Frequently Asked Questions

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

Did you know that often each year for the life of an animal is approximately seven years for humans? Imagine a seven-year-old dog that doesn't go to the veterinarian for three years. This would be the equivalent of a 49-year-old person not going to the doctor for 21 years! At All Creatures Pet Hospital, we recommend yearly exams and blood work as necessary, unless your pet is sick or has a unique condition. Taking proper care of your pet during their younger years can mean fewer medications as they age, and may extend the life of your pet. Call one of our veterinary professionals at 205-631-6210 to set up your pet's yearly appointment today!

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

Just like people, our furry family members need dental care for their overall health. Without proper dental care at home and the veterinarian, bacteria can grow on our pet's teeth, causing the teeth to decay and damage to the gums. Over time, these bacteria will cause harm to their organs including their heart, liver, and kidneys and potentially shortening the life of the pet. Dr. Hankes recommends dental care as early as one year of age to best protect your pet from periodontal disease. Our caring doctor understands that maintaining your pet's dental health early can result in better overall health and result in long-term savings by avoiding corrective dental procedures in the future. Contact one of our friendly staff professionals today at All Creatures Pet Hospital to set up your pet's dental appointment!

How important is nutrition for my pet?

Proper nutrition and portion control are as important for our pet companions as it is for us as people. Overweight pets face the same conditions as people, including arthritis, joint pain, diabetes and heart disease for example. Dr. Hankes can evaluate your pet to determine their individual nutritional needs, as well as the proper portions to maintain a healthy body weight. Affordable prescription diets are available at our hospital for your convenience. Schedule an appointment for your furry friend regardless of their life stage or current health condition.

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

Dr. Ted Hankes recommends spaying or neutering all pets not being used for breeding purposes. Sterilization not only prevents unwanted litters, but it can also prevent certain reproductive cancers later in their lives.

Puppies and kittens can be spayed between four and six months of age. Our precious pets can feel pain in much the same way people do. Therefore it is required pain medication be administered to keep them comfortable during and after the procedure. Additionally, blood work is needed to help determine if your puppy or kitten is healthy enough for the procedure. Please call All Creatures Pet Hospital to schedule your furry friend for a spay or neuter as soon as they are old enough for the surgery.

What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

Heartworms have been diagnosed in all fifty states, and is especially prevalent in warmer climates such as the Gardendale and Birmingham areas of Alabama. Heartworms can be transmitted to dogs and cats by the bite of a mosquito infected with immature heartworms. If the dog or cat is not protected by a heartworm preventative, the worms can mature and damage the heart and lungs, and even death if left untreated. Please remember that heartworm preventative is always less expensive and more effective than heartworm treatment. Dr. Ted Hankes attends conferences and lectures throughout the country to ensure All Creatures Pet Hospital offers the safest and most effective products here at our pharmacy, including heartworm preventative. Please call one of our caring team members at 205-631-6210 and schedule a heartworm preventative appointment for your precious companion today.

What financing options do you offer, or is payment expected at the time of service?

Payment is due when services are rendered at All Creatures Pet Hospital, and we accept all major credit cards. We are also pleased to partner with Care Credit, as we understand at times there are unexpected costs and emergency situations. Care Credit is similar to a credit card and can be applied to veterinary services. Care credit can be accessed here https://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/ for more information on their services.