Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions at the mobile wellness clinic

Should I bring poop for a heartworm test to the mobile clinic?

NO! Heartworms grow in the heart! We do heartworm test at the mobile clinic, and draw a small amount of blood from your pet to do the test. The test takes about 3-5 minutes.

Does the mobile clinic ‘water down’ their vaccines or drugs?

NO! We use the same vaccines that our physical locations use, and in fact are used at most local clinics. They are made by American companies in America. The mobile clinic is inspected regularly by the State of Florida, as are all clinics, to insure that the integrity of the vaccines and drugs is excellent!

How do you provide your services so inexpensively?

Our ‘business model’ is for service to our clients and to communities, it is not profit based.

Do you use ‘real veterinarians’?

We can assure you that our veterinarians are the best. Each one is licensed in Florida – many in other states as well.

Frequently asked General Pet Questions

What should I do if my dog or cat appears to be in pain?

Your cat or dog cannot tell you when it is in pain. If he/she appears to be, please call us. Treating a pet’s pain can be complicated. At Pet Shots Clinics, our treatment begins with determining the location and cause of the pain. Once we have that information, we will determine the best treatment method to lower the pain; and increase the health and comfort of your pet. The more comfortable and active an animal is, the better its overall health. If your pet is in severe pain and our clinic are not open, please go to your local emergency clinic.

What happens if my dog or cat has a parasite?

Parasites are more than simple pests—they can aversely affect your dog’s or cat’s health, damaging organs and compromising your pet’s immune system, which can cause severe discomfort. Left untreated, a parasite infestation can cause serious illness and death.

What if I see worms in the poop that look like grains of rice?

Chances are that these are tape worms. If so, these are caused by fleas. We have medicines that eliminate the tape worms and preventatives that prevent the fleas. It is a two step process.

How will you treat my dog or cat if it has been affected by a parasite?

Cats – We will prescribe medication that will keep your cat free of such common parasites as heartworm, roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm and flea eggs. And if your cat has been attacked by a parasite, we will determine what is the best treatment course.

Dogs – Dogs are often attacked by heart worm, roundworm, hookworms, whip worms, and protozoa. Therefore, an annual blood test is recommended to ensure your dog is parasite-free. In addition, medication to keep your pet free of parasites will be prescribed.

When can I spay or neuter my pet?

Your pet may be altered anytime after twenty-six weeks (6 months) of age. The younger the pet, the less expensive the surgery and quicker the recovery time.

When should I bring my new puppy to the vet?

When introducing a pet into the home, always have a health check. Puppies should start their DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza) vaccine series between the ages of 6-8 weeks and return to the vet every month to get a booster until all four are completed.

A Rabies vaccine is required by the state and is given after 12 weeks of age. It is the only vaccine required by state law. Feces should always be checked by a vet, even if the pet has been dewormed in the past, as many over-the-counter dewormers are not effective. Many intestinal parasites a can be transferred to humans and other pets.

Is it ok to declaw my cat?

This has been a discussion for many years with some people arguing it is inhumane. It is a common surgical procedure done under anesthesia. When declawing, the nail and nail bed are both removed. Pain medication will be administered during and after the surgery to prevent any discomfort the cat may be feeling. The choice to declaw your pet is personal and you should feel confident in your decision. At our clinics, only the front claws are removed.

Why is my dog scooting his backside on the ground?

This is not an uncommon problem. It probably means that your dog has full or infected anal glands. These glands help dogs to mark their territory through scent. They usually empty themselves every time they defecate. If the gland becomes clogged and the dog is unable to empty, an infection can develop. When this happens, your dog feels a constant, itchy pressure. It can be very uncomfortable. To relieve, make an appointment to come into one of our physical location, this procedure is not done at the mobile clinic.

My cat has stopped using the litter box, what could be wrong?

Before doing anything else, take kitty to the vet to make sure there is no medical problem. Be aware that if a cat is straining at the litter box and is unable to urinate, this could be an emergency situation that requires an immediate trip to the vet.
There could be other less critical reasons, please contact us so we can help.

Why does my dog or cat have to get an annual heartworm test?

A heart worm test detects more than just heartworm. The earlier a disease is found the earlier treatment can be received and the better the outcome for all. The American Heartworm Society is now recommending year-round prevention, even in seasonal areas. One reason for this is compliance – to make sure the medicine has been given properly by the pet owner. In addition, preventives are also effective against intestinal parasites. Many of the intestinal parasites that infect dogs can also infect people, with estimated infections occurring in three to six million people every year.

At Pet Shots we have the ability to treat heartworm disease, and are fortunate to be able to offer more than one type of treatment; we are able to individualize the treatment for your pet and your financial situation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spays and Neuters

Why should I spay or neuter?

(From the Humane Society of the United States)
A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest. According to the report, neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs. The report goes on to add that in Mississippi, the lowest-ranking state for pet longevity, 44% of the dogs are not neutered or spayed.

Part of the reduced lifespan of unaltered pets can be attributed to their increased urge to roam, exposing them to fights with other animals, getting struck by cars, and other mishaps.

Another contributor to the increased longevity of altered pets involves the reduced risk of certain types of cancers. Unspayed female cats and dogs have a far greater chance of developing pyrometra (a fatal uterine infection), uterine cancer, and other cancers of the reproductive system.

Medical evidence indicates that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. (Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age.)

Male pets who are neutered eliminate their chances of getting testicular cancer, and it is thought they they have lowered rates of prostate cancer, as well.

There are 6-8 million homeless animals that go into animal shelters every year. By spaying or neutering your pet, you will ensure your pet’s potential offspring will not be one of those 6-8 million animals. Accidental pregnancy can happen when you least expect it. You may not realize that your dog is paying a visit to your neighbors dog through the fence. Spaying and neutering can help significantly reduce the number of homeless pets. Plus, animals are miserable when they are in heat (ready to breed).

Why is spaying and neutering important?

Approximately 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized.

What happens if I don’t spay or neuter?

Males may become more dominant or aggressive. They may mark their territory by urinating on things, like your furniture and walls. They may be more sexually demonstrative, like with mounting legs, pillows or other animals. For females, they may yowl or cry during heat. They may have vaginal discharge that requires a estrus pad, similar to a menstrual pad. She may try to escape your house or backyard in order to breed.

Should I spay her before she goes into heat for the first time or after?

It is best to do it before she goes into heat for the first time. Going into heat is not easy on your pet. Plus spaying her before her first heat reduces the chance of mammary tumors.

Can I spay her while she is in heat?

Yes. Though it is better to wait until her cycle is finished. The surgery will be easier on her and have less risk of complication and infection, as well as less expensive.

How do I know if she is in heat?

She may experience behavioral changes, like being uneasy or distracted. For cats they will often yowl. When presented with the opposite sex, they may present themselves for intercourse. You may also notice vaginal discharge.

At what age will my cat go into heat?

Kittens go into heat by about 6 months.

At what age will my dog go into heat?

Dogs go into heat around 24 months. Some smaller breeds go into heat a little younger. Sometimes a female will experience a ‘silent heat’ which basically means that there are no outward signs.

How often will she go into heat?

Dogs generally go into heat twice a year, but they can go more often. Cats can have continual heat as they are able to breed nearly year round.

How long does heat last?

For cats it lasts 7-10 days. For dogs it lasts about 18 days.

At what age can we spay or neuter?

You can generally spay or neuter as young as 2 months. It is generally recommended to get the procedure done before they are 6 months old. There are other factors besides age to take into consideration, like size and weight, to determine when you can spay or neuter. For a more precise answer for your specific pet, please contact us at either clinic.

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