A: The law requires that people owning or keeping dogs and cats in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have them vaccinated for rabies at 3 months of age and then have continued vaccinations in accordance with instructions prescribed by the manufacturer of the vaccine.
This law is actually designed to protect humans from rabies since the disease can be fatal to all mammals, including humans. Our pets just benefit from the protection the law requires.
In addition to “being the rules,” even our practice in urban Pittsburgh has had multiple incidents of raccoons and bats in homes and apartments.
My pet has had all these vaccines before and never had a reaction so I don't have anything to worry about, right?
A: Although vaccine reactions are not common, they can occur at any age and with any number of previous vaccinations. If your pet has a vaccine reaction, please call us immediately to come back in and have the problem addressed. If we’re closed, please contact one of the emergency clinics.
A: Most people believe that one human year is equal to seven in dog years. This is not necessarily true as size and breed play into a pet’s equivalent age. The following chart can be used as a general rule to helping determine what age your pet would be if (s)he were human.
A: We understand the human-animal bond and unfortunately know this is a very complicated and deeply personal question. Although we can’t make the decision for you, we can help you understand your pets condition to the best of our ability to help you determine how to make that decision with your family and loved ones.
A: With many advances in veterinary medicine, we’ve come to learn how dental health has a profound effect on a pet’s overall health. More information about how to brush your pets teeth and what to be on the lookout for regarding dental disease can be found here.
A: This is a major concern for a lot of our clients. There are a few ways you can tell if weight is a problem for your pet and our veterinarians can help determine if your pet is at a proper weight during your pet’s regular wellness exams. The following charts may be beneficial to judging whether your pet is at an appropriate weight as well.
A: Eruption times vary based on genetics as well as thriftiness and nutrition. It is a rough estimate of age but generally adult incisors erupt around 3 months of age and for most pets, the adult canines (the big fangs) will generally have fully descended by age 6 months.
A: We can’t predict when transmission seasons for heartworm will begin and end. Also, resuming a prevention program is easy to forget. So, it is safest and easiest to use a year round, monthly heartworm preventative program, prescribed by your regular veterinarian or us. Using monthly chewables year round can also control hookworm and roundworm!