General Questions

These questions are commonly asked about general things about the pets. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for more questions in depth.

Why is it important to have a family veterinarian?

Just as your good health depends on your family physician, your pet also benefits from a long term relationship with their veterinarian. By making us your family veterinarian we become familiar with your pet and are able to identify potential problems early, when treatment is often easier and less expensive.

Each year when you and your pet visit us, your pet receives far more than just health-protecting vaccinations. Your pet receives a complete physical examination and the findings are noted on your pet’s medical records for reference during future visits. Over a period of years, these records will help note any changes which might affect your pet. And should your pet get injured or become ill, we will always be here to provide aid and assistance.

Why is the Annual Physical Exam so important?

The importance of regular physical examinations cannot be overlooked. This procedure is valuable both to your pet and to you. Problems can be discovered during the exam even in apparently healthy animals. The findings of the examination gives us the necessary information to assess your pet’s health status and then make the appropriate recommendations for any treatment and preventive health care procedures. Detection of disease or behavioral problems early in their course provides the best opportunity for successful therapy and often with less expense.

Why are Booster Vaccinations so important?

Many factors need to be taken into consideration when your pet is vaccinated. For the first few weeks and months of an animal’s life, maternal antibodies passed from its mother may interfere with an effective vaccine response.

Vaccination in the presence of maternal antibodies is a common cause of vaccine failure. The length of time the maternal antibodies remain effective varies from pet to pet, so we administer an initial series of vaccinations to stimulate the protective immunity of your pet. Over time, protective immunity can decline, so booster vaccinations are recommended to maintain the highest level of immune readiness.

What is Microchipping?

Microchipping is Permanent Pet Identification. The HomeAgain‚ Microchip Identification System is a safe, simple and permanent form of pet identification designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.

Over 10 million pets become lost each year.* 1 out of every 3 pets is lost during its lifetime, and only 1 in 10 lost pets is found.** The HomeAgain‚ Microchip Identification System is a proven way to successfully recover your pet if it should become lost.

Is Microchipping safe?

Microchipping is safe, simple and effective technology. No bigger than a grain of rice, the Home Again‚ microchip is a small, sterile transponder that contains a unique ID code capable of being read by a compatible scanner.

The microchip’s biocompatible material is extremely safe for the animal. The HomeAgain‚ chip is a passive device. It requires no battery and remains inactive until it is scanned.

How do recoveries happen?

24/7 Database access. When you enroll your microchipped pet in the AKC Companion Animal Recovery’s nationwide recovery database, your contact information is safely stored until it is needed to reunite you with your pet. A professional recovery team maintains the database 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and notifies you as soon as your pet’s ID number is called in to the 24-hour recovery hotline. Animal clinics and shelters scan lost animals and call the AKC Companion Animal Recovery unit to report a found pet. Currently, with the HomeAgain‚ Microchip Identification System, a successful recovery occurs approximately every 11 minutes. Be sure to ask one of our staff members for more information about the HomeAgain Microchip Identification System or go to www.HomeAgain.com.

How does health insurance for pets work?

What does a Veterinary Pet Insurance policy cover? There a number of different pet health insurance companies and their coverage may vary. However, in general, most cover the following:

  • Diagnostic tests
  • Prescriptions
  • Treatments
  • Office visits
  • X-rays
  • Lab fees
  • Surgeries

When unexpected injuries or illness arise, having pet insurance is often a benefit to help with the expense.

Some common questions to help you choose a pet insurance provider:

  • Is the company licensed in your state?
  • Are the policies and information provided reasonably easy to understand?
  • Can you see any veterinarian you want?
  • What happens to coverage and premiums as your pet gets older?
  • What kinds of care are excluded or limited?
  • Are congenital or hereditary diseases covered?
  • What about cancer?
  • Is dental care covered?

For more information about Pet Insurance speak with your veterinarian or you can visit www.petinsurance.com.