For Kids

A Guide to Your New Best Friend!
Congratulations on your new pet! We bet you're super excited that there's a new doggie or kitty in your home. Or maybe a guinea pig, hamster, fish or bird! A bunny? Did you get a lizard? A frog? A toad? The possibilities are endless!

Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility.

If you begged your parents for a new pet, chances are you promised you would help take care of him or her. You want to make good on your promise and do the right thing, right?
A pet's needs are fairly simple. Your pet needs food, water and exercise. Much like children, pets need routine. You should feed your pet at the same times every day. You also should exercise your pet at the same time.
Walking your dog will help you and your new best friend bond. It will also give you an excuse to get some fresh air and activity!

You also will need to clean up after your pet. It's important to change your cat's litter boxes regularly. And if you have a dog, you need to scoop the poop! This is for the health of your pet as well as yours and your family's.
Make sure that your pet has adequate shelter and a safe, warm place to sleep. Don't leave your dog outside too long in the cold or in the heat.
It's important to follow any rules that your parents have for your pet. For example, your pet might not be allowed on furniture. Don't confuse your new friend by allowing him or her on the furniture when your parents aren't looking! Are you allowed to have your new pet in your room? Be sure to ask your parents!
Pay attention to how your pet acts. Your pet might get sick sometimes — just like you do. If you think something is wrong, be sure to tell your parents.

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We hope you enjoy your new pet. He or she will give you a lot of love throughout your life, so be sure to take care of him or her!

COVID-19 RESPONSE AND PROCEDURES

FAQs

  • We are scheduling appointments for curbside or drop-off patients only.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accept new patients at this time.
  • You can refill prescriptions in our online store.
  • We can take all payments via the phone using a debit or credit card to minimize everyone’s exposure during this critical time.

Our updated hours are:
Mon., Wed., Fri. 8AM-5:30PM
Thursday 8AM-Noon
Saturday - CLOSED starting March 28

Please call our office or email us at [email protected] with questions about your pets.

If you need to bring your pet in for emergency care:

  • Please call when you get to our clinic so we can help determine the best way to help you and your pets.  We ask that you remain in your car and we will come to you.
  • We are escorting pets from your car into our hospital for exams, treatments, and drop off appointments to minimize everyone’s human exposure.
  • We ask that all dogs be on a leash and all cats and exotic pets be in a proper pet carrier or pet taxi.
  • In instances where owners must be present, we ask that only one family member be present and that you wait in your car until we call to let you know your exam room is ready for you.

Thank you for your understanding and just know we are trying our best to help everyone get through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the AVMA and KVMA guidelines during this difficult time.

We are here for you and your family, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

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