When should puppies and kittens come in for their first visit?
Puppies and kittens should have their initial examination around 6-8 weeks of age if there are no signs of any problems or concerns. Multiple immunizations at different visits will be required to get your new pet’s immune system ready for exposure to the environment outside your home. Puppies and kittens are highly susceptible to viruses, infections, and/or parasites and proper early care and screening help to give your new baby the best start in life.
How safe is my pet’s procedure?
Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. Typically a physical examination, review of the patient’s medical history and blood work are recommended with older patients. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet. As with any surgery, there is some risk involved especially if anesthesia is involved. Animal Health Clinic takes every precaution to keep your pet safe during all procedures.
How important is nutrition for my pet?
Proper portion control and correct food choices are highly important when keeping your pet healthy and active. Improper food and over-sized portions can lead to stomach ailments and obesity. Food should be selected for the pet’s life stage.
What if I begin to notice visible parasites for the first time on my pet?
If you notice fleas, ticks or other parasites on your pet or within their feces, there are several things that need to be addressed. Please separate the pet from young children in order to avoid illness on their part. Next, call Animal Health Clinic and arrange to bring your pet in for treatment. Fleas and ticks are best treated by medicated baths and regular preventative medicine. Worms are usually treated with medicine that we provide from our clinic.
At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Animal Health Clinic does not recommend sterilization surgery until your pet is at least 16 weeks of age and fully vaccinated. This gives the animal time to mature and give optimal healing potential. A sterilization procedure can also be done on adult animals as well.
Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?
Having healthy teeth, gums and mouth is a big step to keeping harmful bacteria and septic infections from setting in and making your animal companion very sick.
How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
For young and adult animals who are generally healthy, Animal Health Clinic recommends yearly exams. For more senior and sick animals, more frequent exams and blood work are recommended to stay on top of any illness.
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are a deadly parasite that are transferred by mosquitoes to our pets. Prevention is the best way to treat heartworms. Animal Health Clinic carries a variety of preventative products in house.
What financing options do you offer or is payment expected at time of service?
Payment is required in full at time of service. In order to bring the highest level of care to our patients we must request payments in full. We accept cash, credit card and Care Credit. Care Credit is a low-interest monthly financing option that many use in times of medical crisis. Animal Health Clinic is pleased to partner with Care Credit so that no animal will go without necessary health care.