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Sat: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What age is the puppy/kitten when they get spayed or neutered?

    • At Madison, we like to wait until our pets are at least 6 months of age before having them spayed or neutered. The main reason for this is that we want to make sure all of their “baby teeth” have fallen out. If there are still baby teeth remaining, we can remove them at the time of their surgery.
  • 2. How often does a pet need to have HWT done?

    • We require a heartworm test on an annual basis. This is to ensure your pet is negative for heartworm disease, or if they are positive; to catch it quickly and advise treatment.
  • 3. How do you test for HW disease?

    • Testing for heartworm disease is a simple blood test.
  • 4. Why do I have to have my pet on prevention year round?

    • At Madison, we have found that year-round protection provides the best protection to your pet against heartworm disease and other intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
  • 5. Are all vaccines annual?

    • Not all vaccines are required yearly. Several of our vaccines create immunity for up to three years in your pet.
  • 6. Why do I need to have my pets vaccinated?

    • Vaccinations help protect your pet against viruses and other diseases that are prevalent in the environment. With out the proper immunizations, your pet would become very ill, and in many cases die, when exposed to these diseases. Being current on their vaccines prevents this from occurring.
  • 7. Are those topical preventions really safe?

    • The topical heartworm, flea and tick preventatives we dispense at Madison Veterinary Hospital are extremely safe. All topical preventions, however, are not the same. Some of the over-the-counter products can be very dangerous to your pet, especially cats and smaller dogs.
  • 8. Why does the pet need a negative HWT to purchase HWP?

    • The short answer to this is that we are your pets advocate. Yearly testing help detect if your pet has heartworm disease. If your pet has heartworm disease, we want to quickly diagnose this and start treatments. Being on heartworm prevention is not 100% protective and the prevention does nothing once your pet has the disease.
  • 9. Why does my pet need to be current on vaccines and fecal just for boarding?

    • We value the safety and responsibility of housing your pet while you are away. Requiring all pets to be “current” on their vaccinations and being “negative” for intestinal parasites is a part of that responsibility. By doing this, we greatly reduce the chance of your pet becoming infected while staying with us.
  • 10. What is a microchip and how does it work?

    • A microchip is a grain sized identifying integrated circuit. They are placed under the skin in the subcutaneous tissue inbetween a pet’s shoulders. They emit a frequency that correlates with a unique pattern of letters and numbers. When a scanner is waved above a pet’s back it will read the code. That code is specifically linked to the owner’s information.
  • 11. Isn’t a microchip a tracking device?

    • That may come in the future. Right now microchips emit a frequency of a combination of letters and numbers that are unique to your pet. If your pet is lost they would need to be taken to a shelter or hospital that has a scanner. The scanner would read your pet’s code that is linked to your information so that your pet could be placed back with you.
  • 12. How often should I be bringing in my pets for wellness exams?

    • Madison Veterinary Hospital recommends your pet be seen twice a year or every 6 months for a wellness exam. This is in accordance with national organizations such as AAHA and the AVMA. Pets age much faster than humans so exams every 6 months is like you going to see your doctor every 3 years.
  • 13. Shouldn’t I wait until my female dog has her first heat cycle before I spay?

    • If a female is spayed before her first heat cycle the chance of her developing mammary masses or breast cancer is zero. Based on this information we recommend spaying females before they go into their first heat cycle.
  • 14. Can my dog be spayed while in heat?

    • For small breed dogs the anatomical difference is not great and surgery is perfectly fine. While a dog close to or over 100 lbs. can be spayed while in heat the surgeons at Madison Veterinary Hospital prefer to wait a month.
  • 15. Why don’t all hospitals do ear cropping?

    • Ear cropping is when puppies ears are operated on to reshape them and make them stand erect for breeds that develop that trait on their own. This once accepted procedure is now rarely done by most veterinarians. The AVMA is opposed to ear cropping, as the only benefit is cosmetics, where as there are multiple complications such as ear infections and discomfort post operative for the pet.
  • 16. How do I find a good vet hospital?

    • This one is easy; you’ve already found one. But if you are not in the Detroit area we recommend looking for an AAHA accredited hospital. These are hospitals that every few years are visited by an organization that makes sure a veterinary hospital adheres to hundreds of guidelines that equal good quality veterinary care. These hospitals can be found at
  • 17. Can I bathe my dog with a topical prevention?

    • A pet should not be bathed 24 hours before or after a topical prevention is applied.
  • 18. What is the difference between Heartworm and Flea preventative at the local stores vs my vet?

    • Many over the counter flea medications contain active ingredients that can harm your pet. The medication that you purchase from your veterinarian will have the safest and most effective ingredients in the proper dose for your pet.
  • 19. Why don't you fax my prescription to an online pharmacy for me?

    • Many online pharmacies obtain their medications from other countries or other routes that are not straight from the manufacturer. We recommend conventional pharmacies to make sure that your pet is getting the correct medication at the correct dose. We do not fax prescriptions because the fax can be altered and we want to make sure that the information about the needed drug and dose are correctly conveyed to the pharmacist.
  • 20. When should I use Heartworm Preventative?

    • Heartworm preventative should be used year-round. This is based on the recommendation of the American Heartworm Society.
  • 21. If my cat is indoors why do I have to use Heartworm Preventative?

    • Heartworm disease is spread via mosquitoes, and mosquitoes are very good at getting in our homes. Additionally, recent studies have found that the species of mosquito that is most frequently found indoors is also more likely to be carrying heartworm disease!
  • 22. What can I do to calm my cat during travel?

    • There are several options to help your cat travel with less stress. The best first step is to get your cat accustomed to its carrier. Keep the carrier in an accessible area and place treats and toys that your cat enjoys into the carrier so that it is not a feared place. You can also spray the carrier with Feliway, a totally safe pheromone spray that has a calming effect on cats. When you put your cat and the carrier into your car, make sure to buckle the carrier in place so it does not slide around and further frighten your cat. It also helps to take your cat on frequent small trips in the car. If your cat is still upset during travel, please call us and we can further discuss options for you. Do Not give you cat any medication without direct veterinary direction. Many human medications can be harmful to your cat!
  • 23. Why should I bring my cat in when there's nothing wrong with him?

    • Cats are excellent at hiding illness! Regular nose to tail physical examinations and routine blood and urine tests are needed to make sure that your cat is not hiding an illness or injury that could cause long term harm to your friend.
  • 24. Is it mean to declaw a cat?

    • The declaw procedure is a major surgery and must be treated as such. At Madison Veterinary Hospital it is done using effective pain control protocols and a surgical laser to minimize post-operative swelling and pain. It is also important to keep the cat quiet and off their feet after the procedure, that is why we will keep your kitty here for two days after surgery and monitor them closely for any sign of discomfort.
  • 25. Can I use over the counter flea prevention?

    • Some over the counter flea preventatives work well and others can be harmful to your pet! We recommend that you consult your veterinarian before using any over the counter medications or supplements at all.