What vaccines does my dog need?

Necessary vaccines often vary from one dog to another depending on their age, lifestyle and underlying medical conditions. Most dogs should be vaccinated for Distemper and Parvo viruses (DHPPV vaccine), Leptospirosis, and Rabies. Dogs that go to boarding kennels, groomers, dog shows or places where they will contact many dogs should also be vaccinated against Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and the Canine Flu.

What vaccines does my cat need?

Necessary vaccines often vary from one cat to another depending on their age, lifestyle (especially if they go outdoors) and underlying medical conditions. Most cats should be vaccinated for Feline Distemper (FVRCP), Feline Leukemia and Rabies. In addition, if cats spend a lot of time outdoors, where they might be in fights with other cats, we recommend the Feline AIDS (FIV) vaccine.

What are the benefits of having my dog or cat spayed?

In addition to the obvious benefit of preventing unwanted pregnancies and further pet overpopulation, spaying eliminates the risk of uterine cancer and infection and significantly decreases the chance of mammary tumors which are ofter cancerous.

What are the benefits of having my dog or cat neutered?

Neutering greatly helps to eliminate several behavioral problems such as aggression, urine-marking and roaming. From a medical standpoint, neutering helps to prevent or eliminate testicular and prostate problems such as infection and cancer.

When should I have my puppy or kitten spayed or neutered?

We recommend having your puppy or kitten spayed/neutered at 6 months of age. Occasionally, we might recommend that this procedure be done earlier or delayed until you pet is a little older.

Is my pet given medication to control pain when she has surgery?

Yes, we are passionate believers in controlling and hopefully minimizing or eliminating any pain your pet might have after surgery. We routinely give a variety of pain control medications before, during and after surgery, as well as medication for you to give your pet at home when needed. In addition, we use a laser for most of our surgeries which significantly decreases pain after surgery.

Someone told me about heartworm medication, is this necessary?

Heartworms are transmitted to dogs and cats by mosquitoes. Left untreated, this can be a deadly disease. Fortunately, this disease can be prevented by giving a monthly heartworm preventive medication. For dogs we recommend a monthly pill (either Trifexis or Sentinel) and for cats we recommend a topical medication called Revolution. These medications also prevent intestinal parasites and fleas.

What is the best monthly parasite preventive medication for dogs?

Sentinel. This prevents heartworms, most intestinal worms, and fleas.

What is the best monthly parasite preventive medication for cats?

Revolution. This prevents heartworms, most intestinal worms, fleas and ear mites.

My pets have fleas, what should I do?

The key to controlling a flea infestation is to break the life-cycle and to treat all pets in your house and yard. There are hundreds of flea products available. The best way to control fleas is to give all dogs a monthly pill (either Trifexis or Sentinel) which will break the life-cycle. In addition, to kill any adult fleas, dogs should be treated with an oral medicine called Comfortis once and repeated 30 days later. All cats should be treated monthly with a liquid medicine called Revolution which is applied to the skin on the back of their neck. This approach is the safest and easiest way to treat fleas and eliminates the need for insecticides to be sprayed in your house and yard.

How often should I bathe my dog?

How often you bathe your dog is dependent on how dirty your dog becomes and your dog’s hair coat and skin condition. Dogs that have oily skin need to be bathed more often to maintain a healthy and pleasant smelling hair coat. In general, it is OK to bathe your dog weekly if needed, and we rarely see weekly baths leading to a dry hair coat. Many dogs kept primarily indoors can be bathed on a monthly basis.

How often should I feed my dog?

Dogs should be fed a good quality dry dog food twice daily.

How much should I feed my dog?

A general rule-of-thumb is to feed one cup (8 ounces) of dry food for each 20 pounds of body weight each day. However, very active dogs might require more food than this and many sedentary dogs require much less.

How often should I feed my cat?

Most cats should be fed a good quality dry cat food twice daily.

How much should I feed my cat?

Most cats do very well when they are fed ½ cup (4 ounces) of dry food each day.

What food should I feed my dog or cat?

The majority of national brand foods are of high quality. This includes foods such as Science Diet, Iams, Purina, Pedigree and many others. We recommend avoiding generic and very low cost dog foods. In addition, we do not recommend feeding any raw food or diets to your pets due to the risk of bacterial contamination such as Salmonella.

Is it OK to feed people food?

Absolutely not. Dogs and cats stay much healthier if they are fed the same pet food daily. Feeding people food can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea as well as a potentially serious condition called pancreatitis.

How often should I have my pet’s teeth cleaned?

Most dogs and cats require dental cleaning every 1-2 years to maintain a healthy mouth. Occasionally, we see pets who require more frequent cleanings and those pets who have their teeth brushed on a regular basis often need dental cleanings much less often.

Why does my dog eat grass?

We believe that “grass eating” is a trait which dogs have inherited from their wild ancestors, especially wolves. It is typically not a sign of an upset stomach or a vitamin or any other deficiency.