Client education is so important to our team at Community Veterinary Medicine. On this page, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from our clients. If you don’t see your question or are looking for more information, please contact us directly!
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, please! Spending enough time with you and your pet is important to us. To make this possible, we ask that you call and make an appointment.
How can I schedule an appointment for my pet?
To schedule an appointment, call us at (646) 912-9513.
What kinds of pets do you treat at Community Veterinary Medicine?
We treat cats, dogs, and pocket pets (rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, etc.).
How many times per year should my pet come in for an exam?
We generally recommend that all pets be seen at least once per year so that our veterinarians can keep a good eye on their health. Some pets, specifically seniors or those with compromised immunity, may need more frequent visits.
Why is dental care so important for my pet?
Tartar and plaque can build up on the surfaces of your pet’s teeth, causing bacteria to leak into the bloodstream and affect the organs that filter the blood. We examine your pet’s mouth when they come into our office for a visit, checking to ensure that the oral cavity is clean and healthy.
Are you hiring?
Please check our Careers page to see all of our open positions.
If you have a pet, you should know about heartworm disease. It is a serious and possibly deadly disease. Typically, the parasite affects dogs, cats, and ferrets. It can also affect a variety of wild animals. The more you know about heartworm disease, the better you can protect your pet.
To keep your pet healthy and free from heartworm disease, you should make an annual visit with your veterinarian. During your pet’s annual exam, your vet will prescribe a heartworm preventive to keep your pet from getting the disease. If your pet has Heartworm disease, y tutor veterinarian will start heartworm treatment immediately.
How Is Heartworm Transmitted?
Heartworm is transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. If your pet is bitten by an infected mosquito, he can develop the disease. It takes about three months for the larvae to become mature.
What Types Of Pets Should Be Tested For Heartworm?
All pets should be tested. Even if your pet spends most of the time in the house, he should still be tested. Cats who only stay inside should also be tested. Mosquitoes can get into the home; therefore, indoor cats are at risk.
How Will I Know If My Pet Is Infected?
The symptoms that your pet will show would depend on the pet. Dogs won’t show any signs until the heartworms have matured. If your dog has this illness, it will develop a cough. They also may become lethargic, could lose their appetite, and they may have trouble breathing. When the disease progresses, they might tire quickly after exercise.
If your cat has heartworm disease, it will develop a cough and can suffer from respiratory distress. Many cats with heartworm will vomit frequently. In very severe cases, your cat can die suddenly from the disease.
How Is Heartworm Treated?
Since this is a progressive disease, the sooner your pet is treated, the better his chances are of making a full recovery. Because of this, prevention is better than treatment. If you have a dog, he would need to remain in the hospital during the treatment. Your vet might prescribe a second medication to control the inflammatory reaction that is common when the worms die and are broken down in your dog’s lungs.
If you have a cat, there is currently no safe and effective medication for heartworm. If your cat does get the disease, your vet will give him medication to reduce the inflammatory response. Surgery can also be performed to remove heartworms.
How Can Heartworm Be Prevented?
There are heartworm medications that your pet can take to keep from developing heartworm. If your pet already has the disease, these medications won’t treat or cure your pet. They are strictly used for preventative purposes.