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How safe is my pet’s procedure?
Westside Veterinary Clinic takes all necessary precautions when doing any procedure, no matter how major or minor. Our staff will monitor your pet’s vital signs and pain levels from the time they enter our clinic until they head home with you. Rest assured that Drs. Coco and their staff take your pet’s safety and health very seriously.

 

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?
At the very least, your pet should come into Westside Veterinary Clinic for a check-up once a year. Yearly vaccine boosters and routine exams can prevent harmful illness in the future. Of course if you notice that your pet is not acting normal or is in obvious pain please call our clinic for an appointment.

 

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?
Regular teeth cleaning can prevent harmful bacteria from building up and infecting an animal, but sometimes your pet will show signs of dental disease no matter the preventative measures. Our pets will show signs of decreased appetite and whining while eating when they have an abscessed tooth or decaying gum disease. Westside Veterinary Clinic is well equipped to handle all dental procedures needed.

 

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Westside Veterinary Clinic recommends waiting until your animal is at least 4-6 months of age and after vaccinations are complete before pursuing spay and neuter procedures.

 

What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworms are parasites that are spread to dogs and even some cats through mosquito bites. The best treatment for heartworm disease is prevention! Westside Veterinary Clinic carries a wide variety of heartworm preventative including chewy treats and injectable medicines.

 

When is pain management recommended for my pet?
Trauma and injuries in pets will usually cause obvious pain recognized by crying and possibly an animal that is trying to bite those that are helping. A whining, listless or lame pet is likely hurting somewhere as well. Milder arthritic pain, postoperative pain, cancer pain or even an ear or toothache may not be as obvious. Some animals just get a little grouchier when they hurt and some animals are so stoic and afraid that they just will not show any signs except withdrawal when they hurt. Our staff is trained to look for the subtle signs of pain and discomfort in all species.

 

What financing options do you offer and is payment expected at the time of service?
Westside Veterinary Clinic aspires to provide the best care possible for your pets. In order to do this we do require payment at the time of service. We accept cash, check, and all major credit cards.