Got Questions?

How safe is my pet’s surgical procedure?

Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. As with humans, the older the individual the more precaution needs to be taken. Typically a physical examination, review of the patients’ medical history, and blood work are recommended with most patients, but especially senior ones. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet. You can read more about our surgical procedures and facilities here.

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

As a general rule, animals age at a rate of seven years to one human year—but this does vary based on species, breed, and size. This means that not only do they age faster, but disease develops faster as well. If your pet has not been to the veterinarian in the past year, it is the equivalent of a human not having a check-up in seven years. More frequent examinations, blood work and dental examinations—especially for senior pets—can help extend your pet’s life by as much as 25%!

Does my pet really need a regular dental exam and cleaning?

The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Most pets over three already have some evidence of periodontal (dental) disease. Left untreated, it can cause gum inflammation, tooth loss and reabsorption, difficulty eating, and pain. Tartar is loaded with bacteria and eventually it will make its way into your pet’s bloodstream and internal organs, resulting in serious illness. We offer comprehensive dental services for pets and if your pet hasn’t had an exam in over a year, we highly recommend you make an appointment!

How important is the right nutrition for my pet?

Similar to human food intake, a diet appropriate for the age of your pet high in quality protein and fiber, low in fat is essential to the health of your pet. Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital offers Hill’s Science Diet wellness and prescription lines. Less allergenic and hypoallergenic diets are available as well. We know figuring out what to feed your pet can be confusing, and we are here to help.

How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?

It is always important to call Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital immediately for an appointment when your pet exhibits a change of behavior, stops eating, or has sudden weight gain or loss. Pets can’t communicate to us when something is wrong, so these kinds of changes are often their way of showing us they need help and shouldn’t be ignored.

What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?

Fleas, ticks, and other external parasites are more than just annoying: they can infest your home and carry some pretty serious diseases, many of which can be transmitted to humans. Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years, and come in many forms and varieties. We will be happy to help you find one that is right for your pet and your budget!