Frequently Asked Questions

Every day our doctors and staff get asked questions by caring pet owners wanting to know more about our clinic and how to best take care of their pets. We've made this FAQ's list to include questions that we get about pets as well as questions that we get about our pet clinics. Have a question you don't see below? Give any of our veterinary clinics a call and we'll be happy to help you out.

When should I vaccinate my puppy/kitten?

To ensure good health, your dog or cat needs be vaccinated as puppies and kittens and continue to get boosters throughout their lifetimes.

For puppies we recommend vaccinating for distemper, parvo, parainfluenza and canine adenovirus at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks.

For kittens we recommend vaccinating for feline distemper, herpes, calicivirus, and chlamydia at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks.

Puppies and kittens can be vaccinated for rabies at 12 weeks or older.

*For more information on vaccinating your pets and to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (509) 663-0793.

What are the core vaccinations at Cascade Veterinary Clinics?

We recommend the same core vaccines for dogs, regardless of whether they live inside or out. These include rabies, distemper, parvo, parainfluenza and canine adenovirus. Core cat vaccines include rabies, feline distemper, herpes, calicivirus, chlamydia, and feline leukemia. These vaccinations require initial shots and booster shots to maintain immunity.

*For more information on vaccinating your pets and to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (509) 663-0793.

What are the non-core vaccinations at Cascade Veterinary Clinics?

Non-core vaccinations, listed below, are usually given to dogs that are routinely boarded or groomed, go to dog parks, or come in contact with other dogs. In addition, those dogs that live in areas where rattlesnakes are present, should be given rattlesnake vaccine.

- Bordetella
- Leptospirosis
- Rattlesnake

*For more information on vaccinating your pets and to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (509) 663-0793.

Does my indoor pet need to be vaccinated?

Yes.

We recommend the same core vaccines for dogs, regardless of whether they live inside or out. These include rabies, distemper, parvo, parainfluenza and canine adenovirus. Core cat vaccines include rabies, feline distemper, herpes, calicivirus, chlamydia, and feline leukemia. These vaccinations require initial shots and booster shots to maintain immunity.

Since the rabies virus can be passed between animals and humans, the vaccine is required by law in Washington State for all domesticated dogs, cats, and ferrets.

*For more information on vaccinating your pets and to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (509) 663-0793.

When do I switch from puppy/kitten food to adult food?

Switching a puppy or kitten to adult food too early can cause obesity and gastro-intestinal issues. We recommend switching to adult dog or cat food between 10-12 months.

Is it really necessary to bring my dog and/or cat in for a yearly comprehensive pet exam?

Comprehensive examinations are recommended AT LEAST annually to check for health issues that may not be apparent to owners. During a comprehensive examination the veterinarian will examine your pet's eyes, ears, skin and hair coat, listen to their heart, and discuss any concerns you may have.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept:

  • Cash

With valid photo ID we also accept:

  • Checks
  • Visa©
  • MasterCard©
  • CareCredit©

We cannot hold credit card numbers or make "payments".

Cash
We will do our best to be able to make change but we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to make change. Our Care Coordinators will only have access to a limited amount of change for security reasons.

Checks, Credit & Debit
For your own security, please be prepared to show a valid photo ID when paying by check, credit or debit cards.

CareCredit©
We also accept CareCredit©. Please click "Apply Now" to learn more. We accept 6 month ($200-$999) and 12-month (>$1000) CareCredit© plans.