Small Animal FAQ

When do you perform surgeries?

We currently perform surgeries on Tuesdays and Thursdays because our kennel space is somewhat limited.  When animals spend the night following a surgery, we do not have enough space for new surgery patients until our post operative patients are taken home.

My animal is having surgery tomorrow.  Can it have food and water?

Please take their food away by 10:00 PM the night before surgery.  We will feed them once they fully recover from anesthesia.  There is no need to limit their access to water at any time.

When can I pick my pet up following their surgery?

We usually allow a patient that is neutered to go home the day the surgery is performed, but any pet that is spayed and/or declawed generally spends the night here at the clinic.  You may pick up animals that spend the night for a surgery at your convenience the very next day.  In some circumstances, we may keep your pet for a longer period depending on the type of procedure and the severity of the animal’s condition.

What are the benefits of having my pet spayed or neutered?

Spaying or neutering your pets can greatly reduce their risk of developing many types of cancer later in life.  Spaying your animals will also reduce/eliminate the chances of your pets developing a uterine infection called a pyometra which can be a life threatening condition.  It may also decrease or even eliminate unwanted behaviors such as aggression or running off.  Spaying or neutering your pets is also the only way to do away with unwanted litters of puppies or kittens without placing an extra burden on animal shelters.

How old does my puppy or kitten have to be to have them spayed or neutered?

We generally recommend waiting until your animal is 4 months of age to try to avoid any urinary incontinence issues from spaying or neutering them too young.  We also try to spay animals before they have their first heat cycle because doing so greatly reduces their risk of developing mammary tumors.

How do I know when my pet needs a dental performed?

Bad breath, inflamed gums, plaque and tartar buildup, and loose teeth are all of great concern when it comes to the health of your animal’s mouth.  If you notice any of these signs, please bring your pet in for a dental checkup or schedule a dental cleaning.  If your pet’s teeth are not in need of a cleaning at the time of the checkup, we can give you recommendations to help maintain your pet’s overall mouth health such as helpful treats/toys, teeth brushing, and other pet safe dental products.  If your animal is at greater risk of complications during anesthesia, we have products that can help improve mouth health and remove plaque and tartar buildup without performing a dental cleaning.

Should my dog be on heartworm medication?  What happens if I miss a dose of heartworm medication?

Yes.  Heartworm disease is very easy to prevent but very difficult and even life threatening to treat.  We recommend testing your dog for heartworm disease before starting on the preventative.  If you miss a dose or doses of heartworm preventative, please consult with us immediately.

How often should my pets be vaccinated?

Dogs and cats should be vaccinated annually with a 5-way or 4-way vaccine during a visit with a thorough physical exam to ensure they are adequately protected against the more common canine/feline pathogens.  We currently recommend that cats should be vaccinated against Rabies starting at 12 weeks of age then annually.  Dogs should be vaccinated against Rabies starting at 12 weeks of age then boostered within one year of the first vaccination then triennially as long as the vaccination does not lapse.

Do you board animals at your clinic?

Yes, we do board quite a few animals, but our space is somewhat limited with our surgery patients staying the night as well.  Please call in advance when possible to ensure that we are able to board your pets on the dates you need.

Why is my pet scooting its rear on the ground?

There could be several reasons that your pet is scooting on the ground.  Your pet may need its anal gland expressed, need to be dewormed, or have other more serious issues.  Please call us the clinic to make an appointment.  It would be helpful if you could bring a fecal sample to your appointment to check for the presence of worm eggs.

My dog/cat is having puppies/kittens.  How long can they go between delivering puppies/kittens?

Please call us if you have any questions about your pet having puppies or kittens because cases vary from animal to animal depending on age, size, and the breed of the animal.


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