Pet Wellness Exams in Ruston, Louisiana You visit your doctor for routine checkups to make sure you’re staying healthy. The same applies to dogs and cats, especially since they can’t tell us how they’re feeling. The best way to monitor their health and keep them as protected as possible from disease is to schedule annual wellness exams with your vet. At Lagniappe Animal Health located in Ruston, LA, we approach your pet’s care just as attentively and personally as your own physician would approach yours. We provide wellness plans specific to every dog and cat, and can offer recommendations for nutrition, exercise, training, and more to round out their treatment. Call (318) 255-3303 to speak with our team or request an appointment online. Make an Appointment What is a Pet Wellness Exam? A pet exam is an effective way for us to evaluate your dog’s or cat’s health on a regular basis. It is also an opportune time for asking your vet questions, and gathering as much information as possible to maintain a high quality of care at home. Plus, your pet’s health will change as they get older and we want to help you stay on top of it. Wellness exams usually include: A physical examination of the heart, lungs, limbs, gums and teeth, ears, eyes, nose, and abdomen Blood and fecal testing to screen for disease and parasites Yearly blood work to assess organ function Vaccinations (this includes core vaccines and, if needed, certain lifestyle-based vaccines depending on your pet’s needs) Deworming treatment, if your pet tests positive for worms Dispensing of parasite preventatives An in-depth conversation about your pet’s nutritional needs, behavioral issues, and more Microchipping The Importance of Protecting Your Pet from Parasites There is no one-and-done treatment for keeping fleas and ticks out of your pet’s hair. Dogs and cats both need ongoing protection in the form of topical and oral parasite preventatives, both of which we offer at our hospital here in Ruston. With routine treatment, you can protect your pet from: Heartworm disease Lyme disease (can be transmitted to dogs and humans) Flea allergy dermatitis Roundworms Hookworms Tapeworms Parasite infestations of any kind can become a serious hassle for pets and their families, but with proper prevention, they don’t need to be. Contact us at (318) 255-3303 if you have any questions about parasite prevention or need a refill on your pet’s preventatives.