Wellness & Vaccinations

Wellness & Vaccinations

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Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems.

The 4 most prevalent problems concerning our pets in South Louisiana are: heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks. With an array of preventative products, the doctors and staff at Walker Animal Hospital can help you find the best one to meet your pet’s needs. Heartworms are a potentially fatal disease, but one that is easily prevented with the use of a monthly topical or oral preventative.

Heartworms sit in the heart and lungs and wreak havoc in these locations. They also can result in problems at distant organs like the liver and kidneys. All of the heartworm preventatives have an intestinal parasite control label as well. Don’t forget: Cats need heartworm protection too!

Individualized Flea/Tick Control Programs: We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, in your yard and on your pet.

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that live to pierce the skin and suck the blood of your pet. These pests can be terribly problematic for some animals, resulting in allergic dermatitis and infection.  They also have the potential to spread serious disease. Many products are available to control the flea and tick population in your pet’s environment. Walker Animal Hospital gladly offers our canine patients Frontline Plus, Advantage, and Comfortis (fleas only). Our feline products are Advantage, Frontline, Advantage Multi and Comfortis. Ask a member of our staff which product would best suit your pet.

Vaccinations are scheduled to your pet’s individual needs. We will assess your pet’s risk of exposure to diseases and administer vaccinations as needed for protection. A complete physical examination is performed at the time of vaccination.

Wellness blood profiles and urinalysis may be recommended for your pet at certain ages or if they fit certain risk categories.

Walker Animal Hospital also carries a variety of vitamin supplements, joint supplements and skin supplements.