Our Veterinarians

Dr. PicklesimerOur team of vets have well over 30 years of combined experience. Click to below to meet them.

New Patients

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Resources

The internet is a great source of information for numerous topics. There are a lot of great sites for information, but there are also sites that are not accurate and may misinform you concerning your pet. We want to make sure our clients have reliable sources to get information. Please select a link to find information on breeds, diseases, behavioral problems, watch videos on select topics, or visit one of the specialty facilities we refer our patients to when extra care is needed.

We want to make sure we have accurate contact information for our clients. To help assist us with this, we ask all clients complete an information sheet. You can open and print this form and complete it prior to coming in for your appointment.

We know it can be difficult to plan for unforeseen problems that may occur with your pet. To help you when these things happen, we offer CareCredit as a great way to pay for services. They offer numerous payment plans. To find out more or apply for an account, visit their website.

Let us know how we are doing. We strive to treat all of our clients and patients with courtesy and compassion. To learn more about AAHA accredited clinics and hospitals, visit www.healthypet.com.

Vaccine Protocols

Prevention is an essential part of your pet’s health. Vaccinations and annual testing help keep your pet healthy and gives you the security of knowing you are giving your pet the most protection possible.

Frequently Asked Questions about your pet and your pet’s health

1. When should I start my puppy/kitten’s vaccinations?

2. When should I breed my dog/cat?

3. When can I have my female dog/cat spayed or my male dog/cat castrated?

4. What is feline leukemia?

5. Why should I test my cat for leukemia prior to vaccination for leukemia?

6. Why does my puppy/kitten need a series of vaccines?

7. Will it harm my cat or dog to eat a poisoned mouse?

8. Can I charge my bill at the Chillicothe Animal Clinic?

9. Does my dog need to be tested for heartworms every year even though he is on monthly prevention year around?

10.When should I change my puppy/kitten to adult food?

11.How do I tell if my dog/cat is pregnant?

Answers

When should I start my puppy/kitten’s vaccinations?

The first veterinary visit is at six weeks of age. They will have a thorough examination, a laboratory test for parasites, and their first vaccines will be given.

When should I breed my dog/cat?

Dogs should be at least twenty-four months of age. Cats should be at least twelve months of age.

 

When can I have my pet spayed or neutered?

We recommend waiting until the pet is finished with their vaccination series, or about 4 months of age.

 

What is feline leukemia?

Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a highly contagious virus that is spread from cat to cat by intimate direct contact, usually from fighting or breeding.

 

Why should I test my cat for leukemia prior to vaccination for leukemia?

A cat can be persistently infected with FeLV and not show any outward signs of the disease.  Feline Leukemia Virus is fatal and highly contagious to other cats. It can be prevented with vaccines, but it cannot be treated.

 

Why does my puppy/kitten need a series of vaccines?

Young animals get protective antibodies from their mother’s milk. These antibodies help to prevent illness while they are very young, but they begin to disappear around 6 weeks of age. Vaccines help to create the puppy or kitten’s own antibodies against disease. They need several vaccines to make sure their immune system produces enough antibodies to prevent them from getting sick after being exposed to viruses.

 

Will it harm my cat or dog to eat a poisoned mouse?

Depending on the poison it may. If you suspect your pet has consumed a poisoned mouse, call the Chillicothe Animal Clinic for advice. If you have the product packaging of the chemical your pet may have eaten, please have that available when you call. Call 740-773-4133.

 

Can I charge my bill at the Chillicothe Animal Clinic?

Payment for all services is due at the time of your visit. We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and ATM cards. As an added convenience, we also offer CareCredit® to offer a special terms billing to our clients. Contact us with any questions regarding our policy.

 

Does my dog need to be tested for heartworms every year even though he is on monthly prevention year around?

We check your pet for heartworm disease each year to make sure your pet is healthy. Sometimes dogs may spit out a tablet after you think they have eaten it, or vomit after having eaten it. In our busy lives, it is also easy to forget to administer a tablet when we only do so once a month. If your pet contracts heartworm disease and is then started on heartworm prevention, severe allergic reactions may occur that may even be fatal. The American Heartworm Association recommends yearly blood testing for all dogs.

When should I change my puppy/kitten to adult food?

Dogs and cats vary widely in the amount and type of food required to maintain normal body weight and growth. They should be fed whatever is necessary to maintain optimum body condition. Generally speaking, they can be changed to adult food anytime from six to nine months of age.

 

How do I tell if my dog/cat is pregnant?

Most pregnancies can be determined at 35 to 45 days of gestation by an examination by a veterinarian. An X-Ray can help determine how many feti are evident and stage of pregnancy.