We've included some common questions asked by our clients along with some hopefully, helpful suggestions.  Remember, it is always best to have your veterinarian take a look at your pet to make the proper diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bloomingdale Animal Hospital

Q:  How often should I give my pet heartworm preventative?

A:  Heartworm prevention medication (Interceptor, Heartguard Plus or Revolution) must be given monthly, all year on approximately the same day each month in order to protect your pet from contracting heartworm disease.  We recommend giving heartworm medication throughout the winter months as well.

Q:  How often should my pet be tested for heartworm disease?

A:   It is recommended by our hospital to test annually.  Even if you haven't missed any doses of medication, remember no medication or preventative is considered to be 100% effective.

Q:  Should I spay or neuter my pet?

A:   YES!  Complications can arise later in life such as cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Q:  At what age should I spay or neuter my pet?

A:  We recommend your pet be spayed or neutered between 5 and 6 months of age.

Q:  Should I brush my pet's teeth?

A:  It is very important to get your pet used to brushing their teeth early on in life.  Problems such as kidney, liver and heart disease can develop from poor dental care.

Q:  Is my pet too old to undergo anesthesia?

A:  Age is not a disease.  In many cases our pets have to go under anesthesia for procedures to help maintain a good quality of life.  Pre-operative bloodwork is a great screening tool for pets of all ages.  The bloodwork assesses many major organs which filter the anesthesia through the body. 
Our highly trained, caring technicians carefully monitor our patients while under anesthesia.  Our patients are also monitored with cardiac and respiratory equipment. The precautions that we take significantly minimize the risk to your pet and provide you and us with peace of mind.

Q:  What is Microchipping?

A:  Microchipping is a permanent pet identification.  It is a safe, simple and permanent form of pet identification designed to quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners.  Over 10 million pets become lost each year.  One out of every 3 pets is lost during it's lifetime and only one in 10 lost pets is found.

Q:  How Often Does Your Pet Need A Wellness Exam?

A:  Like people, dogs and cats can benefit from routine wellness exams too but with one important difference - pets age faster than people.  On average, most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two.  By age four, many pets are entering middle age and by age seven, most dogs, particularly larger breeds are entering their senior years.  Because dogs and cats age seven times faster, on average, than people, significant health changes can occur in a short amount of time.The risks of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease, metabolic problems and other serious conditions all increase with age.  Many pet owners are not aware that taking a dog or cat to the veterinarian once a year is the same as a person seeing their doctor or dentist once every seven years.  It is recommended that pets have a wellness exam every six months so that veterinarians have the opportunity to detect, treat or ideally, prevent problems before they become life-threatening.

Q:  Why should I vaccinate my dog / cat ?

A:  Bloomingdale Animal Hospital recommends the bordetella and canine influenza vaccine if your dog frequents a grooming or boarding facility, dog parks or doggy daycare.  These vaccines protect your dog from contracting kennel cough and canine influenza. Both viruses are airborne and highly contageous.
We recommend the lyme vaccine if you live in an area which is wooded or inhabited by wildlife.  The tri-state area is known to have a high population of ticks carrying lyme disease.
If your dog is known to drink from puddles, ponds, lakes or rivers, we recommend vaccinating for leptosporosis.  Leptosporosis is a deadly virus which is transmitted through the urine of wildlife.  There is even a risk of contracting the virus if your dog eats grass that has been urinated on by an infected animal.  This virus is communicable to humans.
The core vaccines, rabies and distemper should be kept current.
State law requires all dogs and cats be vaccinated against the rabies virus, regardless of whether the pet goes outdoors or is strictly indoors. Rabies is a dealy virus.  Known carriers are: bats, raccoons, fox, skunks and ground hogs.  All of these animals are common in the tri-state area.