Dr. Steeley meets Lucky Louie Robinson and his owners on a recent visit.

We hope this page provides the information you were looking for, we’ve tried to cover most of the general questions we get asked regularly. Just in case you have a question we haven’t covered drop us an email or call – (865) 977-6958.

When can I start my puppy on heartworm and flea prevention?
Most products are approved for 7-8 weeks of age depending on the product.

How often should I deworm my new puppy or kitten?
Puppies and kittens should be dewormed at 2,4,6,and 8 weeks with Pyrantel Pamoate. Also every puppy or kitten should be checked for worms and other parasites on their initial visit regardless of their deworming schedule.

How often should I feed my puppy or kitten?
This depends on its size. Smaller animals need smaller, more frequent feeding. Take the daily recommendation from the bag and split it into 3-5 feedings. It is also important to monitor food and water intake as well as urine and fecal output.

When should I bring my puppy or kitten to the vet?
As soon as possible after bringing them home. Vaccines start at 9 weeks for kittens and 6-8 weeks for puppies.

When should I get my puppy or kitten spayed or neutered?
Although some shelters are neutering animals at a very young age, we recommend 6 months. We feel it important to spay females before the first heat.

What should I do if I forgot to give my dog his/her heartworm medicine?
This answer depends on timing. If it has only been a month you are probably ok to restart without concern. However if it was longer than that you should call for advice. A break in coverage could have worrisome results down the road.

Should I give my dog heartworm preventive all year?
Yes, mosquitos are prevalent in East Tennessee most of the year, and don’t forget about the internal parasite prevention your heartworm medicine provides. This is needed year round.

How often should I have my dog heartworm tested?
The American Heartworm Society recommends annual testing, even for those dogs on prevention.

If my dog has been on heartworm preventive every month, why should I test?
Yearly testing is important to monitor the efficacy of the product. There have been cases of dogs developing heartworms while on preventive. Most of these products have a guarantee, but are only valid if yearly tests have been done.

Should I give my cat heartworm preventive?
Absolutely. Even though heartworms aren’t as prevalent in cats they can kill them and there is no treatment for cats. There is an argument whether to give your indoor cat preventive, but definitely your outdoor cat.

Why do I have to test my dog before starting heartworm preventive?
Giving heartworm preventive to a heartworm positive dog can cause an anaphylactic reaction due to the microfilaria (baby worms in the bloodstream)dying and be fatal.

Why do you examine my pet before you give it vaccines?
It is important to confirm your pet is healthy before putting any stress on their immune system. We take your pets health seriously at Chilhowee.

Why do I need to bring a stool sample to my pet’s yearly visit?
To rule out any internal parasite infestation. It is also important to monitor the efficacy of your heartworm prevention in preventing internal parasites.