FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the gestation period for dogs and cats?

Dogs: 58 – 68 days [average 63 days]
Cats: 59 – 65 days

What causes my dog to drag his bottom across the floor?

  • Allergies
  • Diarrhea/irritation
  • Tapeworms
  • Anal gland problems

Can I give my dog or cat:

Ibuprofen [Motrin or Advil]?

No for cats or dogs.  Please call a veterinarian for appropriate pain relief medication.

Tylenol?

Cats: Do not use in cats because Tylenol can cause liver failure and anemia problems. It may also be lethal.
Dogs: Use cautiously in dogs and only under the supervision of a veterinarian. Tylenol is more toxic to dogs than aspirin.

Aspirin?

Cats: Do not give to cats unless under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.
Dogs: Use only “buffered” aspirin and get the correct dosage from your veterinarian.

Pepto-Bismal

Cats: Be very careful using this with cats. Most cats will not tolerate the taste.
Dogs: May use for mild diarrhea/vomiting. Get the correct dosage from your veterinarian and be aware that your pets stools will turn black from Pepto-Bismal.

What is a dog’s normal temperature?

99.5° to 103°F [37.5° to 39.5°C]. A fever is greater than 103°F [39.5°C] for most dogs.

What is a cat’s normal temperature?

100° to 103°F [37.7° to 39.5°C]. A fever is greater than 103°F [39.5°C] for most cats.

Can I get Pinworms from my dog/cat?

No, dogs and cats do not get pinworms. Humans and horses do.

I’ve heard that you can make your dog vomit with peroxide – is that true?

If you are concerned that your dog has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian immediately.  They can advise the best method of treatment depending on what was ingested.  Some items that are toxic or corrosive can cause more damage if vomitted, so do not induce vomitting without first speaking with your veterinarian.  Having said that, hydrogen peroxide 3% is the appropriate product to be given by mouth, if vomitting is to be induced.  Your veterinarian can advise what dose is appropriate depending on the size of your dog.

My child came home from school with head lice – did he get it from our dog – or can he give it to our dog?

Poor Rover gets blamed for many things about the house, but luckily he is not the culprit in this case.  Human lice is different from dog lice and each of these species tend to stay on the host (that is human lice stay on the human/and dog lice stay on the dog).  It is very easy to transfer however from head to head for people if sharing hats/combs etc. and likewise for dogs is they are in close proximity to another dog – sleeping in same beg/at a kennel/doggie daycare etc.  So always check your dog when he has been in close contact with other dogs, especially if you notice a sudden increase in scratching/biting at skin etc.  Breathe easy – Lice on your pet are easily treated even if they do give you the heebie jeebies.  Your veterinarian can advise you on the steps to take to eliminate these parasites.