Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions
When is my pet due for another heartworm test?
12 months from the last test. Heartworm test is recommended yearly and required yearly to buy preventative. If your pet is off of heartworm prevention longer then three months, it must be retested before more heartworm prevention is dispensed.
What months should I give the Heartworm prevention?
We recommend that it is given 12 months of the year. Remember most products also cover some intestinal parasites.
How long is the Rabies Vaccine good for?
Your pets initial rabies is good for one year. Pets that have had a rabies before and are not overdue by longer than 6 months will get the three year vaccine.
Should my dog get the lepto vaccine?
With the increase in Leptospirosis cases over the last few years we recommend all dogs receive the vaccine. For more information follow this link: https://www.merckvetmanual.com/generalized-conditions/leptospirosis/leptospirosis-in-dogs
How long does it take to rid my pet and house of fleas?
It can take 8 months or longer to break the flea lifecycle! Keeping your pet on preventative for at least 8 months is recommended. Using sprays and bombs and washing your pets bedding materials will help to speed up the process.
I lost my pets vaccination certificate, can I get a new one?
Yes, duplicate certificates are $10 and can be picked up during any clinic hours. You can also call and pay by phone and we can mail one to you.
When will my female dog start to come into heat?
Most female dogs will have their first heat cycle between 6 and 9 months. It can vary from dog to dog.
When can my dog/cat get spayed/neutered?
It is recommended to have your pet spayed/neutered around 4-6 months of age
Can I take my puppy for walks and/or to the dog park?
Puppies should stay at home and confined to your yard until the series to puppy vaccines are complete. Until the series is complete your puppy is still at a high risk for contracting diseases! The series is usually complete around 16 weeks.
How can I tell if my dog or cat has worms?
Certain parasites, such as tapeworms, are visible to the naked eye, but others must be detected under the microscope. Dr.Hermann recommends having a fecal flotation done on your pet once a year. If your pet is boarded or goes to day care, a fecal flotation should be done every six months.
How much should I feed my dog?
A general rule-of-thumb is to start with the directions on the bag. Doing a weigh in every few weeks can determine whether to increase or decrease the amount.
Does Dr. Hermann make house calls?
Does Dr. Hermann treat animals with emergency needs?
Short answer is no. We are not equipped for emergencies. However, if we are open it is a case by case basis. We do not do x-rays, sutures, I.V. fluids or stat bloodwork. We can do a basic exams and prescribe medications. We are not available after clinic hours are over.
What forms of payments are accepted? Do you take payment plans?
We take cash, checks and Visa/Mastercard. Credit card transactions are charged a $1 service fee. We DO accept CARECREDIT (up to $200). All payments are required at the time of service.
How do I make an appointment?
All of our clinics are walk in. We do not take appointments. Services are provided on a first come first served basis.
Do you offer Euthanasia Services?
Yes, at two of our clinic locations. Our Westland location Kims Suds-N-Shears and our Romulus location Fluff-N-Puff. We ask that you call ahead and come in towards the end of clinic hours.
Should I vaccinate my Dog againest Canine Influenza?
There has been a rise in Canine Influenza cases, within a short amont of time. We recommend that all dogs receive the vaccine. Follow the link listed for more information. https://www.dogflu.com/
Do you carry componded medications?
We work with a few different componding pharmacies. If your pet needs a componded medication, we can have it ordered.
How often should my pet have bloodwork?
Any pet over the age of 7 years should have labwork done once a year. Routine bloodwork helps us track your pets liver and kidney function. If your pet is on any long term medications such as thyroid, NSAID, seizure, ETC. Bloodwork should be done every six months. If bloodwork shows any abnormalties, Dr.Hermann may recommend repeating bloodwork sooner.
How frequently should my pet be seen?
Your pet should be seen atleast once a year. This is the time when annual vaccinations would be due. It is also ideal to have an exam, in order to make sure your pet is/stays healthy.
Does my pet need to be a patient in order to buy flea and tick control?
Yes. Many of our preventatives are vet only medications. Dr. Hermann has to see your pet in order to establish them as a patient. If you are bringing your pet in strictly for flea and tick control there is no exam fee. If it has been over a year since Dr. Hermann has seen your pet, we will ask for you to bring in your pet to be seen, before any preventative is dispensed. There are a few medications we can dispense without the vet seeing your pet. They are as follows Activyl(for cats), Cheristin(for cats), Provecta(for dogs), and frontline(for cats and dogs). Please note we are phasing out frontline. If you would like this product, please call ahead.