How do I prepare for my pet’s annual appointment?
An annual exam is a standard procedure. We will perform a comprehensive full body examination of your pet which will help ensure your pet’s optimal health. We will also give vaccinations and do a heartworm test as needed. Please bring a spoon sized stool sample with you so we can screen for intestinal parasites. This is a good time for us to discuss flea, tick and heartworm preventatives with you. Please be ready to tell us anything you have noticed or ask any questions you may have. We have a checklist to help you under the New Client tab in Patient Forms.

Do I need an appointment for the doctor to see my pet? Do you allow urgent or same day appointments?
Yes, in order to keep our doctor on schedule and to ensure your pet will be seen by the veterinarian, you must call our office to set up an appointment. We set aside certain times during the day for urgent/unexpected illness needs, so please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak with one of our staff if you need your pet seen on short notice.

Why do you need a fecal sample if I can’t see any worms?
When we perform a fecal analysis the sample is examined under the microscope. Not all adult worms shed segments that are visible to the naked eye. With the use of the microscope we are able to determine if parasites are present by the presence of eggs.

We just found a stray pet, what do we do?
The first thing you need to do is see if the pet has a rabies tag on its collar. If so, the tag should have the phone number to the pet’s veterinarian. Call the number on the tag. The reason for this is the rabies tag will help identify the pet’s owner. Please note: If calling the veterinarian after hours, in most cases, they won’t be able to retrieve the owner’s information until their clinic opens in the morning.

We can help you by scanning for a microchip which is designed to help return lost pets to their homes. If the owner can’t be reached or there are no tags, then you should contact your local Humane Society and Police Department. You would be surprised at how many owners have left messages letting the Humane Societies and Police know their pet is missing. In Crawford County strays are housed at the Humane Society serving Crawford County.

How long is a dog or cat in season? How long does pregnancy last in a dog or cat?
A dog’s season or heat cycle can last about 21 days. A cat, however, is completely different from a dog. They go in and out of heat all year round until they are either bred or spayed. If you do not intend to breed your pet, it is best to spay your pet to help avoid the risk of developing mammary cancer. A dog is pregnant for about 63 days and a cat for 61 days.

Can my female dog or cat be spayed while she is in heat or while she is pregnant?
It is better to wait until your pet has gone through her heat cycle before she is spayed. The blood vessels that lead to the ovaries and uterus are inflamed during her heat cycle and this puts your pet at more of a risk during surgery. A female may be spayed if she is in the early stages of pregnancy, but it is also more of a risk to the animal and you should
discuss this with our veterinarian before making an appointment to have your pet spayed

If I neuter my cat, will he stop spraying?
When a cat sprays, he is exhibiting the male tendency to mark his territory with urine. Neutering decreases his male hormones and makes him much less likely to exhibit this undesirable trait (although neutering does not guarantee that he will stop spraying).

My dog has been licking at his feet a lot. Why?
A dog that licks his feet, rubs his face, or scratches behind his elbows may be showing signs of an allergy. Dogs can be allergic to all sorts of things such as house dust, grass or weeds. Consult our veterinarian about this, especially if your dog is showing any hair loss.

My dog has been “scooting” his behind on the ground. Does he have worms?
He may have worms but that is not why he is “scooting.” It is usually an indication that his anal glands are full and need attention by a veterinarian. Anal glands are small glands on either side of the rectum. They contain a stinky smelling substance. Cats will generally lick their rectal area excessively if their anal sacs are full.

What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is a respiratory disease usually contracted in a social setting. This may be during grooming, boarding, training or anywhere dogs socialize. The most common sympton is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a ‘honking sound.’ A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active. There is a vaccination for this disease.

How can I tell if my dog or cat has worms?
There are certain parasites, such as tapeworms, that are visible to the naked eye, others must be detected under a microscope. With the use of the microscope we are able to determine if parasites are present by the presence of eggs. If you bring in a stool sample, we will be glad to examine it microscopically to see if your pet has worms and identify which ones are present for proper treatment.

When using Topical Flea products how long do I have to wait to give my dog a bath?
The manufacturer’s recommendation is to not bathe your pet or have him/her swim 2 days prior to application and then for 2 days after application. When you do bathe use a soap free shampoo.

How can I make payments?
Payment in full is required at the time of service. We gladly accept cash, checks with proper ID, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Care Credit.