FAQ & Links

The Timberlea Veterinary Clinic knows that you often have questions, and sometimes, it is easier to read about a problem, or just learn about many things. So we have put together some of the more common questions that pet owners have but invite you to visit us or consult with one of our vets if you wish more detailed information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have an outdoor cat. What do I need to know?

A: If you have a cat that goes outside, then you should do the following:

  • Vaccinate for rabies virus
  • Vaccinate for panleukopenia virus
  • Vaccinate for rhinotracheitis (FHV-1) & calicivirus
  • Vaccinate for FeLV- and do annual testing!
  • Consider vaccinating for FIV, depending on your area (read more)
  • While all cats are at risk for parasites, ongoing exposure is more likely in those that spend time outdoors.
  • Control roundworms & hookworms
  • Control tapeworms
  • Control heartworms
  • Control ectoparasites (fleas, ticks and lice)
  • Ensure pet identification - Microchip your cat

Q: What causes heartwom disease in dogs?

A: Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in dogs. It is important to protect your pet. (read more)

Q: My dog was sprayed by a skunk. How do I get rid of the smell?

A: Has your dog been sprayed by a skunk? Even if you have never faced this problem, all dog owners should know how to handle it, just in case. You may have heard of skunk odor remedies like tomato juice or vinegar, but they really just cover up the odor. (read more)

Q: I am experiencing some behavioural problems with my dog. What can I do?

A: Even though you provide all the proper training for your dog, sometimes issues will arise that you hadn't expected. Learn more about barking, separation anxiety, lunging and other behavioural problems here: (read more)

Q: What is stem cell therapy?

A: Stem cell therapy has been approved as a treatment for osteoarthritis in dogs. For more information, please click here: (read more)

Q: I just adopted a new kitten. What do I need to know?

A: Bringing your kitten home is very exciting but can be a very stressful time for your new companion. They are suddenly plopped into a new environment that’s full of new smells, sights and sounds. Here are a few tips to help the first few days go smoothly. (read more)

Q: We are first time puppy owners. What do we need to know to help him grow up to be a healthy, well behaved dog?

A: Owning a puppy can be very exciting and sometimes challenging. Here are some tips to help ensure that it is the best possible experience for both of you. (read more)

Q: I think my dog may have allergies. What should I do?

A: Our pets can react to airborne allergens or they may have food allergies. We first need to determine what kind of allergy it is. (read more)

Q: My cat is clawing at my furniture. What can I do to stop it?

A: Scratching is a perfectly normal feline behavior. Although scratching does serve to shorten and condition the claws, the primary reasons that cats scratch are to mark their territory and to stretch. Cats may also threaten or play with a swipe of their paws. (read more)

Q: My cat has become quite aggressive in his play. How do I handle this?

A: Under stimulation, an excess of unused energy, and lack of appropriate opportunities for play can lead to play aggression. This may be exhibited as overly rambunctious or aggressive play, which inadvertently leads to injuries to people. (read more)

Q: My cat seems to be under the weather. How do I know if something is wrong?

A: If you see any of these signs in your pet, it’s time to call the veterinarian. Even subtle changes can be really important.(read more)

Q: Can I use human shampoo on my pet?

A: This is a question we get quite frequently and although using a human shampoo on your pet once in a blue moon is not the end of the world, baths using a pet shampoo will be much better and here’s why:

Pets have a very delicate skin barrier which requires a specific pH level not found in human shampoos. Use of human shampoo will over time strip the coat of natural oils that reinforce the skin barrier. When this happens it leaves the skin susceptible to parasitic, bacterial and fungal infections. Removing the coat’s natural oils can also cause itching, scratching and increased dandruff production.

Dog and cat specific shampoos are not a gimmick, they are formulated to meet the specific needs of your pet and to keep their coat beautiful and healthy. With a large variety of products available on the market, all pets can enjoy bath time (ok...maybe not the cats!)

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." — Ben Williams