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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What vaccines will my pet need?

Every cat and dog will need vaccines. At your pet's first appointment, our veterinarians will review your pet's needs and create a vaccination schedule that is individually tailored to those needs. As opposed to a "cookie-cutter approach," our doctors make every effort to provide individualized treatment for each pet we serve.

Feline Vaccines We Offer:
  • Rabies
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitix (FVR)
  • Calicivirus
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
  • Chlamydia Psittaci (Pneumonitis)
Canine Vaccines We Offer:
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Bordetella
  • Adenovirus Type I and Type II
  • Influenza
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lyme

Do I need to worry about parasites?

Yes! This area of New York State is home to many dangerous parasites for both cats and dogs. When it comes to parasites, prevention is key. If your pet develops a parasite problem, testing and treatment can be both very costly and physically uncomfortable for your pet. If parasite problems are not noticed or appropriately treated, many can lead to serious health concerns and even death of your pet. When you come in for your first appointment, please talk to our doctors and staff about what parasites your pet is at risk for and which products will best prevent a problem from developing.

When should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Our doctors recommend that puppies and kittens have castration or ovariohysterectomy surgery at the age of 6 months. While some places will provide this surgery earlier, our doctors typically wait until pets are about 6 months old. Unless you have specific plans for breeding your pet, surgery to prevent unwanted pregnancy is strongly recommended.

What should I bring to my pet's first appointment?

Plan on bringing a fecal sample and any records documenting prior veterinary treatment, such as a vaccine record. Once at our hospital, we will ask you to complete a brief New Patient form.

When should I make a first appointment?

We recommend that any pet that is new to your family be brought in for a check-up within the first week that he or she is in your home. Whether your new pet is a young kitten or puppy, or an older cat or dog, we advise that you have a basic physical exam completed to ensure that your pet is healthy. Identifying any potential health problems and making sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccines are crucial first steps in making sure your pet is healthy and happy for years to come.

What can I expect to happen at a first appointment?

Before you and your pet see the veterinarian, our reception staff will start a client and patient file for you on our computer. Our system stores your contact information, basic identifying information about your pet, and any medical services provided in our hospital. You and your pet will then meet with one of our veterinarians in an exam room. The doctor will complete a physical exam of your pet to identify any potential health problems and answer any questions you might have. Your pet's weight will be taken, we will begin your pet's vaccine record, and our doctors will advise you about which parasite prevention products will best meet your pet's needs. Fecal and blood tests may be recommended to ensure that your new cat or dog does not currently have any parasite problems that need to be treated.

What kind of dental care will my new pet need?

It might be easy to forget about pet dental care, but oral health is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. We recommend regular teeth cleanings for all cats and dogs (yearly or as-needed). As with other preventive treatments, keeping your pet's teeth in good condition will prevent problems from developing in the future.