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Frequently Asked Questions

Does my dog need to be on heartworm and flea/tick prevention year round?

Yes.  With the warmer winters we are seeing fleas, ticks and even mosquitoes in such months as January.  Both fleas and ticks carry disease that is transmittable not only to our pets but to us as well.  We recommend products such as topical Vectra 3D and oral tablet bravetco our primary flea and tick preventative and Interceptor to prevent heartworm disease.

Why are you recommending vaccines and Revolution for my indoor only cat?

Even “indoor” only animals are susceptible to illnesses.  It is hard to predict what we can carry in on our clothes, such as germs or parasites.  And we have all experienced the occasional mosquito that gets into the house during the spring and summer months.  It has also been to shown that roundworm eggs can be found in potting soil as well as being carried by bugs.  Preventing diseases such as heartworm or distemper are much easier and safer than treating – as a matter of fact there is no treatment for cats that have been diagnosed with heartworm infection.

Why does my pet need an annual physical exam?

Pets age much differently than people do, as a rough estimation 1 human year can be equivalent to 5-7 years in your pet.  Also pets tend to hide their ailments much more than we do and since they cannot actually tell us when something is wrong it is very important to have a thorough physical exam by a licensed veterinarian.

Is it important to spay/neuter my pet?

Yes.  Spaying your female dog or cat prior to their first heat cycle reduces their risk of developing mammary gland (breast) cancer by 85%.  Even at a later date spaying can help prevent uterine or cervical cancer or a life threatening infection of the uterus called pyometra.

Neutering your male dog or cat will prevent testicular cancer and greatly reduce his chance of developing prostatic cancer or infections.    Neutering will also help reduce unwanted behaviors such as marking and aggression.

Can dogs get the flu virus?

Yes, they sure can!

Canine influenza is a relatively new disease caused by a “flu” virus. It causes respiratory infection and only affects dogs. It spreads quickly and may cause serious illness, such as pneumonia.  Good thing, there is a vaccine that help protect your dogs against this virus.

Some clinical signs are:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing (dry, as in “canine cough,” or moist)
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nasal discharge
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite

Watch this short cute video on Canine Influenza Virus



Is microchipping expensive?

The average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around $45, which is a one–time fee and often includes registration in a pet recovery database.

If your pet was adopted from a shelter or purchased from a breeder, your pet may already have a microchip. Consult your pet adoption paperwork, or have your pet scanned for a microchip at your next vet visit to reveal the unique microchip ID number and register it.

To learn more facts about microchipping please visit this HomeAgain page.

Are all Nutraceuticals the same?

NO, not all nutraceuticals are the same. This goes for humans as well as animals. Please be cautious of what you buy over the counter. The most expensive doesn't always mean the best. Nutramax is great company that produces great human and animal joint supplements, liver supplements as well as other nutraceuticals. If your pet has joint issues, or liver issues please contact us to get more information.

Why should I do a fecal check every year?

Because preventatives are not 100%. It is important to evaluate your pets' stool at least once a year for intestinal parasites that can be dangerous to the health of both your family and your pet.  Fecal evaluation test for Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, Coccidia and possible Giardia.


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Our Hospital Location
434 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 757-3346
Fax: (860) 757-3525

  Our Hospital Hours
Monday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 - 2:00 PM
Sunday - 9:00 - 1:00 PM


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