Accessibility View Close toolbar

FAQ's

Did you know....

We find that most of our clients have done their research and have a pretty good idea of the life expectancy of their dog.  However, they are often surprised to discover that with good care, it is not unusual for cats to have a good quality of life in to their 20's.

1. What age should my new puppy/kitten come in for vaccinations?

Puppies and kittens should start their vaccination series between 6-8 weeks old.  It is also important for them to be fully examined by a veterinarian prior to these vaccinations to make sure he or she is healthy enough to receive them.  This is also a good time to begin the deworming series as well as to run a fecal exam to check for additional parasites.

2. At what age should I have my pet altered? Why is spaying/neutering important?

It is recommended to have your pet spayed or neutered between the ages of 4 & 6 months. Altering your pet will decrease the risk of future reproductive health problems such as mammary, uterine, testicular & prostate infections and cancers. Neutering may also calm his temperament and make him less likely to mark territory.

3. Why is pre-anesthetic blood work important?

For your pet’s safety, it is always best to have a blood screening done prior to anesthesia to ensure that your pet will be able to properly process and eliminate the anesthetic.  If your pet’s internal organs are not functioning properly, it can be dangerous to place your pet under anesthesia. The blood work can also help to uncover any hidden illnesses and will provide a baseline for future reference.

4. Is Heartworm prevention necessary in San Diego?

Unfortunately the answer is Yes!  The number of heartworm cases is on the rise in San Diego. This fatal disease is spread through infected mosquitoes and causes damage to the heart and lungs.  Some signs include chronic cough and fatigue. Treatment of heartworm disease is a difficult, painful and costly process and if not treated early, can lead to cardiac failure and death. Therefore prevention is key.

5. Why should my pet be on flea control when I haven’t seen any fleas?

Many dogs and cats have severe allergies to fleas. Even one tiny flea, which may not be seen, can cause your pet to become very itchy.  This leads to certain skin issues such as flea allergy dermatitis and skin infections which can cause your pet discomfort.  Dogs and cats can also contract tapeworms by swallowing just one flea.  It is important for your pet to be on year round flea control to prevent these problems.

6. Can I catch any disease or illness from my pet?

Zoonotic parasites, such as tapeworm, roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, giardia, and coccidia, can be transferred between animals and people. These parasites can cause severe health issues in people and gastro-intestinal issues in animals.

7. Why should I have my pet’s teeth cleaned?

Proper dental care is important for animals too.  Accumulation of plaque and tartar on the teeth and gums leads to inflammation of the gums, tooth decay and other issues associated with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease if left untreated can cause kidney, liver and heart problems, not to mention discomfort for your pet.

8. Are microchips a good idea?

Microchips are an excellent way to make sure your pet can be properly identified if ever lost or stolen.  Most shelters and clinics automatically scan incoming animals for microchips.  Each microchip has its own unique number that is implanted under the skin on the upper back enabling your pet to be returned back home to you!

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Client Testimonial

We love our clients! They are the best!!!!

  • "Just a short and simple "Thank you" for all your help with Pepper. My son and I are very grateful for the care that you provided for so many years. Thank you for being there and all your support. God bless you for the wonderful work you do." ..and.."We want to thank you for taking such good care of Lucky."
  • "Consistently superior performance by a dedicated and caring staff!!! We have been bringing fury companions here for 13 years"
    David Smith
  • "Thank you for always taking good care of Sophie. I always know she is in good hands and Will get the best care possible. Thank you Katie, Jacqueline,mTravis, Cynthia and Dr. P."
    Anne Mayes
  • Is Your Cat's Personality Influenced by Coat Color?

    Are orange cats friendlier than black ones? Coat color may play a role in personality. ...

    Read More
  • Can My Pet Get Depressed?

    Has your pet been a little moody lately? Find out if depression may be to blame. ...

    Read More
  • Could Those Sniffles Be a Symptom of the Feline Flu?

    Can you spot the signs of feline flu? ...

    Read More
  • Does My Pet Dream?

    Are humans the only mammals who dream? Find out if your pet experiences dreams and nightmares. ...

    Read More
  • What to Do If Your Pet Eats Grass

    Wondering what to do if your pet eats grass? Take a look at a few ideas. ...

    Read More
  • Bloat in Dogs

    Bloat may end your dog's life if you're not aware of the symptoms. ...

    Read More
  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone and is the most common hormone imbalance of dogs. This deficiency is produced by several different mechanisms. The most common cause (at least 95% of cases) is immune destruction of the thyroid gland. It can also be caused by natural atrophy ...

    Read More
  • Feline Distemper

    Feline distemper or feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease of kittens and adult cats caused by the feline parvovirus. It is also called panleukopenia as it affects the bone marrow and causes low white blood cell counts. It is relatively common in unvaccinated cats and is often fatal, ...

    Read More
  • Bloat and Gastric Torsion

    Bloat and gastric torsion is a serious condition and your pet should be rushed to the emergency room if this occurs. Certain breeds of dogs with deep chests and narrow waists, such as hounds, bouvier des Flandres, or doberman pinschers are more susceptible to a syndrome of gastric torsion and bloat. This ...

    Read More
  • Arthritis

    The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which can be due to wear and tear on joints from over use, aging, injury, or from an unstable joint such as which occurs with a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee. The chronic form of this disease is called degenerative joint disease ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup