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How often should I have my pet groomed?

Depending on the breed and coat type, you should have them groomed every 4-6 weeks.

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Is spaying and neutering necessary?

Yes.

Dogs: Neutering males is usually performed at 6-7 months of age.

Advantages:

  • It decreases roaming and several other undesirable behavioral traits
  • Eliminates the chance of testicular cancer
  • Lowers the risk of prostatic disease, perineal hernias, and perineal tumors
  • Also it decreases aggressive behavior

Spaying females is usually performed at 6-7 months of age.

Ovariohysterectomy (Spaying) in females is best performed prior to the first heat cycle.

Advantages:

  • It greatly lowers the risk of mammary cancer
  • Eliminates the chance of uterine infection ( Pyometra ) and ovarian disease
  • Eliminates the chance of ovarian and uterine cancer

Cats: Neutering males is usually performed at 6-7 months of age.

Advantages:

  • Will help decrease roaming
  • Will help with urine spraying
  • Decrease the risk of testicular cancer

Spaying females is usually performed at 6-7 months of age.

Advantages:

  • The elimination of the often obnoxious heat period
  • Will reduce or eliminate the risk of mammary tumors
  • Eliminate tumors of the reproductive system
  • Reduce or eliminate uterine infections
  • Will also eliminate unwanted pregnancies
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Do my pet’s teeth need to be brushed?

Yes You can help keep your pets teeth and gums healthy by:

Cats:

  • Feeding strictly a dry food diet
  • Brushing the teeth daily with a pet toothpaste (never use human toothpaste)
  • If excess tartar is accumulating, it is recommended to see a vet for a professional dental cleaning

Dogs:

  • Recommendations to help keep tartar buildup to a minimum
  • Feeding dry dog food only ( No table food)
  • Brushing regularly with a pet toothpaste
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Does my new puppy or kitten have worms?

Nearly all puppies/kittens are born with intestinal parasites. Deworming is recommended at their first office examination. In cats a fecal examination for the microscopic worm eggs should be done at 16 weeks of age or 1 month after the last dose of medicine. Yearly fecal examines are recommended. In dogs a stool sample should be brought in at the pups 16 week appointment.

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What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is a highly contagious, upper-respiratory disease which is spread by an airborne virus. The incubation period of the disease is roughly 3 to 7 days. It is both bacterial and viral. Although the coughing is very annoying, it does not usually develop into anything more serious. However, just as with the common cold, it can lower the dog’s resistance to other disease making him susceptible to secondary infections, and must be observed closely to avoid complications.

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How is kennel cough contracted?

Stress, poor ventilation, temperature and humidity extremes are also thought to increase susceptibility of dog to kennel cough. Also it can be contracted in confined spaces such as:

  • Kennels
  • Shelters
  • Vet clinics
  • Dog shows

Symptoms:

  • Dry hacking cough
  • Retching or gagging
  • An expulsion of a white foamy substance.
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Should my dog be vaccinated for kennel cough?

Yes. If you plan on boarding your dog quite a bit, they should have a bordatella vaccination. Even with the vaccine though, there are still various strains out there and they could still pick up the virus even if the pet had been given the vaccine.