At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
The experienced veterinarians at Plains Veterinary Hospital recommend sterilization for all pets not used for breeding purposes between 4 and 6 months of age. Spaying and neutering help with animal population control and prevents unwanted pets. Just as importantly, sterilization can also improve the overall health of the pet, and avoid certain reproductive diseases, including types of cancer. If your furry friend has not been spayed or neutered, call the caring professionals at Plains Veterinary Hospital today!
What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?
Heartworm disease is one of the deadliest conditions seen at Plains Veterinary Hospital and yet is preventable in both dogs and cats. Heartworms are transmitted when a mosquito bites an animal that is infected with heartworms and then bites an uninfected animal, such as your dog or cat. The heartworms mature in the body of the newly-infected animal and cause numerous deadly conditions in not only the heart but also the lungs and arteries.
Plains Veterinary Hospital carries heartworm preventative products for both dogs and cats, and each medication has been hand-selected by our veterinarians based up safety and efficacy of the drug. Our stocked pharmacy includes heartworm preventatives that can be taken orally, applied topically, and an injectable product which lasts six months.
The prevention of heartworm disease is always more effective and less expensive than it is to treat. Have your pet tested for heartworm disease, and then place them on a preventative that is right for the lifestyle of you and your beloved pet. Call Plains Veterinary Hospital to schedule a heartworm consultation with one of our experienced veterinarians today!
What do I do if I have a veterinary emergency?
In the event your pet has an emergency outside of the normal business hours at Plains Veterinary Hospital, please call our after-hours emergency line at 225-301-4648. One of our veterinarians is typically available, but in the event you are unable to reach one of them, please call the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine’s emergency number at 225-578-9600. Plains Veterinary Hospital serves the emergency veterinary needs of the Zachary and Baton Rouge areas of Louisiana.