Medicine and Surgery

Medicine - Wellness

Pet Wellness Exams
Spay and Neuter Surgery Vaccinations
Vaccinations
Annual Heartworm Testing
Parasite Prevention
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations
Microchipping

Vaccines - How Vaccines Protect Your Pet

Class IV Laser Therapy

Benefits of Laser Therapy for Pets
Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy
What Can My Pet Expect from a Laser Therapy Treatment Session?
What are the Signs that My Pet Can Benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?

Health Certificates - Tchefuncte Animal Hospital Can Provide Pet Travel Certificates

Heartworm Treatment - How to Prevent Heartworms and Other Parasites

Ultrasound 

Common Reasons To Do Ultrasound Testing
What Can Ultrasound Testing Reveal?

Backyard Chickens

Surgery - General

Common Surgical Procedures
Surgical Follow Up Treatment and Recovery Time

Dental Services at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital

Pet Dental Dangers (and How to Avoid Them)
A Visit to Your Madisonville Veterinarian Means a Healthier Mouth for Your Pet

Spay and Neuter in Madisonville

Spay Your Pet to Reduce Pet Homelessness
Neuter Your Pet for Their Health
Your Pet's Behavior

Tchefuncte Animal Hospital Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital



Medicine


Wellness


Any pet owners would rather keep a beloved pet healthy than address multiple veterinary crises as they occur. Here at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital, we make it easy for you to head those problems off at the pass-through preventative pet healthcare in Madisonville.  Preventative care not only keeps pets happier and healthier, but it also reduces owners' financial and emotional stresses related to major veterinary treatments. Our preventative services include:


Pet Wellness Exams

Your veterinarian in Madisonville LA urges area pet owners to schedule regular pet wellness exams for their favorite animals. These comprehensive exams include blood tests, urinalysis, fecal testing, vital sign checks, and a thorough inspection of your pet's external features. We can learn an astounding amount from these procedures; for instance, blood tests such as the CBC and chemistry panel can alert us to potential kidney, liver, thyroid, and pancreatic problems, as well as possible infections or clotting problems.


Spay and Neuter Surgery

Spay and neuter surgery is obviously "preventative" in the sense of preventing conception -- but did you know that sexual sterilization also protects against significant health threats? We recommend spay and neuter surgery to eliminate the risk of reproductive cancers, roaming for mates and aggressive behaviors that can endanger your pet's life.  


Vaccinations

Vaccinations enable your pet's immune system to block dangerous or even fatal communicable diseases. Your vet in Madisonville can administer the necessary core vaccinations against the most common hazards for puppies and kittens, along with booster shots to help them remain protected for life. we may also recommend certain elective vaccinations to address specific environmental risks.  See below for more detailed information on vaccinating your dog or cat.  


Annual Heartworm Testing

The American Heartworm society recommends annual testing for heartworm infection.  The vets at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital agree with this statement and require testing your dog for heartworms once a year prior to starting or continuing heartworm prevention.  
 

Parasite Prevention

Parasites can devastate your pet's health, both by transmitting diseases and by causing direct damage to organs.  Certain parasites can be zoonotic- transmissible to humans, so it is extremely important to ensure your pet is properly treated and protected so you and your family will be as well.  A stool inspection is the easiest way to diagnose a tapeworm or other parasite. When you visit, plan to bring a stool sample in a clean plastic baggie. Then the veterinarian will perform a laboratory analysis on the sample to determine the presence of a parasite.   It is also recommended that a routine fecal examination be done every 6 months even if the pet appears asymptomatic.  Your vet in Madisonville can place your pet on parasite prevention medications to keep your pet free of these dangerous invaders. De-worming is another important step to rid your pet of an existing infestation as early as possible. 


Dental Checkups and Cleanings

Don't ignore your pet's oral health until dental problems and diseases become all too obvious. Your vet in Madisonville can administer routine dental checkups and deep cleanings under anesthesia as part of your pet's scheduled wellness visit. Checkups help us look for cancer, injuries and other issues that require soonest possible care, while cleanings help prevent painful, damaging gum disease.


Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations

Preventing obesity in your pet can safeguard him against a variety of chronic health conditions, from heart failure to diabetes and hypertension. We can prescribe a diet of healthy foods (and healthy portion sizes) while also recommending exercise and other lifestyle changes as needed to keep your pet trim.  Tchefuncte Animal Hospital is proud to offer the highest standard of prescription pet food in Madisonville, Royal Canin.  Royal Canin prescription dog food comes in a variety of formulations.  Our vet in Madisonville can prescribe products tailor-made for specific breeds, lifestyle habits, and special needs such as joint, coat and digestive problems.  While any time is a good time to make sure your pet is eating properly, an annual comprehensive wellness exam is the perfect opportunity to look into any specific needs your pet may have. Will weigh your pet, evaluate his overall health, discuss his lifestyle with you, and make any necessary recommendations for specialized pet nutrition in Madisonville.


