At what age should my puppy or kitten receive their first vaccinations and how many do they need?
Vaccines are started at 8 weeks of age for both puppies & kittens and are given at 3-4 week intervals until they reach 16 weeks of age for proper immunity.
What can I expect at my first visit to the vet with my new puppy or kitten?
Our staff will take a full history of your new family addition. Whether you have purchased through a breeder, adoption agency or private party, keep all records your pet came with and bring to your first appointment so we can determine if previous vaccines or deworming treatments have been started.
Your pet will then have a full exam, if healthy and doing well in their new environment we will either start vaccinations or continue if they have already had their first round. They will also receive a deworming treatment for roundworms.
We offer the following vaccines:
DHPP-CV (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus & Corona )
Rabies (Required by state law)
Bordatella (Commonly referred to as Kennel Cough)
Nobivac 4 (Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia)
How often does my adult pet need to be vaccinated?
Adults canines receive yearly boosters of the DHPP-CV vaccines. Bordetella vaccines are given every 6 months. Adult Felines receive their annual boosters of their FVRCP & Felv Vaccines. The rabies vaccine is give every 3 years after the initial one given at 6 months of age.
How often should I deworm my dog or cat?
It is recommended that preventative deworming be done every 6 months. Most often, you will not see any symptoms of parasites so a regular deworming schedule is ideal. If your pet has been diagnosed with a parasite-related issue, we may prescribe a more frequent schedule until the issue is under control.
Why are Annual Physicals important?
Annual physicals allow the doctor to look over your pet and discuss any health concerns or behavior issues your pet may be exhibiting. Each stage of life has its own health focus and preventative measures for the best.Early detection is the best protection!
What is the normal body temperature of a dog or cat?
Normal body temperature for either a dog or cat is between 100-102°F.
If my dog eats grass, does that mean it is sick?
Many dogs will eat some grass at times, and it may not be a problem. However, a dog with an upset stomach will often eat grass. This may be a sign of gastrointestinal disease that should be examined by a veterinarian.
How can I tell if my dog or cat is overweight? Is this a concern?
Just as in humans, obesity can lead to a number of health problems and disorders. If your pet is over weight we recommended that you consult with our staff to determine if a diet change or consult with Veterinarian is needed.
When should I get my pet spayed or neutered?
The ideal age for a dog or cat to be spayed or neutered is at 6 months old. However, it is still a good idea to have older pets spayed or neutered to prevent other health problems. Ask your veterinarian what is best for your pet.
My pet is getting older and I am growing increasingly concerned about its health. What should I do?
As pets age, their organ functions may begin to deteriorate, including the heart, pancreas, kidneys, liver, spleen and adrenal glands. Also, arthritis, gum disease, increased tumor formation and prostate problems become a concern. Exams twice a year and blood and urine testing at least annually is recommended to monitor their health. If detected early, support measures can begin.