Cleveland, TN Pet Owner Resources and FAQ

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How safe is my pet’s procedure?
Our doctors take every precaution to make sure your pet comes out of any procedure or surgery, whether major or minor, on the way to a swift recovery. This includes monitoring of vital signs, assessing your pet for pain indicators and keeping them well fed, warm and comfortable in their surroundings. Rest assured that once your pet is ready to go home with you, they are considered to be in a very stable condition.


How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
We recommend yearly wellness appointments for most ages of pets with our younger pets and older pets coming in more frequently as needed. Yearly exams include routine physical examinations by our doctors and various lab tests done. This will also be the time your pet receives their annual boosters for vaccines.


Why does my pet need a dental procedure?
If you do not regularly brush your pet’s teeth, they may be at risk for not only toothaches that can lead to abscess infection, but also bacterial buildups that occur from old food stuck on gums and in between teeth. These buildups and infections can cause your pet to go into what is known as sepsis and can potentially be fatal. Our doctors will examine your pet and show you how to properly care for your pet’s teeth and gums through brushing, treats and regular checks. Learn more about pet dental disease...


How important is nutrition for my pet?
Just as the food pyramid is important to humans to maintain a healthy balance for a great quality of life, a pet’s choice of food offers the same benefits. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight and exercising regularly will not only give your pet a lengthy life but also a better quality of life. Our staff will can provide pet nutritional counseling and advise you on food portions, selections and appropriate exercise regimens for your pet.


How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?
You should give our clinic a call as soon as you notice signs of a change in normal behaviors. It is a natural instinct of a pet to hide their pain, so if you notice a lack of appetite, lethargy, even aggressiveness, do not hesitate to call or stop by to see one of our doctors.


What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?
You should first isolate your pet from other animals and small children to prevent the spread of the parasite to them. Bring your pet into our vet clinic for a thorough testing for parasites and hopefully you are headed home with the appropriate treatments. Parasite medicines are treated with medicines, but as always preventative measures are best for your pet and your wallet.


What if my pet has an after hours problem?
Please call Bradley-McMinn Pet Emergency Clinic in Charleston, TN if you have an emergency that cannot wait for our usual business hours. The clinic can be reached at 423-336-2822.


At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Appalachian Animal Clinic recommends waiting until your young pet is at least 5 months of age before seeking a sterilization procedure. We can perform spay/neuter surgeries on animals of any age after 5 months.


What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are a potentially lethal parasite that is transmitted to dogs and cats through infected mosquitos. Heartworm treatment is very costly and lengthy and requires stringent restrictions on your pet. Preventative medicine is the way that doctors and owners prefer to handle heartworms. We carry not only tasty treats for monthly doses but also some injectable medicines that can last for several months.


When is pain management recommended for my pet?
If your pet appears to be in a constant state of pain due to arthritis, joint disease or muscle spasms, our doctors will usually recommend a daily low dosage of pain medication. In cases of surgery or trauma, a higher dosage but shorter term of pain medication is usually recommended.


What financing options do you offer (ex. Care Credit) and is payment expected at the time of service?
In order to provide our clients with the best available treatments and equipment, Appalachian Animal Clinic does have a policy of requiring payment at time of service. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, check, and cash. If you are unable to pay in full for an emergency surgery or trauma visit, we work with several medical credit companies, such as Care Credit, to help you with payments. We also work with Springleaf Financial Services, a local financing company. Please ask our staff for more information on these services.