Because we guarantee if someone else has asked it, you’re probably thinking about it too.

We asked the staff at Buddy’s Vets to share what questions they get asked the most. They are:

Can I give my dog human ibuprofen or Tylenol?

No. It is not safe to give your dog or cat human ibuprofen or Tylenol. They are toxic to your pet and will cause severe liver and kidney disease. They can also inhibit any medications we may have or will give your pet. 

Do you declaw cats or crop dog’s ears?

No, we do not perform either of those procedures.

Cropping ears are a cosmetic procedure only and there is no medical necessity for it. In fact, in Europe, the UK and other countries, it is illegal.

We also no longer declaw cats. Declawing is only deemed for medical necessity for the patient or the owner. It is almost never necessary for the patient. Declawing immediately causes pain and disfigurement of the foot, which then leads to chronic deformation of the foot and paw leading to severe arthritis. It also leads to many behavioral issues down the road such as inappropriate elimination or peeing outside the box and causes weight gain. There are alternatives to declawing your cat to include: learning how to trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis, training them on how to use scratching posts, or soft paws.

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Can I just get medications for my pet instead of coming in?

No. We cannot give you medications for your pet without you bringing them in for a consultation. For example, with ear infections, they can change every time, so we have to do ear cytology where we take a swab of what’s growing in the ear, put it under a microscope, and look at it. From there, we can decide what’s there and pick the appropriate medication. We also have to look in the ears to make sure the eardrums are intact because if they are not, it can cause deafness and vestibular disease and make your pet sicker. Every infection is not the same.

How do you expect me to catch a urine sample?

There are several ways to catch a urine sample for a male or female dog. With a male, you can get a soup ladle and mid stream put the ladle in the stream. This can also be done with a female, slide the ladle in after she squats in mid stream. Ideally you do not want any dirt or snow in it, just urine. Another approach you can use with a female is to get a really shallow pan like a pie dish and as they squat to the ground, slide it under there.

My pet is feeling better. Are rechecks necessary? Do they need to finish all their medication?

Rechecks are super important. We want to see your pet and look things over; even if they are feeling better; especially if your pet was having an issue with their ears, skin, eyes or any lameness. If you do not show up for your recheck and then come back two months later with the same problem, we have no way to know if the initial problem got better or resolved, if this is a recurrent problem or if it didn’t get fixed. If your pet had a UTI, we will also need another urine sample to make sure it is gone.

Likewise, even if your pet is feeling better, you have to use all the medication we’ve prescribed for them to take; especially antibiotics because sometimes your pet may be getting better but the infection is still there. We use medicine for a prescribed amount of time and concentration, which is backed by research and science. This is also the case for pain medication. We prescribe for a certain length of time because we want to stay on top of your pet’s pain and keep it gone.

Do we offer payment plans?

No, we accept cash, check, credit card - including Care Credit.
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Do we do nail trims?

Yes, by appointment only.

Do I really need to do heartworm, flea and tick prevention year round?

Yes. We recommend heartworm and tick prevention every 30 days year round. Because of how the temperatures get in Wisconsin, your pets are actually at risk at times when you would think they would not be. It does not get cold enough in Wisconsin for enough consecutive days to kill ticks. Therefore, there is tick activity year round. Fleas may not be a huge problem year around in Wisconsin, but we still can have flea issues. Once you get an infestation, they are super hard to get rid of and they do carry disease. With a bad enough infestation, people can get flea bites as well.

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Are all vaccines necessary?

Yes and no. Before we vaccinate your pet, we first take into account your pet’s age, lifestyle, and health status. We will discuss with you what we recommend based on your individual pet’s needs.

My pets don’t go anywhere - what do they really need to come to the vet for?

Even though we focus on the lifestyle of your pet regarding their care, we do recommend they come to the vet regardless if they don’t go anywhere or are mainly indoor pets for:

  • Vaccines: Even if your pet doesn't go anywhere, they are still at risk. And really, if they come to the vet, they are in fact going somewhere and being exposed to different things.
    • Your dogs most likely are potty trained and go outside to do that. Outside they are exposed to viruses, pathogens, intestinal and external parasites.
    • For cats, even if they are mainly indoor, we absolutely recommend vaccinating against rabies. Rabies is a real threat. Every year we have a rabies suspect because a bat got in the house. Feline distemper can also be a real threat because it lives in the environment.
  • Heartworm, flea & tick: Mosquitoes and ticks come inside because we carry them inside or they come in on their own. These are truly year round threats; regardless of the weather.
  • Fecals: We follow the recommendations from Companion Animal Parasite Council | Home ( to have fecals checked every 6 months for all cats and dogs no matter their lifestyle. Indoor cats can most certainly be exposed to roundworms because it is in dirt and we can carry it in on our shoes or it can be found in household plants.