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HELPFUL LINKS & FAQ's
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need an appointment for the doctor to see my pet?
in order to keep our doctors on schedule, and to ensure your pet will be seen by
the veterinarian, you must call our office to set up an appointment. We do take
emergencies and walk-ins throughout the day, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you
need your pet seen on short notice.
Why do you need a fecal sample if I can’t see any worms?
When we perform a fecal analysis the sample is examined
under the microscope. Not all adult worms shed segments that are visible to the
naked eye. With the use of the microscope we are able to determine if parasites
are present by the presence of eggs.
My dog has been licking at his feet a lot. Why?
A dog that licks his feet, rubs his face, or scratches
behind his elbows may be showing signs of an allergy. Dogs can be allergic to
all sorts of things such as house dust, grass or weeds. Consult our
veterinarians about this, especially if your dog is showing any hair loss.
My dog has been “scooting” his behind on ground. Does he
He may have worms but that is not why he is “scooting.” It
is usually an indication that his anal glands are full and need attention by a
veterinarian. Anal glands are small
glands on either side of the rectum. They contain a fishy smelling substance
and before domestication dogs and cats used them to mark their territory. Pets
no longer have active control of these glands and therefore they can become
full and need emptying. Cats will
generally lick their rectal area excessively if their anal sacs are full.
How long is a dog or cat in season and how long does pregnancy
A dog’s season or heat cycle can last about 21 days. A cat,
however, is completely different from a dog. They go in and out of heat all
year round until they are either bred or spayed. Dogs can be pregnant for about 63 days and cats for 61 days. If you do not intend to breed
your pet, it is best to spay your pet to help avoid the risk of developing
It is better to wait until your pet has gone through her
heat cycle before she is spayed. The blood vessels that lead to the ovaries and
uterus are inflamed during her heat cycle and this puts your pet at more of a
risk during surgery. A female may be spayed if she is in the early stages of
pregnancy, but it is also more of a risk to the animal and you should discuss
this with our veterinarians before making an appointment to have your pet
If I neuter my cat, will he stop spraying?
When a cat sprays, he is exhibiting the male tendency to
mark his territory with urine. Neutering decreases his male hormones and makes
him much less likely to exhibit this undesirable trait (although neutering does
not guarantee that he will stop spraying).
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is a respiratory disease is usually contracted in
areas where a large numbers of dogs are housed. The most common symptom is a dry
hacking cough sometimes followed by retching. Many owners describe the cough as having a
‘honking sound.’ A watery nasal
discharge may also be present. With mild cases, dogs continue to eat and be
alert and active.
My dog has gained some weight. What is the best way to help
him/her shed these extra pounds?
Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more dogs become over weight.
Except for a few reasons (Hypothyroidism, Cushings, and genetics), weight gain
is a result of the unbalanced combination of calories and activity. The first
step in helping your pet lose some weight is to understand exactly how many
calories he/she is getting each day. With a simple chart accounting for all
avenues of calories (dog food treats, table scraps, cat food, etc.) your
veterinarian can quickly determine what your pet is consuming compared to what
it “should” be consuming. Next, you need
to increase your pet’s activity level. Start
slow, as you would your own exercise program and build slowly. Remember that older dogs, or dogs with
arthritis will have some limitations, and therefore calories will need to be
What is the schedule for the low-cost vaccination clinic?
Parker Animal & Bird Clinic provides low cost vaccinations on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Vaccinations are given on a first come, first serve basis so your patience is appreciated.