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How should I worm my pet?

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Puppies and kittens should be wormed monthly until 6 months old. Adult cats and dogs should be wormed every 3 months thereafter.


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Should I treat my pet for fleas all year round?

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Prevention is always better than cure and in most cases will work out for more cost effective system. We have a variety of excellent flea products suitable for all species.


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Should my dog have a litter of puppies before she is spayed?

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No. Dogs know nothing about "motherhood" and therefore do not miss the experience. It is expensive and time consuming job to look after a litter of puppies and a huge commitment to find them all lifelong homes.


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Why does my dog lick his feet so much?

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A dog licking his feet excessively is usually a sign that they itch and this is his way of “scratching” that itch. There are several causes for itchy feet such as infection or insect bites but the most common is allergies. Many types of inhalant allergies (grass, pollen, etc.) will cause the skin of the feet to itch. In addition, it is a very common sign of food allergy. If your dog is allergic to an ingredient in the food he is eating, such as chicken, beef, corn, wheat, and whey, it will tend to cause the feet and also commonly the ears to itch. A dog can develop food allergy to any food at any time, especially to foods he has been exposed to for a long period. If you suspect your dog might have allergies contact your veterinarian.


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My puppy has hookworms at a very young age, how is this possible?

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Many puppies are born with or are infected as newborns with intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms obtained from the mother. These worms move from the mother to the puppies through the womb or the mother’s milk. Most adult dogs have these worms “hibernating” in their muscles waiting for a pregnancy to occur but may never have worms in their intestine and will show up negative on a fecal test. When the female becomes pregnant these worms come out of hibernation and move into the puppies. Hence a vast majority of puppies are infected with hookworms or roundworms at a very early age. Please see the preventative care section of our website for more information on these worms, their prevention and treatment. Additionally, these parasites can infect humans. The CDC website can provide good information about this health concern.


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My dog likes to scoot around on the carpet. Why is she doing this?

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The most common cause is impacted anal sacs that are causing her to be uncomfortable and this is her way of trying to empty them. The anal sacs are very similar to the skunk spray gland and produce a foul-smelling fluid that is usually used to mark territory. Usually they empty on their own but sometimes can be blocked and become uncomfortable. Occasionally, a dog is unable to empty these sacs and they can become abscessed and infected. If your dog is exhibiting the symptoms of an impacted anal sac you should have her checked. Your veterinarian can empty the sacs and check them for infection.


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I use a once a month flea preventative I bought from my vet. Why am I still seeing fleas on my cat?

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The once a month flea preventatives (Advantage/Frontline) are extremely safe and effective at killing fleas for up to a month. There are a few reasons you may still be seeing fleas. First, it is possible to see the fleas on your pet before they have had a chance to die, especially if there is a large infestation in your house or yard. If new fleas are constantly jumping on your pet it may appear that the medication is not working. In large infestations in may be necessary to apply the preventative every 3 to 3½ weeks but ask your veterinarian before doing this. Second, it is important not to bathe your pet too often or within 2 days before or after applying your flea preventative. While these medications are very resistant to bathing, if you bathe your pet 1-2 times weekly or more you can decrease its effectiveness. In addition, applying right before or after bathing prevents the medication from working properly. Finally, controlling a large flea problem may require environmental treatment such as exterminators, foggers and other flea control products. Visit the flea control section of our website for more information.


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How much should I feed my dog?

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Most dog foods have a recommended amount of food per day based on the weight of your dog. In general this is the maximum amount of food per day (Dog food companies want to sell as much food as possible, who can blame them?). It is best to use a measuring cup when doling out the food. It is very easy to overfeed if you are guessing at the amount. If you think your dog is under or over weight or has health problems that require a specialized diet, contact your veterinarian.


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Why does my spayed female dog mount my other dog?

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The mounting behavior is not always a sexual behavior. In a neutered or spayed dog it is frequently a way for a dog to show its dominance. In general it is a harmless, albeit embarrassing, situation.


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Should I let my dog have one heat before I spay her?

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Research has shown that even one heat cycle before spaying greatly increases the risk of mammary cancers later on in life. The more heats a dog has before spaying, the greater this risk. There are no known benefits for a dog to go through one heat before spaying.




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