How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
The experienced veterinarians at West Point Animal Clinic suggest that adult pets have yearly exams with blood work as needed. Younger pets will have more frequent examinations due to vaccination schedules and monitoring growth rates. Senior pets will also have more frequent visits due to age-related issues that may require more exams and blood work. Regardless of the current age or health of your pet, the doctors at West Point Animal Clinic are here for them!
At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
The experienced veterinarians at West Point Animal Clinic recommend spaying or neutering your dog or cat between four and six months of age. Adult animals can also undergo this procedure as well. Sterilization surgery is recommended for any pet not used for breeding purposes. Not only does this surgery prevent unwanted litters, but it can also prevent certain types of reproductive cancers which occur in animals that have not been spayed or neutered. Please call one of the team members at West Point Animal Clinic, and schedule a spay or neuter procedure for your pet today!
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are an internal parasite that can affect the heart, lungs and other organs of both dogs and cats. These parasites have been diagnosed in all fifty states, but are especially prevalent in central and northeast Mississippi. Heartworms are transmitted when an animal is bitten by an infected mosquito, which carries immature heartworms to our pets. If not prevented or left untreated, heartworms can cause severe coughing, exercise intolerance, and even heart failure. Heartworm disease is much easier and less expensive to prevent than it is to treat. West Point Animal Clinic offers heartworm preventative medications proven to be safe and effective for pets in our care. For your convenience, these products are affordable and available at our clinic, contact today for more information.