Microchipping 

When our veterinarians recommend pet chipping, you may have concerns about the process. While the chip is a minimally invasive procedure, it does offer advantages that allow a pet owner to feel confident in the safety of his or her pet.  The chip is encased in a glass cylinder and is around the size of a grain of rice. The pet tags give professionals information about your pet's identity when scanned with appropriate electromagnetic scanners. They do not give GPS coordinates to your pet when they are lost but may offer solutions to help you find a pet when he or she ends up in a shelter or similar situation.   Most veterinarians or shelters carry microchip readers.  If your pet is lost, he or she may be brought to a clinic or shelter.  Your contact information is stored in a database linked to the microchip number.    

Contact Your Veterinarian in Madisonville Today!

Pet preventative healthcare is all about thinking ahead and being proactive -- so don't delay in scheduling whatever preventative care your pet may need. Call (985) 845-7484 to set up a wellness exam or other preventative procedure with your veterinarian in Madisonville, LA!
 

Vaccines


Here at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital, our veterinarians knows that you love your pets like they are valuable members of your family. With that in mind, we recommend cat shots and dog shots that will help protect your furry friends from numerous communicable diseases and preventable illnesses. Our caring vet can help ensure that your cat or dog gets all the necessary pet vaccinations in Madisonville at just the right time to keep them safe and healthy.

How Vaccines Protect Your Pet

A vaccine is a substance that strongly resembles an active pathogen but is in fact inert. When this substance is introduced into the bloodstream of an animal, the animal's immune system views it as the actual disease germ, not a mere look-alike, and responds by creating the right antibodies to fight against the nonexistent disease. The buildup of immunity then protects your pet against the the real pathogen for as long as the proper antibodies are present. Vaccines and the associated immune response generally lose their potency over time, which is why updates known as "booster shots" are typically scheduled at specific intervals (1-3 years) so the animal doesn't experience a dangerous gap in immunity.

There are certain pet vaccinations that your Madisonville veterinarian at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital recommend. These are the critical or "core" vaccinations every dog or cat should receive against some of the most common and troubling infectious diseases. Dogs receive vaccinations against canine distemper, rabies, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza. Cats are vaccinated against rabies, panleukopenia, calicivirus, leukemia and viral rhinotracheitis. Ideally, these vaccinations should begin as early in life as safely possible. Several initial rounds of vaccinations are usually needed, after which the schedule tapers off.

The veterinarians at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital may also recommend additional elective vaccinations depending on your pet's individual lifestyle and environment. One of the most common examples is vaccination against kennel cough (Bordatella), a serious respiratory infection that can spread easily among pets who share close living quarters.  The vaccines that may be recommended and their schedules follow guidelines set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. However, each animal is different so the actual vaccinations your pet mat receive and the schedule may differ on a case by case basis.

Class IV Laser Therapy


When you see your beloved pet hobbling around or experiencing obvious problems due to an acute injury or chronic pain condition, you'd do anything to make them feel better. At the same time, however, you may be concerned about subjecting him to a major surgical procedure or forcing them to take powerful drugs for the duration of their health challenge. 

Fortunately, many of the same advanced medical technologies available for humans are now available for pets as well, including the power of therapeutic lasers. Tchefuncte Animal Hospital is happy to offer laser therapy for animals in Madisonville LA.


Benefits of Laser Therapy for Pets

Conservative, non-invasive, drug-free treatment methods can serve as highly effective alternatives to major surgery or heavy medications, and laser therapy for pets is no exception. Unlike laser surgery, which employs a beam that actually cuts and cauterizes tissues, therapeutic or low-level laser therapy uses amplified light at a frequency that passes right through the skin without damaging it. 

The beam stimulates the tissues beneath the skin in a number of ways. For one thing, it boosts the production of a cellular fuel called ATP, improving cells' ability to rebuild themselves. The laser also boosts blood flow and drainage at the treatment site, reducing swelling and inflammation while also relieving pain naturally. This makes laser therapy an exciting option for pets who cannot tolerate medications or surgery easily. Laser therapy can even help speed the healing of nerve tissue, which is notoriously slow-healing on its own.


