Keep yourself informed and learn about the warning signs and symptoms of many common pet diseases. Every animal is different, so please remember to bring your concern to your doctor’s attention during your visit. Below are some common questions our patient’s owners ask.
1. I just adopted a new pet! When should I bring it in?
A new pet should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Many adopted pets have problems such as fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, or other illnesses. A thorough physical exam can help ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy.
2. How often should my adult dog/cat be examined?
We recommend annual exams, vaccines, and parasite testing for animals 1 year old and older. Geriatric cats and dogs (7yrs and older giant breed dogs, 9yrs and older large breed dogs, 12yrs and older small dogs and cats) should be examined twice a year.
3. How can I control fleas?
Cole Animal Clinic carries several different flea control products, including Comfortis, Frontine, Advantage, and Revolution. We will be happy to recommend a flea control program that is appropriate for your situation.
4. How can I control ticks?
Ticks can be very difficult to remove from infested areas. Recommended control programs include daily manual removal (we can show you how), application of a product such as Certifect, Frontline Plus, Revolution, or Preventic Collar, and a professional exterminator. It is not uncommon for an exterminator to need multiple visits to treat affected areas, and you should expect it to take weeks to months for the problem to be resolved.
5. How can I keep my pet from getting heartworms?
Heartworms are parasites that live in the heart and large vessels of the circulatory system. They are transmitted by mosquitoes, and are very common in Florida. It is easier and safer to prevent heartworm infection, than it is to treat the animal after its been infected. Cole Animal Clinic recommends Heartgard Plus, Trifexis, Interceptor, or Revolution to be given monthly to prevent heartworm in dogs and cats. Pets in south Florida should receive heartworm prevention year round.
6. Why is my cat/dog so itchy?
Itchy skin is a common, annoying problem for pets and their owners. It can be caused by fleas, ticks, mange, bacterial or fungal infection, allergy, and many other things. A physical exam will help to identify the problem so treatment can be started.
7. Why does my dog lick his feet?
Itchy feet is usually a symptom of allergic problems. Allergies can be inhaled (pollen, dust, etc), come from contact (grass, soaps, perfumes, wool, etc) or ingestion of food. A physical exam and discussion of your pets specific symptoms will help establish an effective treatment plan.
8. Do I need to have my dog/cat’s teeth cleaned?
Routine dentistry is important to your pet’s overall general health, and can eliminate undesirable mouth odor. Cole Animal Clinic offers dentistry with or without anesthesia, depending on your pet’s demeanor and degree of dental disease.
9. Will my dog/cat have to stay overnight after being spayed/neutered?
Usually not, most pets are ready to go home the same day.
10. What foods are toxic to my dog?
Chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes and Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in gum and baked goods) have all demonstrated toxic effects to dogs, and should be avoided.