Veterinary Health Care

  • What symptoms are signs my dog or cat could be sick?

    The following are often signs of serious illness for dogs or cats. As it would be impossible to list all symptoms of illness, if you notice anything unusual in the…

  • Which vaccines does my puppy need and why?

    We recommend that puppies receive a series of basic vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks starting at eight weeks of age, until they are 16 to 17 weeks old. An…

  • Which vaccines does my kitten need and why?

    We recommend that kittens receive a series of vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks at eight weeks of age, until they are 16 to 17 weeks old. An individualized protocol…

  • If my pet has a cold, should I put off getting the shots?

    We give vaccines only to healthy animals and will ask about your pet’s medical history and do a physical exam before administering shots. If a pet is already sick or…

  • What you need to know before your pets upcoming surgery?

    Many people have questions about various aspects of their pet’s surgery, and we hope this information will help. It also explains the decisions you will need to make before your…

  • Is the anesthetic safe?

    Today’s modern anesthetic monitors have made surgery much safer than in the past. Here at Abbey Pet Hospital, we do a thorough physical exam on your pet before administering anesthetics…

  • Can pets eat or drink before surgery?

    It is important that surgery be done on an empty stomach to reduce the risk of vomiting during and after anesthesia. You will need to withhold food for at least…

  • Will my pet have stitches?

    Most surgeries involve skin sutures which are removed 10-14 days after surgery. For some surgeries (such as dog castrations) there will be dissolvable sutures placed beneath the skin. With either…

  • Will my pet be in pain?

    Anything that causes pain in people can be expected to cause pain in animals. However, pets may not show the same symptoms of pain as people do; they usually don’t…

  • When should my pet be neutered/spayed?

    We recommend the procedure be done at 4 to 6 months of age, though a spay or neuter (castration) can be performed at any age over 2 months (8 weeks.)…