Q: How old should my pet be before spaying or neutering?
A: The earliest we can spay or neuter a pet is 5-6 months of age. If you aren't planning on breeding your pet, it is healthier to have this done before they reach maturity since it greatly reduces the risk of certain cancers, prostate issues and infections later in life.
Q: Do I need an appointment at Companion Animal Hospital?
A: We are a walk-in clinic for routine exams, vaccinations and sick visits. Appointments are required for surgery and grooming. It is also a good idea to book appointments for boarding during the holidays and during the summer months since we stay near capacity.
Q: Why is it important that my pet have an examination or blood tests done yearly?
A: At Companion Animal Hospital, we believe that the best way to prolong the relationship you share with your pet is to identify disease processes early and prevent the progression of chronic illness, before it becomes a problem. To keep tabs on your pet’s overall health, it is important to maintain annual exams and blood work. We recommend an examination by your veterinarian every 12 months for healthy pets under the age of 7, and every 6 months for healthy senior patients. Those pets with chronic disease or mobility issues may require examination on a more frequent basis. We also recommend annual blood work profiles to provide a continuous record for our veterinarian to identify trends and specific areas to focus on in an effort to prolong the duration and quality of life of our patients.
Q: Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?
A: The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Periodontal disease (disease of the structures around the tooth-the gums, bone, and connective tissue) is one of the most common problems that we deal with on a daily basis at Companion Animal Hospital. Periodontal infections, tooth fractures, and oral masses can be sources of serious discomfort for your pet. Additionally, untreated periodontal infections can cause damage to major organs of the body including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Proper veterinary dental care can help prevent your pet from developing painful dental conditions, and can extend their life expectancy as well. Many times, our older pets are less active, not because they are aging, but because they are in pain and have no way of telling us.
Q: How important is nutrition for my pet?
A: Similar to human food intake, a diet that is low in fat and high in protein is essential to the life of your pet. Companion Animal Hospital carries a full line of Science Diet and Hill's Prescription foods. These foods are quality nutrition for pets in any life stage.
Q: What if I begin to notice visible fleas and ticks for the first time on my pet?
A: If you notice visible parasites on your pet, call us today and schedule an appointment so that our veterinarians can recommend the appropriate treatment for your pet. Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective and come in a wide variety of forms. At Companion Animal Hospital, we fit the preventative product to the pet's problem and environment.