HEALTHY DOGS & PUPPIES
HEALTHY DOGS AND PUPPIES
What do WE Love?
We Love Healthy Dogs and Puppies
We’ll say it again, we love healthy dogs and puppies! Maybe you are a struggling new puppy parent in Broussard or a seasoned dog owner living in Youngsville. Either way, Loftin Veterinary Hospital is proud to be a part of your pet family through excellent veterinary care. In fact, we have been caring for dogs and puppies in Youngsville, Lafayette, and Broussard since 1997. One of our primary goals is to provide exceptional pet care education to our client. Below, you’ll find some great tips to keep man’s best friend healthy!
- A routine puppy vaccination series includes vaccinations at 6, 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. The 16 week vaccines include a Rabies vaccination. Puppies are especially susceptible to the disease listed below (under recommendations for adult dogs) so vaccinations are a vital step toward insuring a healthy puppy.
- Intestinal parasite treatment or “de-worming” at 6, 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. Puppies should also be screened for other intestinal parasites and treated accordingly at these ages.
- Depending on your pet’s size we usually send home heartworm and flea prevention at each 8, 12, and 16 week appointments. Puppies cannot receive Proheart 6 until they are 6 months of age; therefore we send you home with heartworm preventative until your puppy is that age.
- We recommend that all male and female dogs not intended for planned breeding be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age.
Adult Dog Care
- Annual vaccinations, which includes immunization against: Rabies, Parvovirus, Distemper virus, Parainfluenza virus, Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Bordetella and Leptospirosis Administration of Leptospirosis vaccine depends on the size and breed of your dog. Yearly Heartworm testing and intestinal parasite screening.
- Heartworm prevention. Our first choice for heartworm prevention is Proheart 6, which is an injectable heartworm prevention that patients receive every 6 months. Of all the preventatives available, we feel that Proheart 6 is the most effective at preventing heartworm disease. We also carry monthly preventatives such as Heartguard.
- Monthly flea prevention. We recommend Bravecto, NexGard, and Comfortis.
- Annual dental cleanings
- Microchip identification
What About After-Hours Emergencies?
Oh No! It’s midnight and your dog is sick! What do you do? Don’t panic because the Lafayette area has excellent emergency veterinary care. We wag our tails for Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic. If fact, we forward all calls to this clinic after normal business hours. We will receive a full report the morning after your visit. Some of our awesome veterinary technicians moonlight with Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic, so don’t be surprised if you see them during your visit.
206 Winchester Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Pet Emergency Evacuation Kit
Unfortunately, hurricanes are a way of life in the Lafayette area. Preparation helps reduce panic, so know what you need in advance. A pet emergency evacuation kit should contain the following items:
Food, Water, and Medicine
- Food (3-7 day supply of dry or canned food with a bowl)
- Water (7-day supply of water with a bowl)
- Medicine (2-week supply of prescription medications)
First Aid Supplies
- Antidiarrheal liquid or tablets
- Antibiotic ointment
- Bandage, tape, and scissors
- Flea and tick prevention
- Cotton bandages
- Alcohol prep pads
- Paper towels, newspaper, and trash bags
- Chlorine bleach
- Identification papers
- Vaccination and medical records
- Emergency contact list including Loftin Veterinary Hospital
- Labeled crate or pet taxi
- Collar with ID tags
- Flashlight with extra batteries