Most pets have some signs of dental disease by the age of 3, and worse is the effect dental disease can have on the body. On the front end, dental disease causes bad breath, tooth decay, and pain. Beyond just the mouth, periodontal disease can spread to the bloodstream and internal organs, which is why routine dental care is a top priority.
Are heartworms a problem in WNC?
Why does my dog need heartworm prevention?
Heartworm disease is a nasty, potentially fatal, illness. Once a dog has heartworms the treatment is difficult on your pet, as well as your wallet. Heartworms are transferred through mosquitoes, so every dog is susceptible to getting them. If your pet were to become exposed, the heartworm prevention would kill the heartworms prior to developing enough to cause harm your dog.
What flea & tick prevention is best for my pet?
There are a lot of good and a lot of not-so-good products on the market. As a rule of thumb, only purchase flea & tick prevention that you can get from a doctor’s office. The reasoning is that there are many over the counter products that while less expensive, are also less effective, and are more likely to cause allergic reactions. As far as exactly which product to purchase from the doctor, that’s best to discuss with the office staff. Different products may be recommended based on your pet’s health history and the kind of coverage you are looking for.
Why do you take my pet out of the exam room during their visit?
While we expect our pets to be calmer when we around, an owners presence can have the opposite effect on the pet. It can cause some pets to become more anxious, upset, or aggressive. When taken away from the site of their parents, many pets become more relaxed. For this reason we find it less stressful to the pet to administer medical treatment away from the site of mom and dad. However, treatment can proceed in the exam room if requested, as long as the pet is comfortable enough.
Is it ok to bring my aggressive pet in to see the doctor?
Yes. No one would want to deny your pet necessary medical care due to its aggression. However, certain precautions would be made. If your pet is aggressive to other animals, we would ask that they wait in the car until the doctor is ready to see them, thus avoiding other animals in the lobby. If there is human aggression, we can utilize a muzzle as needed. They doctor will do what they can, but in certain cases they may recommend a pet be sedated before they can proceed with medical treatment.
Is it ok if I’m early or late updating my pet’s vaccinations?
It is almost never a problem to update vaccinations prior to the due date. However, letting the vaccinations lapse can be a big deal. Being overdue on vaccinations can cause your pet to be susceptible to certain harmful diseases. This is of most concern in the case of a Rabies vaccine. If anything should happen during that gap in time it could put you and your pet in a compromised situation. If they were to bite another pet, or be bitten by another animal, having an overdue Rabies vaccine could mean up to 6 months of quarantine. You also leave yourself open to being fined by the city. Of course, in the rare case that your pet was to develop Rabies, it is fatal & would put your family at risk as well.
Why do puppies and kittens require multiple rounds of vaccinations?
Vaccinating puppies and kittens is a must. This is because they have a weakened immune system making them more susceptible to disease. The majority of cases of Distemper & Parvovirus occur in young puppies because they have not yet had the chance to build up immunity. This is why it is vital to vaccinate puppies and kittens on a proper schedule recommended by the doctor. Generally, vaccinations will start when they are around 8-9 weeks old. 3 rounds of vaccinations are typically given, each 3-4 weeks apart from each other. This schedule may change on a case by case basis depending on what vaccinations a pet has received prior to coming to us.
Do you need my pet’s previous medical records?
It is preferable. If your pet has any history of health concerns, a full medical history can make a big difference in how a doctor will recommend proceeding with any treatment or care. The doctor can refer to any previous testing (blood work, x-rays, etc) as well as treatment methods or prescriptions used in the past. Having records of vaccinations is a must. Vaccination information is required for boarding & daycare. Also, the law requires that any pet over 4 months old be current on their Rabies vaccine. If you don’t have complete records showing this information, vaccinations may have to be re-administered.
What kind of animals does the Pet Vet see?
The Pet Vet sees dogs and cats only. There are other bird, small animal, and farm animal specialists in town that we will gladly refer you to.