Frequently asked questions about pet care and our pet clinic in Cooper City.
Every day we get asked questions by caring pet owners wanting to know more about our clinic and how to best take care of their pets. We've made this FAQ's list to include questions that we get about pets as well as questions that we get about our pet clinic.
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Is it really necessary to bring my dog and/or cat in for a yearly comprehensive exam?
Comprehensive examinations are recommended at least once a year. During your pet’s wellness exam, your veterinarian will take your pet’s history and perform a thorough physical examination. He or she will also give your pet appropriate vaccinations, perform a diagnostic workup, and may recommend dental work or other follow-up care. Let your veterinarian know if you’ve noticed any physical changes in your pet, or their behavior.
Does heartworm prevention and flea prevention need to be given year-round?
Yes! Mosquitoes and fleas are present year-round across the United States, but especially in our area where temperatures remain warm for much of the year. Heartworm incidence in this region is very high making year round heartworm prevention paramount.
What dog and cat food brands do you recommend?
There are many great brands out there. The ones we recommend the most are based on years of results and healthy dogs and cats. Occasionally, prescription diets are recommended based on a pet's specific needs.
When do I switch from puppy/kitten food to adult food?
Switching a puppy or kitten to adult food too early can cause obesity and gastro-intestinal issues. We recommend switching to adult dog or cat food between 10-12 months. Check with us before you make a change.
Where do I take my pet in case of emergency?
If there is an emergency during business hours, simply call our office ahead of time so we know what to expect and bring your pet in. If there is an emergency after hours, our answering service can connect you to a member of our team, who will direct you to the nearest emergency clinic if necessary.
How often do I need to bathe my dog?
If no skin condition is present, you can bathe your dog every 4-6 weeks. In some cases, you may need to bathe them more often than that, but no more than once a week.
Should I declaw my cat?
While we do not promote declawing of all cats, we recognize that there are certain times and situations that declawing may be necessary for the health and safety of the cat and family. If it does need to be done, it is better to do it when the animal is young.
We just found a stray pet. What should we do?
Check the pet for collar/tags. If none present, feel free to come in and have the pet scanned to check for a microchip. If no microchip is present, keep the pet safe while you look for "lost animal" signs in the area. You can also call the Humane Society of Broward County or Broward County Animal Control.
When do you need fecal samples, and why?
It is recommended that a fecal sample be provided at annual/wellness visits, new puppy/kitten exams, and when GI symptoms are present. Only tapeworms and roundworms are visible to the naked eye. On some occasions diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss are symptoms of intestinal worms but many intestinal parasites go undetected without running intestinal parasite tests.
Can our pet be spayed while in heat or pregnant?
It is not recommended for dogs, as there may be an increase in bleeding. In cats, we may not have an option, as they are in heat frequently. Your veterinarian will help you decide the safest course of action.
My pet seems to have the same thing wrong that he/she was previously treated for.Can the veterinarian just prescribe the same medication that he/she did the last time?
Even though your pet may appear to be showing the same symptoms, the problem may be different. Many diseases have similarities, so to be safe, your pet should be checked by the veterinarian before a new prescription is dispensed.
Does my pet need dental care?
Dental health is just as important for dogs and cats as it is for people. Bacteria and food accumulate around the teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to gingivitis loss of bone and soft tissue. This can result in tooth loss, an abscess, or a bacterial infection.
Unless your pet just ate something fishy, stinky breath isn’t normal. Having a veterinarian evaluate your pet’s teeth regularly and clean them as needed will help prevent dental disease and any related problems.
How much does it cost to trim my pet's nails and can I just drop off my pet?
Long nails can hurt! We are happy to trim your pet's nails for a nominal fee of $13; however, we will waive the fee if it's done on the same day as your pet's annual exam! The doctor performs the nail trims Monday through Friday, and technicians perform the nail trims on Saturday. An appointment needs to be made in advance if you are bringing your pet on a day other than their exam date.
How do I transfer my pets records from another clinic?
Simply call your previous veterinarian and have medical records faxed or emailed to our office. Records can be faxed to 954-432-6941 or emailed to ELAH@Bellsouth.net
Do I need an appointment for my pet to see a veterinarian?
We see patients by appointment. Walk-in appointments are welcome, but there may be a small wait until you can see the doctor. Emergencies take priority, but a call ahead of time helps to ensure we are equipped to manage your pets needs immediately on arrival.
Can I get email or text reminders about my pet's upcoming appointment?
Definitely! We are now making greater use of email and text to communicate with our clients. To sign up for on-line services such as scheduling an exam, appointment reminders and appointment confirmations, or to sign up for our newsletter, simply give your email address to our front desk receptionist. After receiving a welcome email from our clinic, you'll be able to select the services you wish to receive reminders for.