Q: What vaccines are required for my pet?
A: Rabies vaccine is required by law in Indiana for dogs, cats, and ferrets. While not required by law, the distemper combo vaccine DA2PP is strongly recommended as this covers several diseases that can kill dogs. The feline version FVRCP is also strongly recommended to ensure they are protected. There are other vaccines that depending on your pet’s life style, while not necessarily required, are strongly recommended and can be discussed in detail with your veterinarian.
Q: Why do puppies and kittens need multiple vaccines?
A: Puppies and kittens are similar to human babies in that their immune system is not fully developed and their antibodies or “self protectors” at birth are from their mom. In order to puppies and kittens to build their own immune system, they need to be exposed to the diseases in a safe way as their mother’s antibodies decrease in numbers. The way to do this is by vaccination. In order for a puppy or kitten’s immune system to be built up adequately to protect the little one, we have to do several vaccines to ensure the body can produce enough antibodies in case the puppy or kitten is exposed to the disease later in life. To get this level of full immunity, puppies and kittens need several boosters from approximately 8 to 16 weeks of age.
Q: Where do I take my pet if there is an emergency?
A: If it is during business hours, call the clinic. If it is after hours, call IndyVet at (317) 782-4484
Q: Can I give my pet human medications instead?
A: While human medications have been widely used in the past, there are safer alternatives that should be used for dogs and cats. If you are considering using a human medication, consult with your veterinarian first as there are human medications that can kill you pet even with a small dose.
Q: How often should my pet come to the vet?
A: This will depend a bit on the pet. At a minimum, pets should be examined once a year when they are due for their vaccines. As pet’s get older, every 6 month exams may be beneficial as we can catch things before they get worse in an aging pet and be able to improve their quality of life.
Q: When I bring my pet in will I have to pay for services then or do you take payments?
A: We do not accept payments, payment is due at the time of services. We do accept cash, check, and major credit cards as well as Care Credit.
Q: Do I need an appointment to be seen?
A: While we are happy to see you and your pet was a walk-in, there may be a wait if there are other scheduled appointments at the time you arrive. If you can call us prior to your arrival, we may be able to shift things or inform you of the wait. If it is an emergency then we will triage your pet accordingly to ensure everyone receives the best care.
Q: How often should I give my pet a bath?
A: Pets can be bathed 1-2 times per month. Bathing too frequently can dry out the pet’s skin causing more problems. Using a soothing or oatmeal based shampoo can help with prevent drying of the skin.