Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital takes every precaution to making sure your pet is safe throughout their time in our hospital. This includes numerous safety measures including pre-op blood work, diagnostic testing, and full physical exams. Just as in human medicine, there is always a measure of risk associated with procedures and surgeries, but with the experience of Dr. Ivy Heath and her staff, along with our state-of-the-art equipment, you can rest assured your pet is in capable hands.

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

Pets are unable to communicate if they are hurting, so Dr. Ivy Heath must rely on physical exams and diagnostic tools such as blood work. Dr. Heath recommends blood work prior to any surgical procedure, to help ensure a pet is healthy enough for anesthesia. As your pet ages, running routine lab work on healthy animals is also recommended, as we can often identify early onset of certain disease. Finally, senior animals are recommended to have yearly labs run to keep them as healthy as possible as long as possible!

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

Studies indicate that pets can live up to 25% longer when they receive regular dental care throughout their lives. The bacteria that collect on untreated teeth can cause permanent damage to the teeth, gums, and ultimately the heart, liver, and kidneys. Regular dental cleanings keep your pet’s mouth feeling their best, while promoting their overall health at the same time. Please call Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital today to schedule a dental evaluation for your pet!

How important is nutrition for your pet?

Dr. Ivy Heath can determine the best food and the proper portions for your pet, regardless of their age. Making sure your pet eats the right amount and type of food is essential to bringing not only longevity to their life but a great quality to life as well. Proper nutrition and exercise will keep your furry family member healthy and happy.

How long should I wait to bring in my pet if I notice a change in behavior?

Pets withdrawing from family members, experiencing loss of appetite, or become aggressive should be brought to Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible. These behaviors may indicate pain or even early onset of disease, so Dr. Heath recommends an evaluation as soon as behavior changes are noticed.

What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?

A pet with a parasite infestation should be isolated from other animals and young children in order to prevent spread of the parasites. Please call Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital to bring the pet in for identification and treatment of the parasite. Most parasites can be treated with medical baths and products available right here at our hospital.

At what age should my pet be spay/neutered?

Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital recommends spaying or neutering your between 4 and 6 months of age. This allows for proper maturation of the reproductive organs and allows your pet to heal at a faster rate than if the procedure was done earlier in life. Remember, spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, but also prevents certain types of reproductive cancers as your furry friend ages.

What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

Heartworms are a parasite that is spread through the bite of a mosquito carrying immature heartworms to the pet, which becomes imbedded in the heart and large arteries of the cardiovascular system. These parasites are easily prevented by a variety of medicines including injectable heartworm medications, oral pills and tasty treats which are all available at Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital. Heartworm prevention is always more effective and less costly than treatment, and Dr. Ivy Heath recommends both dogs and cats remain on a heartworm preventative product year-round.

When is pain management recommended for my pet?

Remember that pets feel pain in much the same way people do, so Dr. Heath administers pain preventative medication prior to any surgical procedure. Additional instances where pain management products may be appropriate include age-related issues such as osteoarthritis, or certain diseases. If your pet is facing a surgical procedure or may be facing pain due to illness or age, please call the caring team at Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital and have your companion evaluated today!

What financing options do you offer and is payment required at time of service?

Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital strives to provide state-of-the-art care for our clients and in order to achieve this objective, all services paid in full before commencement. You may pay with cash, check or credit card. We also partner with Care Credit, a low-interest monthly financing company for health related services. Faithful Friends Veterinary Hospital will work with you on the best treatments available keeping costs in mind for you, our loyal client.