Petcare FAQs

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What should I do if my dog or cat appears to be in pain?

Your cat or dog cannot tell you when it is in pain. If he/she appears to be, please call us. Treating a pet’s pain can be complicated. At Lakeview Animal Hospital, our treatment begins with determining the location and cause of the pain. Once we have that information, we will determine the best treatment method to lower the pain; and increase the health and comfort of your pet. The more comfortable and active an animal is, the better its overall health.

What happens if my dog or cat has a parasite?

Parasites are more than simple pests—they can aversely affect your dog’s or cat’s health, damaging organs and compromising your pet’s immune system, which can cause severe discomfort. Left untreated, a parasite infestation can cause serious illness and death.

How will you treat my dog or cat if it has been affected by a parasite?

Cats – We will prescribe medication that will keep your cat free of such common parasites as heartworm, roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm and flea eggs. And if your cat has been attacked by a parasite, we will determine what is the best treatment course.

Dogs – Dogs are often attacked by heart worm, roundworm, hookworms, whip worms, and protozoa. Therefore, an annual blood test is recommended to ensure your dog is parasite-free. In addition, medication to keep your pet free of parasites will be prescribed.

When can I spay or neuter my pet?

Your pet may be altered anytime after twenty-six weeks (6 months) of age. The younger the pet, the less expensive the surgery and quicker the recovery time.

When should I bring my new puppy to the vet?

When introducing a pet into the home, always have a health check. Puppies should start their DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) vaccine series between the ages of 6-8 weeks and return to the vet every month to get a booster until all four are completed.

A Rabies vaccine is required by the state and is given after 12 weeks of age. It is the only vaccine required by state law. Feces should always be checked by a vet, even if the pet has been dewormed in the past, as many over-the-counter dewormers are not effective. Many intestinal parasites a can be transferred to humans and other pets.

Is it ok to declaw my cat?

This has been a discussion for many years with some people arguing it is inhumane. It is a common surgical procedure done under anesthesia. When declawing, the nail and nail bed are both removed. Pain medication will be administered during and after the surgery to prevent any discomfort the cat may be feeling. The choice to declaw your pet is personal and you should feel confident in your decision.

Why is my dog scooting his backside on the ground?

This is not an uncommon problem. It probably means that your dog has full or infected anal glands. These glands help dogs to mark their territory through scent. They usually empty themselves every time they defecate. If the gland becomes clogged and the dog is unable to empty, an infection can develop. When this happens, your dog feels a constant, itchy pressure. It can be very uncomfortable. To relieve, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

My cat has stopped using the litter box, what could be wrong?

Before doing anything else, take kitty to the vet to make sure there is no medical problem. Be aware that if a cat is straining at the litter box and is unable to urinate, this could be an emergency situation that requires an immediate trip to the vet.

There could be other less critical reasons, please contact us so we can help.

Why does my dog or cat have to get an annual heartworm test?

A heart worm test detects more than just heartworm. The earlier a disease is found the earlier treatment can be received and the better the outcome for all. The American Heartworm Society is now recommending year-round prevention, even in seasonal areas. One reason for this is compliance – to make sure the medicine has been given properly by the pet owner. In addition, preventives are also effective against intestinal parasites. Many of the intestinal parasites that infect dogs can also infect people, with estimated infections occurring in three to six million people every year.