As with suture removals, recovery time depends on the type of surgery that is being performed. If the surgery is a basic spay/neuter, recovery is typically 7-10 days for a male and 10-14 days for a female.
We never suggest that you handle any pet that you do not know due to the risk or rabies exposure, and/or other zoonotic diseases. If you already have the pet in your possession, it is always a good idea to have him/her scanned for a microchip if there is no other identifying collars, tags, or marks on the pet. Any veterinary facility should be able to scan a pet for a microchip.
There are a number of factors that determine the amount of food your pet needs such as age, health, environment, and activity level. Most brands of food have a feeding chart on the back of their bag; but, your veterinarian is your most reliable resource.
Most veterinarians will give you an overall body score at every annual physical exam and can let you know if your pet is overweight. You can also run your hands down the sides of your pet. If you cannot feel your pet’s ribs, it could be an indication that your pet is overweight.
Several factors come in to play when recommending vaccinations including age, environment, and health. Basic canine vaccinations include DHPP, Bordetella, Lepto and Rabies vaccinations. Basic feline vaccinations include FVCRP and Rabies (outdoor felines will need additional vaccinations due to their environmental risks). Please remember that a yearly exam is an important part of the vaccination protocol. Pets need examinations to determine if they are well enough to receive vaccinations for a proper immune response. It is also a great time to check the eyes, heart, lungs and teeth at length. When wellness exams are done yearly or bi-yearly, many diseases can be diagnosed prior to becoming major health issues.
You should always make sure your pet is fully vaccinated prior to exposing them to any unknown environments and/or other pets. Many of the vaccinations given are for diseases that can live in the environment for an extended period of time. Some of the diseases can be contracted from other felines/canines, and some can be airborne. There is also a potential for us to carry some of the diseases in to our environment on the bottom of our shoes.
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best possible way to protect against gum disease. We recommend that you start getting your pet acquainted to the brushing routine by putting some pet approved toothpaste on a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger to get your pet used to the experience of brushing. Once your pet adapts to the process, you can progress to a finger brush then a regular pet toothbrush. It is always recommended to start brushing your pet’s teeth while they are puppies/kittens. Always use pet approved toothpastes; human toothpastes should not be used on our pets. There are other alternatives to brushing, if brushing is not an option for your pet.
Most pets groom themselves. Pets that are unable to groom themselves have skin conditions, or other extenuating circumstances (such as rolling in mud or getting skunked) may need bathing. We need to be careful not to bathe so frequently that we remove the natural oils from their skin and cause their skin to become dry. It is always suggested that you ask your veterinarian what shampoo is best for your pet.