Q: How much will my visit cost?
A: The cost of your office visit will ultimately depend upon why your pet is visiting us. Generally speaking, if your pet is sick, our recommendation for his/her care will likely cost more than if your pet is visiting for his/her annual wellness exam and vaccinations. That said, our examination fee is currently $31.00. This price includes a complete history, weight, and temperature by one of our skilled veterinary assistants as well as a complete physical examination by Dr. Anderson. Depending upon the results of your pet's physical exam, Dr. Anderson may recommend further diagnostic testing and/or medications (not included in the $31.00 exam fee). Regardless of our recommendations for your pet, we will not do any further testing or treatment until we have gone over a written recommended care plan with you and received your permission to continue. This allows us to recommend the very best medical care that we possibly can for your pet and allows you, as the pet owner, to customize your pet's care plan to suit your finacial needs.
Q: Do you provide any sort of payment plans?
A: We are unable to provide payment plans through our clinic; All payment is due at the time of service. However, we realize that not everyone is able to afford to pay for their pet's care out of pocket. For this reason, our clinic participates in a program called Care Credit. This program works much like a credit card, but is for health care purposes only. Applying is a quick and simple process either online or on the phone (you may use our clinic phone to call if you do not have a cell phone) and, if you qualify, you will be immediately provided with an available dollar amount and an account number. Once you complete the process, simply provide your account/card number at the front desk to pay for services rendered that day. Your monthly payments will be made to the Care Credit company rather than to our clinic. For further questions about the Care Credit program, please feel free to call our office or visit carecredit.com.
Q: I just got a new dog/cat/puppy/kitten! When does he/she need to come to the vet?
A: Congratulations on the newest member of your family! Your pet should make a visit to the veterinarian within the first week that he/she moves in with you for an initial examination/check-up. Depending upon your new pet's history, he/she may also need to be vaccinated and/or tested for parasites such as intestinal worms and heartworms. Generally speaking, we beging vaccinating puppies and kittens at 8 weeks of age and give booster vaccinations at 12 and 16 weeks (these boosters are important to ensure your pup/kitten is fully protected!). During your pet's first visit, we will always recommend that he/she be tested for common intestinal parasites (such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms) and be given a dewormer to treat/prevent any possible infection. If your new pet is a pup over six months of age, we will also recommend performing a heartworm test (our heartworm tests also test for three different tick diseases!); ALL dogs in our region should be on monthly heartworm preventative regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor and we require that your pet be tested annually for heartworms in order to put/keep him/her on preventative! Simply put, what your new dog/cat will need when visiting with us will vary, but it is definitely a good idea to have any new pet examined within the first week of ownership.
Q: My friend/cousin/mom/neighbor/the internet/etc. said that I should let my pet go through at least one heat cycle and/or have a litter before I have her spayed.
A: Fact or fiction? FICTION, all the way! This is one of the most common pieces of misinformation in the veterinary field, and we are here to set the record straight! We absolutely DO NOT recommend purposefully allowing your dog or cat to go into heat or get pregnant before spaying her. In fact, we recommend quite the opposite. Studies by the American Veterinary Medical Association have shown that dogs and cats who have EVEN JUST ONE heat cycle before they are spayed are 30% LESS protected against breast and other types of genitourinary cancers than those who are spayed before having their first heat cycle. Dogs and cats that have TWO cycles lose 90% of that protection, and those who have three or more cycles or have had puppies/kittens are 100% less protected against these types of cancers. Furthermore, dogs and cats that are not spayed are also at risk for ovarian and cervical cancers, as well as a deadly infection of the uterus called pyometra that is common in older unspayed females and is only treatable via a very expensive emergency surgery. If your dog/cat accidentally becomes pregnant and is for some reason unable to carry the babies, not only her health, but her life is at risk; If she carries the litter to term and is unable to deliver them, her life depends upon delivery via C-Section which is not only riskier for her and the babies, but also much more costly than a spay surgery would have been. These are only a FEW of the risks that an unspayed or late-spayed female faces, so PLEASE take your veterinarian's advice over that of social media, friends, family, etc. and HAVE HER SPAYED AT 6 MONTHS OF AGE. :)
Q: My pet lives indoors. Is flea and heartworm prevention really necessary? (I never see ANY fleas!)
Q: My dog doesn't like her dog food and hasn't eaten in two days! Can I share my food with her to get her to eat?
Q: Why does my dog/cat have such terrible breath?
Q: Help! My pet has diarrhea! What should I do?
Q: My pet is SUPER itchy! Can he/she get an "allergy shot"?
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