When bringing your pet in for a check-up or examination, remember taht he/she may be a little uneasy about ne people and animals. For this reason we ask that your pet be palced on a leash or in a pet carrier before coming into the waiting room.
If yout hink your pet has a contagious disease, please call before you come and give us details. We may wish to have you wait in an unoccupied room rather than expose other animals.
Vaccinations and Preventive Medicine
Having your pet vaccinated against contagious disease may be one of the most important things you ever do for your pet. We can advise you what is best for your individual pet, but here are some guidelines.
Puppies should be vaccinated at 7, 10, 13, and 16 weeks of age, while kitten are vaccinated at 8 and 12 weeks of age. We recommend yearly booster to maintain health protection.
Dogs and cats by state law must be vaccinated against Rabies, which is a fetal disease. The first vaccine is given by 4 months of age; a booster is given in 1 year and then every 3 years therafter. Distemper / Parvo vaccinations should also be given yearly as these are fetal disease to dogs. Cats should be tested for Feline Leukemia and then vaccinated. Cats should also recieve a vaccination against Feline Distemper yearly. Both Feline Distemper and Feline Leukemia are fetal diseases for cats.
All dogs should be tested for heartworms yearly, and placed on preventaive medication if negative. Remeber that it can be lethal too give a dog the preventative if he/she is heartworm positive. Federal and state law requires annual heartworm testing before dispensing heartwrom medication.
Hospitalization and Treatment
Often the doctor can treat your pet's problem/illness during an office visit; however, other conditions may require a hospital stay. When an animal is hospitalized, he/she may need surgery, intensive care, IV fluids, a blood transfusion, drug therapy, and/or monitoring of symptoms and a special diet.
We will do our best to correctly diagnose and treat your pet and will have as our goal the return of his/her good health and the prevention of any disease. To do this requires your consent and good follow-up (returning for check-ups and giving medicines as directed). Together we can work as a team to keep your pet healthy.
Baths and Grooming
Northside Animal Hospital offers baths (medicated, flea treatment) for dogs and cats. Additionally, flea and tick treatments are available. Limited grooming is available by appointment.
Pets have teeth too! By age 3, 8 out of 10 dogs have some form of peridontal disease. By age 6, all dogs and cats need regular dental care to prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Call ahead for dental cleaning appointments.
From time to time your pet may need a 'home away from home.' Northside Animal Hospital offers boarding facilities where aniamls can be cared for in a safe, secure environment when you must be away.
For the safety of our hospitalized pets and other boarding animals, we require that all vaccinations be up-to-date (including kennel cough). Any boarded animal infested with fleas or ticks will be treated at the owner's expense. If a boarded animal becomes ill, we wil treat him/her as a hospitalized animal.
Mon Tue 8:00 to 6:00
Wed 8:00 to 1:00
Thu Fri 8:00 to 6:00
Sat 8:00 to 1:00
Mon Tue 8:30 to 12:30; 3:00 to 5:30
Wed 10:00 to 12:00
Thu Fri 8:30 to 12:30; 3:00 to 5:30
Sat 8:30 to 1:00