Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital takes every precaution to making sure your pet is safe throughout their time in our hospital. This includes numerous safety measures, pre-op blood work, diagnostic testing and full physical exams.

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

If your pet is a younger or older pet, then more frequent visits are necessary to give vaccinations and monitor age-related illnesses. We recommend for adult pets yearly visits for necessary vaccination boosters, routine blood work to detect parasites and cancers, and physical exams to monitor for any abnormality.

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

Dental health is very important for an animal’s health. Having healthy teeth, gums and tongue means that harmful bacteria are being kept at bay and not risking your pet to sepsis or infection.

How important is nutrition for your pet?

Making sure your pet eats the right portion and kinds of food is essential to bringing not only longevity to their life but a great quality to life as well. Proper nutrition and exercise will give you a healthy and happy pet. Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital carries a wide variety of specialized food formulated to keep your pet healthy and happy.

How long should I wait to bring in my pet if I notice a change in behavior?

Pets who exhibit withdrawal from family members, loss of appetite or aggressiveness should be brought to Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital as soon as possible. These behaviors are all signs of pain and your pet should be evaluated for injury or illness.

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

A pet with a parasite infestation should be isolated from other animals and young children in order to stem the infection of others. Call Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital to bring the pet in for identification of the parasite. Most parasites can be treated with simple medicines and medical baths.

What if my pet has an after hours problem?

Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital works closely with an outside clinic for emergency services:

Animal Emergency Center
2025 George Washington Memorial Highway
Yorktown, VA 23693

Current clients of Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital may call Dr. Brinker at (757)874-1817 for afterhours concerns.

At what age should my pet be spay/neutered?

Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital recommends pets be sterilized no earlier than 6 months of age. This allows for proper maturation of the reproductive organs and allows your pet to heal at a faster rate than if the procedure was done earlier in life.

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

Heartworms are a parasite that is spread through mosquitoes to the pet and becomes imbedded in the heart and large arteries of the cardiovascular system. They are easily prevented by a variety of medicines including injectable heartworm medications, oral pills and tasty treats.

When is pain management recommended for my pet?

Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital recommends pain management when your pet’s day-to-day life is affected by pain. Our goal is to keep your pet able to enjoy exercise, eating and TLC with their family!

What financing options do you offer and is payment required at time of service?

Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital strives to provide state of the art care for their clients and in order to achieve this; a policy is in place that requires all services paid in full before commencement. You may pay with cash, check or credit card. Todds Lane Veterinary Hospital works closely with Care Credit to offer financing services for major surgeries and procedures that may stretch the wallet. You can find more information at