Q. How old do puppies and kittens need to be to recieve their first vaccines?
A. Puppies and kittens can recieve their first vaccines when they are 6 weeks old.
Q. What is the earliest age that my pet can be spayed or neutered ?
A. Usually between 5 and 6 months of age.
Q. When do dogs come into heat?
A. The first heat cycle usually starts at around 6 to 8 months of age and after that , the heat cycle is every 6 months.
Q. Is it true that my dog or cat needs to have a litter of puppies or kittens at least once before they are spayed?
A. NO! This is an old wives tale and it is in fact, better to have your pet spayed or neutered before the first heat cycle.
Q. When do cats usually come into heat?
A. Cats heats are a little different than dogs. Their heat cycles are ususally seasonal (in the spring) and they usually stay in heat until they are bred.
Q. Where do I register my dog or cat for county tags?
A. Call Forsyth County Animal Shelter at 336-703-2490 or visit their website at www.forsyth.nc.us/
Q. Does my dog need to be on heartworm prevention year-round even in the winter?
A. Yes, even in the winter, it is not cold enough in this region to kill the mosquitoes which cause heartworm disease.
Q. Does my cat need to be on heartworm prevention?
A. Cats as well as dogs need to be on heartworm prevention. The disease acts very differently in cats than dogs and it cannot be treated in cats so the best treatment is to prevent it.
Q. How long does it take for a dog or cat to have puppies?
A. The gestastional period for dogs and cats is 63 days.
Q. Why does my dog shake his/her head all the time?
A. Dogs are very prone to ear infections and often times when they shake their head, they are trying to scratch their ears or shake fluid out of their ears. They will also rub their head on the floor to scratch their ears.
Q. Why does my dog or cat scoot on the floor?
A. The problem could be impacted anal glands or tapeworms. Anal gland problems are much more common in dogs than cats. Tapeworms are common in both species. You will need to take your pet to the vet. to make sure what is causing the problem.