Frequently Asked Questions

I am concerned my pet is becoming a senior. Does he/she have any special needs?

Yes. Your pet ages more rapidly than a human. Depending on your pet's breed it can be considered geriatric between 4 and 7 years of age. As people age, diet, exercise, and routine medical care is very important for their health. These are also important for your pet's health.

I have been told my pet needs its teeth cleaned regularly. Is this really that important?

The tartar and staining on your pet's teeth actually contains bacteria. Left untreated, it can cause premature periodontal disease, heart disease, liver disease, and kidney failure. Dental care is important for a long, healthy life.

What are heartworms? Can my cat get heartworms? How do I protect my pet?

Heartworms are parasites that dogs and cats can get from mosquitoes. The mosquito bites them, depositing larvae that migrate to the heart where they become adults. Despite fur, mosquitoes can still bite dogs and cats and transmit the disease. To protect your pet it is important to have yearly heartworm testing and keep them on a monthly preventative at home. There is no treatment for cats, therefore prevention is imperative. We offer several different types of preventatives and will help you choose the best one for your pet's lifestyle.

Does my pet need an examination every year?

Yes. The most important thing other than food, water, and love is to provide preventative health care for your pet. Annual examinations, and biannual examinations in seniors, will help to detect problems early so they can be managed before they become serious and potentially shorten your pet's life. The annual examination is also the time for you to discuss any concerns with the veterinarian and discuss your pet's wellness plan.