Frequently Asked Questions
Our vets have completed a list of the most frequently asked questions and have compiled some general information to help answer those questions for you here. Please find the topic you have questions about and click the title or plus sign on the right side to see more information.
Puppy or kitten first vaccinations
We provide core vaccinations and disease testing of young dogs and cats as well vaccination programs for all life stages. Providing proper immunization is the best way to prevent life-threatening viral and bacterial diseases. Please call the clinic to inquire about which vaccines would be appropriate for your pets.
Core vaccines include Rabies and Distemper for both dogs and cats, as well as Parvovirus for dogs and Leukemia for cats. These vaccines usually require an initial vaccination followed by a booster dose 4-6 weeks later and asnnual or biannual vaccination thereafter. We work hard to use proven, safe, effective vaccines with few side effects. Titer testing for certain vaccines is also a great way to ensure proper immunization.
Ovariohysterectomy (commonly referred to as a “Spay” procedure) involves removing the reproductive organs from female dogs and cats to prevent pregnancy and the hormonal influence on behavior. This procedure involves entering the abdomen through a small incision and requires general anesthesia. Recently, new research has investigated only removing the uterus (hysterectomy) in some breeds as a way to reduce the onset of other diseases such as arthritis, heart disease and in some breeds cancer. Please call if you have any questions or concerns regarding having this procedure performed on your pet.
Neutering or castration of male dogs and cats is routinely performed to prevent unwanted preganancy, roaming or aggressive behaviors in males. The procedure requires general anesthesia and we perform closed castrations when possible to limit the possibility of a hernia to develop. In rare cases neither or only one testicle will be present in the scrotum (bilateral or unilateral cryptorchid) and a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove both testicles.
Declaw procedures are only performed in cats and only on the front limbs. The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) has recently adopted the following position: “Declawing of domestic cats should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its clawing presents an above normal health risk for its owner(s).” We do provide nail trimming education and services and also have plastic claw caps to prevent destructive clawing of furniture or people. Scratching is a normal behavior for cats and providing appropriate areas for that is recommended above declawing.
End of life services
While it is often difficult to say goodbye to our beloved pets, we take seriously our obligation to end animal suffering when it is appropriate. We provide humane euthanasia services at our clinic. While we understand that coming to the vet can be stressful for everyone involved, it is much safer to perform the procedure at our clinic. We have highly trained staff to assist and in most cases we allow you to be present with your pet in their final moments.