Q: How often should my pet have an exam and bloodwork?
A: Dr. Johnson at Adairsville Animal Hospital recommends yearly exams and bloodwork for healthy adult animals. Younger pets will need more frequent visits as they require immunizations and sterilizations. Based on their individual needs, senior pets generally require more frequent visits and bloodwork for wellness and disease prevention.
Q: How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in behavior?
A: It is instinctual for animals to hide pain, so if your furry friend is acting strange there may be a reason. Behavioral changes may be associated with health issues or other stressors, such as moving to a new home or welcoming a new baby into your household. Anytime you notice an unusual change in your pet’s behavior, it is a good idea to get it checked out.
Q: What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?
A: Fleas, ticks, and mites are all unwelcome pests when it comes to our furry friends. Adairsville Animal Hospital carries a full line of flea and tick preventatives, which have all been selected by Dr. Johnson based on the safety and efficacy of each product. Depending on the label of the preventative, many of the products we carry can be administered to puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks of age. If you notice any of these pests on your pet, please call us for an appointment so we may recommend just the right preventive for your pet.
Q: What if my pet has an after-hours problem?
A: We understand that emergencies do happen after hours and on weekends. If the need for emergency care arises, we highly recommend Northwest Georgia Veterinary Emergency Center, located at 111 John Maddox Drive, Rome, Georgia 30165. Please call ahead if possible at 706-204-8425.
Q: At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
A: Our office policy is that pets must be at least 6 months of age to be spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering helps control the pet population and prevents unwanted litters. Just as importantly, sterilization can also improve the overall health of the pet, and avoid certain reproductive diseases, including some types of cancers.
Q: What financing options do you offer and is payment expected at the time of service?
A: Payment is required in full at the time of service. We accept cash, and most all major credit cards. We also accept Care Credit, and Scratchpay, which may be applied for online at carecredit.com and scratchpay.com.