Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does a puppy or kitten start its vaccinations?
A: Both puppies and kittens begin their distemper vaccination series at six weeks of age and receive vaccinations every 3 weeks until 13 weeks of age. The rabies vaccination is given at 16 weeks and is good for 1 year.
Q: At what age can my pet be spayed or neutered?
A: We recommend that the animals be at least 5 months old when the spay or neuter surgery is to be performed.
Q: What is heartworm?
A: Heartworms are parasites that inhabit the hearts and lungs of infected dogs. Heartworm disease can cause serious health problems, and may eventually lead to heart failure and death. Heartworm infection is transmitted by mosquitoes. The prevalence of this deadly disease has increased steadily since it was first identified, and it now affects pets in all 50 states. Heartworm testing should be done once a year usually in March. Heartgard Plus® heartworm preventative should be given monthly to prevent the disease.
Q: What is feline leukemia?
A: Feline leukemia is a serious disease in cats, caused by a virus infection. It's also a complex disease, of which leukemia (cancer of the white blood cells) and cancerous tumors are only a small part. Various other related but non-tumorous diseases are also involved. The feline leukemia virus impairs the cat's immune system similar to the way the AIDS virus affects humans. As a result, cats lose their ability to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi which cause these disease problems. Feline leukemia is spread by direct contact with infected cats. It's usually transmitted in the saliva, but low levels of virus can also be found in urine and feces. Licking, biting and sneezing are common means of transmission. Food and water dishes and litter boxes are likely sources of infection, if healthy cats share them with infected cats.
Q: What can I do to protect my pet from fleas and ticks?
A: Fleas can inflict misery on you and your pet by disrupting your whole household with a vicious cycle of biting, itching and scratching. Dogs and cats can be exposed through contact with other animals and infested areas. Even just a few fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in some pets. Ticks can transmit serious disease to pets and people. So tiny they often go unnoticed, they may be hiding anywhere. There are various kinds of ticks throughout the country, each with the potential of carrying different diseases. Since tick-borne diseases may be dangerous, and might even prove fatal, it's clear that protection against these potential health hazards is a concern for every pet owner. Bravecto® and Frontline Plus® are the best protection for your dog and cat against both of these parasites. It eliminates fleas fast, is long lasting and kills all major types of disease-carrying ticks, including those that transmit Lyme disease.