Pet Health FAQs

River Road Animal Clinic in Columbus

Whether you’re a new or experienced pet owner, you may have questions about various pet-related topics. Does my pet really need to be vaccinated? What are the benefits of spaying/neutering? The list goes on and on. At River Road Animal Clinic, one of our goals is to educate our clients about these and other topics. That’s why we’ve created this FAQs page. If you have any additional questions that aren’t addressed on this page or anywhere else on our website, please give us a call at 706-327-8329.

Q:  Do indoor pets need parasite preventives?
A:  The short and simple answer is yes. Fleas (linked to allergy dermatitis) can make their way indoors on the soles of your shoes. Mosquitoes (linked to heartworm disease) can also easily make their way inside your home. We can discuss our recommendations for parasite control during your pet’s wellness visit.

Q:  What does a blood test detect?
A:  A blood test is used to help diagnose problems with your pet’s kidneys, liver, and thyroid, to name a few. It can also be used to detect diseases like heartworm.

Q:  What does a urine test detect?
A:  A urine test (urinalysis) is used to diagnose liver disease, bile duct obstruction, bladder stones and other conditions related to the liver, kidneys, and urinary tract.

Q:  Why do I need to bring in a fecal sample?
A:  A (fresh) stool sample is needed to screen for intestinal parasites, which are evident only in a pet’s feces.

Q:  Does my pet really need to be vaccinated?
A:  If you want your pet protected from potentially serious viruses and diseases, then YES! Vaccinations prepare the immune system by mimicking illnesses, so if the body is ever exposed to the real illness, it will be prepared to fight it off.

Q:  At what age should I have my pet spayed/neutered?
A:  This answer varies and is dependent on your pet’s age, physical condition, and breed. Dr. Houston can give you an exact age recommendation at your pet’s wellness exam.

Q:  What are the benefits of spaying/neutering?
A:  There are many! Spaying reduces the risk of mammary gland tumors and ovarian cancer while neutering eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and prostate problems, and decreases aggressive behavior. Spaying/neutering also helps reduce the number of unwanted pets that are euthanized every year.

Q:  What should I feed my pet?
A:  There exists vast pet food choices these days and the selection can be overwhelming. Depending on your pet’s age, needs, and medical condition, there are numerous foods available for your pet’s individual nutritional needs. We will be glad to discuss the best dietary choice for your pet. Call us today to schedule an appointment.