A. Little Practice Information

Helpful Information for you and your pet

Good Quality Diets for your Canine and Feline Companions

  • Hills Ideal Balance
  • Hills & Science Diet Maintenance
  • Hills Metabolic (Weight Loss Solutions)
  • Purina
  • Royal Canin
  • Iams
  • Wellness
  • Natural Balance
  • Eukanuba

What Will Be Discussed During Your Puppy’s First Visit?

  • Vaccine Protocols
  • Diet & Mealtimes
  • Basic Training
  • Micro-chipping
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Heartwork Preventative
  • Flea Prevention
  • Disease Prevention
  • Spay & Neuter Information
  • Diseases associated with coughing, sneezing, vomiting & diarrhea
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • Deworming processes
  • Recommended training and chew toys
  • Immunity

What Will Be Discussed During Your Kitten’s First Visit?

  • Vaccine Protocols
  • Diet & Mealtimes
  • Leukemia & FIV Disease Prevention
  • Flea Prevention
  • Intestinal Deworming
  • Litter Training Tips
  • Heartworm Prevention
  • Micro-chipping
  • Intestinal Parasite Screening
  • Spay & Neuter Information
If you have an appointment scheduled to bring in your new puppy or kitten we recommend bringing a fresh (within 12 hours) stool sample (about a spoonful) at the time of your visit.

Heartworm Prevention

We recommend year round heartworm prevention. Keeping your pet on heartworm prevention every month can control intestinal parasite infections as well as keep your pet from developing heartworm disease carried by mosquitoes. It is important before starting your pet on any type of heartworm prevention that they been screened for exposure to the disease. Please contact our office for more information.

Vaccine Reactions

It is possible that any feline or canine may have a vaccine reaction. Things to look for are swelling of the face, lethargy or vomiting. Be sure to monitor your pets after receiving any vaccine. If we have recently vaccinated your pet and you have concerns of a potential vaccine reaction please call our office immediately.

Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal worms are among the common parasites that affect pets. Many puppies or kittens are born with parasites or become affected soon after birth. A regular de-worming schedule can help rid your pets of these parasites. Keeping your pets on heartworm prevention like Heartgard Plus, Trifexis, Advantage Multi or Sentinel year round along with annual intestinal de-worming can help keep your pet parasite free.

Flea Prevention

In our area fleas are a very prevalent pest. We recommend year round prevention of fleas and ticks using prescription flea prevention. We do not recommended any over the counter flea products. To discuss the best preventative for your pet please contact our office for more information.

Allergy Testing

With the assistance of Heska Laboratories we are able to test your pet for food and other allergies with a simple blood test. If you pet has had long term skin issues or consistent allergies please contact our office and ask for Brooke who can provide you with more information. A current physical examination within one year is required for this service.

Rawhides

We NEVER recommend rawhide toys for puppies or adult canines. They are often known to breakdown into pieces that can cause obstruction or gastrointestinal upset. We would be glad to recommend alternatives for you dog to help ensure safety precautions.

Pet’s Need Dental Care too

Pets need routine dental exams and cleanings just like you. Our staff is available to teach you how to identify and treat dental disease as well as how to perform home dental care for your pets. Please contact our office if your pet shows any of the following symptoms:
  • Bad Breath
  • Painful bleeding gum
  • Changes in chewing habits
  • Discomfort around the mouth
  • Abnormal drooling
  • Tooth loss
  • Subdued behavior
  • Problems swallowing
  • Dropping food out of the mouth
  • Going to the food bowl and not eating
” We recommend year round prevention of fleas and ticks using prescription flea prevention. We do not recommended any over the counter flea products .”

— Dr. Sharon Little

Top 5 Reasons to have your pet Spayed or Neutered

  1. Spaying a female reduces the possibility of developing uterine or ovarian cancer. <br>Neutering a male reduces the incidence of prostate-enlargement or prostate cancer.
  2. Spaying a female greatly reduces the chances of breast cancer.
  3. Your pet will be less likely to roam, fight, or become lost.
  4. Problem pregnancies or reproductive disease can cost you money.
  5. Each year over 6 million healthy cats and dogs are euthanized because of overpopulation!

Keep your pets out of danger during the cold weather seasons

  • Antifreeze — small amounts can be lethal. Thoroughly clean up any spills, store in tightly closed containers in secured cabinets
  • Liquid Potpourris — can result in oral, dermal, and ocular damage
  • Ice Melting products — can be irritating to skin and mouth
  • Rat & Mouse killers — place in areas that are inaccessible to pets
  • Christmas tree water — may contain fertilizers, if ingested can cause stomach upset. Stagnant water can be breeding bacteria, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, nausea if ingested
  • Electric cords — if chewed, your pet can be electrocuted
  • Ribbons or tinsel — can get caught in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction
  • Batteries — if ingested can cause ulceration to the mouth, tongue and the rest of the gastrointestinal tract

Summer Safety Tips for You & Your Pet(s)

  • Keep your pet’s kennel well ventilated and shaded
  • Avoid excessive exercise during hot weather
  • Always keep plenty of fresh drinking water available
  • Make sure your pet is vaccinated against infectious diseases such as Rabies and Distemper
  • Keep your pets out of the yard while spraying herbicides and pesticides
  • Keep your pet well groomed
  • Keep your pet on Heartworm Prevention year round and prescription Flea/Tick Products
  • Never leave a pet in a car with the windows up or even cracked

Foods that may be Toxic to Your Pets

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Chocolate (baker’s, semi-sweet, milk chocolate)
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, chocolate covered espresso beans)
  • Salt
  • Onions
  • Chives
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Moldy or Spoiled foods
  • Yeast dough
  • Grapes
  • We do not recommended giving your pet any type of pork products

Medications that are Toxic to Your Pets

Aleve and Tylenol are both toxic to your pets!

WARNING: DO NOT GIVE YOUR PET ANY MEDICATION THAT HAS A “D” IN IT!!

Active ingredient: PSEUDOEPHEDRINE AKA Sudefed.

Examples of what NOT to give are: Claritin D, Zyrtec D (it’s behind the pharmacy counter). If your pet ingests any of these please contact your veterinarian immediately.

In case of a poison emergency please contact the ASPCA-Poison Control Center 1-888-426-4435. You can visit their website here: www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/

Plants that are Toxic to Your Pets

  • Aloe Vera
  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Baby’s Breathe
  • Begonias
  • Carnations
  • Castor Bean
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Holly
  • Gladiola
  • Hosta
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Lilies
  • Milkweed
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Oleander
  • Poinsettia
  • Pothos
  • Sago Palm
  • Tomato Plants
  • Tulip
  • Yew

Disclosure: This list is only a reference list and the items are not limited to only these items. There are numerous types of products, medications, plants and human foods that can be toxic to your pets. If you have any question regarding any type of toxin please contact our office directly or poison control.