Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take in homeless or stray animals

While we would love to take in all the homeless or stray animals we could, it is simply not possible. Cost and space is limited at LaSalle Veterinary Clinic, so we are unable to house animals that do not belong to our clients.

My goat has a clear watery stool---what are the causes of this?

There are many reasons why your animal may have diarrhea, ranging from poor water quality to parasites. It is impossible to determine the true problem without Dr. Field examining your animal. Please contact LaSalle Veterinary Clinic if any of your animals have loose stool.

What are some effective de-wormers for goats?

De-wormers can be extremely beneficial for your goat. It is best to purchase parasite preventatives from a licensed veterinarian as our products are guaranteed by the manufacturer. A physical examination is also needed to determine the overall health and weight for the proper medication and dose for the goat. Dr. Field and his staff have many years of experience of de-worming goats and can help yours as well.

How often should I have a Coggins test?

Louisiana state law requires horses residing in Louisiana to have a Coggins test completed yearly. The state requires the horse to be chipped, tattooed, or branded in order to run a Coggins test. Contact LaSalle Veterinary Clinic to have your horse Coggins tested for the proper documentation required by law.

How often should I vaccinate and de-worm my horse?

Vaccination and de-worming schedules vary depending on the vaccine and treatment history of the horse. It is best to have your horse protected by vaccines and parasite preventatives prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. Please call our clinic to have your horse properly protected.

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

The answer to this question depends on the age and health of the pet. Under normal circumstances, yearly appointments may be adequate, but animals with health issues may need to be seen more often and have more frequent blood work. Contact our clinic to have your pet evaluated to determine how often they may need to be seen.

Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?

Yes. Many owners neglect the teeth of their animals and dental care is more than just occasionally brushing their teeth. Frequent dental care can not only improve your pet’s oral hygiene, but can also extend the life of your pet. Dr. Field and his staff are experienced in cleaning and treating dental issues in dogs and cats. Call and schedule your pet’s appointment at LaSalle Veterinary Clinic.

How important is nutrition for my pet?

Nutrition balance is very important for our pets. Not only keeping them at a healthy weight, but also keeping them clinically healthy meaning they get the essential vitamins and minerals that are found in appropriate pet food. Contact LaSalle Veterinary clinic to have your dog or cat evaluated for the proper diet and amount of food they require.

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

You should isolate your pet from other animals and small children as soon as you notice parasites. You should then set up an appointment with our clinic to have the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. LaSalle Veterinary Clinic carries the most advanced parasite preventatives available and can recommend the right product to keep parasites away from your pet.

What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

LaSalle Veterinary Clinic does not offer service after-hours. Please call Crossroads Emergency Clinic at (318) 427-1292 if your pet needs emergency care after-hours.

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

Dr. Field recommends spaying or neutering pets at approximately 6 months of age. Remember that spaying a female dog is the same as an ovarian hysterectomy in a human and a neuter is the complete removal of the male testes. We recommend blood work and pain medication prior to these surgeries to insure your pet is as safe and comfortable as possible before, during, and after the procedure. Spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted litters, but can also prevent certain cancers later in the life of the pet. Therefore, LaSalle Veterinary Clinic recommends that all pets not used for breeding are spayed or neutered.

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

Heartworms are a parasite that is passed to an animal from a mosquito bite. When an animal has heartworms, the treatment is long, costly and intensive. The best treatment for heartworms is actually preventative medication. We have several types of heartworm preventative to offer our clients. Call us today to pick up your preventative packet!

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