How much does it cost for a checkup?
An annual exam with a heartworm check, all booster shots and a fecal examination for a dog usually costs - $135; a yearly examination and boosters for an adult cat is - $93. Things like bloodwork or deworming cost extra.
What shots do I need annually?
Vaccination schedules are based on the lifestyle of your pet - not all pets need every vaccine each year. Dogs and cats are required by law to be vaccinated for rabies each year. Dogs should receive distemper-parvo combo and kennel cough boosters each year. Indoor/outdoor cats usually require an upper respiratory combo and a feline leukemia booster yearly. We can help you determine which shots are needed for your pet.
When should I spay or neuter my pet?
Spaying (females) and neutering (males) is best done when the animal is about 5-6 months of age. Spaying and neutering may improve your pet's behavior, helps prevent pet overpopulation and prolongs the health of your pet.
How much does spaying and neutering cost?
Cost of the operation is determined by weight of the pet.
Dog spay: $150-$250
Dog neuter: $130-$160
Cat spay: $113-$130
Cat neuter: $82-$100
Prices may vary depending on age and whether bloodwork or pain relief is desired.
What is microchipping?
A microchip is a tiny piece of metal that is implanted under a dog or cat's skin, usually between the shoulder blades, that contains a number. When a pet is found, the first thing that's done at a shelter or vet clinic is to scan the pet for a chip. The shelter or clinic can then contact the microchip company or contact the owner directly to get the pet returned to its home.
I found a stray dog - what do I do?
If the dog can be approached safely, bring it to your veterinarian or the closest shelter to be scanned for a microchip. If you cannot approach the dog safely, contact your city or county animal control.
My dog is lost - what do I do?
Lost dogs may be picked up by citizens or animal control, and brought to the shelter or vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip. Calling the SPCA, animal shelters and vet clinics in the area is a good place to start. If your dog has not been turned in, posting fliers around the area your dog was last seen can be helpful. Microchipping and collars with ID tags can help your dog get home to you sooner.
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted to dogs (and cats!) through the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworms need the mosquito for their life cycle, and cannot be transmitted from dog to dog. Heartworm can cause coughing, decreased energy, heart failure, and even death if untreated.
Do cats get heartworm?
YES! Cats often suffer from more severe heartworm disease than dogs, and can die from it. Monthly heartworm prevention should be used year-round, especially in warm areas such as the South.
When should I start heartworm prevention?
Heartworm prevention is important for both dogs and cats. It is best to start prevention at ~10 weeks of age. If a puppy or dog is older than 6 months and has not had any prevention yet, a heartworm check should be performed before beginning prevention. When preventions are used properly, heartworm is 100% preventable. Heartworm prevention is available as either monthly pills, liquid applications or (coming soon) 6-month injections. Many of these products protect against other harmful parasites as well, such as fleas, ear mites, ticks, mange mites, mosquitoes, and intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. Down here in the balmy South, parasites such as heartworm and fleas live all year round so prevention is needed even during the "winter months."
What can I do about fleas and ticks?
Fleas and ticks carry diseases, can infect people, and make dogs and cats miserable. Fortunately, there are many affordable monthly preventions available for both dogs and cats, many of which protect against heartworm and other parasites. Your veterinarian can help you decide which product is best for your pet.
My cat is not using the litterbox...What do I do?
Cats who are having problems urinating, spend more time than usual in the litterbox, or who urinate outside the litterbox may have either behavioral problems or may have a urinary tract infection or blockage. A physical exam and a urinalysis can identify what is causing the problem and how to eliminate this behavior. A cat who cannot urinate needs to be seen immediately by a veterinarian- this is an emergency!