Caring pet owners who want the best for their animals call our vet staff with questions every day. Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive.
Do dogs and cats need dental care?
Veterinary dentistry is one of the most commonly overlooked healthcare needs for pets. However, just like humans, dogs and cats need routine teeth cleaning to promote good oral health. You should also brush your pet’s teeth between appointments to help prevent problems such as loose teeth, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Germantown Vet Clinic offers veterinary dentistry for dogs and cats in Montgomery County, Maryland.
How often should my pet visit the vet?
We recommend bringing your dog or cat to Germantown Vet Clinic at least once a year for a pet check-up. During your visit, we’ll complete a physical exam to inspect for hidden health problems, answer your questions about caring for your pet, administer vaccinations if necessary, and make sure your pet’s heartworm and flea and tick medications are up-to-date.
What vaccinations do dogs and cats need?
Just like humans, pets are susceptible to communicable diseases. Fortunately, these can be avoided with the proper vaccinations. In fact, rabies shots are required every three years for all dogs and cats living in Maryland. Puppies and kittens need different immunizations, so let the experts at Germantown Vet Clinic guide your decisions.
What should I know before boarding my dog or cat?
Germantown Vet Clinic offers pet boarding in Germantown, Maryland. In order to board your dog or cat with us, the animal must be up-to-date on all flea and tick medications and have all required vaccines. If you’re not sure whether your pet qualifies, schedule an appointment before your trip so you don’t experience any setbacks.
We also encourage you to bring the following when you board your pet with us:
- Your dog or cat’s usual food
- All medications in marked vials and instructions for administering them
- A small toy or blanket from home (we also supply clean pet bedding)
Remember to label all items you bring to our pet resort!
Why should I spay/neuter my pet?
Unless you specifically bought your pet for breeding purposes, it’s essential to spay or neuter the animal. There’s an undeniable overpopulation of dogs and cats in Maryland and across the rest of the country. Pet spaying and neutering ensure your dog or cat doesn’t contribute to the stray animal population. Plus, pets experience health and behavior benefits when they are neutered or spayed.
Should I declaw my cat?
This controversial issue isn’t black and white. Sometimes, there are viable reasons for declawing a cat, including trauma to the owners or furniture, medical reasons, or when the option of euthanasia is on the table. However, Germantown Vet Clinic highly advises against declawing your cat. In fact, we have discontinued offering this service because of the new knowledge that has surfaced regarding the cruelty and potential complications of cat declawing.
When should I switch my pet from puppy/kitten food to adult food?
Young animals have different nutrition requirements than their adult counterparts. Switching a puppy or kitten to adult food too soon could cause digestive issues or obesity. The right time to change over to adult food is between 10 and 12 months old.
For more pet nutrition and diet advice, contact Germantown Vet Clinic.
Why should I sign up my pet for a wellness plan?
Pet owners can save on vet care costs with an affordable wellness plan that spreads out the cost of services throughout the year. This way, you can make vital vet care a priority without surprise expenses.
Germantown Vet Clinic offers pet wellness plans for dogs and cats of all ages.
What do I do if my pet has a medical emergency?
If your pet is exhibiting abnormal behavior or has been poisoned or injured, call Germantown Vet Clinic at 240-252-7467 during regular business hours or 301-637-3228 for after-hour emergencies. Our vet hospital is well-equipped to provide emergency vet care, and a call letting us know you’re on the way allows us to prepare for your arrival so we can provide the best possible care for your sick or injured pet.