FAQs

A list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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Why does catnip make my cat act funny?
Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) is well known for its pseudo-narcotic effects on cats, as it contains a hallucinogenic compound. Not all cats will respond to catnip, as it is a genetic trait. It is generally non-toxic to cats, but should not be given to cats with seizures. It can be toxic to mice. If a cat
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Why can’t I just give my dog some aspirin for his arthritis?
Aspirin, acetaminophen and other over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen are not formulated for dogs and cats. Even what seems like a small dose could be fatal to a Chihuahua that only weighs 7 pounds. These medications inhibit blood flow to the stomach and kidneys and the most common problems we see with pets
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My dog often eats other dogs’ feces- can this make him sick?
Many dogs develop coprophagy- the technical term for eating feces- for a variety of reasons. It is a natural instinct in mothers that clean their nursing puppies or kittens and sometimes this can persist. A dog that is not getting enough to eat or going too long between meals may also resort to eating fecal
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Is it better to walk my dog with a harness or collar?
Usually it is better to use a harness, as this decreases pressure on the neck and airway. This may especially be important for smaller breeds of dog (that may be prone to a weak airway), or dogs that tend to pull excessively while on the leash
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If my dog is inside only, and doesn’t go outside, is it necessary to give monthly heartworm prevention?
YES!!! Mosquitoes spread heartworm disease and because mosquitoes readily enter your home, your dogs & cats are susceptible to contracting heartworm disease even if they never set foot outside. Also, Because of the temperate climate we live in, pets are susceptible to heartworm disease all year long and should be given a monthly heartworm prevention
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My dog is terrified of storms, is there anything I can give to reduce anxiety during storms?
Sometimes giving Benedryl helps because it usually causes drowsiness. You can give 1 mg/lb as often as every 8 hours. If that doesn’t work we can prescribe a sedative that may be more effective. Your dog will need to have a current physical exam first to make sure that there are no health issues that
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How do I know how close to trim my pet’s toenails?
If your pet has light colored toenails, you should be able to see where the blood supply comes to by a pink tinge to the nails. Trim them just before the pink starts. If your pet has dark colored toenails it is very difficult to know exactly where the blood supply starts. It is better
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If my pet seems painful and/or feels like he/she may be “running a fever”, should I give an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) such as aspirin, Advil/ibuprofen, Aleve/naproxen, or Tylenol?
NO. These medications can be very harmful to your pet. Never give any medication without discussing your pet’s problem with a veterinarian.
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What potential health problems could arise if my pet is overweight or obese?
Being overweight may result in Daibetes Mellitus, which is 2 times more prevalent in overweight cats and 4 times more prevalent in obese cats. Being overweight can result in or exacerbate underlying orthopedic, spinal, or joint disease and make simple tasks much more difficult and painful. Being overweight causes the heart to work harder, which
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Is it necessary to spay or neuter my pet?
If you have no intention of breeding your pet, having them spayed/neutered as soon as possible will prevent many complications in the future. For males, remaining intact increases risk of prostate and testicular cancer. They also develop the embarrassing habits so common to the gender that if become habitual, may not be resolved by neutering
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