How old does my pet have to be before he or she can be “fixed”?

Generally speaking, 6 months of age is usually around the time when we would recommend spaying or neutering your pets. Most female dogs and cats will tend to go into their first heat cycle around this time. Our goal is to spay them before this happens to decrease the risk of them developing mammary cancer in the future and to control the occurrence of unwanted puppies and kittens!

How often should I be deworming my pet?

Each pet is an individual therefor a deworming program should be tailored to their specific lifestyles. Barn cats that are frequenting the mousey buffet should be dewormed every 4 weeks whereas a posh puss that rarely leaves the comfort of its cozy cat condo may only need deworming every 6 months to a year. The same goes for our precious pooches, dogs that tend to dine on the tasty remains of unknown “things”, visit the off leash dog park often or have free run on of the farm yard should be dewormed more often than the chic canine that rarely sets foot in the great outdoors! Give the clinic a call to see what type of deworming schedule your pet requires.

How old is my pet in “human years”

The old formulation of 1 animal year is equal to 7 human years isn’t always true! Depending on the size and breed of your pet this formulation will be far from the truth. Check out the following link to calculate your pet’s age in human years.

Do I have to protect my pet from ticks?

The tick population in the last few years seems to be on the rise. The statement “I think my dog has a tick!!” used to be a rare occurrence but is now becoming more frequent. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in North America and is transmitted through the bite of the Deer Tick. Other potentially fatal tick-borne diseases are babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tick paralysis. So with this being said, just like the internal parasite prevention, all animals have different lifestyles. If your dog likes to spend countless hours by your side on the hiking trails in the Rocky Mountains or bounding after rodents in the long grass of the rolling hills, it might not be a bad idea to protect them from these little creepy crawly suckers! There are products available at the clinic that are as easy as a single topical application that protects your pet for a month at a time or tick collars that are worn by your pet. If you have questions regarding tick prevention for your pet please feel free to give us a call to discuss whether or not your pet needs to be protected and what product would work best for you and your pet.