Frequently Asked Questions

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Question 1: I am concerned my pet is becoming a senior. Does he/she have any special needs?

Yes your pet ages more rapidly than a human. Depending on your pet's breed it can be considered a geriatric between 4 and 7 years of age. As people age, diet, exercise, and routine medical care is very important for their health. These are also important for your pet's health. Examinations at least once a year are necessary because early disease detection is key to a long, healthy life.

Question 2: I have been told my pet needs its teeth cleaned regularly. Is this really that important?

The tartar and staining on your pet's teeth actually contains bacteria. Left untreated, it can cause premature periodontal disease, heart disease, liver disease and kidney disease. Dental care is important for a long, healthy life.

Question 3: My pet needs to have surgery, but I am concerned about anesthesia. Is it safe?

There is always a risk with anesthesia, however, that risk is minimal if appropriate steps are taken before and during surgery. A thorough physical examination will be done to make sure there are no apparent abnormalities. If there are any abnormalities, we will discuss what we believe may be a better treatment protocol for your pet prior to anesthesia. During anesthesia a technician will monitor and record every second of your pet's anesthesia.

Question 4: Are there diseases I can get from my pet?

Yes, but with routine veterinary care your risk should be minimal. The most common diseases are intestinal parasites, giardia, ringworm, toxoplasmosis, cat scratch fever, and rabies. Rabies is a disease that can be vaccinated for at a reasonable cost. Our veterinarians can discuss preventative health plans to help keep your pet and family safe.