How safe is my pet’s procedure?

Just as in human medicine, the overall safety of any procedure is based on the age of the patient, and the type of treatment required. For example, a neuter or spay for a young animal generally carries less risk than a cancer treatment for a senior animal. Regardless of the type of your pet’s medical needs, Madisonville Animal Hospital takes the greatest possible care of your furry family member! Our hospital has the latest technology including digital x-rays, blood work diagnostics, anesthesia, and monitoring equipment for the safety of your pet before, during and after a medical event. Contact Madisonville Animal Hospital at 985-845-4681 to learn more on how we can take care of your pet’s surgical needs.

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

Did you know that often each year for the life of an animal is approximately 7 years for humans? Imagine a 7 year-old dog that doesn’t go to the veterinarian for 3 years. This would be the equivalent of a 49 year-old person not going to the doctor for 21 years! At Madisonville Animal Hospital, we recommend yearly exams and blood work as necessary. Taking proper care of your pet during their younger years can mean fewer medications as they age, and may extend the life of your pet. Call one of our veterinary professionals at 985-845-4681 to set up your pet’s yearly appointment today!

Why is dental care important for the life of my pet?

Studies indicate that animals can live 25% longer when they have proper veterinarian dental care over the course of their lives, versus animals not receiving dental care. In fact, hardened bacteria known as plaque and tartar can begin to form in the mouths of animals as young as one year of age. Without regular veterinary dental cleanings, these bacteria not only damage the teeth and gums, but ultimately the heart, liver, and kidneys. Keep your constant companion as healthy as possible with dental care at Madisonville Animal Hospital. Pets in the Madisonville, Mandeville, Covington, and Hammond areas rely on Dr. McDonald and her staff for veterinary dental care, and you can too by contacting us at 985-845-4681.

How important is nutrition for my pet?

Nutrition is equally important for dogs and cats as it is for people. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, approximately 58% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese in the United States. A few extra pounds for a small animal can cause early diabetes, heart disease, decreased mobility and even shorten their lifespan. Regardless of the age or current health status of your precious pet, call Madisonville Animal Hospital at 985-845-4681 for a nutritional consultation for your pet today!

How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in their behavior?

A noticeable change in the behavior of your pet may indicate something harmless, while other changes may be due to a painful condition or illness. Most animals do not outwardly show they are hurting, as this would have been detrimental to them in the wild. With any illness or disease in veterinary medicine, it is best to diagnose and treat as early as possible. Therefore, Dr. McDonald recommends her clients bring their pets in for an examination when they exhibit a behavior change. Please call one of our compassionate staff members at 985-845-4681 as soon as possible if your pet has a change in their behavior.

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

Dr. Christine McDonald recommends spaying or neutering all dogs and cats between 4 and 6 months of age. While these procedures are considered routine, remember that the spay procedure for our dog or cat is the equivalent of an ovarian hysterectomy in a human. A neuter for our male dogs and cats is a complete removal of the testis. Therefore, Dr. McDonald recommends pain medications and blood work prior to these procedures to keep them as comfortable as possible and to minimize the risk that your pet may have an underlying condition. During the surgery, your pet’s blood pressure and heart rate is constantly monitored by one of our veterinary professionals. If it is time for your precious pet to be neutered or spayed in the Madisonville, Ponchatoula, Mandeville and Covington areas, please call the compassionate professionals at Madisonville Animal Hospital at 985-845-4681.

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

Heartworms have been diagnosed in all fifty states, and are especially common in southeast Louisiana. Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and can infect both our dogs AND our cats. Unless your pet is on a heartworm preventative, the juvenile worm can mature into an adult which can cause serious damage to the animal’s heart, and may even cause death. Remember that a monthly preventative not only keeps your dog or cat healthy, but is less expensive than having to treat adult heartworms. Madisonville Animal Hospital carries a complete line of heartworm preventatives including topical products, tasty chewable tablets, and an injection for those who may forget to give products on time! Dr. Christine McDonald will determine which preventative is right for your pet, based on their needs and circumstances. Schedule an appointment for your dog or cat and get them on a heartworm preventative by calling one of our experienced team members at 985-845-4681.

When is pain management appropriate for my pet?

There are a number of reasons that a furry family member may need a pain preventative medication. Trauma from an injury, a surgical procedure, certain disease conditions, and osteoarthritis are common reasons our pets may require medication to stop them from hurting. Dr. McDonald attends conferences and lectures throughout the year to make sure we carry only the safest and most effective products at Madisonville Animal Hospital. If your pet is facing a surgery, or if you feel they may have an ongoing painful condition, please call our hospital at 985-845-4681 and have your pet evaluated today.

What financing options are offered by Madisonville Animal Hospital?

Payment is expected at the time of service at Madisonville Animal Hospital. However, if your constant companion is facing an unexpected issue, we are pleased to accept Care Credit to assist you in your payment. Care Credit can be reached at (800) 677-0718, or online at