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Frequently asked questions


WHAT RISKS ARE INVOLVED WHEN MY PET UNDERGOES SURGERY?
Whenever an animal is anesthetized, there are steps that can be taken to ensure the procedure is as safe as possible. Doctors will do an exam first to make sure the pet is in good physical health. The doctors at Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital ALWAYS recommend doing pre-anesthetic blood work. This is a simple blood test drawn the morning or night before your pet’s surgery. The blood work will show kidney, liver and pancreatic values, along with a CBC (complete blood count). The CBC checks for high and low levels of white and red blood cells, and pack cell volume. All of this blood work combined gives the doctors an inside look at how your pet’s organs are functioning. If all is well, our doctors will proceed with surgery. If not, it may be postponed until a later date or when a type of anesthesia to use that would be the safest for your pet has been determined. Blood work values vary from pet to pet and everything will be discussed with one of our doctors.
HOW DO I ENSURE MY NEW PUPPY OR KITTEN STAYS HEALTHY?
Having a new puppy or kitten is very exciting. The first thing you want to do is to bring your new pet everywhere with you. At first, you have to remember that puppies and kittens have no immunities short of what they get from their mother. Bringing them to the lakefront or other populated places will be putting them at risk for life- threatening viruses. All puppies and kittens should undergo a series of shots starting around 6 weeks of age. Dr. McElveen prefers to implement a vaccine plan of 6, 9, 12, 16 and 20 weeks. After receiving their 16-weeks shots, puppies and kittens are much safer to bring to public places. The reason for so many sets of vaccines is to give their body immunities active/live viruses. Puppies should have their initial examination around 6-8 weeks, and kittens around 9 weeks of age, if there are no signs of any problems or concerns.
WHAT IS CIV AND WHY SHOULD I VACCINATE MY DOG FOR IT?
CIV is canine influenza. Canine influenza spreads quickly and many dogs have little or no immunity. Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital has made it standard policy that all boarders must be vaccinated against CIV. It is highly contagious and in some cases may be fatal. There is no cure once your dog has contracted this virus, only treatments symptomatically. Intervet is a company that saw the need for a vaccine and produced the canine flu vaccine. Your dog will receive its first vaccine and a booster three weeks after. After the initial dose, your dog will only be vaccinated once each year.
HOW IMPORTANT IS NUTRITION FOR MY PET?
Similar to human food intake, a diet that is low in fat and high in protein is essential to the life of your pet. Our hospital offers the newest and most efficient food for your pet available today.
HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO BRING MY PET TO THE VETERINARIAN IF I NOTICE A CHANGE IN THEIR BEHAVIOR?
It is always important to take your pet immediately to your local clinic when your furry friend exhibits a change of behavior. Some changes may be insignificant, but others could indicate a more serious change that should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.
WHAT IF I BEGIN TO NOTICE VISIBLE PARASITES FOR THE FIRST TIME ON MY PET?
Parasite preventatives have developed greatly over the past ten years. In the past, there were questionable techniques that have since been replaced with safe and effective ingredients that eliminate the disease-carrying parasite without harming your loved one.

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Baton Rouge Pet Emergency Hospital
5454 Bluebonnet Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 296-0488
Email: rjpdvm@aol.com

Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 06:00 PM - 07:30 AM
Saturday 12:00 PM through Monday 7:30 AM
In Business Since 1986

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