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Pet Wellness Services

New Orleans Pet Wellness Care

new orleans pet wellness examsThe gradual onset of health problems in an apparently healthy pet can often go unnoticed. After symptoms do appear, a condition may be more difficult or costly to diagnose and treat.

Your pet should have a complete physical examination at least once a year. A pet's lifespan is shorter than a person's, so much can happen in just 12 months. These examinations are a chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and for you to discuss any concerns or ask any questions you may have.

In all, these New Orleans pet wellness services offer the best means to protect your pet's health and wellbeing through prevention and early detection of disease.

Puppy and Kitten Care

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home. They add energy and fun as they bond with you and your family.

However, they also require a little extra attention to ensure they get a good, healthy start at life. This means that comprehensive physical exams at key developmental stages are important as well as time- and veterinarian-tested advice on housebreaking and training.

Your initial visit with your new puppy or kitten is perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where client, doctor and animal first meet and begin to form the relationship that will last for the life of your pet. Therefore, we like to give your puppy or kitten a thorough exam, talk with you about concerns you may have, offer health care and training advice, and discuss any questions you may have.

Topics often include:

  • Diet discussion, including types of food and guidelines on feeding intervals and quantities
  • Housetraining discussion
  • Behavior discussion
  • Spaying and neutering – Is this best for my dog? What are the health benefits of spaying/neutering? What should I expect if I don't want to spay or neuter my dog? If I decide to spay/neuter, when is the best time to have this done? What are the health risks of not spaying/neutering?
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
  • Discussion on pet health insurance. Should I get pet health insurance? What should I look for in a company?
  • Microchipping. Should I get this done? When is the best time to do this?
  • Current and future dental care recommendations.

Complete physical exam which includes detection of potential congenital problems and anything else you want to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions!

Senior & Geriatric Care

Dogs and cats in their senior years may have slowed down a bit, but of course they are still very loving and satisfying companions. They may require a bit more veterinary care in order to keep them happy and healthy and to detect the early signs of treatable diseases. Many diseases such as periodontal disease and arthritis will be mistaken for a pet showing signs of "slowing down" or aging.

We recommend semi-annual wellness and dental exams, but also recommend a geriatric exam tailored to your pet's age and condition. Our senior wellness exams include the core vaccines your dog or cat may need, as well as diagnostic tests designed to help catch any problems associated with aging before they become difficult and expensive to treat.

We also provide a number of senior care screenings such as ear and ophthalmic exams, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, weight assessment, blood chemistry tests, urinalysis, fecal exams for intestinal parasites (certain intestinal parasites can affect the health of you and your family), cancer screenings and "lump and bump" evaluations, and more.

Internal and External Parasite Control

Dangerous parasites are always a threat to your pet. Just as importantly, if brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. Roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms can also infect members of your household.

Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites from pets to people. It also prevents the transmission of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.

General Adult Wellness

Annual physical exams are the first line of defense for disease recognition and treatment.

Vaccine schedules are assessed annually based on risk factors your pet may be exposed to.

We recommend annual blood chemistry testing beginning at the age of two years, as well as annual heartworm testing.

Complete oral health assessment is performed at every visit.

new orlean pet wellnessHeartworm and Tick Borne Disease

Since heartworm, fleas, and ticks are also present in our environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these pests. We offer a variety of preventive medications and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion.

In all, these services offer the best means to protect your pet's health and wellbeing through prevention and early detection of disease.

Internal Medicine

We can perform most medical procedures necessary for the care of your pet.

We can check for the following endocrine diseases: Diabetes, Cushing's Disease, Addison's Disease, Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism, and many others.

We're highly experienced in diagnosing diseases of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and stomach.

Our clinic offers an intensive care facility that includes the use of IV pumps, heat sources to prevent hypothermia and 24-hour patient care and monitoring. We also have fresh frozen plasma on hand for emergency situations.

Intravenous fluid therapy, nutritional support, internal parasite control, and wound management are performed regularly.

Our Smaller Friends Need Care, Too

Magazine Street Animal Clinic offers a wide range of wellness and surgical services to clients that have exotic or pocket pets. We treat ferrets, rabbits, and reptiles. The healthcare needs for these pets are often quite unique.

We also offer nail trims, wing trims, and beak trims for birds.

In the wild, many of these animals evolved strategies to conceal illness or injuries as a survival technique to avoid predators. As a result, their medical issues can often go unnoticed for too long. By that time there may be a problem.

This is why we strongly recommend regular physical examinations. This exam includes a thorough physical, nutritional consultation, and disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary.

Ophthalmology

Your pet can develop glaucoma. This is a condition in which the fluid pressure inside the eye increases to a point where the optic nerve is damaged, causing loss of vision and blindness. Glaucoma is relatively common in animals and can develop as your pet ages – this is known as chronic glaucoma – or as the result of an injury or illness – which is known as acute glaucoma.

In many cases glaucoma can progress quite rapidly, especially when it is the result of injury or underlying illness. This can be considered an emergency situation.

Glaucoma symptoms to look for include:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Tearing or discharge
  • Eye sensitivity to light
  • Pain
  • The eye may look cloudy
  • Bulging eyeball

We recommend that you have your pet checked regularly for this condition. A routine glaucoma exam is not only an effective screening measure for chronic and acute glaucoma, but can also help set a baseline measurement for your pet. Setting a baseline measurement is important because normal Intraocular Pressure (IOP) can vary between species, breeds and even individual pets.

We use an instrument called a tonometer to measure the fluid pressure inside your pet's eyes. It is a noninvasive procedure and should not cause your pet any pain or discomfort. We will apply a mild anesthetic eye-drop to ensure your pet is comfortable during the exam.

The examination is quick and once done, we will explain your pet's measurement, what it tells us about the health of your pet's eyes, and provide any treatment options if necessary.

Other eye conditions that may be recognized include:

  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) which causes chronic corneal damage, thick discharge from the eyes, and secondary infections. Many breeds can be predisposed with this condition.
  • Entropin or Ectropin- a rolling inward or outward of the edges of the eyelids causing trauma to the cornea.
  • Eyelid masses- treated early, these masses can possibly be cured and not lead to disfigurement of the eyelid.
  • Corneal trauma and ulcerations
  • Inflammation in the eye (ureitis) which can signal a severe underlying medical condition.