Frequently Asked Questions


How safe is my pet’s procedure?

The overall safety of your pet during their procedure depends on the type of service we are providing. A spay or neuter treatment generally carries less risk than large scale surgery or cancer treatment. Regardless of the procedure Cane River Veterinary Clinic provides experienced, compassionate and prompt service to your pet.

How often should my pet have an exam and blood work?

We all know the old saying that 1 dog year equals 7 human years–this means if your dog or cat has not been to the doctor in 3 years that is the same as a human not going to the doctor for 21 years! We recommend yearly exams and blood work be done as necessary. Taking care of your pet at a younger age can mean a greater quality of life at an older age.

Does my pet truly need a dental procedure?

Early treatment to your pet’s teeth can inhibit the production of harmful bacteria that forms in the mouth. Oral bacteria can easily lead to early decay and periodontal disease. If your pet is demonstrating bad breath, difficulty eating hard food, brown teeth and red gums, then please call our clinic to schedule a dental consultation and treatment.

How long should I wait to bring my pet in if I notice a change in behavior?

A change in behavior should be addressed as soon as possible. While not every behavior change is significant, some indicate pain or may be an early symptom of disease.

What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

Cane River Veterinary Clinic offers emergency services with around-the-clock care. Don’t hesitate to call us in the event of an emergency, and our after-hours doctor and staff will provide your pet with the same standard of care you have come to expect from our doctors and staff. Please call us at (318) 352-6678 if your pet needs emergency care after-hours.

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

The doctors at Cane River Veterinary Clinic recommend spaying or neutering your animal between 4 and 6 months of age. While these procedures are common practice, please remember that a spay procedure in your pet is the same as a hysterectomy in a human woman and a neuter procedure is a complete removal of the male testes. These surgeries require pre-op bloodwork and careful monitoring after surgery. Call us to schedule your pet’s procedure today!

What are heartworms and how can I prevent my pet from getting them?

Heartworms are very common and can infect both dogs and cats. They are transmitted from mosquitoes, and unless your pet is on a preventative medicine, the worm can mature into an adult inside your pet’s heart. A monthly preventative medicine is very cost-effective compared to the treatment for heartworms. Our doctors are experienced in the latest preventatives and treatments, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.

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