Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to bring my pets to your clinic, but how do I get my records from my previous veterinarian?
We can obtain records from most veterinarians with just a simple phone call requesting records be faxed. Some veterinarians require written consent to transfer records, others require payment for each photocopied page and request that the records be picked up. Please call our office and request that your records be transferred and we will assist you. If you have a copy of when your pet’s vaccinations are due and your pet has no other health issues, we should not need a copy of your records.
How long is a dog or cat in heat? How long does pregnancy last in a dog or cat?
A dog’s heat cycle can last about 21 days. A cat, however, is completely different from a dog. Cats can have multiple heat periods in the spring and fall, lasting anywhere from a few days to two weeks. If you do not intend to breed your pet, it is best to spay your pet to help avoid the risk of developing mammary cancer. A dog is pregnant for about 63 days and a cat for 61 days.
My dog has been licking at his feet a lot. Why?
A dog that licks his feet, rubs his face, or scratches behind his elbows may be showing signs of an allergy. Dogs can be allergic to all sorts of things such as house dust, grass or weeds. Consult our veterinarian about this, especially if your dog is showing any hair loss.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is a respiratory disease usually contracted in areas where large numbers of dogs are housed. The most common symptom is a dry hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a ‘honking sound.’ A watery nasal discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be alert and active.
How can I tell if my dog or cat has worms?
There are certain parasites, such as tapeworms, that are visible to the naked eye, others must be detected under a microscope. With the use of the microscope we are able to determine if parasites are present by the presence of eggs. If you bring in a stool sample, we will be glad to examine it microscopically to see if your pet has worms.
What should I do if you find a baby bird?
Please click the link below and follow the suggestions from Wild Bird Rehabilitation.
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