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Q: How often should I have my pet seen by a veterinarian?
A: Your pet should be examined at least once a year for a wellness
exam and then as often as needed.
Q: How often should my pet receive vaccinations?
A: We recommend annual boosters of canine and feline combination
vaccines. Rabies boosters are given every one to three years in
accordance with local ordinances. Puppy and kitten vaccines will be
given boosters on a schedule that will be discussed at your petís
first visit. Annual vaccination reminders will be mailed to your home.
Q: Does my dog need to be heartworm tested every year?
A: Yes! No drug works 100% of the time in 100% of the animals. Also, a positive dog needs to be identified and treated to prevent heart disease. Drug manufacturers will not guarantee their product without an annual test. Giving Heartworm preventitive to a dog already infected may cause a massive, abrubt eradication in heart worms which can kill an animal.
Q: Should I have my pet micro-chipped?
A: Yes! Microchips provide permanent identification and proof of
ownership.They are beneficial in reuniting you with your pet if they
become lost. Learn More Here.
Q: Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
A: There are many reasons you should spay or neuter your pet.
Q: If I spay or neuter my pet, will it get fat?
A: Spaying or neutering will not make an animal fat. It does, however, decrease the animalís metabolic rate. This means we need to feed them less to prevent obesity. We will work with you to prevent obesity following the spay or neuter.
Q: Are there treatments that I can give my animal at home?
A: No treatments should be given at home for anything you are not familar with. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 808-383-2071.
Q: What can I give my pet for vomiting or diarrhea?
A: If your animal is vomiting or having diarrhea it should be seen by
Q: What type of food should I feed my pet?
A: Any quality canned or dry pet food. Avoid cheap or fad foods. Make sure that cats are fed only cat food. (Cats are obligate carnivors which means they must eat meat. If a cat is only given fruits or vegetables, it will get sick and may die. There is no such thing as a vegan or vegetarian cat.) Examples of good brands include:
Hill's Science Diet
Iams or Eukanuba
Q: How often should I trim my petís nails?
A: Nails should be trimmed as needed. Puppies, kittens, and animals
that spend most of their time indoors will need to be done more often.
Q: How often should I bathe my pet?
A: A healthy pet does not require regular bathing. Unless directed to
do so, do not give a bath more frequently than every other week.
Q: What is hip dysplasia?
A: Hip dysplasia is a developmental disease of the hips that can
result in varying degrees of pain and arthritis at a young age.
Q: Are there diseases I can get from my pet.
A: Yes. They include fungal and bacterial infections and parasite
infestations. If you have any of these concerns for yourself or your
family, we would be happy to discuss the situation with you.
Q: Are there diseases that I can give to my pet?
A: There are very few diseases that a human could pass on to a healthy pet.
Q: Can my dog and cat make one another ill?
A: Rarely, however, dogs that are prone to eating cat feces are more
likely to get parasites and have gastrointestinal problems.
Q: What is euthanasia and when should it be performed?
A: Euthanasia is the peaceful ending of an animalís life utilizing an
anesthetic overdose. Euthanasia should be considered when a
meaningful recovery is not available or when an animal is suffering. No pain is felt and the animal passes away in its sleep. Please look at our Euthanasia page for more information.
Q: What happens to my petís body after it dies?
A: There are 4 options for animal body care.
1: You care for the body
2: Communal cremation with ashes buried or scattered
3: Private cremation with ashes returned to the owner
4: Interment in a pet cemetery
The decision is entire up to you on what you wish to happen. We can help you with body care as the need arises. Please look at our Euthanasia page for more information.
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