A Veterinarian’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

July 24, 2023
A Veterinarian’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

Being a pet owner can sometimes lead to many questions as we try to give our pets the best care possible. If you’re worrying about your pet’s health, please don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

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At Animal Clinic of Woodruff, there are a few questions that we receive day in and day out, and this blog is here to answer them! Whether you’re a new pet parent or looking to expand your animal knowledge, this blog highlights topics from preventative care and nutrition to traveling and exercise. Still have unanswered questions? Please contact our office and our pet care assistants would be happy to answer them for you.

Pet diets - Dietary information for cats & dogs

Q1: What is the best diet for my pet's specific needs?

Finding the right pet food for your furry friend might take a bit of trial and error. Cats especially are known to be picky eaters. To help you choose the best food, read our blogs on How to choose the right dog food and cat nutrition and meal times.

Q2: How much exercise does my pet need?

Every dog is different, but in terms of how much exercise they need, it’s important to take into account their diet, healthy weight and joint health. Learn more about how much exercise dogs need here.

When it comes to cats, it’s important to mentally stimulate them to keep them active. This can include games, challenging meal times and lots of cuddles. Keep your cat healthy all year long.

Traveling with pets

Q1: What vaccinations does my cat need, and at what age?

Kittens need various vaccinations starting at 6 weeks old until about 15 weeks old, with a yearly rabies vaccine from then on. To find a list of exactly which vaccinations they need and when, visit our Kitten Care & Vaccines page.

Q2: What vaccinations does my dog need, and at what age?

Our Puppy Care & Vaccines page shows that dogs should start their vaccinations at around 6 weeks old. Some vaccines require multiple vaccinations. Your puppy should be fully vaccinated at 15 weeks old, though some vaccines may need to be repeated throughout its lifetime.

Q3: Which vaccinations does my dog need for traveling?

If you’re planning to travel with your dog, they may be required to be vaccinated for various diseases. Our “Dog Vacation & Vaccination” blog goes into detail about some of these, where the “Vaccines for Warm Weather Risks” covers vaccinations that may not be required but can be a great prevention of serious diseases for your pet.

Q4: How do I prepare my pet for travel or boarding?

From packing for your pet and obtaining their vaccinations for travel to preparing them for pet boarding, traveling can be stressful for pets. Our “Travel Tips With Your Pet” blog covers lots of information about how best to prepare your pet for the holiday season.

Preventative care

Q1: How can I prevent fleas and ticks on my pet?

When it comes to fleas and ticks, preventative care is key. Even a short walk around the block can be enough to pick up a tick or fleas, which can quickly become an infestation. Make sure you give your dog or cat flea & tick medicine regularly to protect them from ticks and regularly check their ears, toes and fur to make sure they haven’t picked up any unwanted hitchhikers.

Q2: How can I prevent dental problems in my pet?

Pet oral health is very important to total body health. We recommend annual teeth cleanings for your pet(s). Our pet dental care services include cleaning, polishing, extractions, oral surgery and sedation if needed.

Should your pet show any signs of illness or clear discomfort, please don’t wait to seek veterinary care!

Call Animal Clinic of Woodruff now to schedule an appointment.

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