Frequently Asked Questions
Generally speaking, your pet is only required to get the core pet vaccinations. For dogs, this includes distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies. For cats, this includes panleukopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis (herpesvirus) and rabies. After the initial one year booster, most core shots only need to be revaccinated every three years.
Regardless of whether your cat leaves the house, it’s still important (and required by law) that they receive all core vaccinations. Some of the viruses the core vaccinations protect against are airborne. So even if the cat remains indoors most of the time, they are still susceptible to illness.
The canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, and rabies vaccines are the core vaccines required for dogs. You will not be able to fly or board your dog without these. All other vaccinations are considered non-core vaccines and are only suggested depending on your dog’s risk of exposure.
To keep your pet healthy, you should visit the veterinarian for a preventative exam at least once a year. Puppies and kittens should be seen every month for the first four months. As your dog or cat ages, you can even head into the animal clinic twice a year. These visits allow your vet to check the overall level of your pet’s health.
For your vet appointment, please bring:
- Copy of your pet’s medical records, especially if this is the first appointment
- Sample of your pet’s stool from the last 24 hours
- Please have your pet on a leash or in a carrier
- A list of questions to ask your vet
Try to collect the stool sample as close to the appointment as possible. If this is not realistic for you, you can store the sample in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If the sample is older than this that bacteria can multiply and give skewed results. We test your dog’s feces for digestive tract conditions including infection, nutrient absorption, and even cancer.
In order to fly with your dog, you must be able to prove that your dog is in good health. With the exception of guide dogs, your pet must have proof of rabies immunizations, a valid pet health certificate and in some instances, a pet passport.
Your puppy and kitten should come in every month for a checkup for at least the first four months. From there, we can decide on a vaccination and check-up schedule together. As a rule of thumb, most puppies and kittens vaccination schedule has them getting shots at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 14-16 weeks and every three years after.
If your animal has experienced a traumatic event, needs emergency care, or is suffering from a sudden illness, contact us immediately at (773) 697-7052 during our daytime and evening hours as your first choice emergency vet in Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Bucktown, West Town, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square! We are conveniently located at 840 N Western Avenue and can provide expert guidance during your pet’s health emergency.
- If it is safe, try to capture the animal
- Check for ID, if so, contact the owner
- Get the pet scanned for a microchip at your local animal shelter
- Take pet to shelter to give it the best chance of being reunited with its owner
- Check Facebook pages and posts flyers around the area
Frontline is a reliable brand of flea and tick treatment for pets. It is commonly recommended by vets for both dogs and cats, especially if they dislike taking oral medication.
Depending on your dog’s needs you can feed them a diet of just dry kibble or you can mix it with raw meat, veggies, fish, rice, or wet food. To learn more about what we would recommend for your unique pet, head into our Chicago office!