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Clinical Study

Got fleas? We may be able to help!

We are currently accepting dogs in a clinical study for flea and tick treatment and prevention. If your dog has fleas and has yet to be treated, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical study to evaluate a flea and tick medication delivered in a new way! All costs related to the study will be free, including: lab work, physical examinations, and assigned study medication. 

Pet Care with a Purpose

When you donate to Southern Pines Healthy Pet Clinic, your gift will have a direct impact in our community by furthering our mission to continue providing low-cost spay & neuter services and affordable wellness services to our community, making a difference for both pets in need and the families that care for them.

About the Study

Fleas and ticks cause uncomfortable, sometimes debilitating symptoms for dogs, and can even spread to the entire household, including you! This study will evaluate the effectiveness of this newly proposed treatment in dogs who are currently diagnosed with fleas and ticks. The medication being tested is seeking approval for treatment and prevention against fleas and treatment of ticks. In this study, fleas will serve as the primary effectiveness endpoint. Observations regarding number of ticks will also be recorded by pet owners per instructions throughout the study. 

Who can enroll?

Requirements for eligibility to participate include, but are not limited to:

  • Dog is at least 10 weeks old and more than 4 pounds on Day 1 of study

  • Dog is generally in good health or stable condition

  • Dog does not have a history of seizures 

  • Dog cannot be pregnant or lactating, or intended for breeding during the study

  • Dog cannot have been recently treated with a flea treatment or preventative within 30 days or longer for topicals, oral product, or flea collars or within 7 days for sprays, powder, or bathing product

  • The household cannot include more than 3 dogs and 2 cats

  • The household cannot include ferret(s)


The study covers all related costs, including:

  • FREE flea and tick treatment

  • FREE heartworm prevention

  • FREE premium pet food

  • FREE veterinarian monthly checkups

  • PLUS $400 clinic credit for completed study

  • Why should I spay or neuter my pet?
    Every year, about a million of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized because they are unable to find homes. Spaying and neutering your pet prevents unwanted litters, protects against certain health issues, and may reduce some unwanted behaviors associated with the mating instinct.
  • Are there health benefits to altering my pet?
    Altering your animal prevents uterine infections and cancer in females and prevents testicular cancer in males. If females are altered before their first or second heat cycle, this also reduces the risk of mammary cancer.
  • Will a spay or neuter surgery alter my pet's personality?
    A spay or neuter surgery will not alter your pet’s base personality. Some changes that you may see instead include reduction of nuisance behaviors such as marking, yowling, and wandering in search of females in heat.
  • At what age can my pet be spayed or neutered?
    Pets must be a minimum of 2 months of age and no older than 7 years of age to be eligible for surgery. Our clinic is designed to accept healthy animals for spay and neuter surgeries. If your pet has underlying health problems, the surgery should be performed at a full service vet clinic or be evaluated by our wellness team prior to surgery. If your pet has not been feeling well, it is best to reschedule the surgery for a later date.
  • If my pet is in heat or pregnant, can she still have surgery?
    Yes, however, we require additional supportive care for pets that are in heat, are pregnant, or recently had puppies/kittens. We do not have ultrasound equipment to find out if your pet is pregnant, so we will terminate the pregnancy if the animal stays for surgery. Please let us know if your pet may need these additional services or see your regular, full service veterinary clinic in order to provide the safest care for their spay or neuter surgery.
  • How long should I wait to spay my pet after she has a litter?
    We recommend waiting 8-10 weeks after your pet has had a litter of puppies/kittens before having her spayed. This is typically 2 weeks after the babies have weaned, to allow her milk to dry up. We require additional supportive care for pets that are in heat, are pregnant, or recently had puppies/kittens. Please let us know if your pet may need these additional services or see your regular, full service veterinary clinic in order to provide the safest care for their spay or neuter surgery.
  • Will my pet stay overnight after their surgery?
    As a general rule, animals will be discharged on the same day as their surgery. The vet may choose to keep larger dogs overnight for additional supervision. There is a $25 late fee if you are more than 30 minutes late to pick up your pet, or if the pet is left here overnight. Community cats will be held over for one to two nights, and you will receive a phone call when they are ready to pick up. A late fee of $25 will be applied if they are not picked up the day after their surgery.
  • Why does my pet have to have a rabies vaccination?
    Per MS state law, you must have a current rabies vaccination for your pet. If your pet does not have a rabies vaccine, we will administer it at the time of surgery for a charge of $15. If your pet does have a rabies vaccine, please bring proof in the form of a rabies certificate or current vaccination record from your veterinarian.
  • Is a leash/carrier required for my pet?
    Yes, all dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a carrier at our clinic for $10. It is important that your cat is in a secure carrier BEFORE entering the clinic. If you are bringing more than one cat, they must be in separate carriers. Please refrain from bringing pet's personal items, such as bedding and toys, on their day of surgery. Due to the high volume of pets seen at our clinic each day, we cannot guarantee the return of these items.
  • What form of payments do you accept?
    We accept cash and credit/debit cards. We also have a method of payment called Scratchpay that allows you to create a payment plan for larger bills. We do not accept CARE CREDIT.
  • Is there a limit to how many pets I can bring in a day?
    Yes, we prefer no more than five pets per household per day. If you wish to bring more than five pets for spay/neuter in a day, you must pay the full surgery price and a non-refundable deposit.
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