Frequently Asked Questions About Our Veterinary Services

Read below for more information on a few of our most commonly asked questions

Why should I spay my dog?

No matter where you live, experts recommend spaying all dogs to help keep the pet population under control. Spaying a dog before her first heat can greatly decrease the chance of your pet developing mammary tumors, can eliminate hormone variations that cause false pregnancy following a heat cycle and can prevent pyometra (a kind of uterine infection). Spaying will also reduce your pet’s desire to leave your home to find a mate.

Why should I spay my cat?

Spaying your cat is highly recommended by the Hamptons Animal Hospital/ Spay & Neuter Centre. In addition to keeping the cat population under control, spaying your pet can help her eliminate the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers. If spaying is done before the first heat cycle, the chance of developing breast cancer is reduced enormously. Spaying cats also helps regulate hormone levels during heat cycles. Unchecked hormone levels can prevent medications from working effectively and make conditions like epilepsy and diabetes more difficult to handle.

Why should I spay my rabbit?

Spaying your rabbit helps to eliminate the risk of reproductive cancer in your female rabbit. Rabbits are social animals and enjoy having a friend to snuggle and play with. Unaltered rabbits will display aggressive behavior toward other rabbits of the opposite sex or same sex due to hormones. Spaying your rabbit helps to make your rabbit easier to litter train.

Why should I neuter my dog?

In addition to keeping the dog population in your area under control, neutering dogs can prevent hormone fluctuations that could render medication inefficient. If your dog develops epilepsy or diabetes, you’ll be able to control their condition easier.

Why should I neuter my cat?

Neutering a cat is a responsible choice and will help keep your local cat population under control. Some male cats become aggressive if not neutered, sometimes urinating to mark territory, roaming and fighting with other cats, which could lead to the transmission of infectious diseases such as FIV and FeLV.

Why should I neuter my rabbit?

Unwanted pet rabbits are often left to fend for themselves in parks, farmland or open fields. Rabbits that have been abandoned often suffer from disease, starvation and become easy prey for wild animals. Neutering your male rabbit helps to control the population. An altered rabbit makes an ideal pet because they are more affectionate, calmer and less prone to sexually aggressive behavior such as biting, growling and circling.

Pet Dermatology FAQ

When your pet is showing signs of an irritating skin problem, you may be puzzled as he is miserable. Fortunately, Hamptons Animal Hospital understands these issues. Check out the answers to some frequently asked pet dermatology questions at our Edmonton clinic.

What Are Some Common Signs of Pet Skin Problems?

Your pet's skin can show signs of irritation such as rashes, "hot spots," patches of hair loss, or blisters. You may also feel a mysterious lump under the skin, a possible sign of a benign or malignant tumor.

Why Does My Pet Have a Rash?

A rash may develop for any number of reasons. Friction and heat may conspire to create hot spots and staphylococcus infections. Mites, ticks, and fleas can all irritate the skin to produce allergic reactions and rashes. Many other rashes are caused by food allergies.

How Do Pest Infestations Cause Skin Problems?

Pests' bites can be a source of skin irritation, especially if the host animal is allergic to the pest's saliva. The resulting itchiness may cause the pet to scratch or chew obsessively at the skin until it becomes significantly damaged -- allowing bacteria to aggravate the problem further.

What Kinds of Pet Allergies Cause Skin Irritation?

In addition to pest bites, your pet may experience allergic reactions on contact with a variety of environmental trigger, from grasses and molds to poison ivy and airborne contaminants. Food allergies create histamine reactions that can show up as skin problems. Common food-based allergens include eggs, chicken, lamb, and soy.

What Conditions Cause Hair Loss as Well as Skin Irritation?

A fungal infection called ringworm can cause circular patches of hair loss in addition to skin irritation. Sarcoptic mange is a mite infestation which causes hair loss as a pet scratches at the irritated skin.

How Does Your Edmonton Veterinary Clinic Treat Pet Skin Problems?

Our Edmonton veterinary clinic can administer a thorough evaluation to uncover the root cause of your pet's skin problem. Lumps can be surgically removed and checked for potential cancer. Pest infestations can be treated with soothing medicated shampoos and medications to keep those pests from bothering your pet in the future. Allergy testing can isolate specific allergens your pet must avoid. Antihistamines, hypoallergenic diets, and other strategies can help your pet overcome allergy-related skin trouble.

Microchipping FAQ

What Is Microchipping?

Microchipping is the insertion of a data transceiver chip in your pet's body. This transceiver contains a unique ID number, and it transmits that number whenever an RFID scanner is run over your pet's body. The number is then used to find your pet in a nationwide pet registry database which also contains your contact information.

How Does Microchipping Benefit My Pet?

Microchipping helps to ensure that your pet can be identified even if his collar tag is missing. This is important because collar tags can easily be torn off or lost, in which case no one would have any idea that this animal belongs to you (or where his owner might be reached). Millions of lost or otherwise unclaimed pets are killed in shelters every year out of necessity.

How Effective Is Microchipping at Helping Pets and Owners Become Reunited?

Microchipping can dramatically boost your odds of finding your pet and bringing him home again. According to U.S. figures, only about 2 percent of missing cats without microchips returned to their owners, compared to 38 percent of microchipped felines. Dogs also benefit, with nearly one-third more microchipped canines finding their way home compared to their non-microchipped counterparts.

How Does Your Veterinarian in Edmonton Perform a Microchipping Procedure?

You'll be happy to know that our veterinarian in Edmonton can perform a microchipping procedure quickly, easily, and entirely without surgery. The microchip is so tiny that we can simply inject it like a vaccination under your pet's skin. You can then expect the microchip to function for decades, especially since it needs no internal power source.

Does a Microchipped Pet Still Need a Collar Tag?

Even if your pet has a microchip installed, you still to make sure he has a collar tag. These tags are what most people look for first when they encounter a lost animal. The microchip serves as an important secondary form of ID.

Vaccination FAQ

What are vaccines for?

Vaccines are used to help protect your cat or dog against diseases that could be harmful or even deadly. Each vaccine contains molecules with antigens. These antigens enter your pet's body and make the body think that the disease is actually present. The body reacts by producing just enough antibodies to fight the disease and "remember" what to do should the disease ever become present in your pet's system again.

What are core vaccines for cats and dogs?

Core vaccines are necessary for cats and dogs to protect against the most common diseases. For dogs this includes rabies, parvovirus, distemper, and canine hepatitis. Core vaccines for cats include rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, rabies, and distemper.

When should you vaccinate your pet?

Your pet should begin vaccinations at a young age. Both puppies and kittens have a vaccination schedule to allow the young pet to receive his or her vaccines in safe stages. Following the initial vaccinations, pets should have their vaccines updated either yearly or every three years depending on the vaccine. Regular wellness checks with the veterinarian will ensure your pet stays up to date on vaccines.

What vaccines are offered at Hamptons Animal Hospital?

At Hamptons Animal Hospital we are happy to administer all of the core vaccines necessary to keep your pet happy and healthy. Additionally we offer some non-core vaccines. These include leptospirosis, kennel cough, and Bordetella bronchiseptica for dogs. Cat non-core vaccines include Bordetella, feline leukemia virus, and chlamydophila felis. Often, if you have to board your cat or dog these vaccinations may be required.

How can a veterinarian help with choosing the right vaccines?

Working together with your veterinarian you should be able to select what vaccines are right for your cat or dog. Depending on your pet's current health, age, and needs your veterinarian may recommend some vaccines over another. At a minimum, core vaccinations should be administered pending your pet is in good health.