Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

According to the American Veterinary Dental College, most dogs and cats have some form of periodontal disease by three years of age without proper dental care. Over time, the bacteria that form the tartar on the teeth of an untreated pet will damage their mouth and teeth, but their liver, kidneys, and heart as well.

Regardless of the age or condition of your pet, Dr. Van Duzee will perform a full dental examination, clean and scale, and make extractions as needed. You will also be shown the best ways to care for your pet’s teeth at home, as well as a diet that is best for their oral health. We also have dental radiographs to properly access disease that is occurring under gum line that is not visible by naked eye. At Town and Country Veterinary Clinic, we want to be there for the life of your precious pet. Schedule a dental evaluation today by calling one of our caring professionals today.

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

Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are parasitic roundworms that are transmitted to both dogs AND cats through the bite of an infected mosquito. Heartworms have been diagnosed in all 50 states, and are especially prevalent in the temperate climate in Lafayette, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.

Fortunately, heartworm disease in both dogs and cats is easily preventable. Monthly topical products, chewable preventatives, and an injectable preventative lasting six months are all available at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Pete will discuss the lifestyle of both you and your pet to help determine which heartworm preventative will be best for your precious pet.

Heartworm prevention is always less expensive and more effective than heartworm treatment. Additionally, there is no treatment available for felines, so heartworm prevention is the only protection for them.

Dr. Van Duzee follows the American Heartworm Society guidelines and tests his patients for heartworms yearly. Whether you have a new puppy or kitten, or an older pet that has never been heartworm tested or received preventative treatment, please call Town and Country Veterinary Clinic to protect them against this potentially deadly disease.

 

Why does my pet need wellness bloodwork?

Bloodwork is extremely important in veterinary medicine, as our pets are unable to communicate when they are ill or in pain. Laboratory blood and urine tests can significantly assist Dr. Pet Van Duzee in determining whether or not your precious pet is sick. The analyzers at Town and Country Veterinary Clinic provide valuable information including organ function, red and white blood cell and platelet counts, hydration levels, thyroid function, and the presence of a urinary tract or kidney infection through urinalysis.

Determining blood and urine values are important when our pets are well, and not just when they are sick or in pain, however. Understanding the organ values, blood counts, electrolytes, thyroid, and urinalysis testing is exceptionally beneficial for Dr. Van Duzee to be able to compare in the event your constant companion does become sick. Further, performing blood and urine testing each year can also assist in diagnosing specific conditions early, when they may be easier to treat.

Town and Country Veterinary Clinic has a state-of-the-art laboratory right here at our practice, which provides accurate results in minutes. Dr. Pete Van Duzee has many years of experience in successfully diagnosing and treating sickness and disease based on these laboratory results, so you know that your pet is in good hands at our clinic! Please call one of our caring professionals today to have a wellness blood and urine exam performed for your constant companion today.

Why is a flea preventative recommended for my pet every month?

Fleas are not only a disgusting nuisance to have on your pet or in your home, but they also can cause anemia and low iron levels, allergies associated with the saliva of the flea, and tapeworms when a dog or cat ingests a flea infected with tapeworm larvae. It is crucial to administer an effective flea preventative for both dogs and cats monthly for their overall health.

Misinformation exists that it is not necessary to administer flea prevention during the winter months. Colder weather and frost often do not kill fleas; they often become less active. In fact, adult fleas can survive in temperatures as low as the mid 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Our temperate climate in southern Louisiana will often remain above these temperatures, enabling fleas to stay active all year. Even after a severe cold snap lasting several weeks, flea eggs hatch and the flea life cycle begins once again.

Town and Country Veterinary Clinic only carries flea preventions which are safe and effective and are hand selected by Dr. Pet Van Duzee. Our flea preventions are guaranteed by the manufacturer of the medication, a benefit that is not ordinarily available from online pharmacies. Contact Town and Country Veterinary Clinic today, and administer flea protection every month to your constant companion.