A few Frequesntly Asked Questions

How long have you been a veterinarian?

Dr. Katheryn Kraemer, DVM has been practicing for 40 years and has a wide range of animal experience, from household pets to pasture animals. Animal care is Dr. Kathy’s lifelong passion and joy; countless local and commuting families have trusted her for years with their loved ones’ care. 

What kind of services does your vet clinic offer?

Lakeland Vet Clinic offers a wide range of veterinarian services with the goal of maintaining quality of life through complete healthcare. 

Most common services include:

  • General Wellness Check-Ups

  • Nail Trim

  • Worming
  • Preventative Care
Anal Gland Care

  • Dental Cleaning & Extractions

  • Digital Radiography (X-ray)
  • Laser / Cytopoint / Steroid Treatments
  • Routine and Specialized Surgical Procedures

  • Laboratory Diagnostic Work Ups

  • Vaccination

  • Health Certificates
Hospice Care

  • Euthanasia

  • Feel free to call our office with any specific service inquiries. 
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Are you taking new patients?

Yes! We are always excited to add to our family of pets at Lakeland Vet Clinic. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been with us for 10 years, we guarantee top of the line treatment, frequent follow ups, and overall loving, quality service.

We are switching to Lakeland Vet from another clinic, how does it work?

We are excited to have you and will make the transition as smooth as possible! We will reach out to your previous clinic to request any medical history they have for your pet (i.e., vaccine history, previous medications, any known allergies) You will be asked to fill out a New Client form and along with any previous records we acquire, we will establish a file for you and your pet!

Does your clinic offer payment plans?

We understand some vet bills can occur unexpectedly. While we do require payment up front for all procedures and medications, we are willing to have flexible payment schedules under certain circumstances. Please call our office for more information on a payment plan that works for you. 
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Does your clinic offer immunizations?

We do! Lakeland Vet Clinic offers many vaccinations such as Rabies, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Rattlesnake, Lepto, DHPPV, Leukemia, and FRCP. Dr. Kathy keeps her patients on a solid schedule to ensure year round protection. All vaccines come with the proper paperwork / health certificates / tags.

Do you take walk-ins?

We try to keep a full schedule at the clinic, however, feel free to give our office a call if you need to come in without an appointment. Dr. Kathy will do her best to make time in her day, if she considers it an emergency. We don’t want any animal to suffer when we can help!

I got a new pet, what do I do next?

Congratulations! We know how exciting it is and we want to help establish your pet with our clinic. We recommend booking them with Dr. Kathy as soon as 13 weeks old for their first round of shots and wellness checkup. Call today to schedule your first appointment! 
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Why should I have my pet neutered / spayed?

Fixing your pet can improve their quality of life in a myriad of ways. It greatly reduces their risk of cancer later in life, as well as the chance of life-threatening infections. It can also decrease aggression or irritability. Most importantly, spaying and neutering eliminates unwanted litters of puppies and kittens who would otherwise be sent to the humane society.

What can I expect if I’ve booked a surgery for my pet?

Dr. Kathy performs all surgeries in the morning from 8am-11am. All animals must be fasted (no food after 10pm the previous night) minimal water is okay in the morning. Typically, owners will drop off their pet in the AM, then will be contacted after the patient is out of surgery. Our techs will go over how the surgery went and how soon they will be ready for pick up, generally after 3pm to give the pet enough time to wake up fully. The patient will usually be sent home with medications / antibiotics and our receptionists will book a follow-up appointment to remove any sutures. Our office will routinely call or text to check on your pet’s recovery process. 

Why is my pet scooting their bottom on the ground?

This is a common symptom that your pet needs their anal glands expressed; this is a quick and easy treatment our techs can perform in 15 minutes that provides noticeable relief. There also could be underlying problems that would require a fecal sample to be sent out for lab testing. 
Please call our office if your pet is experiencing this symptom. 
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How often do you suggest checkups for my pet?

We recommend booking a wellness check at least once a year for healthy young dogs and cats. Middle age to senior pets should generally be seen twice a year to maintain good health. There are some vaccinations that do require a monthly or bimonthly booster. Additionally, some pets require more frequent dental work than others, as well as nail trims whenever needed. If you aren’t sure when they are due for a checkup, feel free to call our office and our receptionists will access your pet’s medical history. 
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