Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Type of Food is Best for my Pet?
A: There are many different choices when it comes to feeding your pet. Types of food usually fall into different categories, food for puppies, adults and seniors. There are also considerations for size of pet and breed. If your pet has any special conditions such as diabetes, obesity or sensitivities you’ll want to pay very close attention to the ingredients in the food. For example, dogs with diabetes should avoid foods with starches (grain free). The ingredients in the food is usually broken down into % of minimum protein, % of minimum fat, % of max fiber. There are so many different choices and potential special situations that we advise consulting with your veterinarian about the food choice for your pet.
Q: What Vaccinations Should My Pet Get?
A: Your pets species and breed will determine what vaccinations are important for their health. Typical vaccinations for dogs include: Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus (canine hepatitis), Parainfluenza, Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough), Lyme disease, Leptospirosis and Canine influenza. Consult with your veterinarian to determine what’s appropriate for your pet and potential risks.
Q: Do I Need To Brush My Pets Teeth?
A: Whether you need to or should brush your pet’s teeth depends on the species and breed and we recommend consulting with your veterinarian before doing so. Any pet’s oral health can have an impact on their overall health. If you are the proud owner of a canine (dog) then you brushing is typically recommended. Most people are not aware that 85 percent of dogs over five years of age suffer from periodontal disease which develops when food and bacteria collect along the gum line. Not only does brushing help a pet’s health, but it also helps freshen the doggy breath. If you would like to start brushing your pet’s teeth make sure to get a special pet toothpaste and DO NOT use human toothpaste as it could be harmful to them.
Q: Do I Need to Use Flea, Tick and Heartroom Medicine?
A: Flea, tick and heartroom medicine are usually advised by your veterinarian and help stop the spread to other animals. Some people do not like to give their pets these medicines because they can add toxins to their blood stream. If your dog or cat is inside most of the day and not usually around other animals then there could be other holistic alternatives available. Some veterinarians will not even accept your business if your pet does not have these medications or appropriate vaccinations. It’s always best to consult with your primary veterinarian to determine if flea, tick and heartroom medicine is right for your pet.