Find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions here.  Hopefully this will help save you a phone call, but if you don't see your questions answered here, please don't hesitate to call or email.

Q:  At what age should my pet begin a vaccine program?

A:  We recommend new puppies and kittens begin their vaccines around 8 weeks of age.  For older pets, if you have no previous vaccine information (shelter or rescue pet) we recommend that you start an alternative vaccine schedule recommended by the veterinarians on a pet by pet basis.

Q:  What vaccines should my pet receive?

For Dogs we recommend:

  1. DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptosporosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus)
  2. Rabies* required by State and Local law
  3. Bordetella (kennel cough)
  4. Canine Influenza
  5. Lyme

For Cats we recommend:

  1. Feline Distemper Vaccine
  2. Rabies* required by State and Local law
  3. Leukemia

Q:  How often does my pet need a full physical exam?

A:  Our veterinarians recommend yearly physical exams regardless of which vaccine schedule your pet is on.  For geriatric patients (those over 8 years of age) we recommend they have exams every 6 months.

Q:  What if I suspect my pet has worms?

A:  Some possible symptoms of intestinal parasites (worms) that you may see are: 1. loose stool/diarrhea, 2. a bloated belly, 3. vomit occasionally, 4. or some owners will even see "worms" in their pet's stool or vomit.  If you see any of these symptoms, we recommend that you bring a stool sample with your pet to be seen by one of the veterinarians.  At that time, we can determine what type of parasites your pet has, and what course of action needs to be taken (typically oral medication is given).  We may recommend rechecking a stool sample after medication has been given time to work.

Q:  What should I do if I am seeing fleas on my pet?

A:  We recommend you treat your pet with one of our flea treatment products.  We carry many of the major brands on the market today (i.e. Frontline Plus, Comfortis, Revolution, and Advantix).  In this area, we recommend that you continue to use these products year round in conjunction with a Heartworm preventative for dogs.

Q:  What are Heartworms?

A:  Heartworms are parasites that live in the blood stream, heart and large blood vessels of the lungs in the infected pet.

Q:  How does my dog acquire heartworms?

A:  Heartworms are transmitted through the bite from an infected mosquito.  The heartworm larvae travel through the bite to the heart where they develo into adult heartworms.  Once the reach the heart they can cause heart failure, liver and kidney disease or even death.

Q:  How can I find out if my dog has heartworms?

A:  If your dog is 6 months or older, we recommend a blood test done in our office that tests for the presence of adult hearworms..  The results of this test are available in about 8 - 10 minutes.

Q:  Can I prevent heartworms?

A:  ABSOLUTELY.  Heartworms are very easily prevented by giving your pet a monthly hearworm preventative.  These are available from our office.  We carry several different brands of preventative (i.e. Heartgard, Revolution, Iverhart).  Puppies under 6 months of age should be on prevetion as well.

Q:  If my dogs tests positive for Heartworm disease, can it be treated?

A:  Yes.  Once a dog tests positive for heartworm disease, we recommend prompt treatment.  Treatment is done in two phases in our office.


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  • "I want to thank the staff at Occoquan Animal Hospital, especially Dr. Morse and Dr. Farge for the care you provided to my dog, Cocoa, for the past 13 years. From the day we brought him in for his first check up when he was only about 4 to 6 months old, until that final breath he took under the loving hands of Dr. Farge, we will always value the exceptional care he received by the staff at Occoquan Animal Hospital during these 13 years."
    Karen G.
  • "I love this place. The doctors and staff really show they care about the health of your pets. They are honest and will not try to make you pay for unnecessary treatments just to make money. I've trusted them with all my animals for as long as I can remember. I won't go anywhere else."
    Vicki S.
  • "This is the first Vet hospital that I have ever been to that really cares about the animals and the owners more than the amount of money they can charge. I love the way they treat my dogs as if they are the only animals on earth. I come from Fairfax for their good service. This will be where my little buddies will go as long as we are in VA. The best."
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