Your new puppy or kitten should begin receiving vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks of age. This is the age that they stop receiving their mother's disease fighting antibodies so vaccinations are extremely important.
Pet's are typically spayed/neutered between five and six months of age. Early spaying and neutering help prevent mammary cancer and testicular cancer later in life.
More than likely your pet is not too old to be altered. We recommend that all pets be spayed or neutered to prevent other problems such as sometimes fatal uterine infections and in females and roaming behavior and some types of cancers in males.
Heartworms are actual worms that live in your dog's heart and can cause severe heart disease in your dog. Heartworms are transmitted when the mosquito bites your pet and the heartworm larvae are injected into your pet, then carried to the heart via the bloodstream. Any dog is susceptible to being bitten at any given time even if they live indoors. There can be one worm to hundreds of worms living in the heart of a positive dog.
We require heartworm tests on a yearly basis and also if your dog has missed any prevention. If a dog is positive for heartworms and given prevention it may cause severe anaphylactic shock. Heartworm prevention is highly effective but dogs can still become infected. If you miss just one dose of a monthly medication—or give it late—it can leave your dog unprotected. Even if you give the medication as recommended, your dog may spit out or vomit a heartworm pill.
Examinations are recommended at least yearly to make sure that your pet is healthy. The exam includes from head to tail examination that checks all of your pet’s body systems and provides valuable and insightful information about your pet’s health. Yearly examinations are key to keeping your healthy and finding and treating disease early.
Labwork is one of the best ways to help diagnose disease in your pet. We also use labwork as a screening tool to gauge whether it is safe for your pet to go under anesthesia and also to have a baseline for future labwork for Your pet's blood gives us a wealth of information to help keep your pet on the road to good health and in treating disease.
There are a few reasons as to why your pet scoots. One of the major reasons are anal glands are full. This is very common and the signs include scooting and excessive licking. Generally , the anal glands can be expressed fairly easily. Another reason that your pet may be scooting is tapeworms. These worms are are only contracted through fleas or rodents. The worms come out in segments and collect around your pets anal area. These can cause itching so the pet will scoot to try and remove them. There is a simple treatment for tapeworms. Yet another reason that pets scoot? Their butt itches! Pets will scoot many times after they go potty and or if they have a sudden itch.
The state of North Carolina requires that all veterinarians have a client/patient relationship to prescribe medications . This includes a yearly exam and sometimes, as is the case with anti-seizure medications and narcotics, your pet may need to be examined twice yearly. Due to DEA regulations, we will ask for an ID when you pick up a controlled medication.