FAQ – City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital Educates Pet Owners

Our Asbury Park, NJ Vet Answers Frequently Asked Questions

City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital believes in educating pet owners in Asbury Park, NJ. Our friendly, experienced vets and staff have taken the time to answer frequently asked questions below. If you’re a new pet parent or new to our practice, we encourage you to look at the informative topics listed on this page. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via phone or email at any time!

What Type of Pet Care Services Do You offer at City by the Sea?

City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary practice providing comprehensive, compassionate pet care services for Asbury Park, NJ, and surrounding area pet owners. Our services include:

How Often Does My Pet Need a Wellness Check-Up?

Depending on your pet’s age and breed, we usually recommend annual or bi-annual wellness check-ups to ensure they’re happy and healthy from head to tail!

How Often Does My Pet Need Vaccinations?

At City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital, we follow the standards set forth by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for vaccine guidelines in cats and dogs. Some vaccines are required by law, while others are recommended to prevent the most common diseases found in the Jersey Shore area. Even if you have an indoor pet, they will still need vaccinations. However, not every pet needs every vaccination, and not every vaccination is required every year. We suggest calling us if you ever have any questions regarding your pet’s recommended vaccination schedule.

How Should I Prepare for My Pet’s Annual Wellness Visit?

Be sure to bring any questions or concerns you may have about changes in your pet’s behavior, diet, sleeping patterns, or activity levels. We’ll examine your pet’s overall health, as well as their skin/fur, eyes, teeth, bones, joints, organs, and lymph nodes for any warning signs of disease or infection. Be prepared to discuss parasite prevention and immunizations.

What Do I Do If My Pet Is Sick or I’ve Noticed Unusual Behavior?

If you’ve noticed anything unusual about your pet’s behavior, be sure to give us a call. With a few simple questions, we can help you determine if your pet needs urgent care or if they can wait to schedule an appointment at a more convenient time. Certain things should be treated as an emergency, including:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Stopped breathing, no heartbeat, or lost consciousness
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Broken bones
  • Seizures
  • Trouble breathing or choking
  • Severe bleeding or pain
  • Unable to use the bathroom
  • Lack of energy or sudden collapse
  • Swollen abdomen or yellow/pale gums

Does My Pet Need to Have Their Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

Yes. Dentistry isn’t just for humans. Animals are also susceptible to cavities, periodontal disease, and even life-threatening issues caused by bacteria build-up on their teeth. City by the Sea provides dentistry for pets of all sizes, breeds, and ages. Some pets may need cleanings twice a year, while others may only need cleanings every two years. Talk to us about what’s best for your pet!

What Is Parasite Prevention and Why Is It Recommended?

The Jersey Shore is home to many harmful parasites. Because parasites spread diseases, parasite prevention is necessary for your pet’s health. We’d be happy to talk to you about the benefits of a monthly flea and tick prevention medication, as well as vaccinations to keep those parasites at bay.

How Do I Know If My Pet Is Ready for End-of-Life Care?

Preparing for a pet’s end-of-life care is never an easy decision. Signs your pet may be nearing the end of its life include depression, lethargy, loss of appetite, incontinence, and full or partial immobility. City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital is always available to discuss palliative care and humane euthanasia options for pets. While your veterinarian knows the difference between treatable and non-treatable conditions, the quality of life will vary. Only you, as the pet owner, will be able to make the final decision about what’s best for your pet. We can also help you prepare for cremation, burial, or memorial services.

Does City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital Make House Calls?

Currently, we’re only able to provide very limited house calls for pet owners in the Asbury Park, NJ area. Please give us a call for more details or to make arrangements.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment at City by the Sea?

Open Monday through Saturday, City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital has evening and weekend hours available for your convenience. We may be able to make arrangements for appointments outside our standard business hours if you contact us ahead of time. To schedule an appointment, you may contact us any time via phone, email, or online form.

What If My Pet Has an Emergency and Needs Urgent Care?

If you have an emergency or a question that can’t wait until standard business hours, please give us a call. Our staff checks our voicemail regularly, and if your pet needs urgent care, we’ll make every attempt to return your call as soon as possible. If your pet cannot wait, or you do not hear from us, you may also take your pet to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, NJ.