Frequently Asked Questions

How old does my puppy or kitten need to be to start their vaccines?

Puppies and kittens start their vaccinations at 6 weeks of age. Both puppies and kittens require a series of vaccines to be completely protected from the various diseases.

How old does a puppy or kitten need to be before being spayed or neutered?

We recommend to have your pets spayed or neutered between 4 to 6 months of age before they ever have their first heat cycle. By spaying your pet before they come into heat for the first time reduces the risks of mammary cancer by 85%.

Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?

The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Bacteria can accumulate in the mouth transmitting harmful bacterial to your pet’s internal organs. This bacteria can limit the lifespan of your pet.

How important is nutrition for my pet?

Similar to human food intake, a diet that is low in fat and high in protein is essential to the life of your pet. Our hospital offers the newest and most efficient food for your pet available today.

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

It is always important to take your pet immediately to your local clinic when your friend exhibits a change of behavior. Some changes may be insignificant, but others could indicate a more serious change that should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

What if I begin to notice visible parasites for the first time on my pet?

The parasite preventatives have developed greatly over the past ten years. In the past there were questionable techniques that have since been replaced with safe and effective ingredients that eliminate the disease-carrying parasite with out harming your loved one.

Does my dog need to be on heartworm prevention?

Absolutely, YES!! Heartworms are spread by mosquitos. Unfortunately, we is South Louisiana are blessed with mosquitos year round. It is essential that your dogs, whether they live indoor or outdoor, be on heartworm prevention for the entire year. In the past few years, a new strain of heartworm has shown resistance to the older heartworm preventatives. Ask our doctors about the latest and most effective medications to prevent heartworms.

Can cats get heartworms?

Heartworm prevention in cats is just as important as heartworm prevention in dogs. Cats contract heartworms from mosquitoes, just like dogs, however cats' symptoms are completely different. Cats will usually develop respiratory issues that may be mistaken for infection. There is no effective treatment for feline heartworms and feline heartworm disease has a poor prognosis. Keeping your cats on a monthly prevention is recommended to keep your cat healthy and safe.