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  1. Why do we declaw cats that are less than 6 pounds only? A declaw is basically an amputation of the nail and bone to the first knuckle. We feel it is too painful for a heavier cat to try to walk on amputated toes. For this reason, we recommend declawing as early as 16 weeks of age. We also do not declaw all four feet. We perform front declaws only.
  2. When do we spay or neuter a dog/cat? In cats & in dogs <50 lbs we recommended they be spayed or neutered between 5 & 6 months. In dogs >50 lbs we recommend they be spayed or neutered between 12 & 14 months. Please see our routine surgery page under the services tab for more information on this subject.
  3. What vaccines does my pet need? We tailor your pet’s vaccine schedule to your lifestyle. If your pet does not need a certain vaccine, we do not give it. Dogs and cats both require rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age. In Michigan, the first rabies vaccination expires in 1 year. Each subsequent rabies vaccine expires in 3 years. For puppies and kittens vaccine protocols start at 6 weeks.
    • What additional vaccinations does my kitten need? All cats need distemper vaccination. The distemper vaccine covers Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. This vaccine is boosted every 3-4 weeks until the kitten is 16 weeks of age (with at least 2 vaccines after 12 weeks of age). It is also recommended that all kittens and cats going outdoors are given a feline leukemia vaccine annually. This vaccine is given 2 times separated by 3-4 weeks when your kitten is at least 9 weeks of age.
    • What additional vaccinations does my adult cat need? Feline leukemia vaccine is given only to adult cats that go outdoors or are exposed to cats that go outdoors. It is water based which reduces the chances of fibrosarcomas and is given every 2 years after the initial 2 vaccine series. Both indoor and outdoor cats get feline distemper vaccine either yearly or every 3 years. We vaccinate with a 1 year or 3 year rabies vaccine that does not contain adjuvant to decrease vaccine reactions such as fibrosarcomas.
    • What additional vaccinations does my puppy need? Puppies need the distemper combination vaccine. This vaccine covers Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, and Parainfluenza. When your puppy reaches 12 weeks of age Leptospirosis and Corona virus are added. This vaccine is boosted every 3-4 weeks until your puppy is 16 weeks of age. Bordetella (Kennel Cough) is needed when the puppy is going to be groomed, boarded, or taken to puppy classes. This vaccine is given orally and boosted with an injection 3-4 weeks later and can start as early as 4 weeks of age.
    • What additional vaccination does my adult dog need? Distemper is an annual vaccine, but there is a 3 year core distemper vaccine, which we give on years the rabies vaccine is not given. The Leptospirosis vaccine is an annual vaccine. Dogs that are going to be boarded, groomed or taken to obedience or agility classes also need the Bordatella or (Kennel Cough) vaccine annually.
  4. Why does my pet need an exam to get vaccines? Our doctor performs a thorough nose to tail exam each time your pet comes in for vaccinations. She checks the skin, eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, teeth, abdomen, tail and feet for any abnormalities. We perform exams as preventative care to catch problems before they become extreme. Our doctor makes sure your animal is healthy enough to receive the vaccines prior to giving them. If your pet is sick and receives vaccines, your pet’s immune system may become overloaded and unable to develop the immunity needed to fight off the diseases vaccinated for, or may keep your animal from being able to heal from the sickness they already have. Our appointment slots are scheduled every ½ hour to give, the technician and the doctor enough time to discuss your pet’s needs. This is at least 10-15 minutes longer than any other animal hospital in the area.
  5. Do I need to schedule an appointment? We prefer appointments, but will see walk-ins at any time. Walk-ins may have to wait for already scheduled appointments to clear prior to being seen. Walk-ins may also be subject to an additional fee. Scheduling an appointment will allow you to see the doctor in a timely manner, instead of waiting for indiscriminate amounts of time. There are also times in the day the doctor is unavailable, so we make sure to schedule around these times.
  6. Why does my dog need a heartworm test if he’s on year round heartworm prevention? We require an annual heartworm test for the health of your animal. If you missed a dose, your dog vomited a dose or spit out the dose when you didn’t’ realize, he/she may get heartworm disease. Should your dog be positive for heartworm disease and you give the preventative, he/she could have a fatal anaphylactic reaction to the dying worms and larvae. A simple blood test can alleviate these concerns. Our heartworm tests also incorporate tick titers for Ehrlichia, Lyme disease, and Anaplasmosis.
  7. Why does my pet need a parasite screen (fecal floatation) when their stool is normal? Animals carry intestinal parasites some of which are microscopic. Many intestinal parasites, including hookworms and roundworms, are also zoonotic, which means transmissible to humans. Young children are especially susceptible because they forget to wash their hands after touching and playing with pets. hookworms cause cutaneous larva migrans where the larva tunnel through the skin. Roundworms cause visceral larva migrans where the larva travels into the eye or other organs. Other intestinal parasites and protozoan, including giardia and coccidia, are not covered by over-the-counter dewormers or heartworm preventatives and can irritate and damage the GI tract of pets.
  8. Why does my pet need heartworm preventative if he doesn’t go outside? Does my cat need heartworm prevention? Heartworm disease is transferred by mosquitoes and is fatal disease in cats and dogs. The mosquito bites the animal and inserts the microfilaria (baby heartworm) into the blood stream. There it travels through the circulatory system until it reaches the heart, where it will mature and reproduce. Any heartworms can fill the heart causing damage and failure. Mosquitoes can travel into the house or car, and it only takes one infected mosquito for your pet to develop heartworm disease. Monthly preventative breaks the life cycle of the microfilaria, causing it to die before becoming a mature heartworm.

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