As people age, their bodies and medical needs begin to change. This is true for our pets as well. Dr. Christine McDonald understands that dogs and cats often age at a physical rate of seven years for each calendar year. Therefore, Madisonville Animal Hospital will develop a plan for your furry friend, no matter what stage of life your pet is in.

When puppies and kittens first come to Madisonville Animal Hospital, Dr. McDonald performs a routine physical examination including a fecal sample to look for intestinal parasites. A vaccine protocol will also be scheduled based on your pet’s lifestyle. Heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives are some of the best treatments for all dogs AND cats. Our experienced doctor and staff will determine which product is right for your pet. Finally, a neuter or spay will be scheduled at this time. These procedures are not just to prevent unwanted litters. It is important for all pets to be spayed or neutered because certain cancers are less likely to develop in both genders of dogs and cats after these procedures.

As your pet begins to mature, Madisonville Animal is here for them as well. Once your dog or cat reaches the age of seven years, they are considered a senior animal and it is recommended we see them twice yearly. At this time physical exams, blood work to check the blood chemistry levels and complete blood counts become even more important.

Dr. McDonald and her compassionate staff have been there for the lives of so many pets in the Madisonville, Hammond, Covington, and Mandeville areas, and they will bring that same kindness and skill to your pet. No matter the age of your constant companion, call (985) 845-4681 to schedule an appointment with Madisonville Animal Hospital.