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Animal Medical Center

Animal Medical Center

Animal Medical Center
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes, we are currently accepting new patients! Please fill out our new patient form to share your information with us. 

What is heartworm disease and how is it transmitted?

Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes to both dogs and cats. These parasites get into the pet’s bloodstream in larval form by being bitten by an infected mosquito. The larva then move to the pet’s heart &  lungs. If left untreated, the larvae become adult worms that can grow to be several inches long, eventually causing blockages in the heart & lungs leading to death. Dogs that contract heartworm disease can undergo an expensive and dangerous treatment which kills the adult worms. However, there is no treatment for cats with heartworms. Fortunately, there are different heartworm preventatives available to stop this from ever happening to your pet.

What type of heartworm prevention do you offer?

There are several different options available to protect your pet from contracting heartworm disease. These products also protect your pet against several intestinal parasites (worms) commonly contracted by dogs and cats. You can purchase Simparica TRIO for dogs, Milbehart Flavored Tablets (for dogs or cats), or Selarid Topical (for dogs or cats) in the clinic. We also have several other products available for purchase through our online pharmacy.

What type of diets do you offer?

We recommend Purina Pro Plan & Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets and Royal Canin pet foods in the clinic. We also offer Hill’s Science & Prescription Diets through our online store.

I just got a new puppy, now what do I do?

Congratulations on your new puppy! We understand how overwhelming it can be when a new pet enters the family. Don’t worry, we are here to help. Your new puppy will typically need a series of three sets vaccinations several weeks apart. The first set of vaccinations is usually done when your puppy is about 8 weeks old, with the other sets to follow until they are about 15 weeks old.  When you bring your new pet in for the first time, our doctor will perform a nose-to-tail examination to assess the overall health of your new puppy and make recommendations tailor made to your lifestyle and your puppy’s needs.

I just got a new kitten, now what do I do?

Congratulations on your new kitten! We understand how overwhelming it can be when a new pet enters the family. Don’t worry, we are here to help. Your new kitten will typically need a series of three sets vaccinations several weeks apart. The first set of vaccinations is usually done when your kitten is about 8 weeks old, with the other sets to follow until they are about 15 weeks old.  When you bring your new pet in for the first time, our doctor will perform a nose-to-tail examination to assess the overall health of your new kitten and make recommendations tailor made to your lifestyle and your kitten’s needs.

Which vaccines does my adult dog need?

Hillsborough County requires all dogs to be vaccinated against Rabies. Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to any mammal through the saliva. We also strongly recommend that your dog is also vaccinated against other common diseases such as Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis & Parvovirus. If you take your pet to dog parks or boarding/daycare, we also recommend vaccinating against Bordetella & Canine Influenza.

Which vaccines does my adult cat need?

Hillsborough County requires all cats to be vaccinated against Rabies. Rabies is a deadly virus that can be transmitted to any mammal through the saliva. We also strongly recommend that your cat is also vaccinated against other common diseases such as Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, Chlamydia & Feline Leukemia. 

Do you accept pet insurance?

Yes, we do accept pet insurance. However, pet insurance works differently than it does with human insurance. Pet insurance companies reimbursement the pet owner, not the veterinarian.

Do you offer payment plans?

We do not offer payment plans, however, we do accept CareCredit as well as Scratch Pay, both of which offer extended payment terms.