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What if I have an after-hours or weekend emergency?
Call our regular number, 419-729-0766. The recording will give you instructions on how to contact our on-call staff until 10:00p.m.

If it is a true emergency, you may be instructed to contact the Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center at 419-473-0328.

Do pets get allergies?
Allergies are actually quite common in animals. The most common types of allergies are:
  • allergic inhalant dermatitis (AID),
  • food hypersensitivity and
  • flea allergy dermatitis (FAD).

What is your flea season?
In Northwest Ohio fleas can be found year round within homes. We identify fleas and flea dermatitis all year which is why as a clinic we recommend a monthly, year round flea control program for all dogs and cats.

Do you see exotics?
We do not see exotics at this time. We currently only see dogs and cats.

If you need a veterinarian for your small mammal (pocket pet), reptile, or bird, please contact the Bird and Exotic Pet Wellness Center at 419-843-3137.

Should female dogs have a cycle before being spayed first for health issues?
The quick and straight answer is absolutely not! It is very much in the best interest to spay a female dog prior to their first heat cycle. The relative risk of female dogs developing mammary tumors is:
  • 0.5% if the patient is spayed before the 1st heat,
  • 8% if spayed between 1st and 2nd heat and
  • 26% if spayed after 2nd heat.

Thus, as this data describes, it significantly reduces the chances of your pet becoming ill with a mammary tumor if they are spayed prior to their first heat.

How long after spay/neuter do they have to stay calm?
After a surgery where the skin is cut and then sutured back together, as is the case with both overiohysterectomy and canine neuters, the skin regains 50% of its original strength at 5 days and at that point becomes as resistant to infection as it was prior to when the cut was made.

At 14-17 days the tensile strength of the skin at the site of the cut is 80%.

Thus, to answer the question, it is extremely important to allow for the appropriate 5 days of healing without testing the incision, especially with a spay. But it is recommended to keep patients under restricted activity until 14-17 days when the sutures are removed.

At what age do you start puppy/kitten vaccinations?
The Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci viral combination vaccine that is part of the core vaccine series can be administered for the first time between the age of 6-16 weeks
  • Rabies virus vaccine should only be administered for the first time after 12 weeks of age
  • Feline Leukemia virus vaccine initial vaccine should only be administered starting after 9 weeks of age
  • Other vaccines are at the discretion of the attending clinician but it is generally appropriate to believe no vaccines prior to 6 weeks of age

The Canine Corona, Distemper, Adeno, Parainfluenza, Parvo Virus combination vaccine with and without Leptospirosis is part of the core series vaccine protocol and should not be started prior to 6 weeks of age
  • Rabies virus vaccine should not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age
  • Bordetella vaccine should not be administered prior to 8 weeks of age
  • Giardia and Rattlesnake vaccines should not be given prior to 6 months of age
  • Other vaccines are at the discretion of the attending clinician but it is generally appropriate to believe not vaccines prior to 6 weeks of age

How many exams should my pet have per year if they are healthy otherwise?
Even if your pet exhibits no signs of illness, regular yearly physical examinations by an experienced veterinarian are essential and may uncover potential problems before they affect your pet's health.

Is my dog fat?
Using just the national statistics, without even looking at the patient I can say with 50% certainty that the answer to the question is yes!

The body shape and fat composition are as variable, if not more, then in humans and thus each patient has to be examined specifically to 100% determine the answer to the question.

One method of doing this at home, is when you put you hand on your dogs rib cage, can you feel the ribs without digging? Normal weighted dogs would not have visible ribs from across the room but the ribs would be easily palpated, without digging, by simply laying your hand on their side.

Significant health complications are associated with obesity in dogs, including but not limited to: Diabetes mellitus, orthopedic disease, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, heat intolerance, decreased liver function and many more.

If you have questions about how to limit your dog's diet while still allowing for rewards and no significant decrease in daily satisfaction ask us and we will be happy to provide a diet consultation.