FAQs 2018-07-12T05:55:13+00:00

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Yes. During regular office hours, bring your pet directly to Prairiehaven Animal Hospital. In the event of an after-hours emergency, 24-hour emergency care is available for your pet. Please call 217-689-4960

Vaccines are an important step of your dog or cat’s health care because they keep your pet healthy and prevent serious diseases. Our veterinarians will ensure that your dog, cat, rabbit, or rodent avoids these serious diseases through annual physical and wellness exams, as well as vaccinations and parasite protection.

The first Rabies shot your pet receives lasts for one year. Subsequent Rabies vaccinations last either one or three years. Our veterinarian will discuss the best vaccination protocol for your pet.

Yearly blood work should be performed to detect infections and diseases because it helps with early detection. In many situations, early detection is essential for more effective treatment. The type of blood work will be determined specifically for each pet depending on his or her individual needs. It is most convenient to do blood work at the time of the annual heartworm test, but it can be done any time of year.

It is recommended your pet be on heartworm prevention for the entire year. It is administered one time per month, either by pill or topical application. Depending on the specific product you and our team choose for your pet, heartworm prevention medication can prevent other parasite infestations, including internal parasites (intestinal parasites) and external parasites (fleas and ticks). A simple blood test will get your pet started.

Dogs could get sick (vomiting, diarrhea, and/or death) if placed on heartworm prevention when they have heartworm disease. Even if they have been on heartworm prevention year-round, there is always the possibility that the product may have failed for various reasons; the earlier we can treat your pet for heartworm disease, the better the prognosis. All heartworm medication manufacturers guarantee their product, providing you use the heartworm prevention year-round and are performing yearly heartworm tests.

When starting heartworm prevention, or if your pet has not been on heartworm prevention year-round, it is important that you perform a heartworm test six months after starting the prevention to rule out the pre-patent period. The pre-patent period refers to the time in which a dog has early developmental larvae which cannot be detected on a heartworm test, even though your dog is already harboring heartworm infection. If you do not do this, it is possible the product manufacturer may not cover your pet’s treatment should they test positive for heartworm disease in the future.

Yes. Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, and all mosquitoes get into houses.

No. Heartworm disease is a blood-borne disease that is transmitted through mosquitoes. A simple blood test will confirm whether or not your pet has heartworm disease.

It is important to prevent fleas because not only are they uncomfortable for your pet, they are also carriers of disease. There are many medications for the treatment and prevention of fleas, and can be combined with your pet’s monthly heartworm medication. Not only is this convenient, but it also reduces the cost of two medications! Although fleas are more prevalent in summer months, they can survive year-round in a home.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease. It is spread by wildlife (raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, rats, etc.) and domestic animals. It can also be passed to people. Canine Lepto has risen dramatically in recent years. Infected animals shed Lepto bacteria in the urine. To prevent Lepto in your dog, discourage your pet from drinking standing water and vaccinate yearly.

Dental disease involves more than just bad breath. Approximately 80% of patients that visit us on a daily basis need a professional teeth cleaning. When bacteria irritates the gum line, the gums become inflamed in the early phases of the disease, which then causes gingivitis. If left untreated, this leads to periodontal disease, which causes loss of the bone support structure of the tooth and subsequent tooth loss.

In addition, the bacteria is consistently released into the blood stream allowing for systemic infections. These infections may cause organs, such as kidney, liver, and heart to function improperly. How often your pet needs his/her teeth cleaned varies based on before many factors. Your pet’s teeth and mouth should be examined on a regular basis by one of our veterinarians. Based on those exams, we will create a dental health care protocol specifically designed for your pet.