Frequently Asked Questions

How many months per year do I need heartworm prevention for my dog?

We recommend using preventative 12 months/year. This will provide protection against heartworm and help prevent intestinal parasites. With our fluctuating weather patterns, we simply can’t predict when we will see mosquitos and other issues.

I applied a topical flea product, why do I still see fleas?

The flea life cycle is such that new fleas hatch for several months.  Therefore, you may see fleas even when treating with a topical product.   If the infestation is not too great, you will eventually take care of the problem with continued topical applications.  If the infestation is significant, you may find it necessary to treat your house in addition to all your animals.  (Remember that it is necessary to treat all animals in the house even if some do not go outside… fleas travel in on one animal, drop eggs in the house and hatching fleas then infect other animals in the house.)

Why do I need a flea and tick preventative year round in Vermont?

Due to the flea life cycle, you can have fleas hatching in your home year round.  Ticks only need temperatures to reach 40 degrees to be active.

Why does my indoor cat need a rabies vaccine?

A rabid bat can enter any home and bite your cat.   It is also the law!

Why do my animals need an exam every year?

The annual physical is done to detect any disease process that can affect your pet’s quality of life.    Problems  which are detected early have the best chance for successful treatment.   Remember that humans should have an annual exam and our life expectancy is much greater than that of our animals.   In terms of an animal’s life expectancy, an annual exam is minimal (that is why we recommend that senior pets be seen every six months).

Why do you want to do a fecal exam every year?

A fecal sample is tested to search for intestinal parasites.  These parasites can be a danger to both the pet and its family, and it is possible and easy for any of our pets to become a host.

Is Lyme Disease a problem in Vermont?

Each year we see an increase in the number of ticks in Vermont and a corresponding increase in the incidents of Lyme Disease, both in animals and in people.

I’m leaving town for a while. Can you board my pet?

We don’t board pets on a regular basis. We occasionally offer boarding for animals that need specific medical treatments (fluid therapy, insulin injections, etc.) Please call for details if your pet requires specific medical care.

You said you need to hold my sick pet overnight. What are your kennels like?

We have 3 indoor runs for larger dogs and several indoor cages for smaller dogs and cats. Dogs are walked in the yard as needed and cats are kept in cages with a litterbox and blanket unless they are recovering from surgery (special care is needed).

When do you do surgery?

Our surgeries are done Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8:00am until 11:00am.  We offer appointments after 11:00am.

What forms of payment do you accept? Can I pay on a payment plan?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, cash and personal checks. We require full payment at the time that services are rendered. However, if you have a large bill and need to make payments, ask us about a “Care Credit” application. It can often be approved that day.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Unless it is an emergency, in which case you should still call us to let us know you’re on your way, we see patients by appointment only. This helps us keep wait times to a minimum on your end, while allowing us to take our time and give every animal our full attention.

My dog got skunked. What do I do?

“Dr. Barningham has provided so many services to our dogs. Twice, over the many years he has served our pets, I have had emergencies with unconscious dogs being rushed almost unannounced to the clinic. Dr. Barningham and his staff immediately provided care and in both cases the pets were revived on the spot. On the other end of the spectrum, we have received great counsel re: end of life decisions for our older dogs. Dr. Barningham even came to our house and helped us through tough times.”

Office Info

Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:30pm Thursday: 8:00am – 6:30pm   Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed          Sunday: Closed

Phone: (802) 899-4013
Fax: (802) 858-4267

Email: [email protected]

6 South Main Street
Jericho, Vermont 05465

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