Pet Care FAQs
What does my pet need at its annual veterinary visit?
Recommended canine vaccines include:
We also recommend the following tests for dogs:
If your dog is planning to visit a groomer or stay at a boarding facility, we also recommend the following vaccines:
Recommended feline vaccines include:
We also recommend the following test for cats:
If your cat is an outside pet or occasionally goes outside and/or is planning to visit a groomer or stay at a boarding facility, we also recommend the following vaccine:
How often should I give my dog heartworm preventative?
Heartworm preventative should be given monthly. If you miss a month or more, your dog should see the veterinarian to have another heartworm test done before continuing on heartworm preventative. If heartworm preventative is given monthly, your dog should be checked at least every other year.
What time do I drop off and pick up for surgeries?
Drop off time is between 7:00 am and 7:30 am No food or water should be given after midnight the night before. Your pet can typically go home anytime between 3:00 pm and an hour before closing.
I have a new puppy/kitten. What vaccines does it need?
At 6 to 8 weeks of age, your puppy or kitten should begin its booster series. At the first visit, your puppy/kitten will also receive a dewormer since many are born with parasites. After the first vaccine, they should come in every 3 to 4 weeks for another booster until your pet reaches 16 weeks (4 months) of age. At that time the puppy/kitten will be old enough to receive the rabies vaccine and be spayed/neutered.
At what age can I have my dog spayed/neutered?
Once your pet is 16 weeks of age (4 months) and at least 3 pounds, they are old enough to be spayed or neutered. Females are spayed, males are neutered
Why do I need to have a heartworm check?
Heartworm preventatives must be purchased from your veterinarian or with a prescription through a pet pharmacy. With all prescription medication, your pet must have an annual physical in order to maintain the Doctor-Patient relationship. The test is done to ensure the pet is not already infected with adult heartworms. Since it takes about six months for heartworms to mature into their adult stage, puppies younger than six months do not need to be tested prior to medication. Giving preventatives to dogs infected with heartworms can lead to rare, but possibly severe reactions that could be harmful or even fatal to your dog.
What is heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is a preventable, but serious and potentially fatal parasite that primarily infects dogs, cats and ferrets. Heartworms are worms that live in the large blood vessels surrounding the heart. Heartworm disease develops when a pet is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae. Adult heartworms can grow 10 to 12 inches in length and make their home in the right side of the heart and pulmonary arteries, often causing lung disease and heart failure.
To learn more about Heartworm Disease, check out these articles:
What vaccines does my pet need in order to go to the groomer/kennel?
To ensure the protection for your pet, we recommend the following vaccinations:
Canines — Rabies, DH2PPC, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), and Canine Influenza
Felines — Rabies, FVRCP, and Feline Leukemia
Check with your grooming facility for their requirements.
At what age does my puppy need to start heartworm prevention?
Your puppy is old enough to start a monthly heartworm preventative at its first puppy visit. Once the puppy establishes a doctor-patient relationship in the form of a physical exam, then you can begin purchasing the prescription. If your pet reaches 6 months of age prior to beginning preventative, we’ll need to do a heartworm test first. This is because it takes 6 months for the heartworm larvae to mature into its adult stage.
My pet is on flea medication and I still see fleas. Is the product still working?
Not all flea medication will repel fleas. The flea has to come in contact with the flea product before the medication will kill it. Once you are seeing fleas on your pet, there is already an infestation in the environment. Also, the fleas that you are seeing on your pet are only about 5% of the fleas in the environment. It will take several months of applying a reliable product for all of the fleas in the environment to come in contact with the product and then die.
My pet has intestinal parasites. Can I get them?
Some intestinal parasites can be passed from animals to people. The ones that cause the greatest threat are roundworms and hookworms.
Keep pet feces cleaned up and always use good hygiene after playing with your pet or after cleaning up feces.
Where do parasites come from?
Most parasites are found in the environment, whether in the soil or contaminated waters. Your pet can also get parasites from fleas, ingesting rodents or wild animals, or eating feces of another animal.
Beware of Online Pet Pharmacies
At Daniel-Randall Veterinary Clinic, it is our policy to take every possible step to ensure that our patients receive the best pharmaceutical products available. Veterinarians are required to have a valid client/patient/veterinarian relationship in order to prescribe medications for patients. We carry a number of prescription products, veterinary prescription diets, and products labeled by the manufacturer for "sale by licensed veterinarians only."
All manufacturers of prescription products sold through a licensed veterinarian maintain a policy of sales exclusively through licensed veterinarians. They stand behind their products when they are used as directed and purchased from a licensed veterinarian, a guarantee that other well-known drug warehouses cannot provide. Many of these online pet pharmacy sources have questionable reputations, and we feel our clients should be aware of the risks they are taking when ordering from these outside pharmacies.
We offer the following information to help assist you in making informed decisions about your pet’s prescriptions:
- Many online pharmacies cannot obtain specific veterinary products directly from the manufacturer. Please be aware many have been known to manipulate their words as to how certain veterinary products were obtained, e.g., they may report the product is from "X" manufacturer, although they did not purchase the medication directly from "X" manufacturer.
- The manufacturer’s guarantee becomes void when product is purchased from online pharmacies. This is due to the fact that the product was not purchased directly from the manufacturer, and therefore is from a non-approved channel. So if your pet’s medication causes a problem or does not protect against what it is meant for, treatment provided by your veterinarian will not be reimbursed to you.
- Most online pharmacies will not divulge from whom they are purchasing their veterinary specific products.
- Pharmaceuticals manufactured for use in other countries (e.g., Australia) have been illegally diverted and sold through many of these online pharmacies in the United States. Keep in mind, other countries may not have the same percentage of active ingredients required or same regulations for producing and storing prescription medications. In addition, the recommended dosage may be in kilograms (kg) instead of pounds.
If, after careful consideration, you would like to purchase your pet’s prescription from an online pharmacy, you may obtain a written prescription from our office to have filled at a pharmacy of your choosing. Please note, we will not provide prescription information to anyone or any business other than directly to you. We will not respond to phone or fax requests from internet sites. If it is more convenient for you, we can mail your written prescription to your home.
Due to the fact that prescriptions purchased through online pharmacies are not guaranteed by the manufacturer, we do require certain tests prior to a written prescription. Please contact our office to see how we can accommodate your needs.
Here are a few websites to look at before purchasing your pet’s medications online: