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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our FAQs below!

I am concerned my pet is becoming a senior. Does he/she have any special needs?

Yes. Your pet ages more rapidly than a human. Depending on your pet’s breed it can be considered a geriatric between 4 and 7 years of age. As people age, diet, exercise, and routine medical care is very important for their health. These are also important for your pet’s health.

What to Bring to your Pet's First Appointment

Your pet’s first appointment with a veterinarian, or even switching veterinarians, can be intimidating. If it is your pet’s first visit with us please bring any veterinary records that could pertain to your visit from your previous veterinarian. You can ask us at the time you make your appointment about any records you will need. Other than that you just need your pet!

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out any necessary paperwork.

I have been told my pet needs its teeth cleaned regularly. Is this really that important?

The tartar and staining on your pet’s teeth actually contains bacteria. Left untreated, it can cause premature periodontal disease, heart disease, liver disease and kidney failure. Dental care is important for a long, healthy life.

What are heartworms? Can my cat get heartworms? How do I protect my pet?

Heartworms are parasites that dogs and cats can get from mosquitoes. The mosquito bites them, depositing larvae that migrate to the heart where they become adults. Despite fur, mosquitoes can still bite dogs and cats and transmit the disease. To protect your pet it is important to have yearly heartworm testing and keep them on a monthly preventative at home. Usually it is a pill for dogs but cats can have a topical put on their skin. There is no treatment for cats, therefore prevention is imperative.

Does my pet need an examination every year?

Yes. The most important thing other than food, water, and love is to provide preventative health care for your pet. Annual examinations, and biannual examinations in seniors, will help to detect problems early so they can be managed before they become serious and potentially shorten your pet’s life. The annual examination is also the time for you to discuss any concerns with the veterinarian and discuss your pet’s wellness plan.

What kind of vaccines does my pet need, and when do they need them?

Mammals typically begin vaccinations about 2 weeks after weaning. Other animals operate on different schedules for special needs vaccinations. We will help you establish the vaccination type and schedule best for your pet’s lifestyle.

Olean Veterinary Clinic
1620 W State St.
Olean, NY 14760

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Saturday
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

*Please note that our hours may vary depending on staff coverage