Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How often should I bring my animal in for a visit with the veterinarian?

A: Every pet has unique medical needs, so you and your vet should discuss an ongoing healthcare plan for your animal. Some conditions require more frequent visits than others.  

However, we generally recommend bringing a healthy pet in at least once a year for a wellness visit. These visits ensure that he or she is up-to-date on his or her shots and that the pet is growing or functioning as well as they should. 

Q: Does the Brewer Vet Clinic offer a job shadowing program?

A: Yes! If you know (or are) a young member of our community who aspires to become a veterinarian or work in the animal care field, our job shadowing program may be for you! While visiting our clinic, you'll have the opportunity to observe everything that goes into making a practice run, from cheerfully greeting clients at the front desk to the state-of-the-art technology that supports diagnoses, treatment, and surgery. Those interested in setting up time to job shadow may call us at 989-6531. Hope to see you soon! 

Q: What vaccination schedule should I follow with my dog?

A: Generally, dogs should be vaccinated against rabies at 12 weeks of age, again one year later, and then every three years after that. 

Distemper combo shots should be given at eight, twelve, and 16 weeks of age, boostered one year later, and then repeated every three years thereafter. 

For lyme and bordetella shots, the first vaccination will be given as a series of two injections two weeks apart, and once yearly thereafter. 

Your dog may have special needs, so it is important that you and your vet construct a vaccine schedule that's appropriate for you.

Q: What vaccination schedule should I follow with my cat?

A: In general, cats should be vaccinated against rabies at 12 weeks of age, boostered one year later, and repeated annually thereafter. 

Feline distemper shots should be given at eight, twelve, and 16 weeks of age, followed by a booster one year later and repeated every three years. 

For the feline leukemia vaccine, the first vaccination will be given as a series of two injections at twelve and 16 weeks, and it should be given once yearly thereafter. 

These are merely guidelines, so it's important that you and your vet create a personalized vaccination schedule for your cat based on his or her needs.

Q: What is the easiest way to get a urine sample from my pet?

A: Getting a urine sample from your pet is not difficult, but it might take more than one try. For male dogs, place a widemouthed jar under him as he lifts his leg. For a female, hold a flat pan or ice cream dish between her back legs when she squats. For cats, place wide wax paper strips in the litter box or fill the box with uncooked popcorn kernels (which are nonabsorbent). After the cat has urinated, pour out the urine into a jar. 

Q: At what age should my pet be spayed or neutered?

A: You should have your pet spayed or neutered before the end of his or her first year of life. It is perfectly safe anytime after 12 weeks of age, and it is generally accepted that females spayed at a young age have a 90% greater chance of not developing mammary cancer than animals who were not spayed at this time.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call at 207-989-6531!