Frequently Asked Questions

Q: At what age does my puppy or kitten need its first vaccinations?
A: Six weeks of age (then every 3-4 weeks until 16 weeks of age).

Q: At what age should I have my pet spayed (female) or neutered (male)?
A: Six months of age, however, it is absolutely fine to have the surgery done at a younger age.

Q: I was told that if I get my pet spayed or neutered, it will become fat and lazy.
A: Proper diet and exercise will prevent pet obesity. Spaying prevents certain problems later in life such as an infected uterus (pyometra) and mammary gland cancer. Neutering prevents problems with aggression as well as preventing prostate disease.

Q: At what age do I start my dog or cat on Heartworm Preventative?
A: Six weeks of age for a puppy and 8 weeks of age for a kitten.

Q: What is the normal temperature for a dog and cat?
A: 101 – 102 degrees

Q: What is the earliest age I can have my cat declawed?
A: 12 weeks of age

Q: How long is pregnancy (gestation)?
A: 59-63 days

Q: My pet has had vomiting and diarrhea and is not eating. What should I do?
A: Make an appointment to see your veterinarian!

Q: At what age do we blood test kittens for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)?
A: Six weeks of age

Q: Does my pet lose it’s baby teeth?
A: The baby (deciduous) teeth begin to fall out beginning at 4 months of age, and by 6 months of age, all of the adult teeth should be in. Dogs have 42 teeth and cats have 30.

Q: How often does my pet need to be examined?
A: Physical examinations are recommended at least once a year prior to age 7 and twice a year over the age of 7.

Q: My pet is scooting it’s hind end. Does it have worms?
A: Most likely the scooting is due to full “anal glands” which are scent glands that lie under the skin on either side of the anus. The veterinarian can express the glands to relieve the discomfort.

New Pet Tips

The Holidays and Your Pet

With the holidays fast approaching we are all anticipating the wonderful sights, sounds and foods of the season. Our pets however experience a unique set of circumstances that can put them at risk for needing medical care. It is our intention to help you and your... read more

Your pet & Chocolate!

Let’s face it most of us find chocolate anything irresistible. Seriously there should be a chocoholic’s anonymous!  While WE may experience an expanding waistline from our indulgences, our PET’S can actually be poisoned by theirs. You see chocolate... read more

Behavioral Tips

Introducing a New Cat to Your Family

Before introducing cats, it is helpful to understand their natural behavior. Feral cats typically live in matrilineal, related colonies. Male cats may travel among a number of colonies. When an adult female cat enters the colony, they are typically driven away by the... read more

Introducing your pet to your new baby

So you are expecting a little one! (Of the human kind that is!) Congratulations! In the course of the many preparations in expectation of your baby, on that list should be considering what measures you will need to take to make the presence of the baby acceptable in... read more