Proudly Serving Pets & Pet-Owners in Wayne County
At Williamson Animal Hospital, our focus is providing the best, individualized care for your pets. We are equipped with an in-house laboratory and pharmacy, so we are your one-stop shop for all your comprehensive animal care needs. Our team truly cares about both pets and their owners, and we’re always searching for ways to inform you about the best practices for caring for your pet. We work hard to ensure you are educated as to your pet’s health, as we understand how important your animal is to you and your family.
Question 1: My pet is growing old. Does he/she have any special needs as a senior?
Question 2: I have been told my pet needs its teeth cleaned regularly. Is this really that important?
Question 3: What are heartworms?
Heartworms are parasites that dogs and cats can get from mosquitoes. The mosquito bites them, depositing larvae that migrate to the heart where they become adults. Despite fur, mosquitoes can still bite dogs and cats and transmit the disease. To protect your pet, it is important to have yearly heartworm testing and keep them on a monthly preventative at home. There is no treatment for cats. Heartworms are only directly transmitted between pets by a mosquito bite.
Question 4: My pet needs to have surgery, but I am concerned about anesthesia. Is it safe?
There is always a risk with anesthesia; however, that risk is minimal if appropriate steps are taken before and during surgery. A thorough physical examination and pre-anesthetic blood work will be done to make sure there are no apparent abnormalities. If there are any abnormalities, we will discuss what we believe may be a better treatment protocol for your pet prior to anesthesia. During the procedure, a technician will monitor your pet.
Question 5: Are there diseases I can get from my pet?
Yes, but with routine veterinary care, your risk should be minimal. The most common diseases are intestinal parasites, giardia, leptospirosis, ringworm, toxoplasmosis, cat scratch fever, and rabies. We recommend every pet’s feces be examined twice yearly for intestinal parasites because humans are at risk of getting parasites from pets. Leptospirosis and rabies are both diseases that can be vaccinated for. Our veterinarian can discuss preventative health plans to help keep your pet and family safe.