and
can cause severe reactions, up to and including death.
“My pet is getting very old and sick and I want to prepare
for having to put him to sleep. What should I expect?”
Euthanizing a pet can be devastating for the entire family
and we try to make the experience as comfortable as possible
for everyone. Our staff will assist you with making a
convenient appointment and will discuss certain decisions,
which should be made before your pet is euthanized. You will
be asked to sign a euthanasia form, directing the doctor to
perform the procedure, and how you would like us to care for
your pet’s remains. After selecting your options, we will
process your payment and all paperwork so you can devote
your attention to your pet. A doctor will consult with you
and answer any questions you may have. Then the doctor may
administer a sedative and have an intravenous catheter
installed in a leg to make the procedure more comfortable
for your pet. You may opt to stay with your pet during the
euthanasia or step out of the room.
We are all pet owners and personally understand what you are
going through when you put your pet to sleep. All of us are
here to help you and your family through this difficult