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Important Information

Do you offer pet insurance?

We do not work directly with any pet insurance providers.  We will, however, facilitate any paperwork that you will need to file with your provider, including histories, invoices, and more.

Do you treat exotic animals?

This clinic provides care to dogs, cats, and some small pocket pets, including rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters.  We unfortunately do not provide care for reptiles, birds, fish, or other large mammals.

Do you offer boarding services?

We do not offer boarding services at this clinic, as we do not have the staff to tend to pets overnight.  We do, however, have multiple facilities that we recommend if you do need to board your pet.

What vaccines are required for my pet?

The Cuyahoga and Geauga County Boards of Health requires all dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies at 4 months of age.

Additionally for dogs, we strongly recommend the DHLPP vaccine, which protects against canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.  We also recommend the Lyme Disease vaccine if you live in a heavily wooded area, as well as an annual heartworm test and fecal exam to test for internal parasites.

Additionally for cats, we strongly recommend the FVRCP vaccine, which protects against feline herpes, calicivirus, and feline parvovirus.  We also recommend the feline leukemia vaccine if you have a cat that goes outside, as well as an annual fecal exam to test for internal parasites.

What kinds of reactions can I expect from my pet's vaccinations?

Minor reactions:

  • Reduced appetite/loss of appetite (lasting for 1-2 feedings)

  • Pain/sensitivity at injection site

  • Lethargy (lack of energy/activity)

  • Reluctance to walk/run

  • Mild fever

  • Mild cough, sneezing, or stuffy/runny nose (following intranasal vaccinations)

Other minor reactions:

Sometimes a small firm swelling ("lump") may develop at injection site.  This is expected to resolve within 1 month.  Contact your veterinarian if the swelling:

  • Is still painful/sensitive after 1-2 days

  • Continues to grow

  • Persists beyond 1 month

Severe reactions:

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet develops any of these less common but more serious allergic signs:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Collapse

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Facial swelling

  • Itchy or bumpy skin ("hives")

Where should I go after hours for an emergency?

VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists & E.R. (~10 mins from Companion)

4760 Richmond Road

Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

(216) 831-4653

This hospital closes at 10 PM.

**Due to staffing shortages, it is recommended that you call prior to going, as there may be a wait**

Metropolitan Northeast (~15 mins from Companion)

734 Alpha Drive

Highland Heights, OH 44143

(440) 673-3483

West Park Animal Hospital (~30 mins from Companion)

4117 Rocky River Dr.

Cleveland, OH 44135

(216) 252-4500

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