What are your hours of operation?
Broussard Veterinary Clinic, in Lafayette, Louisiana, is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5:30pm. We are closed every Tuesday from 12-1pm for staff meetings and continuing education. We are open Saturdays from 8am to 12pm. There is a veterinarian on staff 3 Saturdays a month. On the 4th Saturday, the clinic is open for product sales and boarding pick-up and drop- offs.
What do I do if my pet has an emergency after clinic hours?
We have been very closely affiliated with the Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic for over twelve years. Dr. Broussard was on the board of overseers from its beginning. The emergency clinic handles all of our after hours emergencies with a fresh, ready-to-go, competent staff. They refer all cases back to us the next morning. You can call directly here to our clinic (988-5022) and the call will be forwarded to the emergency clinic, or you can call them directly at (337)989-0992. The Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic is located at 206 Winchester Drive, off of Congress Street, next to Capital One Bank, in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Do you accept Credit Cards?
Broussard Veterinary Clinic accepts cash, check, as well as Discover, Visa and Mastercard. Payment is due at the time services are rendered.
What is the vaccine schedule for dogs and cats?
We start vaccinations at 6 weeks of age on puppies and kittens. We booster vaccines 3 weeks from the first set, then every 4 weeks until 17-20 weeks of age. For dogs we booster the parvo/corona vaccine every 6 months until 2 years old. All vaccines are then boostered annually thereafter for dogs and cats. We customize cat vaccines according to their particular lifestyle requirements. (ie. totally indoors, totally outdoors, multi-cat household, etc.)
Which vaccines are needed and how are the diseases transmitted?
Routine vaccinations for all CATS include:
Feline FVRCP includes Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia & Panleukopenia. These viruses cause upper respiratory- tract infections and are transmitted through the air from one cat to another by rubbing faces or sneezing on each other. They can also be transmitted on food bowls and towels shared between the animals. Because these are viral diseases, there are no true cures, and cats can be carriers for life once they have become infected. In some cases, these viruses can also affect the intestinal tract and the brain and can cause seizures which frequently can be fatal.
Rabies: Vaccination for rabies is required by law yearly in the state of Louisiana.
Optional Vaccines depending on Cat?s Exposure History:
Feline Leukemia (FeLV): This virus can cause cancer in cats and is spread by sneezing, sharing saliva, facial touching, or other respiratory secretions. Any cats which are exposed to other cats of unknown vaccine history, even if it is for brief periods of time, should be vaccinated against this virus.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP):This is a virus which mutates in individual cats and causes inflammation of many organs as well as the central nervous system. Cats who live in multi-cat households or who live outdoors should be vaccinated yearly after 2 initial boosters.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): This virus is comparable to the human immunodeficiency virus which causes the AIDS complex, but is not transmissible to humans. It is spread by direct transfer of fluids such as semen, saliva, or blood. Cats which are outdoors should be vaccinated against FIV. All cats receive 3 initial vaccines 2-3 weeks apart, then yearly boosters.
**(Due to the fact that all cats which are vaccinated against FIV will show up positive on routine FIV inhouse tests, we advise that these cats be microchipped for identification purposes.)**
Why dont we allow for Sunday pick up and Drop off?
Our insurance policy does not allow us to release or take in pets during non-business hours.
Why do we advise to use monthly flea and tick preventative versus shampoo or treating the yard?
In Lafayette, Louisiana and the surrounding Acadiana areas, dermatology issues are one of the most frequent problems seen in veterinary clinics. Many of the skin problems we see can be directly attributed to fleas and ticks. A flea and tick control program is essential to the health and well-being of any animal in the South.
Flea control and tick control is best achieved by a combination program of environmental and pet topical control. The topical products alleviate the chance of the flea actually biting the animal- which in many cases is the initiating cause of the scratching and chewing by the animal. Although these products are excellent at controlling the flea population they can be overwhelmed by large flea burdens. We recommend keeping all animals in a household on monthly flea prevention, such as Advantix or Frontline. In addition to these topical products, environmental control is very important. Treating the house and yard regularly with a pesticide proven for flea control will help to alleviate the flea burden as well. Shampoos will have quick kill on fleas but no residual action and in some cases, too frequent shampooing can cause decreased effectiveness of topical products.
What kind of Science Diet food is recommended for shedding?
