In the "frequently asked question (FAQ)" section we try to answer most of our clients commonly asked questions. If we can be of any further help to you regarding your pet's health, please feel free to contact us. Click here to contact an Aboite staff member.
Where are you located ?
We are located at 7711 Illinois Rd. (Hwy 14) just 0.7 mile west of I-69 off of exit 105-B.
What are your hours ?
Aboite Animal Hospital is open at 8:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday. We will accept any emergency during those hours. We see regularly scheduled appointments from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
We refer all after hours, weekend and holiday emergencies to the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital at the corner of St. Joe Center and 5818 Maplecrest Rd., Ft. Wayne, Indiana @ 426-1062. This provides your pet with 24 hour critical care and observation by an attending veterinarian and his technician staff.
What are my payment options ?
Payment is required at time of service or upon release of your pet from the hospital. For your convenience we accept cash, check, debit card, Master card, Visa and Discover cards.
How long should my dog be on heartworm medicine?
The university veterinary schools and the American Heartworm Society highly recommend keeping all dogs on heartworm preventative medication year round. The primary reason is that Interceptor and Sentinel also prevent hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms which are the major intestinal parasites of dogs and cats with public health significance. They also recommend that cats be on heartworm prevention because 40% of cats with heartworm disease have been indoor only cats.
Do I have to give my dog a rabies shot every year?
Rabies vaccinations are required by Indiana state law for dogs, cats and ferrets. We give the three year approved rabies vaccine to both dogs and cats here at Aboite Animal Hospital.
At what age should I neuter my cat?
We recommend neutering (female spay/male castration) dogs at 6 months and cats at 4 months. Many females will come into their heat period when they reach 6 months and can become pregnant.
How many shots does my puppy need?
After 6 weeks of age, puppies require a series of Distemper/Parvo combination vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they reach 16 weeks. A single rabies vaccination is given at 12 weeks or thereafter. Kittens require a Distemper combination vaccination every 3-4 weeks until they reach 12 weeks of age at which time they also receive their rabies vaccination. All cats going outside for any length of time should also receive feline leukemia vaccine.
When can my cat be declawed ?
We declaw cats anytime after 16 weeks of age. In an effort to minimize post-op discomfort and swelling, we declaw all cats with our CO2 laser.
Do you board animals at your hospital?
Our boarding services are limited to cats only. We have 16 large “kitty condos” each with an elevated resting shelf and a view outdoors.
How difficult is it to microchip an animal?
It is actually a very quick and simple procedure which can be done on an outpatient basis. It does not require any form of sedation. The microchip which is the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin over the shoulder area of dogs and cats with a hypodermic needle & syringe. This allows your pet to be permanently identified to help protect against loss or theft.
What is the best way to control fleas?
For dogs, the best approach is the application of Parastar® drops on the back of the neck once monthly. It will repel and kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Keeping the dog on Sentinel heartworm preventative will also sterilize the female flea so her eggs cannot hatch and pollute your home.
For cats, the application of Revolution drops on the back of the neck once monthly will control fleas, roundworms, hookworms, ear mites and heartworms.