We offer many services to help care for your pets.
Spaying or Neutering Your Pet:
Dogs - It is important to spay or neuter your pet. Spaying your female dog can help to prevent cancers of the reproductive tract, including breast cancer, and will decrease the incidence of reproductive infections. Neutering your male dog will prevent testicular cancer and can decrease the incidence of prostate problems. The incidence of certain behavioral problems has also been shown to be reduced when dogs are spayed or neutered. The decision to spay or neuter your puppy is one of the best decisions you can make for its well-being. The veterinarian can discuss with you its benefits and the best time to schedule the procedure.
Cats - Spaying and neutering decrease incidence of some tumors and reproductive infections, both of which require more serious (and costly) surgical procedures. A male cat must be neutered if it will be a housepet because the strong urine odor of unneutered males will make your cat an unacceptable housemate. Without neutering, your male cat may also have a tendency of "marking" or "spraying" its territory, which will include furniture, walls, and carpeting. Discuss with your veterinarian the most appropriate time to spay or neuter your kitten.
Dental Care For Your Pet:
Remember that pets need dental care too! Prevention is the key to helping pets maintain good oral health. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends that pet owners follow three important steps:
Visit Your Veterinarian - Visiting a veterinarian is the key to ensuring the health of your pet's teeth. A veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical examination of your pet as part of the dental evaluation.
Start a dental care routine at home - Removing plaque regularly from your pet's teeth should be part of your pet's home dental care routine. Ask your veterinarian about the procedure for brushing your pet's teeth. Dog owners also may feed specially formulated dietary foods that help reduce the accumulation of plaque and tartar from teeth when the pet eats. Your veterinarian can offer more information on dietary options.
Get Regular Veterinary Dental Checkups - The family veterinarian needs to monitor the progress of your pet's preventive dental care routine much the same way a dentist monitors your teeth. Regular dental check-ups are essential.
Once a pet's teeth display the warning signs - bad breath, a yellow brown crust of tartar around the gumline, pain or bleeding when the pet eats or when you touch its gums - gum disease may already be present. For a professional dental check-up, call your veterinarian today!
Rabies is a virus disease transmissible between animals and people. The best and most effective way to prevent rabies is by vaccinating dogs and cats. Rabies vaccinations should be given when a pet is four months old and continued on a regular basis throughout the animal's life. This is the only way of controlling the spread of rabies from wild animals to pets and to people.
Fleas, Ticks, and Lice:
Though the skin and haircoat of dogs and cats serve to protect the body, watch out for problems. Fleas cause great irritation to infected pets. Many pets are very sensitive to the flea bites and may display allergic skin reactions to even a small number of fleas. This condition is referred to as Fleabite Allergic Dermatitis. This dermatitis is recognized by the intense itching and scratching of the skin by the affected animal and may continue even after fleas have been removed because allergic signs can last for extended periods.
Dips, shampoos, flea collars, sprays, powders, and foams are available from veterinarians and from local pet stores. A product can be prescribed by a veterinarian to treat the dog orally which, in pill or liquid form, is absorbed into the blood system of the animal, and fleas, ingesting the blood of the pet, will be killed. Other oral flea control products are advertised in some stores. Pet owners are advised to consult with their veterinarian to obtain information on the best and most effective method of flea control for their pet and the environment.
Hope Crossing Animal Hospital
58 E. Cotton Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:
We refer our after hours emergencies to several local 24 hour facilities. These include:
Veterinary Specialty Hospital(919) 233-4911
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine(919) 513-6500
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital
Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary(919) 462-8989
Monday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 12:30pm