There is no food specifically made for decreasing shedding. In some instances, shedding may be due to excess itching from certain dermatologic conditions such as flea allergy, food allergy, or inhalant allergies. A good history and physical exam will help us to identify any problems which may be treated medically to control excess shedding. For regular shedding the best advice is to brush your pet regularly and even consider grooming/clipping longer haired pets in the summer months.
What kind of allergies do dogs and cats have?
Allergies are, without a doubt, the most frustrating medical problem to alleviate in pets. There are 3 basic types of allergies: inhalant (commonly referred to as atopy), flea and food allergies. All 3 show symptoms in the skin by redness, scratching, and skin infections. Food and inhaled allergies usually manifest with itching of the head, armpits and groin area and also may be manifested by chronic ear infections and/or feet licking. Inhalant allergies may show themselves consistently during certain seasons. The treatment of these allergies is dependant on the severity of allergy. With allergies, we try to control the symptoms as much as possible to make your pet comfortable, for their sake as well as yours. Many of the treatments are for symptomatic control, but if this therapy does not maintain an adequate level of relief, referral for skin testing by a veterinary dermatologist or a hypoallergenic food trial will likely be the next step. Flea Allergy is normally manifested with chewing of the tail head, lower back, and hindlegs, or crusting/scaling around the neck area. The cornerstone of flea allergy treatment is topical flea control monthly to eliminate the ability of the flea to bite the pet (see question #6 above). Many animals have a combination of allergies and these allergies may worsen as your pet ages. If you think your pet has allergies, please call for an exam and consultation.
When do you start your Puppy/ Kitten on adult food?
When they reach approximately 1 year of age, we advise switching your pet gradually over 5-7 days to an adult maintenance diet. Any diet change should be gradual to try to alleviate stomach upset and diarrhea.
Why is it important to perform Pre- anesthetic Blood work and EKG or to run these tests for senior pets?
One of the biggest limitations we find in providing medical care for pets is their inability to speak to us. A thorough history and physical exam is the first step in identifying problems in our pets. However, without bloodwork and EKG diagnostics, we cannot accurately assess organ function and evidence of underlying infection or other problems. Many diseases that affect dogs and cats, especially our senior pets, have a very gradual onset. Animals adapt quickly to pain or uncomfortable physical changes and may not show any symptoms as a result. They can?t tell us what they are feeling, so we use diagnostic tests to look for underlying disorders that may be present, but inapparent, even to a trained eye.
Therefore for our Senior pets, bloodwork, urinalysis, and EKG diagnostics on a yearly basis help us to identify underlying problems such as kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, thyroid conditions, etc., prior to development of overt clinical symptoms. If any abnormalities are detected, we thoroughly discuss these with the owner and formulate a plan to treat the condition or pursue further diagnostics if they are warranted.
Is it safe for my senior pet to undergo anesthesia?
With every anesthestic procedure there will always be inherent risk. What we try to achieve is as low a risk factor as possible. It starts with a thorough pre-anesthetic exam, bloodwork and EKG. Every surgery patient has an intravenous catheter placed and fluids are run throughout the surgery. We monitor our patients very thoroughly with the EKG and pulse oximetery as well as core body temperature and respiration. We also have technicians monitoring the patient. Every surgical patient is placed on a controlled heating blanket. We use inhalant gas anesthesia which can be discontinued if any problem arises during the procedure. Also, with inhalant gas anesthesia, the depth of anesthesia can be changed rapidly because of its rapid metabolism and elimination from the body. Your pet is then moved to our recovery area under the watchful eye of our highly trained technicians.
What is the recovery time for surgeries?
It depends on the surgery being performed. For routine ovariohysterectomy (spay), castrations and declaws the recovery time is usually 2 to 3 days although many animals show extensive recovery within 24 hours post surgery. For more complex surgeries the recovery time could be longer and for some surgeries the patient may have to return for rechecks and suture removal. Once your pet leaves our hospital, we always maintain close contact with you to make sure your pet is recovering normally.
What are the ages for ovariohysterectomy (spay) or castration (neuter)?
For dogs and cats we advise spaying at 5 to 6 months ? usually prior to their first heat cycle. If you are interested in breeding your female, we advise spay by 5 years of age to decrease the chance of breast cancer and also eliminate the chance for uterine infection (pyometra). We recommend castration at 6 months to decrease the chance of marking and other undesirable male behaviors.