The Little River Veterinary Clinic team makes it our goal to provide client education about all aspects of pet care. We believe that educated pet owners make better pet owners because they have the information they need to make the best decisions for their pet’s needs. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you to explore by simply clicking on your question to reveal the answer.
If you do not see your question listed here, we invite you to contact us and we’ll be happy to help!
Does my pet need to be on heartworm and flea prevention year round?
Yes. In our area we do not get cold enough long enough to kill all fleas and ticks. We have pulled fleas and ticks off pets in January!
When can I have my pet spayed/neutered?
We spay and neuter pets at 6 months.
Why does my pet need to be vaccinated multiple times for the same thing when they are puppies or kittens?
We do a series of shots to build up the proper immunity to specific diseases.
Why does my pet need an exam before every vaccine?
We need to be sure your pet is healthy enough to receive a vaccine before administering it.
Does your practice accept payment plans?
No, but we do accept CareCredit which offers a 6 or 12 month interest-free payment plan on qualifying purchases.
Do you offer walk in appointments?
We are by appointment only. We can however see walk-ins on an emergency basis within our hours of operation.
Do you offer grooming services?
We do not have a groomer on site so we cannot offer breed-specific cutting, but we do offer thorough bathing, nail trims, ear plucks, light trimming, lion cuts and basic grooming needs.
Do you offer vaccine packages or puppy/kitten package deals?
There are no package deals at this time, but we try our best to keep our pricing very competitive.
Does your practice offer Military Discounts?
We do not have a Military Discount in place at this time.
Does your hospital have boarding available?
Yes. We offer boarding services to any pet with the exception of epileptic, aggressive, diabetic, and certain health issues. If you have any question on whether we can board your pet please do not hesitate to call and speak with a receptionist!
What is required to board?
Dogs must be up to date on Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza.
Cats must be up to date on Rabies and Distemper.
Can my pets stay in the same cage?
We do not board animals together, but we can walk family pets together!
How much do you charge for a spay/neuter/dental?
We can give a very rough ballpark estimate over the phone, but we recommend you bring your pet in to meet with one of our doctors in order to get a much better estimate according to your individual pet.
Why do I need to run a fecal test on my pet when my pet is indoor only?
We can easily track parasites inside our homes on our shoes from walking outside in grassy areas.
Why do I have to run a heartworm test if my pet is on heartworm prevention?
Since nothing can be 100% guaranteed, we need to be absolutely sure your pet has not contracted heartworm before continuing treatment.
Should I be concerned about side effects of the oral chewable flea/tick product Nexgard?
Nexgard has been available since 2014 and since that time, there has been an adverse event reporting rate of less than 1 in 10,000 doses sold per the manufacturer. This adverse event rate for Nexgard reportedly has not changed in that time nor have we seen an increase in adverse events. Typically reported adverse events are GI in nature (vomiting or diarrhea), pruritus or itch, heavy breathing and tremors, ataxia (drunken like gait) or seizures. In 2016, a review of Nexgard and Bravecto adverse event reporting did not generate any new concerns or a label change. With the most recent adverse event reporting of ALL of the drugs in this class of medications (which has since expanded to include Bravecto for cats, Simparica and more recently Credelio), the FDA felt the need to alert veterinarians and pet owners of possible neurologic side effects to include:
Muscle tremors, ataxia (drunken like gait) and seizures in some dogs and cats—even in those pets that have not had a history of seizures.
If you feel your pet has had any of these side effects, please us to let us know and then call the manufacturer as directed on the FDA Fact Sheet for Pet Owners and Veterinarians. If you have specific concerns, please schedule an appointment to review them directly with the doctor.
Here is a link to the FDA Fact sheet for Pet Owners and Veterinarians about potential adverse events associated with oral flea/tick products.