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A: We typically recommend 4-6 months of age for spay/neuter.
A: Fleas do not instantly disappear with one or two treatments, and there is no quick fix. Over the counter flea products such as Hartz are not always effective and are harmful in some cases (adverse reactions like tremors and seizures, skin irritation can occur — more often in cats than dogs). We recommend using a good quality flea control such as Vectra 3D, K9 Advantix, Advantage, etc. every month on every pet in the house (make sure product is cat or dog appropriate) and to treat the house with an area spray to kill eggs and larvae. Due to the flea life cycle, it may take 2-4 months to get rid of an existing infestation. Adult fleas spend all of their time on the pet and are only a small part of the problem. We need to decontaminate the environment of eggs and larvae. It may also help to add a growth regulator like Program or Sentinel to prevent flea eggs from hatching.
A: Yes, it is very important to use general anesthesia for dental cleanings in pets. We need to be able to probe and assess all the teeth properly which is not possible in an awake or only slightly sedated animal. We also need to be able to clean under the gumline where periodontal disease is most prevalent and, if extractions are needed, the pet is asleep and we are able to extract teeth without scheduling another procedure. Finally, we need to protect the airway with an endotrachal tube to deliver oxygen and anesthesia but also to prevent water, tartar bits and bacteria from entering the windpipe during the cleaning. This is only possible in a fully sedated pet.
A: Cash, check, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), and Care Credit are all payment options.
A: Vaccines are important for all pets, though some may not be needed if risks are low. However, ravies vaccination is required by law in Pennsylvania for ALL dogs and cats, even if they are indoor only since rabies is universally fatal and not treatable if contracted. Indoor only pets are at lower risk but they could escape and become exposed or bats, which carry rabies, could get into the house.
Flea/tick products are important for indoor pets since fleas/ticks may “hitchhike” in on people or other pets who go outdoors and indoor pets. Heartworm disease can also affect indoor only pets when mosquitoes enter a home.
Fecal exams are important since indoor only pets may get parasites from potting soil, ingesting bugs or rodents in the house, worm eggs may stick to shows, get on carpet and be ingested, etc.
A: Most kittens and puppies need a series of vaccines to make sure that they build proper immunity to disease. Antibodies from the mother may interfere with antibodies introduced from a vaccine so it is important to give multiple vaccines until the pet is at least 16 weeks or 4 months old.
Overvaccination is rarely an issue but vaccinations with non-core vaccines and for some individual patients should be weighed with potential need vs. risk. This is a discussion for the client and the veterinarian.
A: We want to make sure your pet is healthy enough for vaccines. Rabies vaccines must be administered by a doctor. We may make exceptions and have pets return for a nurse or tech visit rather than a full doctor visit for some vaccines, but it would depend on the health of the pet, Doctor discretion, etc.
A: Indoor cats can acquire parasites from digging in or ingesting potting soil, ingesting insects or rodents in the house or picking up tapeworms from having fleas. While parasites are not as common in indoor cats, they can be affected and checking a fecal sample on every pet is recommended by the companion animal parasite control board (CAPC) as well as the CDC to reduce the transmission of zoonotic parasites that can cause disease, sometimes serious illnesses, in children or immune compromised individuals.
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