Frequently Asked Questions

  • How safe is my pet’s surgical procedure?

    At Brogli, Lane, Weaver, Alexander Animal Hospital we make the safety and comfort of your pet our most important consideration. Advances in anesthesia and surgery have made routine procedures relatively safe with a low rate of complications. We take extra steps to ensure your pet’s safety by placing an intravenous catheter in every patient, using the best possible pain medications and making sure your pet is monitored by a Technician from the time he goes under anesthesia to the time he is able to sit up after his procedure. Please click on the link ( for more information about what makes our surgeries as safe as possible.

  • How often should my pet have an exam and bloodwork?

    We recommend an exam and bloodwork at least once per year. Wellness services such as these enable us to diagnose and treat problems in their early stages before they become a significant health risk for your pet. Remember, animals age much faster than we do. Therefore, visits every six to twelve months are needed to properly address your pets care and health.

  • Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?

    Yes. Dental cleanings help prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease. Left untreated, bacteria that causes dental disease can get into your pet's blood stream and affect many internal organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys. For these reasons, we recommend yearly dental exams, emphasize proper care at home and dental scaling/polishing as needed. Please click on the link ( for more information and pictures.

  • How important is nutrition for my pet?

    Just like good nutrition is important for our health, the same is true for our pets. Some pets have pre-existing conditions like obesity or skin issues and their nutritional needs will be different from other animals. We carry a full line of prescription diets to meet your pet’s nutritional needs. Please feel free to ask us if you are unsure of what food is best for your pet.

  • What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?

    We recommend treating your pet for fleas and ticks once per month year round to prevent this from happening. If you notice fleas or ticks on your pet, give a dose of flea/tick prevention if you have not given one in the last 30 days. You should continue giving one dose of flea/tick medicine once per month all year round. It’s also important to vacuum your house, wash your pet’s bedding, fog/spray your house and treat your yard.

  • What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

    For after-hours emergencies we refer our clients to the compassionate and capable team at Murfreesboro Pet Emergency Clinic. They are located close to our office making it easy to transfer hospitalized patients back to our care in the morning when necessary. Please see below for their contact information.

    Murfreesboro Pet Emergency

    2223 N.W. Broad St.
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129

  • At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

    We recommend spaying or neutering your pet between 6 and 9 months of age. For more information on our surgeries please click on the link (

  • What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

    Heartworms are parasitic worms that live in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other mammals. They are transmitted from one animal to another when a mosquito bites and takes a blood meal. It is a serious and potentially fatal disease. It can be easily prevented by giving your pet heartworm prevention every 30 days year round.

  • At what age should my puppy or kitten start getting vaccines?

    Your puppy or kitten should start getting vaccines at 6 weeks old. You will bring your pet back every 3 weeks for booster vaccines until they are 12 weeks old. Sometimes, depending on a variety of different factors, the Doctor will request you bring your pet back again at 15 weeks old for a final set of vaccines.

  • At what age should I start feeding my puppy or kitten adult food?

    There is no exact age that is right for every puppy and kitten to switch to adult food. Each pet is a little bit different depending on their size and breed. In most cases, a puppy or kitten will be switched to adult food somewhere between 6 months and 2 years of age. Cats and small/medium breed dogs can usually start eating adult food at 1 year of age. Large and giant breeds can usually start at about 1 ½ to 2 years of age. Your Veterinarian will be able to suggest an appropriate age for your pet. We recommend changing the food gradually over the course of a week. A slow introduction to the food will get your pet used to the taste and lessen the chance of an upset stomach.

  • What vaccines do my dogs need every year?

    In Tennessee rabies certification is required by law every year. We also highly recommend a distemper-parvo vaccine every year and a bordetella vaccine every 6 months for your pet to be fully protected against disease. Yearly vaccines start 1 year after the date of your pet's last round of puppy vaccines. Along with vaccines, we also recommend an annual exam, annual heartworm test and an intestinal parasite exam every 6 months.

  • What vaccines do my cats need every year?

    In Tennessee rabies certification is required by law every year. We recommend the Purevax rabies vaccine for cats. This cat specific vaccine is safer and has been specifically formulated for felines. We also recommend a yearly feline leukemia vaccine and a yearly FVRCP vaccine which protects your cat from feline distemper and upper respiratory disease. Yearly vaccines start 1 year after the date of your cat's last round of kitten vaccines. Along with vaccines, we also recommend an annual exam and an intestinal parasite test every 6 months.

  • Where can I take my dog for training?

    We have several great options for dog training in Murfreesboro! Please click here to check out our blog for a complete list of local trainers.

  • How often should I give my pet flea/tick prevention?

    Most preventatives should be given every 30 days. Dosing instructions can vary between products and you should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the box. It is much easier and more cost effective to give your pet a dose of flea/tick prevention every 30 days year round than to deal with the headache and cost of battling a flea infestation in your home. We recommend year round treatment for both indoor and outdoor pets.

  • How often should I give my pet heartworm prevention?

    Dogs should receive a dose of heartworm prevention every 30 days year round or an injection every 6 months. Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitos. Although we associate mosquitos with summer it is not uncommon to see them during the winter on a mild day. This is why it is so important to keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round. Most companies guarantee their heartworm preventative if you give it year round without missing any doses and perform an annual heartworm test. This means they will pay for heartworm treatment if your pet contracts the disease while taking their product.

  • Is it safe to give my pet over the counter medications?

    It is never safe to give your pet over the counter medications intended for human consumption unless directed to do so by your Veterinarian. Many OTC medications contain ingredients that are extremely dangerous to pets. If your pet ingests any medication that is not intended for them (OTC or prescription) you should contact your Veterinarian immediately.

  • How long will it take my pet to recover from surgery?

    Recovery time depends on the length and invasiveness of the surgery. For most routine surgeries, like neuters and spays, it will take 24 – 48 hours for your pet to recover from the anesthesia and from the surgery itself. Although your pet will be feeling back to himself in just a few short days, we recommend restricting activity for about 7 days. For major surgeries it can take 10 – 14 days for your pet to fully recover.

  • Are there any common household items that could be harmful to my pet?

    There is a long list of items and foods commonly found in households that could be harmful to your pet. A few things we frequently get calls about include chocolate, grapes, pool chemicals, rat poison, anti-freeze and something you may not have thought of called xylitol. Xylitol (an artificial sweetener) is a lesser known but emerging threat that is very toxic to pets. It is most commonly found in some sugar free gum, mints and some forms of diphenhydramine (some Benadryl products and generic equivalents). It is important to note that dark chocolate is much more dangerous than milk chocolate, and the toxicity of chocolate depends on the amount ingested and the size of the dog.

    You should contact your Veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested anything mentioned on this list.