1007 Albertson Parkway, Broussard, LA 70518
Recommendations for a Healthy and Happy Pet
Parkway Animal Hospital in Broussard, Louisiana offers high quality preventive care, diagnostic care, and surgical procedures to keep dogs and cats healthy and happy. What sets Dr. Venable and his team apart is their ability to provide the most modern veterinary medical care with an old-fashioned, common-sense approach often lacking in modern medicine. Communication and education are priorities, and clients are given choices in treatment plans to help their dogs and cats live a more complete and healthy life.
Owning a dog can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it is also a large responsibility that lasts the entire lifetime of the dog. Parkway Animal Hospital hopes to provide you with information needed to make some excellent decisions regarding the care of your puppy and adult dog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is ProHeart 6 recommended at Parkway Animal Hospital ?
We recommend Proheart 6 for several reasons:
We believe that Proheart 6 is the most effective heartworm preventative currently on the market. Over the past years, the veterinary community has noticed an increase in the number of cases of patients testing positive for heartworms, despite owner’s claims of faithful, monthly heartworm prevention. We have not experienced this with Proheart.
- Proheart 6 is a more convenient alternative to heartworm prevention for owners because your dog will only require heartworm prevention every 6 months rather than every month.
- With ProHeart you rest assured that your pet received its heartworm prevention because it is given by injection by either the veterinarian or a trained technician.
- Overall, we recommend ProHeart 6 because it is a more effective and more convenient option for heartworm prevention.
When should I spay or neuter my dog?
We recommend that patients be 6 months old as patients less than 6 months old are at greater risks for anesthetic complications.
Why should I spay my female dog?
- Female dogs have an increased risk for developing mammary cancer with each heat cycle. Females spayed before their first heat cycle have a 0.5% chance of developing mammary cancer. Females’ first heat cycle usually occurs between 9-12 months. This protective mechanism drastically decreases with each allowed heat cycle, and there is a 7-fold increase in the chance of developing mammary cancer if spayed after 2 years of age.
- Intact females are much more likely to roam and will attract male dogs to your home. This could lead to more “headache” for you and could potentially result in harmful incidents like: being hit by a car, transmission of disease, dog fights, etc.
- Older intact females have a higher risk of developing other diseases, such as “pyometra”. Pyometra is a very severe infection of the uterus. This disease is life threatening and requires emergency surgery, hospitalization, and antibiotic therapy.
- And very importantly, animal shelters around the country are already severely overpopulated. Allowing dogs to breed freely only adds to this problem. Unfortunately many dogs in shelters have to be euthanized because there is simply not enough room to provide adequate care. Spaying females helps to control this growing problem.
Why should I neuter my male dog?
- Intact male dogs are more likely to develop unwanted behavior patterns like urine marking, humping, aggressiveness and “roaming”. This could lead to more “headache” for you and could potentially result in harmful incidents like: being hit by a car, transmission of disease, dog fights, getting lost/stolen, etc.
- Intact male dogs are at a greater risk of developing prostate and urinary problems as they age. These problems include prostate enlargement, prostate infection, or prostatic cancer. Dogs with this condition may have trouble urinating or defecating. Treatment almost always requires neutering.
- Older intact males are at an increased risk for developing testicular cancer, which can be life-threatening. Treatment also requires neutering.
- And very importantly, animal shelters around the country are already severely overpopulated. Allowing dogs to breed freely only adds to this problem. Unfortunately many dogs in shelters have to be euthanized because there is simply not enough room to provide adequate care. Neutering males helps to control this growing problem.
Why should I have my pets teeth cleaned regularly?
- The most common disease in companion animals in periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a PLAQUE-INDUCED INFECTION of the gingiva (gums) and supporting ligaments of the teeth. If left untreated the teeth will become very loose, abscesses can develop, patients may experience pain while eating, and systemic infection could occur.
- Because periodontal disease is a plaque-induced infection the treatment and prevention of this disease is to have all the plaque removed and the teeth cleaned.
- We recommend that patients have their teeth cleaned either yearly or every other year in hopes to prevent and/or treat this disease before it becomes too severe.
What is pre-anesthetic blood work and why is it important?
- Pre-anesthetic blood work checks blood values related to the liver and kidney function. Checking the function of these two organs prior to surgery is important because they are the organs primarily involved in metabolizing the anesthetic drugs.
- We highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for every patient prior to having surgery for this reason.
The staff at Parkway are kind and caring. You can tell they enjoy the work they do. They are compassionate and take the time to make sure you understand what is going on with your pet. I received a follow up call after each visit to check on my pet and to answer any questions I might have. I highly recommend taking your fur babies to Parkway!Sarah
I have the utmost respect for the people who work here. I feel completely comfortable leaving my "family members" in their capable hands. They are thourogh and always complete the tasks that I ask of them and their record keeping is excellent. I couldn't ask for more from me vets office.Gregory
I love everything about Parkway! Extremely friendly staff!!! Techs and Dr. Venable take their time and show real patience and concern for my dog. I'm so glad we found Parkway!Ellen
Dr. Mike Venable and his staff are the best! I have transferred all of my animals to this clinic for their future care. Very high quality service yet down to earth when relating to his patients and their parents. Dr. Mike truly cares about his furry patients and I am so glad I switched over to this clinic. I have two dogs and a cat and he does well with all of them. Will make telephone calls to keep you apprised of any test results and is always open to discussing the wellness of your babies. The quality of prescription food they provide is great also. If they don't have it, they can order it and it arrives quickly. Love this place!Jodie
Visiting from out of town and needed to see a vet quickly. They not only accommodated me immediately, but when my puppy needed extra services they made an appointment for me at a facility that could readily address is further needs. I am extremely fussy about my veterinary care. They were First rate. I highly recommend.Sara
i have been a customer here since the building opened! i have always loved each & every person that has come through & they are like family to me now bc they always take great care of my family !Tami