Frequently Asked Questions

First, rule out a situation when immediate medical attention is necessary. The following are symptoms that may indicate a serious health concern:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy Fever (normal temp is 100 – 102.5)
  • Weakness
  • Unspayed female (could be a uterus infection)
  • Possibility of foreign body ingestion

If none of the above symptoms are present, usually when vomiting and diarrhea occur, an animal has:

  • Gotten into the trash
  • Had table scraps
  • Been given new treats (causing a condition called “dietary indiscretion”)

If the animal is acting fine otherwise, then:

  • Do not feed for 24 hours
  • Start bland diet (boiled chicken and rice or boiled lamb and rice)
  • Gradually increase the amount given
  • Wean back to the normal diet over 2-3 days
With protected fingertips, or tweezers: Grab the tick’s head at intersection of skin and pull off. It is OK if a small amount of skin is removed with the tick.
Heat usually lasts 5-9 days (can vary 1-20) and occurs once or twice per year.
Two months or approximately (63) days
Here is our special skunk bath recipe:

  • 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
  • Mix together
  • Protect the pet’s eyes!
  • Lather onto the animal, leave on 5-10 minutes
  • Rinse well…..and give plenty of hugs (towel drying the dog before hugging is optional.)
All dogs and cats need to be vaccinated against Rabies. This includes indoor cats because cats have been known to escape to the outside becoming vunerable to rabid raccoons etc. This is to protect the pet as well as the owner. State law mandates that if an animal bites a human, the animal has to be quarantined for 10 days to observe for rabies symptoms. If any symptoms begin to show or the animal dies prior to the ten days, the animal MUST be tested for rabies. To perform the test, the animal’s brain must be sent to the state lab for testing. Vaccine protocol: 1st vaccine given at 12 weeks of age and is good for one year. In 9-12 months, a 2nd vaccine is given which is then good for 3 years. If a longer time frame exists between the two vaccines, the series has to start over.
There are more reasons than the exploding population of homeless animals. Neutering can prevent several serious and even fatal conditions; periaral cancer, testicular cancer, prostatic hyperplasia. These conditions are prevented by spay/ neutering your pet and we highly recommend the procedure, unless you are a professional breeder.
Many pain medications prescribed for post-surgical recovery, arthritis, or general injury are to be given on an “As Needed” basis. This is often a tough call for owners, and if you’re uncertain to medicate or not, you’re not alone. Click the links below for a to-the-point guide on detecting pet discomfort, and medicate (or don’t!) with knowledge and peace of mind.


NOTE: Other excellent information can be found on the AAHA web site.

Still unsure?  Call us at 781-933-0170