Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to common pet care questions at Crossroads Animal Hospital‘s FAQ – Expert guidance for your furry companions.
What kind of pets does Crossroads Animal Hospital care for?
We are experienced in caring for dogs and cats.
When is the appropriate age for spaying or neutering my pet based on their species and breed?
The timing of sterilization surgery may vary, and our experts can help determine the best age for your pet’s well-being.
Do I need preventives like heartworm and flea/tick preventives for my puppy or kitten?
Preventive measures, such as monthly heartworm prevention and flea/tick preventives, are essential for your pet’s overall health and protection.
How can Crossroads Animal Hospital assist in determining the right vaccinations for my pet?
Our experienced team will assess your pet’s unique risks based on our region and recommend the appropriate vaccinations for their well-being.
Why are more frequent veterinary visits recommended for senior pets?
Senior pets have special needs and are susceptible to age-associated conditions such as arthritis, dental disease, and heart, liver, and kidney issues. More regular veterinary visits, preferably twice yearly after seven years of age, help monitor their health and catch early signs of medical problems.
How can Crossroads Animal Hospital help with my pet's nutritional needs?
We offer nutritional counseling to pet owners in Central and Eastern Colorado Springs, including the Powers Corridor and surrounding areas. If you have questions about your pet’s diet or need more information about their nutritional needs, please get in touch with us. We can create a customized nutrition plan for your pet.
What diagnostic tests are used when my pet is sick or injured?
When your pet is unwell or injured, a thorough physical exam and history are the first steps. If the diagnosis is not evident, your veterinarian may recommend specific diagnostic tests, which can include laboratory testing for blood counts and organ function, imaging like x-rays or ultrasound, microscopy for evaluating lab samples, and ocular tests for eye conditions. These tests help in developing an effective treatment plan and determining the underlying cause of your pet’s illness. Your veterinarian will explain the purpose of each test and prioritize based on your pet’s needs.
What kind of laboratory tests are performed for my sick pet?
Our state-of-the-art in-hospital laboratory equipment allows us to perform various tests to diagnose your pet’s illness. These may include blood cell counts, blood chemistry tests to assess organ function, electrolyte tests to detect dehydration, SNAP tests for infectious diseases, coagulation tests, and microscopy for evaluating bodily fluids and tissues. Prompt results from these tests aid in formulating an effective treatment plan for your furry companion.
What products are available in Crossroads Animal Hospital's pharmacy?
Our fully stocked pharmacy offers a wide range of quality brands and products for your pet’s needs, including flea and tick preventatives, heartworm preventatives, and various medications. We ensure that all products are sourced from reputable suppliers and stored under optimal conditions to maintain their efficacy. For certain items, we may outsource to a regular pharmacy if necessary. If you have any questions or need more information about our pharmacy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.