FAQs

FAQ

WHY DOES MY DOG AND/OR CAT NEED TO BE ON YEAR ROUND FLEA AND TICK TREATMENT/PREVENTATIVE?

With the change in climate conditions, seasonal flea and tick control is becoming a thing of the past.  It is recommended to use flea and tick products year round in the prevention of infestations that could lead to allergic dermatitis, intestinal parasites, and the transmission of diseases like Lyme and Anaplasmosis, among others.

WHY DO I NEED TO BRING A STOOL SAMPLE WITH ME FOR MY PETS APPOINTMENT?

We ask that you bring in a stool sample once a year to ensure that your pet is free of intestinal parasites.  At that time our skilled staff of technicians and doctors will examine the sample under a microscope to determine if your pet currently has intestinal parasites.  If parasites are seen, they can be easily treated with a prescription medicine.

CAN INTESTINAL PARASITES TRANSMIT TO ME OR MY FAMILY?

Yes , it is possible to contract parasites from your dog or cat, especially people who are immune compromised, like children and the elderly.  It is important to maintain proper hygiene when cleaning up after your pets.  Always pick up after your dog, and wash your hands.  Make sure that litter boxes are kept in away from young children and are properly cleaned.

WHY DOES MY PET NEED PRE-ANESTHETIC BLOODWORK?

Pre-anesthetic bloodwork helps alert our doctors to the presence of dehydration, anemia, infection, diabetes and/or kidney or liver disease that could complicate the procedure. These conditions may not be detected without a pre-anesthetic profile thus not allowing for the most appropriate and safest anesthetic regime to be administered.

These tests are similar to those your own physician would run if you were to undergo anesthesia. In addition, these tests may be useful if your pet’s health changes to develop faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatments.

State of the art equipment enables us to perform the pre-anesthetic blood profile at our hospital and we are committed to making this technology available to all of our patients.

 

WHY DOES MY DOG NEED YEAR ROUND HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE?

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs.  The disease is transmitted when mosquitoes carry microscopic baby hearworms (microfilaria) from one dog to the next. It can take up to six months after your pet is bitten by an infected mosquito for him to have adult worms in his heart.

It is recommend to keep dogs on year round heartworm preventative.  This means either with monthly medication (Heartgard, Revolution) or a six month injectable (ProHeart 6) preventative.  With the increase in dogs coming to Maine from high risk areas through people moving here, rescue leagues, and shelters, we are starting to see more heartworm in our area.

 

DO YOU ACCEPT PAYMENT PLANS?

Payment is expected when services are rendered. In order to focus on our patients needs, customer service and minimizing costs, we do not accept payment plans.

We do accept Care Credit which is a great alternative for those looking for payment options.  Please visit www.carecredit.com for more information.