Frequently Asked Questions
- What are your office hours?
The office is open Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday from 7:30am till 5:30pm and Wednesday from 7:30am till 9pm. We are also open from 9am till noon on Saturday mornings for over the counter sales. Please call our office at 812-372-9986 during these hours to schedule an appointment.
- How old does my puppy/kitten need to be to start their vaccinations?
Most puppies/kittens are protected by immunity from their mother until they are weaned or until about 6 weeks of age (whichever comes first). The longer they go away from their mother’s protection, the more susceptible they become to disease. Usually vaccinations need to begin at about 6 weeks of age and continue every 3-4 weeks until about 3-4 months of age. One vaccination does not protect your pet long term and therefore even if your pet gets its first vaccination after it is 3-4 months old, we usually recommend a booster vaccination in 3-4 weeks.
- How old should my pet be when it is spayed or neutered?
There are many opinions about the proper time to spay and neuter pets and none have been shown to be a gold standard. Typically, the spay/neuter procedure is recommended before a female has her first heat cycle and before a male reaches sexual maturity at around 6 months. This may vary according to the breed of the pet. We also may alter the time to sooner or longer than 6 months depending on the individual patient. We always encourage a discussion with one of our veterinarians during the puppy/kitten visits to decide the best time for your pet.
- Can I get any diseases from my pet?
Most diseases that your pet may be susceptible to are considered species-specific. In other words, dogs get dog diseases, cats get cat diseases, etc. However, there are several diseases that can be shared by humans and pets and these are called zoonotic diseases. The most common of these are Leptospirosis, aberrant parasite larval migration, and Rabies. Veterinary medicine, though primarily a profession serving the animal population, is also very concerned with the health and well-being of the 2 legged family members with which our patients share the world. We have been trained to recognize and treat these potentially zoonotic diseases in animals and are always your best source of information if questions arise concerning this subject.
- How long should I wait to call your office if my pet is not acting right?
This may depend on the symptoms that your pet is displaying but a good rule of thumb is that if your pet does not want to eat, drink, or is vomiting and their normal routine is disrupted by the symptoms that they are displaying, you should at least touch base with our office within 24 hours of the onset of these symptoms. Of course, if your pet is injured severely, you should always contact us immediately.
- What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment by cash, check, and most major credit cards including VISA, Master Card, Discover, American Express, and Care Credit. Please call us with any questions regarding these payment options.