FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How safe is my pet’s procedure?
You are encouraged to discuss any procedure recommended by your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian regarding benefits and risks. No procedure is 100% safe – infections or reactions and other complications can arise from even seemingly minor procedures.
How often should my pet have blood work testing and an exam?
Depending on your pet’s breed and age, it is recommended that your pet come in for a yearly check-up and blood work. Your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian will best be able to determine if more or less frequent testing is necessary.
Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?
If your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian recommends a dental procedure, it may be to treat any number of conditions, like an infection or to correct an abnormal bite that could affect jaw movement, causing pain and a decrease in appetite.
How important is nutrition for my pet?
A healthy diet is important for any pet. A poor diet, or one that is deficient if your pet has special dietary needs, can affect energy, quality of life, mood, ability to recuperate from illness, injury or surgery, and lead to more serious problems down the road. The staff at Watauga Animal Hospital can help you with any concerns you have about your pet’s diet and provide nutritional counseling.
How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?
Changes in behavior can be a warning sign that something is wrong with your pet. If you notice a significant change, contact your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian to discuss further evaluation.
What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?
Contact the Watauga Animal Hospital if you should notice or suspect a parasitic infection. Your veterinarian may want to see your pet to determine what kind of infection your pet may have and what treatments may be needed. Other pets may also need to be treated.
At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Depending on the breed most cats and dogs can be neutered as early as eight weeks, but it should be done before they reach six months. Your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian will be able to determine when would be the right time for your particular pet for their age, size, and breed.
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are a parasite that can be potentially fatal to dogs. Heartworms can permanently damage the heart and other organs. There are many preventative treatments available – talk to your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian about treatment options.
When is pain management recommended for my pet?
If your pet is recovering from illness, injury, or a surgical procedure, pain management is critical in the healing process for both their physical and mental wellbeing. Your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian can discuss with you the best options for your pet.
What financing options do you offer, or is payment expected at the time of service?
Watauga Animal Hospital accepts all major credit cards. We also accept Care Credit, a healthcare financing credit card.
What if my pet has an after-hours problem?
Should your pet require medical attention, Watauga Animal Hospital recommends the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, located at 2700 W. Highway 114 in Grapevine. Their phone number is 817-410-2273.
Be sure to follow up with your Watauga Animal Hospital veterinarian.