What can I do to prepare my animal for a veterinary exam?

Practice the following exercises with your pet before the next visit to the veterinarian to assure a more productive and less stressful appointment:

  • Pick up each foot and run your fingers down the top and bottom of each toe. Complement the animal on their bravery and patience.
  • Lift your pet's lips up and look at the teeth, while complimenting their beauty..
  • Hug your pet tightly around the neck and body and whisper in their ear.
  • Lift up each ear and stick your finger in it.
  • Run your hands all over his body, head, limbs and tail, checking for scabs, fleas, cuts and areas of hair loss in the process.

What is considered an emergency?

If your pet experiences any of the following symptoms, visit Hoffman Animal Hospital immediately:

  • Vomiting with blood
  • Diarrhea with blood
  • A toy breed, puppy, kitten, or older animal that is not eating
  • Severe depression
  • Seizures
  • Unable to walk
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pale or yellow mucous membranes (gums)
  • Severe pain, including excessive panting or if the animal is uncomfortable
  • Facial swelling
  • Erratic pulse or heart rate
  • Active bleeding
  • Possible recent ingestion of a toxin
  • Any male straining to urinate
  • If the animal has been hit by a car
  • For even more information visit our "What is an Emergency?" page

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How do I introduce a new puppy/kitten into the house?

First, puppy- or kitten-proof your residence and yard by storing any hazardous chemicals and moving electrical cords. Then, purchase all of the necessary supplies before bringing the puppy or kitten into the house. Finally, start housetraining and bonding immediately after introducing the animal to your home.

More Information "Bringing Your Pet Home"

What are the general feeding guidelines for cats and dogs?

Dogs require a balanced diet and plenty of water that correlates to their size, 3 to 5 times a day for puppies or 1 to 2 times per day for older dogs with an occasional treat.

Cats require a balanced diet of canned food and water. Dry foods often cause obesity due to Carbohydrate content and promote the risk of urinary disorders from a limited water intake.

What is heartworm disease and how is it prevented?

Heartworm disease is transmitted to dogs and cats from mosquitoes and is prevented with monthly medication that must be given year-round. Dogs must be tested annually to verify successful prevention of the disease. More Information...

How do I prevent fleas?

1 There are a number of effective monthly flea medications, some of which also prevent heartworms and / or help control ticks. Once youTrifexis_Logo.png have an infestation, it is vital to treat all pets in the home, and may be necessary to treat the house and yard as well. Flea shampoos and dips are no longer recommended except in very rare occasions.

Monthly Heartworm, Flea and Parasite Preventative

How do I crate train my puppy?

Crate training uses a dog's natural instincts as a den animal. A wild dog's den is his home, a place to sleep, hide from danger, and raise a family. The crate becomes your dog's den, an ideal spot to snooze or take refuge during a thunderstorm. -Humane Society of the United States

According to the Humane Society of the United States HSUS, introduce your pet to the crate by placing it in an area frequented by your family, such as the family room. While the door of the kennel remains open, toss in a few treats and a favorite toy to encourage your dog to enter. Begin feeding the dog near the crate and later inside with the door closed, then leave him in there for at least 10 minutes following the meal. Next, condition the animal for longer periods of time by placing him in the kennel a few times each day while you are at home, either in the room or elsewhere in the home. Eventually, the dog will be able to spend time alone in the crate while you are sleeping or out. More information on crate training watch this video.

What vaccine does my pet need?

Vaccine programs are tailored to the individual patient depending on their risk and exposure. All pet's need a distemper vaccine and a current rabies vaccination is required by law. Download the brochures (.pdf format) listed below for more information on vaccines and diseases.