Village Vet Animal Clinic FAQs

For our veterinary experts, no question is too big or too small. We have responses to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Our Frequently Asked Questions

Pet parents ask us a lot of fascinating questions at Village Vet Animal Clinic. These frequently asked questions (FAQs) may help address any queries or worries you may have. Kindly give us a call at (918) 258-0040 if you have any additional questions concerning your pet.

Does my pet need vaccines?

Vaccinations are required if you own a dog, cat, or ferret! Vaccinating your pets is not just required by law, but it also helps protect your family as a whole against zoonotic illnesses.

What vaccines does my pet need?

Dogs: In Oklahoma, dogs must receive vaccinations against leptospirosis, rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis. Puppies receive booster doses until they have had three doses of the core vaccine for distemper, hepatitis, parvo, and parainfluenza. Vaccinations are started between six and eight weeks of age. At 16 weeks old, a child receives the rabies vaccine. They are referred to as core vaccinations since they are necessary.

A Bordetella vaccination is also required for certain dogs in order to guard against the highly contagious kennel cough virus. Certain dogs also need to have the Lyme or Canine Influenza vaccines. Like us, your pet’s lifestyle determines which vaccinations are necessary. Together, we will make sure that your pet is completely safe.

Cats: Feline panleukopenia, feline leukemia, feline herpesvirus, and feline calicivirus vaccinations are required for cats. Kittens receive booster shots until they have received three doses of the core vaccine against the aforementioned viruses, starting at 6 to 8 weeks of age. Fortunately, your pet will simply receive the combo vaccine and a Rabies vaccine, covering all infectious respiratory diseases with a single vaccination. They are referred to as core vaccinations since they are necessary.

Other Species: The veterinarian will go over any other species that might need vaccinations with you and create a lifelong vaccination schedule for your pet.

My pet doesn’t need vaccines. Why do I still need to come in every year?

Even non-vaccinated pets require an annual examination from one of our veterinarians. This aids in our team’s understanding of you, your pet, and your pet’s typical behavior. A great deal of non-domestic creatures conceal disease. We may inform you about any necessary husbandry adjustments during our yearly visits. As usual, we should, at the very least, examine a stool sample once every 12 months.

My pet stays indoors. Why do I need heartworm or flea/tick prevention?

Ticks, fleas, and heartworms are hazards that affect all dogs and cats. Your pet is susceptible to parasites through open doors, windows, and most importantly, you, even if they spend all of their time indoors. Today, it has never been simpler to prevent heartworms. Depending on the stage of life of your dog, our injectable heartworm prevention lasts anywhere from six to twelve months. With a simple topical treatment administered to the skin every eight weeks, our feline pals may prevent heartworm disease as well as fleas and ticks. If your pet has heartworms, we can treat your dog for the infection. It’s an expensive, time-consuming procedure that needs to be followed closely. There is no treatment for cats with heartworm illness.

I’m not sure I want to spay/neuter my pet.

There is no medical justification for keeping your pet in their original state if you are not a licensed breeder. It is also illegal to keep unaltered animals inside city limits if you are not a licensed breeder. By spaying your female pet, you are shielding her from potentially fatal uterine infections like Pyometra and breast cancer later in life. Males have a lower chance of contracting prostate gland disorders and testicular cancer when they are neutered.

*The ability of your pet to study, work, hunt, or play is unaffected by these surgeries. Unwanted actions like roaming are typically decreased as well. *

What should I feed my pet?

It’s critical that your pet eat a healthy, balanced diet. Different nutrients are needed at different stages of life. We will talk to you about the best diet for your pet. For our dog and cat patients, we typically advise the Purina Pro Plan. For comprehensive dietary advice, please refer to the care information specific to your pet’s species.

I think my pet may have consumed marijuana. What happens now?

First, please realize that your pet’s healing is our main priority. The availability of more potent medicinal cannabis products in Oklahoma has led to an increase in the number of unintentional cannabis ingestion incidents. Please let us know if you think your pet may have ingested marijuana in any manner. Please let us know the milligrams that were ingested if you know. Cannabis may cause depression or hyperactivity in your pet in addition to neurological effects. In a day or two, we can typically treat your pet and return them to normal.