Conditions Treated by Laser Therapy

Our animal hospital in Madisonville uses the companion therapy Laser by LiteCure LLC, a leading producer of Class IV laser therapy devices.   A veterinarian on our team can determine whether your pet is a good candidate for this form of care. Your vet in Madisonville may prescribe laser therapy for:
  • Strains and sprains
  • Chronic tendinitis or muscle pain
  • Arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other degenerative joint conditions
  • Dental issues
  • Wound and skin lesion healing
  • Fracture recovery
  • Ear infection treatment

What Can My Pet Expect from a Laser Therapy Treatment Session?

Simply put, it provides relief. As the laser is administered, your pet will relax and enjoy the treatment. The almost immediate relief of pain will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that your pet initially experiences will dissipate.

Occasionally, angry cats will start to purr and canine companions will actually fall asleep during their therapy session. Frequently, after therapy, we hear: “He’s acting like a puppy again” or “She can actually jump onto the chair again.” Pain relief is provided in just a few minutes of therapy and that alone improves the quality of life for your companion.


What are the Signs that My Pet Can Benefit from Companion Laser Therapy?

Many of our laser therapy patients are older animals with musculoskeletal ailments. Some signs that your senior companion is experiencing pain or discomfort are:
  • Abnormal sitting or lying posture
  • Circling multiple times before lying down
  • Restlessness
  • Whining, groaning or other vocalizations
  • Limping, unable to get up or lie down
  • Difficulty getting into car or down stairs
  • Lack of grooming
  • Won’t wagtail
  • Licking or biting area
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trembling

Health Certificates


Are you getting ready to go on a vacation and plan to bring along your pet? It’s important to plan ahead when it comes to traveling with animal companions. This includes getting a travel certificate for your pet before you get leave.  When traveling with your pets from one state to another or from the United States to another country, you must be prepared to show evidence that your pet is healthy to travel and is carrying no infectious diseases. This is to protect other animals from getting sick. What’s more, since animals can carry diseases that can cross over to people, a health certificate is also needed to protect the health of your fellow travelers and the people at your final destination. A health certificate is also often referred to as a travel certificate, but they mean the same thing.


Tchefuncte Animal Hospital Can Provide Pet Travel Certificates

If you’re traveling with your pets, you should get their pet travel certificates as soon as possible. Otherwise, they might have to stay at home. At our animal hospital in Madisonville, we have years of experience certifying pets are healthy for travel and we welcome the opportunity to test your pet too. The obtaining a health certificate requires a quick visit with our veterinarian so they can ensure that your pet is healthy and up to date on vaccinations and medications.
Our vet in Madisonville wants to remind you that animals traveling within the continental U.S. must have a health certificate that is provided by the vet within less than 10 days before the date of travel. Remember to provide your veterinarian with the address where you will be staying, because this information must be added to the travel certificate. Included in the documentation is proof that your pet has gotten a rabies vaccination. If your pet is in need of vaccinations, please plan your appointment far enough ahead of time to ensure that we can provide the necessary vaccines.

Beyond the continental U.S., there are extra provisions for people who plan to bring their pet to Hawaii. This state requires pets to have a microchip (so they can be identified if lost) along with rabies vaccines and parasite treatment. When handled properly, there is a five-day quarantine period for your pet upon arrival in Hawaii. If you do not fulfill their requirements precisely, your pet may need to be quarantined for 120 days.  If you would like to reference the specific travel certificate requirements for each state and many other countries please visit the USDA’s website on Pet Travel.

Learn More about Pet Travel on the USDA's Website

Heartworm Treatment 



Heartworms are a type of worm that can invade your dog's heart, lungs and blood vessels. Mosquitoes transmit this parasite which migrates from the skin to the cardiovascular system and can grow up to a foot long and can be quite numerous. Our Madisonville veterinarian will perform a blood test to diagnose heartworms.  This test should be done annually, regardless if the pet is on heartworm preventative or not.


Treatment

If your dog (or even cat- yes they get heartworms too!) is heartworm positive, we may recommend blood tests, x-rays, and completing other tests, we put your dog on a particular type heartworm prevention medication as well as doxycycline to weaken the worms via destroying gut bacteria that they require.  Several week later, treatment may begin in the form of several injections over a one to two-month period. We'll offer tips to ensure your dog gets enough rest so he can recover quickly and safely.
The American Heartworm Society has excellent information on heartworms as well: https://www.heartwormsociety.org


How to Prevent Heartworms and Other Parasites

Keep your pet healthy by avoiding a parasitic infestation in the first place. We recommend prescription medication for your dog to prevent heartworms and other intestinal parasites. 

Ultrasound


At Tchefuncte Animal Hospital we are proud to offer state-of-the-art ultrasound testing for pets. Ultrasound can reveal whether a pet is pregnant, detect signs of disease and help guide the vet if a biopsy or surgery is required. Ultrasound is a safe procedure that harnesses the power of sound waves to look inside the body in a non-invasive way. 
It’s a quick process and it is an important diagnostic tool that can determine why an animal is losing weight, is in pain or has unusual results following a laboratory test of blood or urine. If you’ve never brought your animal in for ultrasound testing before, an introduction from your veterinarian in Madisonville, LA is in order. 


