FROM THE REALLY BIG TO THE REALLY SMALL

01

WHY IS IT BEST TO HAVE MY DOG SPAYED OR NEUTERED? 

Spaying and neutering your pet at a young age may reduce unwanted behaviors such as territorial marking, the urge to roam, and aggression. Also spaying and neutering your pet effectively reduces pet overpopulation. Spaying a female is an effective way to eliminate the messiness associated with the female heat cycle. Spaying a female dog or cat prior to their first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of breast cancer and totally prevents uterine infections and uterine cancer. Along with the potential to help possible behavioral issues neutering a male dog or cat prevents testicular cancer and enlargement of the prostate gland, it also greatly reduces the risk of perianal tumors.

02

WHAT IS THE BEST AGE OR WEIGHT TO HAVE MY DOG OR CAT SPAYED OR NEUTERED?

We spay and neuter at 6 months of age or older and prefer the pet to be at least 5 pounds.

03

HOW DOES MY DOG GET HEART WORMS?

Your dog gets heart-worms from a mosquito bite. It just takes one bite from a host mosquito for your dog to become infected with heart-worms. Mosquitoes are everywhere at all time of the year in the gulf coast region where we live therefor making it vital that your pet receives the proper dose of heart-worm preventative as approved by a licensed veterinarian.

04

DO I REALLY NEED TO USE HEART-WORM AND FLEA PREVENTATIVES ALL YEAR LONG?

  1. Absolutely, with out a doubt YES! Your dog needs to be started on heart-worm preventative as soon as your veterinarian deems safe, and continue use for the remainder of the pet’s life.  It doesn’t matter if your dog lives inside or outside, if you bathe them regularly, or if its cold outside. Due to the popularity of mosquitos in our area there is no such thing as a heart-worm season your pet is always as risk of getting heart-worms if they are not on the proper preventative. We all love our pets and want to keep them healthy, happy and apart of our lives as long as possible. Providing your pet with heart-worm preventative is one of the best ways to ensure this for you and your pet. 

  2. Fleas like mosquitos are a year long battle. Fleas reproduce quickly thus causing an infestation that proves difficult to reverse. Flea preventatives are another vital part of your pets well being. Because fleas feed on blood meals they are transferable from household pets to their owners. Many pets and people are allergic to fleas and can have reactions ranging from mild skin infections to severe allergic reactions, and even become infested with tapeworms. Protect your pets and family and provide your pet with a veterinarian approved flea product today. 

  (If a severe flea infestations has occurred it may take up to 3 months of proper constant flea preventatives to get the situation under control. In many cases treating the environment such as backyards, curtains, carpet, and other linens becomes necessary.)

05

WHAT FOOD DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR MY DOG OR CAT? 

  1. We recommend Hill’s Science Diet brand food for both dogs and cats. Science diet offers foods in many flavors, in both dry and canned formulas so you are sure to be able to find a diet that works best for you and your pet. Though most pets enjoy this diet, the Nutritional Specialist and veterinarians at Science Diet understand that may not be the case for all so they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you or your pet is not 100% satisfied with the food simply bring by the opened bag or case of food and receive 100% of your money back, no questions asked!

  2. Science Diet also offers a large line of prescription diet food for pets that may have health concerns such as diabetes, bladder disease, weight, or joint issues, intentional problems, allergies and many many more!

If you have questions about a particular diet you may always call or stop by and a member of our staff will be more than happy to find the most appropriate diet for your best friend! Also Science Diet has a website that is full of great information. www.hillspet.com

06

SHOULD I GET MY PETS TEETH CLEANED?

  1. Yes, pets teeth need to be brushed too! The bacteria associated with tartar build up can lead to several uncomfortable and even life threatening illnesses. This infection can lead to gingivitis, painful ulcers and abscesses; tooth loss and bony loss in the supporting tooth and jaw structures; systemic infections with secondary kidney and/or heart compromise; and so much more. Although daily brushing of your pets teeth is best, we understand that in some circumstances this is not an option for the owner. Never put you or your pet in danger trying to brush their teeth or examine their mouth. instead, if you are concerned that they may need a cleaning please make an appointment to see one of our veterinaries and they will be happy to walk you through any procedures, and all options that may be available. 

  2. Bad breath is often a sign of a dirty mouth. Not to worry!!! Dental cleaning is offered 5 days a week. Because the pet is anesthetize for this procedure it is necessary to call for an appointment in advance. We will be able to fit you into the schedule in a quick and timely manor that is convenient for your schedule. 

           February is National Pet Dental Month. Dentals are discounted 20% 

07

WHEN WILL MY PUPPY START LOSING ITS TEETH?

Typically puppies start to loose their baby teeth at about 16 weeks, though it may vary slightly in different breeds. Larger breeds tend to loose their teeth at an earlier age while smaller breeds may take longer. In some cases the baby teeth never fall out on their own and need to be removed by a veterinarian. Having the baby teeth removed is vital for proper spacing between teeth and to ensure that adult teeth are able to move in straight. A crowded mouth will collect tarter at a much higher rate and lead to periodontal disease at a much younger age. 

08

IS MICROCHIPPING MY PET A GOOD IDEA?

Yes, its a great idea! Even if you never let your pet out of your site, accidents happen, leashes break, and the smallest hole under your fence can lead to your pets great escape. The thought that your pet may go missing is stressful enough on its own. Be prepared incase the unthinkable happens to find your pet and get them back home to you in the fastest most effective way possible. If you pet is picked up and brought to any animal hospital or animal shelter as a lost animal it is national protocol that they be immediately be scanned for a microchip. We offer HomeAgain microchipping at anytime for your pet for $39.99. (price includes national registration) For more information on HomeAgain and their services check out their website www.homeagain.com

09

IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO MY PET LATE AT NIGHT OR WHEN YOUR OFFICE IS CLOSED WHERE DO I TAKE THEM?

Louisiana Veterinary Emergency Center (LVRC) they are a 24 hour emergency and referral clinic. They can be reached by phone at (985) 626- 4862 or on the web at www.lavrc.com.  Their address is 2611 Florida St, Mandeville, La 70448