Pet Care FAQs

Do my dog and cat really need to have their teeth cleaned?

Dogs and cats rarely get cavities, but are much more prone to gum disease and excess tartar build-up on the teeth. Food particles and bacteria collect along the gum line forming plaque. Routine home dental care including teeth-brushing can to some degree keep this under control. Also the Science Diet “T/D” or “Teeth Diet” that cleans the pet’s teeth while eating can help.

We carry OraVet Dental Hygiene Chews which most dogs find very tasty. OraVet Chews are effective due to an ingredient called delmopinol. Used for years in a human oral rinse, delmopinol gives OraVet Chews their unique cleaning action. Each chew contains delmopinol in its center, which is released throughout the mouth as your dog starts chewing. Delmopinol creates a barrier against the bacteria which leads to the formation of plaque, tartar and bad breath. One chew daily is all it takes to provide serious daily dental care for your dog. OraVet Chews come in 4 different sizes and boxes of 14 or 30 chews.

Tartar: If plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva combine with the plaque and form tartar (or calculus) which adheres strongly to the teeth. Plaque starts to mineralize 3—5 days after it forms. The tartar is irritating to the gums and causes inflammation and gum infection called gingivitis. Harmful bacteria in the mouth can then get access to the bloodstream through the inflamed and traumatized gums and later settle in various internal organs such as the heart which can be very dangerous for your pet. Gingivitis can be seen as reddening of the gums adjacent to the teeth. It also causes bad breath. At this point it is necessary to remove the tartar with special instruments called scalers, and then polish the teeth.

What is your dog/cat wellness program?

In our Wellness Programs we include everything your pet needs (spay or neuter, internal organ blood test, urine analysis, X-Ray, EKG, vaccinations, unlimited office calls etc.) customized to your pet depending on his or her age. The services are at a discounted price. Great value!

Aren’t all pet foods the same?

When it comes to taking care of your dog or cat, it is important to make sure that you are paying attention to the food you give him/her. All pet foods are not created equal. Instead of just going with the cheapest or the first brand you see on the store shelves, it is important to make sure that you are getting the best for your pet. There are a lot of excellent pet foods out there but finding the right one for your pet for his or her given time in life can seem overwhelming. We recommend Hill’s Science Diet and we will be happy to give you advice as to which type of Hill’s Science Diet will be the right one for your pet.

It is also vital to make sure the treats and supplements you buy for your pet, are not only appropriate for your pet, but also compatible with the food your pet is getting in the first place.

Do you give a three year vaccine series? Does my dog and cat need an annual vaccine?

Our Vaccine recommendations are custom tailored to each pet, and will vary depending on the age of your pet and the degree of likely exposure to disease and owner preference.

Why should I get my pet spayed or neutered?

We recommend spay (female) and neuter (male) of all dogs and cats not intended for breeding. Not only is it indicated for health reasons, it also tends to keep your pet more “at home”, so that he or she will be less likely to get into trouble. Spayed pets will avoid uterine infections and have a lesser likelihood of developing mammary gland tumor(s) later in life. Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and makes prostate problems much less likely.

Does a microchip hurt my pet?

Once the chip is injected it does not hurt at all. The chip is placed under the skin in the back of the neck between the shoulder blades and is so small you cannot see or feel it. A microchip is a great way of, not only getting your lost pet back home again if picked up by an animal shelter or handed over to a Veterinarian’s office, but also helps to secure correct ownership in case of a dispute.