Pet FAQ

Pet FAQ

Q: How long is a dog or cat in heat?
A: Typically, 3 weeks total. One week coming in, one week during, and one week coming out.

Q: How long is a dog or cat pregnant?
A: 62 days

Q: How old should a dog or cat be before spaying or neutering?
A: Usually, about 5 to 6 months of age, but it can be done earlier if necessary.

Q: How much does it cost to spay or neuter my pet?
A: The price varies according to size, age, and species. All of our surgeries include: a comprehensive exam, pre-anesthetic blood work, pre and post-operation pain relief, the anesthetic gas, the surgery itself, and an antibiotic injection. We use dissolvable sutures, so no sutures need to be removed.

Q: My dog has fleas, what do I do?
A: Pets need to be on a flea/ tick preventative year round. Our weather is mild enough that fleas and ticks flourish even during our winter months. We recommend Bravecto for dogs and cats. If your pet is having trouble with fleas it can take up to three months to get the flea population under control.

Q: What should be done to prepare my pet prior to an anesthetic procedure (spay/neuter/dental cleaning)?
A: Your pet should be fasted prior to any anesthetic procedure. Withhold food and water after midnight the night before and the morning of the procedure. If your pet is on medication for a condition, contact your veterinarian prior to the surgery to determine whether it is necessary to give the medication, or wait until after the procedure. Diabetic patients should receive a HALF dose of their insulin the morning of surgery. We also recommend having a can of chicken broth or soup on hand for the night your pet comes home.

Q: When should I get my puppy/kitten vaccinated? Which ones do they need?
A: Puppies and kittens start their vaccinations at 6 weeks and need a total of three sets of boosters. The boosters are administered 3 weeks apart and then can be done yearly for preventative care.

Puppy Preventative Care Protocol

  • 6 weeks
    DHLPP Vaccine (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo, Parainfluenza)
    Deworming
    Intestinal Parasite Screening
    Heartworm Preventative
  • 9 weeks
    DHLPP Vaccine
    Bordetella Vaccine
    Deworming
    Heartworm Preventative
  • 12 weeks
    DHLPP Vaccine
    Bordetella Vaccine
    Rabies Vaccine
    Deworming
    Heartworm Preventative
    Heartworm Preventative to go home.

Spay or neuter at 4- 6 months old.

Kitten Preventative Care Protocol

  • 6 weeks
    FVRP Vaccine
    Intestinal Parasite Screening
    Deworming
    Heartworm Preventative
  • 9 weeks
    FVRCP Vaccine
    FeLv/FIV test
    Leukemia Vaccine
    Deworming
    Heartworm Preventative
  • 12 weeks
    FVRCP Vaccine
    Leukemia Vaccine
    Rabies Vaccine
    Deworming
    Heartworm Preventative
    Heartworm Preventative to go home

Spay or neuter at 4- 6 months old

Q: Should my puppy be around other dogs?
A: For your pets’ safety, we advise avoiding all public places (especially parks) and socializing them with other dogs until they have completed all of their puppy vaccines. We want your pup to stay healthy, so refraining from these activities greatly reduces the risk of your pet coming in contact with the highly contagious and often fatal soil-borne, water-borne, and air-borne diseases.

Q: What other preventative care if any does my senior pet need?
A: Senior pets still require vaccinations and monthly heartworm preventative, as well as their monthly flea/tick control. Pets should maintain a bi-annual senior wellness visit with a blood panel every 6 months rather than yearly, possible x-rays to check for arthritis, and possible urinalysis to check kidney function / diabetes risk. Your senior pet may also need medications for arthritis if they are just not as peppy as before. Keeping your pet on routine visits during their senior years, allows preventative testing to alert you to issues before they become a problem and help you stay on track with your pet’s senior needs.

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