Frequently Asked Questions

How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Each pet and issue is unique, and carries varying degrees of difficulty depending on the procedure. For example, a spay or neuter on a healthy young animal is greatly different from a more complicated orthopedic or cancer case. Regardless of your pet’s needs, the experienced veterinarians have many years of successful treatment, and they will bring that level of caring to your pet as well. If your pet has a health or surgical need, call Brandon Veterinary Clinic today!

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

At Brandon Veterinary Clinic, our doctors understand it is more effective and less costly to prevent issues rather than treating an illness. Larger breed dogs generally age more quickly than small breeds, and weight is also a factor in the true age of a pet. At Brandon, we feel the best time to begin examinations come as early as puppy and kitten vaccinations, and continue as needed. Depending on your pet’s condition, we generally recommend yearly examinations after vaccinations and bloodwork prior to any surgical procedure, as well as yearly. Bring your pet to us today and let us take care of them along with you over the course of their life.

What is a Coggins Test?

A Coggins Test is a blood test that checks for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). This test is recommended yearly and before any type of travel. Brandon Veterinary Clinic is a USDA approved Coggins Testing laboratory. Please call us for more information on Coggins Testing.

Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?

Dogs and cats need regular brushing and cleaning and polishing just like people! Dental care begins at home, so let our caring doctors and staff work with you for proper oral hygiene and diet for your pet. Neglecting your pet’s teeth can lead not only to sore gums and rotting teeth, but can cause damage to their organs including the liver, kidney and heart. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced doctors today!

How important is nutrition for my pet?

Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of healthy people as well as pets. However, remember that our pets should not be given the same food we eat. “Table scraps” given to pets can cause painful and serious pancreatitis in the short-term, and can lead to obesity and diabetes over time.

The proper amount of protein and carbohydrates is important for pets, as is the amount of food they are given. The caring doctors at Brandon Veterinary Clinic have experience in determining not only the correct food for your pet, but the proper amount as well. It is never too early or too late to begin proper nutrition for your pet, so call to meet with one of our experienced doctors to get your pet on a diet that is right for them.

How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?

A change in your pet’s behavior could range from something very simple, such as minor or insignificant aches or pain, to a more serious condition. As pet owners, people often are not able to determine the difference between simple or real problem, so it is always best to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible. The doctors at Brandon Veterinary Clinic have the knowledge and the diagnostic equipment to diagnose your pet quickly, so if treatment is needed it can begin right away. If you notice your pet behaving differently, don’t wait; call the experienced team at Brandon Veterinary Clinic.

What should I do if I notice visible parasites on my pet?

There are many types of parasites that can affect our pets in Louisiana, and you should contact a veterinarian as soon as they are seen. External parasites include ear mites, fleas, lice, mites and other parasites that can be observed on our pets. Internally, parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can not only affect our pets, but can also be transmitted to young children as well. Finally, some internal parasites such as heartworms can kill our pets.

A better way than waiting to find parasites is to prevent them. As with other conditions discussed in our website, prevention of parasites is less expensive than treating them after they are found. Brandon Veterinary Clinic carries a range of new and effective products to protect your pet from both internal as well as external parasites. Schedule an appointment with us today to have one of our doctors select a preventative that is right for your pet.

What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

The doctors at Brandon Veterinary Clinic understand that accidents or problems for pets don’t always happen during normal working hours. We offer full emergency services after hours for our current clients, and provide the same level of care you expect from our doctors and staff. If your pet is involved in an accident or has a condition that can’t wait until the next day, please call our after-hours phone number at (337) 238-5244 to have your pet seen by our emergency services team.

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

The doctors at Brandon Veterinary Clinic recommend spay and neuter procedures for pets between the ages of four and six months. Remember these procedures are common practice and necessary, but a spay is the equivalent of an ovarian hysterectomy for a human, and a neuter is the complete removal of the testes. Therefore we recommend bloodwork to insure your pet is as healthy as possible, as well as pain prevention to insure your pet is a comfortable during and after the surgery.

Not only do these procedures prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, spaying and neutering has a number of health benefits for our pets. Certain types of ovarian and testicular cancer can be prevented with this important surgical procedure. When it is time for your pet to have a spay or neuter, call Brandon Veterinary Clinic to have one of our experienced and caring doctors take care of your pet, just like they would if it were their own.

What are heartworms, and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

Heartworms are deadly internal parasites that are transmitted from the bite of infected mosquitoes. Many people think that only dogs get heartworms, but studies show cats can be infected at an equal rate as dogs. Heartworm disease not only affects the heart, but also the lungs of cats. Puppies and kittens should start early with heartworm preventative, as this disease is very common in Louisiana and is potentially fatal. If you adopt an older pet, you should have them tested and placed on heartworm preventative immediately.

The good news about heartworm disease is that it can be prevented using medications available at Brandon Veterinary Clinic. Our doctors personally choose the newest and most effective products available in veterinary medicine. Call Brandon today to have your dog or cat tested and to begin heartworm prevention right away.