Commonly Asked questions

What foods are poisonous to my pets?

Chocolate/Coffee: Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, elevated heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death

Alcohol: Can cause vomiting, drunkenness, coma and death

Avocado: Can be fatal to birds and rabbits. Can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Macadamia nuts: Can cause temporary hind leg weakness, paralysis and tremors in dogs.

Grapes/raisins: Can cause kidney failure

Raw Yeast Bread Dough: Can cause bloat and drunkenness

Products containing Xylitol: Can cause seizures and liver failure

Onions/Garlic: Can cause vomiting and red blood cell damage

If you are ever unsure if your pet has eaten something poisonous – please contact your veterinarian for advice OR call the ASPCA (Animal Poison Control Center) 888-426-4435


How Much is Office Visit?

$39 – it includes: an exam, a nail trim, and anal gland expression (as needed).

At What age do we spay/neuter?

6 months

What Vaccinations does my dog need?

DHPP or DHLPP (where Lepto vaccine is included):

-1st dose at 6-8 weeks of age (2 months)

-2nd dose at 10-12 weeks of age (3 months) - Lepto vaccine is included at this time

*Limit exposure to other dogs and public places until at least 2 weeks after the 2nd vaccine dose to minimize risk for parvovirus.

-3rd dose at 14-16 weeks of age (4 months) - Lepto is included at this time, as well.

-The DHPP OR DHLPP vaccine is boostered annually thereafter


-1st dose is given at 6 months (can legally give at 15-16 weeks)

-Rabies is boostered in 1 year, then repeated every three years thereafter.

What Vaccinations does my cat need?


-1st dose at 6-8 weeks (2 months)

-2nd dose at 10-12 weeks (3 months)

-3rd dose at 16 weeks (4 months)

*For cats with outdoor exposure add:


-1st dose at 10-12 weeks

-2nd dose at 14-16 weeks


-1st dose at 6 months, can be given as early as 4 months if the cat needs to be outside sooner.

-Boostered in one year, then in three year intervals.

Why does my dog need to be tested for Heart Worms, before they can be on Heart Worm prevention medicine?

Heartworm testing is required annually as a result of revised AVMA requirements.  The preventative medicine can actually make a dog sicker if they already have heart worms and they will need to be treated for heart worm disease instead.

What is the Benadryl dosage for dogs?

Benadryl (Diphenhydramine HCl) is an antihistamine.  It comes over the counter in 25 mg and 12.5 mg (children's).  It can be used to treat mild to moderate allergies.  The veterinary dose for dogs and cats are 1-2 mg/lb of body weight every 6 hours.  We recommend starting at the 1 mg/lb dose and use it every 8 hours as needed to reach desired effect.  Drowsiness is the main side effect.  While some dogs, like humans have the opposite effect (excitation).  Please consult your veterinarian for a more tailored dose especially with larger dogs. 

What are surgery instructions for before and after a surgery?

Before Surgery instructions:

Please withhold food after 6 pm the night before surgery to minimize vomiting and aspiration post op.  Water should, however, be provided.  Surgery drop-off is between 7:30 and 8:30 am Monday through Friday.  There are no scheduled surgeries on Saturday or Sunday.  We recommend doing bloodwork prior to surgery, it helps us to understand if your pet is healthy enough to handle the anesthesia for surgery.  Please encourage your pet to go to the bathroom before surgery to minimize accidents before, during and after surgery.

 We have our surgery consent form available on our homepage, if you would like to be able to review and print out prior to your arrival.

After Surgery instructions:

Our surgery technician will call after your pet's procedure is completed.  Sometimes the surgery schedule can run long, so please call the office at or after 3 pm to see if your pet is awake and ready to go.  The office staff will tell you what time would be best for pick-up.  Otherwise we are open until 6 pm.  For outpatient procedures, please make arrangements to have your pet picked up before 6 pm (office closes).  If not, you may be charged for the overnight stay.  Post operative care instructions will be provided upon release.  We provide a surgery release form with instructions specific to your pet's procedure, please review and ask any questions that you might have.

What do different types of worms look like?

Tape worms: 

Flea Tapeworm Eggs    Adult Flea Tapeworms

Round worms:


Roundworm Eggs - Microscope    Adult Roundworms


Hook worms:


Hookworms Egg - Microscope   Adult Hookworms


Whip worms:


Whipworm Eggs - Microscope    Adult Whipworms

Clinic Hours:

Mon - Friday:  8am -1:00pm and 2:30 pm - 6:00pm

Saturday:; 8am - 1:00pm

Clinic Phone:
(513) 423-2331

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