Q: Should my dog be on heartworm prevention year-round?
A: Yes, the doctors at Stonington Veterinary Hospital recommend that owners keep their dogs on heartworm prevention year-round because it is transmitted by mosquitoes that are out for at least 10 of the 12 months of the year. Rather than stopping for just a couple months and forgetting to restart, it’s much easier, and perfectly safe, to keep your pet on it year-round. We carry Heartgard Plus and Revolution.
Q: When should I get my puppy/kitten spayed/neutered?
A: Stonington Veterinary Hospital recommends 5-6 months of age for this procedure. We recommend spaying a female puppy or kitten before it goes into heat, which can occur anytime after 6 months, and occasionally before. Spaying/neutering is beneficial for their health overall, prevents unwanted pregnancies and helps keep the population under control for those that spend a lot of time outdoors.
Q: What flea and tick products do you offer?
A: We carry both topical and oral medications to help prevent flea infestations and kill ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease to dogs. Topical treatments for fleas and ticks include Frontline Plus/Gold for dogs and cats and Bravecto for cats. Oral chewable pills to prevent flea/tick infestations include Nexgard and Simparica. For combined flea and heartworm protection we recommend Revolution. We also carry Seresto, an 8 month collar that kills both fleas and ticks for cats and dogs. We also carry flea bombs and area treatment spray for carpets and furniture should you get an infestation.
Q: When is my puppy/kitten old enough to get a rabies vaccine?
A: Rabies can be given as young as 12 weeks of age for puppies and kittens. It is good for 1 year, the first time it is given and then boostered every 3 years thereafter. Rabies is required by law to be given to both cats and dogs
Q: Is it safe to apply a dog flea and tick product onto my cat?
A: No, it is not always safe to apply a dog flea and tick product to your cat. Some of the active ingredients or chemicals used in the dog products can be toxic to cats. We have treated cats that have become very sick after the owner mistakenly applied the dog product instead of the cat product. Please be sure to read the packages carefully before applying them onto your pets and if you have any questions please call and speak to any of our staff.
Q: Can I just pop in anytime to have my pet examined or vaccinated?
A: We do recommend that an appointment be made for any service requiring a doctor. All pets are examined by the doctor first before they are given any vaccines. By just walking in, the doctor may be busy in surgery, tending to hospital cases, or just not in the office during the time you stop by, so that is why we recommend an appointment. There are some services the technicians can perform without an appointment needed, however we do recommend that you call the day of to see how busy their schedule is. These services include nail trims, anal gland expressions, shaving matts/fur, removing embedded ticks, applying flea and tick products, and suture removals.