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New Orleans Pet Health Maintenance

Pet Vaccines

Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that were once common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable due to advances in veterinary immunology. With each passing year, veterinary science is improving existent vaccines as well as increasing our ability to prevent an even wider array of contagious diseases.

Our pet vaccination protocol is tailored to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and to the lifestyle of your pet. We want to best protect your pet from the diseases he or she may encounter.

Our carefully balanced approach is the best means to prevent infectious disease and to lessen the possibility of your pet having an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

We will talk with you about the vaccination protocol we believe is best for the health of your pet thoughout all stages of life.

Dermatology and Allergies

If left untreated, skin and allergy-related conditions can fester and become serious health concerns for your pet.

new orleans pet health servicesTherefore it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions.

These include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues

All of these can indicate a serious dermatological condition or allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because if left untreated they can become severe medical concerns.

We will take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of home treatment.

Nutritional Counseling

One of the key factors contributing to the improved health and longevity of companion animals is our expanded knowledge on the important role that proper nutrition plays in overall health. As part of your pet's comprehensive physical examination we evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations based on what we see. However, some pets with nutritional issues or chronic conditions such as diabetes require a little bit more intervention, which may include specialized foods, feeding strategies, and even prescription diets.

We have trained staff available to help you with your pet's nutritional challenges. We also have a diverse inventory of prescription foods and high-quality nutritional products. If your pet requires a prescription diet we do not carry, we can easily order it for you. We can also offer advice and provide information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes, and other conditions.

Behavioral Counseling

Behavior problems are the number one reason that owners give up a pet. We offer behavioral counseling for a number of issues, such as inappropriate urination or defecation, aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, introduction of new pets into the household, and household pets that are in conflict with one another. Oftentimes a behavior problem, such as inappropriate voiding, can be linked to a medical issue (cystitis, bladder stones, and kidney disease).

We will help you recognize, validate, and categorize any behavior issues you may notice. We will then work closely with you to develop a plan to help eliminate your pet's unwanted behavior. If our veterinarians and technical staff members cannot help with your pet's behavior problem, we can refer you to a specialist in animal behavior.

Microchip ID

Does your pet have a microchip? It's the most effective method to find and return your pet if he or she ever gets lost.

Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this from happening. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with a unique code and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades. (The entire implant procedure takes less than 10 seconds.)

Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across North America are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. A call is placed to an information center. Then, the number code within the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.

This is why we view the HomeAgain microchip pet IDs as a standard of care for all of our feline and canine patients. With a microchip, your pet can be identified quickly and easily by animal control officers, shelters, or veterinary hospitals. Microchips are safe, unalterable and permanent identification for pets.

HomeAgain membership also offers benefits such as proactive pet recovery and free access to ASPCA Poison Control. HomeAgain comes with a number of useful services to pet owners such as its National Pet Recovery Database, Lost Pet Specialists, Rapid Lost Pet Alerts, Lost Pet Medical Insurance, Travel Assistance for Found Pets, and more.

Additionally, HomeAgain uses technology that is standardized around the world.

New Orleans Veterinary Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points that are located over areas rich in vessels and nerves on the body. The needles stimulate the underlying tissues and activate the pain inhibitory system. Messages are sent up to the brain resulting in the body's release of neurotransmitters, which temporarily block pain. Changes in blood flow occur, which regulates circulation and so the body's immune function is enhanced.

new orleans pet health servicesOccasionally animals may react to the small jab of the needle, but in general they do not respond at all and become relaxed during the treatment.

Veterinary acupuncture has minimal risk and complications are easily avoided when a trained veterinarian is performing the treatments.

Our New Orleans pet acupuncture services can be used to treat:

  • Arthritis (hips, shoulders, elbows, back)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Seizure disorders
  • Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, and neck pain
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS or "dry eye")
  • Lick granulomas
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pain and nausea related to cancer
  • Chronic digestive disorders (IBD, diarrhea, constipation)
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Other medical conditions such as immune-mediated diseases and chronic liver or kidney diseases.

An acupuncture exam often involves an in-depth medical history including what environmental and emotional situations may be affecting the animal's condition, and their overall personality. The physical exam involves palpation of certain acupuncture points and can include evaluation of tongue color and pulse quality.

Since it is a complement to western medicine, all animals should have a complete and thorough workup and be treated medically or surgically as appropriate before seeking veterinary acupuncture.

Saying Goodbye

Euthanasia and tending to your pets' remains are two of the most difficult issues for many people to consider. Asking the question means confronting fear, possibly some guilt, and sadness.

Euthanasia methods are designed to cause minimal pain and distress. Talk to us about pet euthanasia long before it becomes in issue. Find out about your options, make some key decisions ahead of time, and ask us to add this information to your pet's chart.

Taking the time to plan, as challenging as it may be, will lessen the pain and discomfort for you and your pet in the event this option ever has to be considered.

All of us at Magazine Street Animal Clinic will help you prepare for these important issues with the compassion and sensitivity they require.

We do offer at-home euthanasia by appointment only.