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Annual Visits and Wellness Care
There is so much more to an annual visit than just vaccines. A year represents a significant portion of your pet’s life, and big changes can happen in that amount of time. Regular checkups, parasite screenings and lab work can help us establish a baseline and identify any changes before they turn into bigger problems.
Dr. Paige and Dr. Alissa will work with you to establish an individual health and vaccination plan that takes into account your pet’s age, needs, and lifestyle. We are happy to discuss the merits of each core and non-core vaccine as it relates to your individual animal.
Puppies and kittens should receive their first set of vaccines by seven to nine weeks of age and should be seen regularly until they are at least four months of age. We recommend annual wellness exams for adult dogs and cats between one and seven years old. Senior pets should have more frequent examinations and closer monitoring as issues start to set in. At each check-up, we record your pet’s weight and vital signs, ask about eating habits and exercise, and discuss parasite control. We always look out for developing health issues and can address any concerns you may have.
We are happy to provide hospital boarding and daycare services for our established patients. When your pet stays with us, we strive to offer the comforts of home. Blankets and soft beds are offered to non-chewers and water bowls are kept full. We feed once or twice daily, as per their usual routine. We feed premium brand sensitive stomach dry food, though you are, of course, free to bring your pet’s regular diet if you prefer. Medications are given on their regular schedule. Calming pheromones and nightlights are left on to help ease frazzled nerves.
Dogs stay in our indoor kennel and enjoy our spacious yard. They are walked three times daily on Monday through Saturday and twice on Sundays. Treats and playtime are a priority.
Cats are given plenty of room in our kitty condos, which have the luxury of private en-suite bathrooms. (No, really!) Litter boxes are monitored and cleaned throughout the day, which gives us ample opportunity to offer treaties and chin scritches.
You can turn your pet’s stay into a spa vacation with the addition of a bath and nail trim, or even a full groom.
Skin and ear disorders are the most common cause of veterinary visits, with good reason. Allergies, illness, and misadventure can all result in raw, red, itchy, or bumpy skin. Trying to put a quick bandaid on the problem will often lead to recurrence and worsening of the issue.
We are able to perform a variety of diagnostic tests to help identify the underlying problem and formulate a long-term plan. Treatment for skin and ear issues may involve baths, topical medications, systemic medications, parasiticides, allergy immunotherapy or diet changes. It can take time and patience to find the exact protocol needed to make a pet comfortable. Fortunately, we take great pleasure in breaking the vicious cycle of skin disease.
Oral health is tied closely to general health, so routine dental care is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Tooth brushing, oral rinses, and dental foods can all slow the progression of periodontal disease, but you can be certain that your pet will eventually need a professional cleaning.
While Dr. Paige and Dr. Alissa routinely examine your pet’s teeth, there are limits to what can be done during a regular visit and anesthesia is required to allow full access to the mouth. Once anesthetized, a pet will receive a detailed oral examination, followed by ultrasonic scaling and polishing. At the same time, we are able to perform dental x-rays, extract teeth, and address gum overgrowth or developing masses. Pets are able to go home the same day.
Pets are prone to many of the same illnesses as their people. Dr. Paige and Dr. Alissa are able to diagnose a wide variety of conditions including infections, organ failure, cancers, immunodeficiencies, and endocrine disease. As much as possible, we will work up and treat in-house, but we maintain good working relationships with local and regional specialists for consultations and referrals.
We will prioritize emergencies as needed during regular business hours. If possible, please call ahead to let us know you are coming so we can be prepared for your arrival. After hours, we recommend that you contact MedVet at (985) 626-4862.
As a staff of animal lovers, we understand the particular grief associated with saying goodbye. Our goal is to help your pet maintain comfort and dignity in their last days and to offer peace in their final moments. Dr. Paige and Dr. Alissa will make every effort to accommodate your family’s wishes at this difficult time. You don’t have to be alone, let us ease some of your burden.
Laboratory and Imaging
We have a complete laboratory and digital x-ray system and ultrasound which allows us to perform a wide variety of diagnostic tests. While most are done in house with a quick turnaround time, we also work with a state-of-the-art reference laboratory for more specialized testing. We are able to do:
- Allergy testing
- Blood counts
- Blood chemistries
- Blood pressure testing
- Corneal staining
- Culture and sensitivities
- Cytological analysis
- Drug level monitoring
- ECG services
- Endocrine studies
- Fecal testing
- Intraocular pressure
- Parasite screening
- Pulse oximetry
- Skin scrapes
Collars can get lost and tattoos can fade. Until pets learn to memorize their address, their only option for permanent identification is to place a microchip. It only takes a few seconds to implant the chip under the surface of the skin, just between the shoulder blades. The process is very similar to a regular injection and sedation is rarely needed. If your pet is already chipped, we can help you update your information as needed, to make sure your pet has a lifetime of identification.
A pet’s particular dietary needs will change during the course of their life and Dr. Paige and Dr. Alissa can help you adjust your feeding guidelines as needed. We can address issues of weight loss or weight gain, difficult eating due to oral pain, and changing needs due to age or illness. We are also happy to discuss the never ending list of food scares and recalls and can help direct you to an appropriate home-cooked diet if you so choose.
Our in-house pharmacy is well stocked to meet your pet’s needs. We also have an online pharmacy that can deliver food and medications directly to your home for little to no shipping fee. We can even ship regular doses of heartworm or flea prevention, set to arrive as each dose is due. No more worrying about whether or not you will remember to give it!
Age is not a disease, but it is associated with the development of disease. Just as in humans, a pet’s organs become less efficient with age, their movement can become stiff, and their minds can become less sharp. Regular checkups and monitoring lab values can help to catch these issues in their early stages. We know that owners love their pets more as time goes on, not less; we can help you keep their golden oldies shining brightly for as long as possible.
We offer a variety of soft tissue surgeries beyond just routine spays and neuters. We are also able to repair wounds, biopsy or remove most masses, extract bladder stones and intestinal foreign bodies, to name a few. Should your pet need referral to a specialty surgeon, we have relationships with all the local referral hospitals.
Regardless of the type of surgery your pet needs, we will do everything in our ability to maintain their comfort and safety. There are always inherent risks with surgery and anesthesia, but there are also many options to minimize them. Every patient receives a physical examination the day of surgery and has the option of pre-anesthetic labwork. Once sedated, patients will have an IV catheter placed before they are put on an electrical surgical monitor. This machine will report the patient’s heart rate, ECG waveform, blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature and blood oxygen levels. A dedicated surgical technician will stay by the patient’s side during the procedure and recovery. Multimodal pain management is offered before and after the procedure to maintain comfort. You will go home with specific instructions for your pet’s aftercare.
Much like gremlins, surgical patients should not be fed after midnight the evening before the procedure. You do not have to take away their water bowl. We will offer food postoperatively as soon as the patient is awake and ready to eat.
Your pet’s happiness is essential and at the heart of our veterinary practice. From the moment you walk in the door you’ll find our facility different than a typical veterinary clinic! We are shameless spoilers of animals in our happy, vibrantly colorful environment, staffed with dedicated veterinary professionals!