There is no question too big or too small for our veterinary team. Below are some answers to our most common questions.

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At Carroll Gardens Veterinary Group, we get a ton of interesting questions from pet parents. Below are some common FAQs that might help answer any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call us at (718) 875-7007 for any other concerns you might have about your pet.


Why does my pet need vaccines?

Vaccines are an important part of your pet’s health care. Vaccines keep your pet healthy and prevent serious diseases. We will make sure your pet avoids these serious diseases through a vaccination schedule based on your pet’s lifestyle, health, exposure to other animals in kennels and urban dog parks, your pet’s risk of preventable diseases, and other individual circumstances.

How often does my pet need a Rabies vaccination?
The first Rabies shot your pet receives is good for 1 year. Subsequent canine Rabies vaccinations immunize your pet for 1 – 3 years depending upon the vaccine your dog receives. Most states require dogs to have a current rabies vaccination. For cats, we use feline-exclusive rabies vaccines which are good for 1 year.
At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
We recommend waiting until your pet is at least 4-6 months of age before seeking a spay or neuter procedure. Contact us to discuss specific details based on species, breed, and size. Spaying/neutering leads to health and behavior benefits for your pet, and of course, helps prevent overpopulation.
Why does my pet need an annual physical exam–especially if no vaccines are due?
Annual or Wellness exams are much more important than just receiving vaccines. During an annual exam, your pet will have all of its body systems thoroughly checked for any potential current or arising issues. There may be subtle changes to your pet’s health that your veterinarian will be able to discover during an exam well before your pet shows any symptoms. Your pet’s wellness exam is also a great time to discuss any questions you have about your pet’s age or nutritional status with your veterinarian.
How do I get my pet’s prescription medications?

Our in-house pharmacy has a selection of prescription medications and therapeutic diets for your family pet. Our staff members can help you select the best medication, determine the proper dosage, and provide information on side effects or interactions. Contact us immediately if your pet experiences an adverse reaction, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding a prescription medication.