Preventive wellness care is key to keeping your pet as healthy and happy as possible. This will not only improve their quality of life but also prolong the number of years you have to spend together. Due to the rate at which pets age, it is very important to have regular physical examinations to monitor your pet’s health. During routine wellness care checkups, your veterinarian will assess:
Your veterinarian will also advise on immunizations and parasite prevention (heartworm, intestinal, and ectoparasites) as well as nutrition, diet, and exercise routines to optimize your pet’s lifelong health.
The steps you take to give your new puppy or kitten the care they need at a young age will have long-term health benefits as they become adults. Regular checkups, vaccinations, and parasite testing are all key to ensuring the health for your new family member. Our talented and trained staff can also advise new pet parents on the training, grooming, exercise, and nutritional needs of your new pet as well as the spaying and neutering process, pet health insurance options, and suggested preventative healthcare. New pets come with many questions… and we are here to help!
We recommend all pets over the age of 7 visit us at least twice a year. Senior pets have special health requirements and can significantly benefit from visiting the veterinarian more often. These regular visits will allow us to catch any age-associated conditions early and develop a treatment plan to maintain your pet’s quality of life. During your visit, we will check the health of your pet’s teeth and gums, heart, liver, kidney, endocrine system, and any other parts of the body at risk of age-related conditions. Your aging pet may also be experiencing changes in behavior related to their cognitive function, which can be addressed with adjustments to your pet’s diet and the introduction of supplement to improve your pet’s mental sharpness. Watching your pet get older is never easy but with regular visits to the vet and the right medical plan, we can work together to keep your senior pet healthier and happier than ever.
Every pet is unique, including their dietary needs! Let us help you sort through the complexities of the pet food space and ensure the long and healthy life of your family member by providing consultation on the right food for your pet’s breed, age, body type, and activity level. Together we can identify any sensitivities to common food ingredients and any health conditions requiring specialty diets. We are what we eat, so make sure your pet is eating right.
A year-round parasite prevention program is key to maintaining the health of your pet, due to the prevalence and variety of parasites such as fleas, ticks, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. These parasites, which occur naturally in your pet’s environment, can have serious and long-term impacts to your pet’s health. That being said, there are many preventive options that can be highly effective at minimizing your pet’s risk to parasite-related diseases. Schedule a visit today to discuss how you can best protect your pet.
Dental disease is one of the most common and yet ignored health issues in pets. By three years old, most pets have some extent of periodontal disease. This is a result of plaque formation and resulting bacteria infecting the gum line. If plaque, which is a sticky substance containing millions of bacteria forms, is not removed often it can harden into tartar. If left unaddressed, tartar leads to the degradation of the gum tissue and potential tooth loss. Periodontal disease can also cause damage to vital organs like the heart, liver, lings, and kidneys. When it comes to dental health, most pet parents don’t realize the severity of the issue until the disease has advanced significantly. It is therefore very important to have annual oral health care assessments and speak to your veterinarian about an at-home dental healthcare routine.
If your pet is showing signs of injury or illness it is important to have a veterinarian perform a comprehensive physical exam. This, in combination with a record of symptoms and past health conditions, can help us diagnose the root cause of your pet’s discomfort. If the diagnosis cannot immediately be determined, your veterinarian will suggest specific tests to help identify the issue as quickly and effectively as possible.
There may come a time in your pet’s life when they are in need of a surgical procedure. Whether it is an elective surgery like spaying or neutering or an emergency surgery like intestinal blockage, you can feel confident that your pet is in the best and most caring of hands. Using our state of the art equipment (anesthetic, x-ray, dentistry, etc.) we will not only ensure your pet’s medical needs are addressed efficiently and effectively but will also make sure they (and you) feel calm and cared for throughout the entirety of the prep, procedure, and recovery process.
Our facility offers the following surgical services for companion animals:
During office hours, we are equipped and prepared to help with all emergency situations. In the case of an emergency outside of regular operating hours, we recommend Animal Emergency Clinic of NE LA.
During Business Hours:
Ouachita Pet Clinic
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
We are proud to offer our clients access to our brand new boarding facility, housed under the same roof as our veterinary clinic. By allowing us to take care of your pet while you are away, you can feel confident that your pet will not only be emotionally and physically cared for but also medically cared for, in the case any issues arise in your absence.
When it’s time to shed your dog’s winter coat or give your cat a complete shave, call the professionals at Ouachita Pet Clinic in Monroe, LA. Our expert groomer will provide your pet with everything from bathing to full-body cuts and styles. We provide professional grooming services for all breeds of dogs and cats. Our grooming services include: