Below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Can the veterinarian at your clinic give me a prescription for Heartworm prevention?
Our veterinarians can dispense heartworm prescriptions at the clinic. A heartworm test and a negative test result is required before you can start your dog on heartworm prevention. We also sell heartworm prevention at our vaccination clinics and full-service hospitals at very low prices. Please call our Customer Service department with any questions.
Where do I call for test results?
Blood and fecal tests results are available approximately 7 days after the lab receives the sample. We email test results out on a daily basis as they are made available to us. If you did not receive your test results and it's been more than 10 days since the blood sample was taken or fecal sample mailed in, please call our toll free number 1-877-VET-SHOTs (877-838-7468) and ask a Customer Service Representative to search the results database for your pet's results.
Which vaccines are required by law for licensing my pet?
The rabies vaccine is the only vaccine required by law. Rabies can be a health threat to people as well as animals. Our rabies vaccines start at $19, depending on your location. You can view our low prices here.
Does Vetco provide spay and neuter surgeries?
Spay and Neuter services are NOT offered at our mobile vaccine clinics.
What is the 4-in-1 Canine Vaccination?
This vaccine protects dogs against canine distemper, parvo virus, adenovirus type 2, hepatitis, and parainfluenza. It may also be abbreviated as DHPP or DA2PP.
What is the 3-in-1 Vaccination?
This vaccine protects cats against feline distemper (panleukopenia), rhinotracheitis, calicivirus. It may also be abbreviated FVRCP.
What is Canine Parvo?
The ParvoVirus is a very contagious and life threatening intestinal virus to dogs of all ages, especially to young puppies.
What is Kennel Cough or Canine Cough?
Kennel cough is caused by various airborne viruses and bacteria and it is very contagious between dogs. Bordetella, parainfluenza, and adenovirus are three strains that contribute to kennel cough and we are able to vaccinate against. Bordetella is almost always required for your dog to be admitted to a boarding kennel, groomer, or daycare. However, since this is an airborne disease, a dog can contract Bordetella even if they are not boarded at a kennel.
What is the Feline Leukemia Virus?
Feline leukemia (abbreviated FeLV) is a very contagious disease spread between cats through saliva. It suppresses the immune system making cats susceptible to many illnesses. Kittens can be born with it, or cats can contract it at any time in their lives and harbor it in their systems for years before showing any signs. A test is recommended prior to vaccination.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is mainly contracted through tick bites. It causes arthritis, fever and neurological symptoms, Transmission to humans is through the bite of an infected Ixodese scapularis tick.
What is "Feline Aids" and do your veterinarians test for it?
Feline Aids is F.I.V. or Feline Immunodefeciency Virus. We offer a test that is in combination with the test for feline leukemia virus.We do not carry the FIV vaccine.
How long do the vaccines last?
All vaccines are labeled to provide optimal immunity for one year. Some counties in some states recognize a 3-year rabies vaccine. In order to receive a 3 year vaccine, you must bring proof that your pet received a 1 year rabies shot given in the past year.
How many vaccines does my puppy or kitten need?
In order to provide optimum immunity, veterinarians recommend puppies and kittens should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks until they reach the age of at least 16 weeks. The best ages to vaccinate are 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age.
How long does it take for these vaccines to take effect?
Generally, the vaccines take two to seven days to take full effect. If the pet is to be boarded or exposed to other pets, the vaccines should be administered at least one week prior to exposure to other animals.
If the vaccine history is unknown, how does one vaccinate?
We will not vaccinate sick or unhealthy pets at our clinics. We must assume the pet has not been vaccinated. The immune system of a sick pet is already stressed and we do not want to cause any unnecessary added stress. Pets on medications under a veterinarian's care may be vaccinated, although the final decision lies with the attending veterinarian. All medications should be noted to the customer assistant at the clinic site as well as to the veterinarian prior to vaccination.
When can I get my cat or kitten tested for Feline Leukemia or FIV?
Kittens and cats can be tested at any age for feline leukemia and FIV. We offer these affordable tests at our veterinary clinics. However, feline leukemia vaccines are not started until kittens are at least 12 weeks of age.
Can my cats contract dog diseases or vice versa?
Generally no. Almost all diseases and viruses are species specific, which means they only affect a certain species. Exceptions to this are rabies and intestinal parasites (such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms) and some external parasites.
What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm is a deadly disease that is transmitted to dogs and cats via mosquitoes. The worm eventually directly invades the heart and is fatal if it goes undiagnosed and untreated. Hearworm is preventable. We offer various products to prevent heartworms including Iverhart Max, Trifexis and Revolution. Our veterinarians recommend and require your pet to have a negative blood test within a year before the dog can be started on any heartworm preventative. Cats can be administered Heartgard without a blood test.
Is my pet too old to start to receive vaccinations?
Any pet can receive vaccines. If a new vaccine is introduced, a booster vaccine is required 3-4 weeks after initial vaccine in order to provide optimum immunity.
I see worms in my pet's stool. How do I get rid of them?
First we need a description of what you are seeing. If it is something we can identify by the description, our Veterinarians can advise accordingly. See one of our vaccination clinic Veterinarians to help you decide which parasites your pet may have.
Are worms contagious to people?
Humans, especially children, can possibly contract tapeworms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. Hands should always be washed after any exposure to pet's feces, contaiminated fur, and handling of pets, especially before eating.
Can I get copies of my pet's records?
Absolutely. You will receive a copy of all services performed at our vaccine clinic. If you've lost your copy, we keep records for at least 3 years. Call us 7-days a week at 877-838-7468.
Please let us know if there are any other questions we can answer! Thank you.