At Lebanon Animal Hospital, we are committed to client education, doing our best to ensure that our clients are well informed and have answers to all their pet care questions. We invite you to click on your question below to find out what our veterinarians’ answer is. If you don’t see your question listed here, please contact our team right away and we’ll be happy to answer it for you!
At what age can my puppy or kitten be safely spayed or neutered?
We recommend puppies and kittens be spayed or neutered early in their lives for health reasons. Generally between 4 and 6 months of age is the best time because they have been able to grow and develop toward adulthood and have likely not begun demonstrating any sexual tendencies. If those are developing, we recommend completing the procedure as soon as possible. For females, there are proven medical benefits to spaying before the first heat cycle.
What shots does my puppy or kitten need, and when?
Do I need to protect my pet from fleas and ticks?
It is very important to protect your pet from fleas and ticks, year round. These pests never fully rest, especially in our region. One warm day in the winter can get them active again. Fleas and ticks are more than just irritating pests. It’s important to always remember that they can be the carriers of deadly diseases. We recommend using Bravecto, a three month flea and tick product. For dogs it comes in a pork flavored chewable tablet and for cats it is a topical that is applied to the back of the neck. This is a FDA regulated drug and your pet must be seen by a Veterinarian before it can be prescribed. If you have any questions, Call us!
My pet is having surgery. Is anesthesia safe?
Anesthesia is now extremely safe for our pets. The team at Lebanon Animal Hospital is committed to making every one of our surgeries as safe as possible. We conduct pre-anesthetic blood testing to ensure that all of our patients are healthy enough for surgery and have no health conditions that will be a concern during anesthesia. Pre-anesthetic blood work is an extremely important part of ensuring your pet's safety!
Will my pet be in pain after their surgery?
Pain levels will depend on the nature of the surgery, but it is natural to assume that a moderate amount of pain or discomfort will accompany any surgical procedure. As a precaution, we observe a strict pain management protocol for each and every one of our surgical patients at Lebanon Animal Hospital. We utilize pain medications before, during, and after each procedure, as needed, to ensure that your pet is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.