Q: How often should my pet have an exam or blood work?
A: The age and overall health of an animal frequently determine how often they should be seen by the veterinarians at Garden District Animal Hospital. Young puppies and kittens are recommended to be observed yearly after they have received their initial vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered. Adult pets are normally seen for yearly exams, with blood work completed as need. Senior animals may be recommended to come in twice yearly, while bloodwork is recommended each year after they are geriatric.
Q: Why does my pet need a dental procedure?
A: Bacteria which accumulates in the mouth of a pet not only affect the in their teeth and gums, but can cause damage to their liver, kidneys, and heart. Pets with the benefit of regular veterinary dental cleanings can live longer than animals without this same level of care. Keep your pet healthy longer by scheduling a dental appointment for your precious pet at Garden District Animal Hospital.
Q: What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?
A: If you notice visible parasites on your furry family member, call Garden District Animal Hospital right away to have them seen by one of our experienced and professional veterinarians. Fleas, ticks, and ear mites can often be seen, while certain mites are not visible to the naked eye. In the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, we are fortunate to have mild winters, which means these nasty parasites are active all twelve months and can feed on our animals even during the wintertime. These parasites do more than merely look disgusting: they can also allergic reactions, and even transmit life-threatening diseases to our pets.
The best way to deal with these external parasites is never to allow them to attach themselves to feed on our precious pet! Garden District Animal Hospital has some of the safest and most efficacious preventative products available, so you can begin providing your pet preventative right away. You can typically achieve this by giving a flea and tick preventative year-round to your pet. Stop pests before they can make a blood meal of your constant companion! Call one of our team members at Garden District Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment today!
Q: What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
A: Heartworms are extremely common in the Baton Rouge and Port Allen areas of Louisiana and can infect both our canine companions AND our feline friends. Heartworms are transmitted from infected mosquitoes as juvenile worms known as microfilaria. Unless your pet is on a heartworm preventative, these immature worms can grow into adults that can cause severe damage to the animal’s blood vessels, lungs, and heart, and may even cause death. Remember that a monthly preventative not only keeps your dog or cat healthy, but is less expensive than the treatment of adult heartworms. The experienced veterinarians at Garden District Animal Hospital will determine which preventative is right for your pet, based on their needs and lifestyle. Schedule an appointment for your dog or cat and get them on a heartworm preventative today…it can save their lives!
Q: Are financing options are offered or will payment be expected at the time of service?
A: Payment is expected at the time of service. However, cash, all major credit cards, and Care Credit are accepted at Garden District Animal Hospital.