Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Health
Experienced Burbank Veterinary Services
Media City Animal Hospital is an American Animal Hospital Association–accredited practice that has been recognized by the
Burbank Leader as "Burbank's Best" for our quality veterinary services. We are proud to provide you and your pet with superior customer service, experienced medical care, and preventive health services. Our doctors and staff take the time to ensure that each client becomes an integral part of their pet's care by teaching them about their pet and their pet's needs. We understand that your pet is a part of your family, and you may have questions about their care and the services that we provide. After reading through our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding veterinary care, do not hesitate to contact our Burbank animal hospital today if you still have questions about your pet.
What do I do if there is an emergency?
If you are experiencing an emergency, it is important that you get your pet to a doctor right away. During our office hours, you can call Media City Animal Hospital and notify us that you are bringing your pet in for medical attention. A member of our staff will be available to assist you when you get to our hospital. If the emergency happens after our regular hours, it is important that you are familiar with the various 24-hour emergency clinics in your area.
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Do I need an appointment?
It is always recommended that you schedule an appointment so we can create a block of time designated specifically for your pet. The doctor will be able to prepare for your pet's visit and devote as much attention as necessary during the appointment time. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment! You can reach us at (818) 848-5007 .
Do dogs and cats need dentistry?
Yes! Just like humans, animals need dental work, too. Dental care can be done at home with regular brushing with flavored toothpaste. In addition to in-home care, Media City Animal Hospital provides
non-anesthetic dentistry and advanced dental procedures under anesthesia.
How often do I need to get my pet vaccinated?
The amount of time between vaccines will depend on the type of vaccine that is administered. Early in a puppy or kitten's life, certain vaccines are given to help protect them from various diseases. Often, these vaccines will require annual boosters. It is important to check with your vet to schedule vaccinations and keep your pet as healthy and safe as possible.
My pet got a bandage/splint from your hospital. How do I care for it?
After a visit to our office, your pet may have been given a splint or bandage. It is important you follow the doctor's instructions for care to ensure that the wound or injury heals properly. Make sure that the bandage stays clean and dry and avoid having your pet lick or play with it. If it needs to be rewrapped, you can consult the handout provided by the vet or contact our office to get it changed.
What happens before surgery?
Before your pet going into surgery, it is important that you follow all instructions that the doctor provides. Often, veterinarians will want you to refrain from providing your pet with food or drink for 8 to 12 hours before the procedure. Your pet will also have a pre-surgery blood screening taken that will give information regarding your pet's white blood cell count, organ function, and enable wellness profile before your pet undergoing anesthesia.
What should I look for post-surgery?
It is normal for a pet to feel groggy after surgery, but you need to monitor their recovery still. Offer small amounts of food and water and take note of their bathroom use. A good bowel movement 36 to 48 hours after surgery is a good thing! Make sure their wounds are clean and introduce light activity very gradually. If your pet seems lethargic or has been vomiting or have diarrhea two days after the procedure, contact our office right away.
What age does my pet need to be spayed or neutered?
For kittens and puppies, it is considered safe to spay or neuter them as young as eight weeks of age. It is important to perform the procedure before they reach six months of age to ensure that your pet is not contributing to the overpopulation of cats and dogs. Consult your veterinarian to ensure that the procedure is done when it is ideal for your pet.
How often should I have my pet see a veterinarian?
Annual checkups are a great way to ensure your pet is safe and healthy. Because pets age more rapidly than humans, an annual exam is an equivalent of seeing the doctor every seven years! Our veterinarians can detect the early signs of disease and help to give your pet the healthiest, longest life possible.
Quality Pet Care in Burbank
At Media City Animal Hospital, we provide many different services to clients and their furry family members throughout the Burbank area. We offer
wellness programs for all life stages, from puppy to gray around the muzzle, so that we can ensure that your pet is healthy throughout its life. Our vision is to ensure that patients receive the best possible customer service and that pet parents are kept up to date with their pet's progress and well-being. If you need a reliable, experienced and friendly vet, look no further than Media City Animal Hospital. Please stop by or give us a call. We would love to meet you and your pets.
For general pet care information on specific diseases, we have found that the following website provides excellent information Healthy Pet.
Additional pet care information can also be found at PetPlace.com.
For emergency information, please go to ASGvets.com