Frequently Asked Questions
Care Animal Clinic cares about your concerns for your pets well being. If your pet is acting out of the ordinary then it may indicate a medical problem. When in doubt, please call us with the symptoms and talk to a technician to help you decide how to proceed . Your veterinarian is the best source of health advice for an individual pet.
Here are some other frequently asked questions about Care Animal Clinic:
Q: Do you only handle dogs and cats?
A: CAC specializes in canine and feline, but can handle many emergencies and care of other small animals.
Q: Can you spay/neuter our pets on site?
A: Yes we can. Dog & cat spaying and neutering is the most common surgical procedure. Spaying and neutering refers to the surgical sterilization of your pet. Once your pet has been spayed or neutered they will no longer have the ability to reproduce. In addition to preventing pregnancy, spaying and neutering eliminates your pet’s heat cycle, reduces the urge to roam, reduces the possibility of disease in the reproductive system, and cuts down on destructive behavior. Make an appointment to learn more about the actual procedure of dog spaying and neutering, safety, and the benefits.
Q: Is a flea collar safe for my pet?
A: We have a wide selection of oral medications to help prevent flea and tick infestations on your pets which are extremely beneficial on many levels. Advantage, Comfortis and Nexgard are excellent options without the dangerous side effects of the harsh chemicals of flea collars .
However, if you choose not to go the route of oral meds then select a flea collar that will fit your pet correctly and that is made out of safe substances. Some collars should not be used on young puppies or kittens due to their strong chemicals. Look on packaging for a Poison Control contact. This is an indicator that you may not want to choose that product! Please try another preventative medication.
Review these additional safety tips to know what’s right for your pet:
- Clip the collar close to its buckle so your pet won’t be able to chew on it. When a collar is too long, it may also get caught onto something.
- You can choose a flea collar with a breakaway mechanism. This allows your pet to get free if his or her collar hooks onto something.
- Collars made of natural Pyrethrins are safer than those with chemical-based treatments. Pyrethrins are natural extracts derived from chrysanthemum plants.
- Do not use products made of carbomates. These may cause vomiting or more serious health problems for pets.
- A flea collar made with a natural citrus extract containing d-Limonene or linalool is also a safe option.
- There are collars that can be used in conjunction with other control products.
- Choose a product that can kill fleas for up to six months. Avoid collars made of strong chemicals. When pets play with each other, they can ingest the ingredients on the collars or actually bite into them.
- Look on packaging for any numbers for Poison Control–this is an indicator that you may not want to choose that product!
Q: How do I treat my dogs’ worms?
A: Every year, your CAC veterinarian will take a stool sample to check for parasitic worms. (We have collectors so that you can bring a stool sample within 24 hours, do not refrigerate this sample). At any given time, your dog can have any number of worms in his system ranging from the microscopic hookworms to tapeworms. Some can be benign, while others fatal, like heartworms. Heartworms require a different test as they are not found in stool samples the same way as other parasitic worms. Follow directions for the medication, for the type of worm diagnosed. CAC carries what you need to safely protect your dog. It is important to start dogs with heartworm medication when they are young ,as it is easier to prevent heartworm than to cure it once it has been acquired.
Clean up any feces from your yard to keep your dog safe from repeat infections. If you play in local parks or playgrounds, monitor your children and pets closely to make sure they are not putting anything that has touched the ground into their mouths. This is one of the most common ways parasitic dog worms’ eggs make it into a new host.
Q: My cat has been gagging. Is this normal?
A: If you find your cat gagging in an isolated corner of your home, chances are she’s in the process of coughing up a hair ball. Cats get hairballs from grooming themselves. A cat’s tongue is like sandpaper because it’s covered in tiny little hooks, like those found on velcro. When your cat grooms himself, hairs stick to these hooks. Since he can’t spit them out, he has to swallow them.
In many cases, the hair passes smoothly through the stomach and intestines, to be evacuated in a bowel movement. Sometimes, the hair accumulates in the stomach and causes a hairball. Your cat might vomit this hairball back up; this is perfectly normal.
You can minimize hairballs in your long haired cat by feeding him a high fiber diet. This keeps the digestive tract moving briskly. Add a spoonful of canned pumpkin to his daily diet. Most cats enjoy this as a treat.
You can also try one of the various petroleum-based hairball formulas on the market.
However, sometimes, especially with long haired cats, the hairball becomes too big to vomit back up. When this occurs the hairball can cause an intestinal blockage, endangering your cat’s health. Such hairballs need to be surgically removed. Certain cat symptoms are no cause for alarm, while others will require a visit to the vet.
Remember: Pets age faster than we do, so missing even one yearly checkup can be like us not visiting a doctor for over five years!
A yearly checkup is the best way to keep your pet as healthy as possible because it’s much easier to prevent disease than to treat it. With regular checkups, your vet can spot problems at their earliest stages, when issues can often be addressed simply and cost effectively.
So, whether your dog frolics at the park with all the neighborhood pups, or the closest your cat gets to the great outdoors is a sunny windowsill, every pet needs to see their vet at least once a year!