frequently asked questions

Surgery
  • Q. What can I do to prepare my pet for surgery?
    A. Extensive information is provided prior to each surgical procedure.

  • Q. Should I consider other procedures while my pet is under anesthesia?
    A. Yes. Procedures such as a dental cleaning can be included in a surgical procedure at the doctors' discretion.

  • Q. Is anesthesia safe?
    A. Yes, with established, high level precautions before, during & after each procedure.

  • Q. Will my pet have after surgery pain?
    A. Possibly, depending pn the procedure. We have developed a post-surgical pain protocol for while your pet is in the hospital and when they go home.

  • Q. What do I do for after surgery care?
    A. We provide detailed instructions for post-surgical in home care.

  • Q. Can my pet have post-surgery boarding?
    A. Yes, with prior arrangement and at the doctors' discretion.

  • Q. Can I schedule a surgical or grooming procedure while my pet is boarding?
    A. Yes, if circumstances allow, with prior arrangement and at the doctors' discretion.

Wellness/Preventative Care
  • Q. What are standard protocol vaccinations?
    A. Dogs - Rabies and Canine Distemper combination
        Cats - Rabies and Feline Distemper combination

  • Q.Should my pet be vaccinated or tested for any other diseases?
    Yes. We recommend dogs be vaccinated against Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Lyme Disease, and Canine Influenza. We also recommend cats be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Dogs should also be tested for Heartworms, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. Cats should be tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) to determine further treatment.

  • Q. Why does my dog need to be vaccinated against Canine Influenza?
    A. It is highly contagious and can be fatal to your dog.

  • Q. What should I do to protect my pet against parasites?
    We provide education to our clients on the preventative measures offered to pets in order to protect them and their humans from internal and external parasites.

Diet
  • Q. How important is a proper diet to my pets overall health?
    A. Diet is essential for your pet's overall health and well-being. A proper diet has been proven to extend your pet's life.

  • Q. Should I feed my pet from the table?
    A. No. 'People food' can lead to health problems and improper behavior in your pet.

Behavior/Socializing
  • We can consult owners on appropriate methods of approach to different behavior problems and assist where needed. Behavior problems addressed could be, but are not limited to; separation anxiety, introducing a new baby or pet into the household, house breaking, or aggressiveness. Although we are not certified pet trainers, we have extensive experience and knowledge on the subject. Call us for more information or a consultation.

Boarding
  • Q. What vaccinations does my pet need prior to boarding?
    A. We require dogs to have the Distemper combination, Bordetella, Rabies and Canine Influenza vaccines. Cats are required to have the Distemper combination and Rabies vaccines.

  • Q. What happens if my pet has fleas or other parasites when I bring it to board?
    A. We will immediately treat your pet for the parasitic infestation, internal or external, at the owners' expense.