Q: What kind of pain management
policies do you follow?
A: We believe that controlling
patients' pain is very important. For that reason we will
administer medication before, during and/or after your pet's
surgical procedure to control pain, reduce discomfort and
promote recovery. For more detailed information please also
see our Anesthetic Procedures
Q: What is Companion Laser
A: It is a form of pain management that gives off a laser beam that is directed
at the problem site. This beam of light stimulates the tissue and skin cells to
grow healthy tissue.
There’s no anesthesia needed as this
is a painless procedure, the pet just lays back and we apply the treatment using
a wand. This treatment is proving especially helpful in animals that have joint
and soft tissue problems. It can dramatically shorten the amount of healing time
after a surgery or procedure. The treatment may reduce or eliminate the need for
injections or oral medications.
Laser therapy has had FDA clearance for over 6 years and is used in both human
and animal health treatments.
To learn more please visit
Litecure's FAQ Page. Additional information and videos can also be found on
Q: What are your
recommendations for vaccinations for dogs and cats?
A: Vaccines have become a real topic of discussion in recent
years, vaccine guidelines and recommendations are still being
There are certain vaccines called "core vaccines" that are
recommended for all dogs and cats, these are the distemper
combination and rabies vaccines.
Other vaccines considered "non-core" vaccines are available
and are recommended or not based upon your pet's lifestyle and
The doctor will be happy to discuss all of this with you at
your pet's appointment, we can then tailor a vaccine program
based upon your pet's specific needs.
Q: How frequently do you
recommend checking stool samples on dogs and cats and why is
A: Intestinal parasites can cause serious medical problems in
puppies, kittens, dogs and cats. Puppies and kittens very
commonly are infected with intestinal parasites at birth or
shortly afterward. Certain intestinal parasites of dogs and
cats can be transmitted to people.
For these reasons we recommend fecal examinations on all new
puppies and kittens at their first physical exam and then at
least annually thereafter. Pets at higher risk for parasite
exposure may need to be checked more frequently, we will be
happy to discuss this with you in more detail at your pet's
Q: I've heard about heartworm
disease. What is it and how is it prevented?
A: Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and results
in long spaghetti-like worms living in the heart and pulmonary
arteries. A mosquito bites an infected dog and ingests a blood
meal that contains microscopic, immature heartworm larvae.
When that mosquito bites another dog it can inject heartworm
larvae into that dog and transmit the disease.
In accordance with the AHS, we recommend annual heartworm
tests for all of our canine patients. It is a simple blood
test that is run in our office - the results take only
Heartworm disease is easy and inexpensive to prevent, it can
be expensive and difficult to treat. Serious, potentially
fatal post-treatment complications may occur. Even after
successful treatment, permanent heart and lung damage may
We also recommend year round heartworm prevention for all
dogs. Please feel free to ask us for more information at your