Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. Typically, a physical examination, review of the patient’s medical history and blood work are recommended for each pet that may have to be subjected to sedation or anesthesia. The veterinarians at Cumberland Animal Clinic will use this information to screen your pet for any potential issues before beginning any procedure to help ensure the safety of your pet. As with humans, the older the individual the more precautions need to be taken.

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

It is very important to schedule yearly exams for your pet so that your veterinarian can monitor your pet’s overall health. Each year your pet can age as much as a human does in seven years. This means that if your pet has not been to the veterinarian in the past year, it is the equivalent of a human not having a check-up in seven years.

Whether your pet is a youngster or a senior, regular blood work can help detect some diseases early. It is always easier to catch a potential problem early on to avoid complications and expensive treatments.

Additionally, more frequent examinations, blood work and dental examinations can help extend your pet’s life.

Does my pet really need a dental procedure?

The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Tartar is loaded with bacteria that enters the blood stream, transmitting harmful bacteria to your pet's internal organs. This can lead to issues including heart and renal disease, resulting in potential for a shorter lifespan.

How important is nutrition for my pet?

Similar to human food intake, a diet that is appropriate for the age of your pet, as well as high in protein and low in fat, is essential to the health of your pet. Cumberland Animal Clinic offers Hill's Science Diet wellness and prescription lines, and Royal Canin prescription diets can be special ordered. Less allergenic and hypoallergenic diets are also available.

How long should I wait to bring my pet to the veterinarian if I notice a change in their behavior?

It is always important to call Cumberland Animal Clinic immediately for an appointment when your pet exhibits a change in behavior or sudden weight gain or loss.

What if I begin to notice visible parasites for the first time on my pet?

Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective in a wide variety of forms. At Cumberland Animal Clinic, we fit the preventative product to the pet's problem and environment. Parasite control is of great importance to eliminate disease carrying parasites. Schedule an appointment with us today so that our veterinarians can recommend the appropriate treatment for your pet.

When is a pet considered to be a senior?

The general notion is that animals over 7 years of age are considered geriatric.