Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic is our recommendation for quality after-hours emergency care. If fact, we forward all calls to this clinic after normal business hours. We will receive a full report the morning after your visit.
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*We are open all day on holidays!
**This is an emergency afterhours clinic, please notice our open/close times.
Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic
206 Winchester Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Finding Orphaned Animals
In most cases, if you encounter a baby animal the best thing to do is to leave it alone or place the animal back where you originally found it. Many times a baby animal is not abandoned but is hiding from predators while the mother is off feeding.
If you encounter a bird on the ground with no apparent injuries, especially during the spring time, you have most likely found a young bird or fledgling that is learning to fly. Young birds often leave the nest before they are capable of flight. They spend a few pre-flight days hopping on the ground and flapping their wings. The parents keep an eye on it and feed it when necessary.
Simply locating the nest and placing the baby back in it is the very best thing you can do. If the nest is too high or has been destroyed, you can hang a grass-lined basket or plastic container as close to the old nest as you can get. Watch from a distance for a couple of hours to see if the mother returns. Despite the old saying, “Once you touch a baby bird the mom will smell it and never care for it again,” most birds can’t smell and mom will be very happy to have her baby back.
If you have pets it’s best to keep them away from the area. Bring your cats or dogs indoors for the day. And remember, if you approach a nest too often or too closely, you may actually be leading predators to it.
Baby deer, known as fawns, are commonly found in late May or early June. They have white spots on their back and for the first several weeks of their life, if they feel threatened, their instinct is to drop to the ground and curl up in a ball and remain very still.
If you encounter a fawn, please do not assume that it has been abandoned. Leave the area quietly without touching it. You can rest assured that mom is not far away and keeping a good eye on the fawn.
Eastern cottontails leave their young for long periods of time. In fact, some might say they are lousy parents! The mother leaves the young all day only returning at night briefly to feed between dusk and dawn.
One way to see if a baby is truly abandoned is to do a flour test. Sprinkle a circle of flour around the nest and check for tracks the next morning. If the nest is destroyed, you can always build a new nest at that same location.
Squirrels often fall out of their nest, but mother squirrels do not abandon their young so easily. If you see the nest is destroyed, again, leave the babies alone. The mother will have a second nest built and be soon retrieving the babies. If you are concerned for their safety, such as if there are dogs or cats close, you can place the babies in a basket and hang it in the tree.
Above information from the website of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Pets are part of the family, and just like learning First Aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills for adults and children allows you to care for your family, learning important first aid for your cats and dogs can help you best care for them.
With that in mind, we have introduced a new Cat and Dog First Aid online course that will help you be prepared to deliver first aid care for your pets – including CPR. To learn more and register for this online course, visit www.redcross.org/catdogfirstaid.
Cat & Dog CPR
1. Check for breathing and a heartbeat…
Check to see if the pet is breathing and check for a heartbeat. If you do not see your pet’s chest moving and cannot find a heartbeat, begin CPR with chest compressions.
2. Give chest compressions…
Place your hands on your pet as follows:
- For cats, small dogs and deep chested dogs, place the heel of one of your hands directly over the pet’s heart and place your other hand directly over the first hand.
- For deep chested dogs, place the heel of one hand over the widest part of the chest and place your other hand directly over the first hand.
- For barrel chested dogs, place the dog on its back, place one hand over the widest part of the sternum, and place your other hand directly over the first hand. Lock your elbows and make sure your shoulders are directly above your hands.
Then, push hard and push fast at a rate of 100-120 compressions per minute, compressing 1/3 to 1/2 the width of your pet’s chest. Make sure the chest comes back fully (recoils) before compressing again.
Perform 30 chest compressions
3. Then give rescue breaths…
To give rescue breaths, gently close the pet’s mouth and extend the pet’s neck to open the airway. Cover your pet’s nose with your mouth and exhale until you see the pet’s chest rise. Give a second rescue breath.
4. Continue CPR…
Continue giving CPR with a cycle of 30 chest compressions and 2 rescue breaths until your dog or cat begins breathing again on its own.
5. Check again for breathing and a heartbeat…
Briefly check for breathing and a heartbeat every 2 minutes.
6. Get help…
Continue CPR until you reach a veterinary hospital.
Above information from the website of the American Red Cross
Nexgard Chewables are great for dogs. One chew prevents fleas and ticks for 1 month. Because Nexgard is given monthly, Dr. Loftin recommends it for the toughest flea challenges.
With Bravecto Chew, dogs get 12 weeks of flea and tick protection with one chew! This makes it easy for you to provide long-lasting coverage to your dog, without having to worry about remembering frequent treatments.
Let’s be honest, cats can be difficult to medicate. One dose of Bravecto offers 12 weeks of flea and tick prevention. This is very helpful for outdoor cats.
We like Comfortis for dogs and cats because in begins to kill fleas in as little as 30 minutes. Plus it offers 1 month of flea protection per tasy dose.
Local Pet Adoption
- Acadiana Animal Aid
- AAVA (Animal Aid Vermilion Area)
- Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center
- Iberia Parish Animal Control
AAVA has worked through numerous natural disasters, including hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the floods of August 2016. In the aftermath of Katrina, they helped unite people with their pets and saved cattle from drowning and starving.
AAVA also helped pass the Pet Evacuation Bill that keeps service animals and pets from being left behind during a disaster.
AAVA has been helping animals and their owners for over 20 years, and one of their goals is to rescue and rehome as many animals as possible from the local Animal Control facility, a high kill pound with no adoption program.
While all pounds are always full of dogs and cats for adoption, we are facing a particular challenge: this is a high kill pound with no adoption program.