West Park Veterinary Services is dedicated to keeping you informed and involved through every step of your pet’s treatment. Our experienced veterinarians and staff are proud to serve the Houma, LA community with exceptional pet care and services. To learn more about veterinary care, read below for some common questions.
Common Questions About Veterinary Care
Why does my pet need an annual physical exam?
During an annual exam, your pet will have all of its bodily systems checked for any potential current or arising issues. Not only can this allow the veterinarian to discover subtle changes in your pet’s health, it can also be a great opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your pet’s behavior, nutrition, and general well-being.
If you haven’t already, call us to schedule your pet’s annual exam.
Which vaccines should my pet receive?
A veterinarian will always consider a pet’s lifestyle and related disease risks when determining which vaccines are needed. The most commonly recommended or “core vaccines” include: rabies, feline panleukopenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus infection, canine distemper, canine parvovirus infection, and canine hepatitis.
Contact us if you’re ready to schedule your pet’s vaccinations.
Why should I have my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering your pet can offer many benefits, including:
- Reducing the risk of developing uterine infections and many types of cancer
- Decreasing or eliminating unwanted behaviors such as aggression or running off
- Preventing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens
We offer safe and experienced spaying and neutering at our office. Call 985-868-9927 to schedule an appointment.
How do I know when my pet needs a dental check-up?
Your pet’s oral health is important and can affect their physical health if problems are left untreated. Please bring your pet in for a dental check-up if you notice any of these signs:
- Bad breath
- Inflamed gums
- Plaque & tartar buildup
- Loose teeth
When you need trusted dental care for your pet, contact our office.
Why should my pet receive heartworm treatment?
Heartworms are parasites that dogs and cats can get from mosquitoes which can lead to a devastating illness. In order to best protect your pet, it’s important to schedule yearly heartworm testing and keep them on a monthly preventative at home.
For more information about heartworms and the preventive products we offer, call us at 985-868-9927.