It’s good to keep in mind that regular check-ups can detect disease in the early stages, improving your pet's ability to fight back. Remember that your pet ages much faster than you do; on average, one year of your pet’s life equals seven years of human life. We recommend at least annual wellness exams for all dogs and cats.
Ponchatoula Animal Hospital’s approach to preventative care is based on the specific life-stage of your pet. Each patient is assessed individually based on factors such as species, breed, age, and environmental challenges. Next, we offer recommendations for prevention, nutrition, and diagnostic work-ups appropriate for your pet. A standard recommendation from the doctors at Ponchatoula Animal Hospital is for all dogs to be on year-round heartworm prevention.
Our role is to educate you on the procedures and medications that are beneficial for your pet. This allows us to be more flexible with our recommendations and gives you more control of your pet’s healthcare.
The key to preventative care is an emphasis on the annual health examination. Each year when your pet comes in, he or she will receive a comprehensive physical exam and age appropriate ancillary diagnostics (such as heartworm testing, parasite screenings and blood work) to screen for early signs of disease. Our doctors will check the health of your pet from head to tail and everywhere in between.