Common Reasons For Ultrasound Testing

When people bring their pets in for treatment, our vet may inform them that ultrasound testing is required to come to a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. The following are the most common reasons that the veterinarian may have when requesting in-house ultrasound testing:
  • Your pet is losing weight but has not changed its eating habits
  • A biopsy is needed and the vet needs to visualize the area first
  • An aging animal needs an ultrasound to establish a baseline before geriatric treatment planning
  • The vet wants to follow up on a previous condition
  • Your pet has experienced changes in urination habits
  • The animal has had diarrhea or has been vomiting for a lengthy period
  • Bloodwork results are abnormal
  • Chronic infections with no current explanation
  • Pregnancy
This list of reasons is by no means complete. You should consult with your veterinarian in to learn about other situations where ultrasound testing may be beneficial.


What Can Ultrasound Testing Reveal?

We use ultrasound machine to aim sound waves at the areas of concern inside your pet’s body to get a detailed view of what might be wrong.  For example, the ultrasound can reveal whether a dog or cat is pregnant. Or, the vet can use ultrasound to visualize a mass that then might need to be biopsied and tested in the laboratory. Each case is different. Your vet is trained in using ultrasound scans to quickly get to the underlying problem with your pet.

For more details about ultrasound tests or to make an appointment for your pet with an expert vet in Madisonville, please reach out to the team at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital today at 985-845-7484

Backyard Chickens


Please contact us if you have backyard chickens or are thinking of getting some as we can help with their care, feed, husbandry, coop set up, and diagnostic testing for parasites, etc that could be human health risks. We are partnered with the Mississippi Sate University Poultry Lab in Pearl, MS for full diagnostic testing.

Surgery

General


While many of the common pet surgeries our veterinarian in Madisonville, LA performs are routine procedures previously scheduled in advance, we understand that there are pet emergencies that require surgery as well. However, regardless of the surgical procedure you pet needs, our team at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital is one of the most esteemed clinics for pet surgery in Madisonville.

We offer an array of services for both wellness care and emergency situations, and we are prepared to handle any challenges or complications that may arise during any common pet surgeries. Our Madisonville animal hospital is fully equipped with state of the art surgical equipment, and our dedicated team offer fully monitored anesthesia procedures to ensure the wellbeing of your pet throughout any procedure we perform.


Common Surgical Procedures

When it comes to pet surgery in Madisonville, our vet may recommend a procedure to help treat or prevent certain conditions from becoming larger ones. The mission of our veterinary staff to provide for both your pet’s immediate needs while looking out for the wellbeing and longevity, so they can be a part of your family for years to come. Some typical surgeries we perform including pet emergencies that require surgery include:
  • Spaying and Neutering—The most common procedures performed at our Madisonville animal hospital are designed to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and to help reduce the pet population. Many pets also become more calm after being spayed or neutered, they roam less and cats in particular often curb spraying habits.
  • Cancer Removal—The removal of any present tumors or suspicious lumps that have been identified as cancerous or possibly such can help extend your pet’s life.
  • Broken Bones and Emergency Procedures—If your pet has had an accident or unexpected injury occur, getting treatment right away at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital can help them with relief. We treat bits, car injuries and just about any issue your cat or dog encounters promptly.
  • Ligament Repairs—Similar to an ACL injury in humans, cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries are repaired with the Arthrex Vet System in our clinic. This simple procedure brings pain relief, stabilizes the injury area and boasts reasonable recovery times.

Surgical Follow Up Treatment and Recovery Time

The recovery time and follow up visit schedule will depend on the procedure your pet underwent. Spaying and neutering can take just a few days to recover from while CCL injuries and broken bones can take several weeks to heal. In certain cases, we may want you to bring in your pets more frequently so we can monitor their condition and healing processes.

Dental Services at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital


When a skin rash, eye infection or orthopedic problems afflicts an animal, the symptoms are there for all to see -- but don't forget about the mysterious territory inside your pet's mouth. The teeth, gums and oral tissues are prone to a great many diseases and disorders, which makes preventative care and timely treatment a must. That's why your Madisonville veterinarian here at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital (Dr. David Moores, Dr. Laura Ferrara or Dr. Katie McConnell) wants you to understand the potential problems that can occur and the variety of ways we can help.


Pet Dental Dangers (and How to Avoid Them)

Dog teeth and cat teeth aren't as different from human teeth as you might think; the anatomy is similar enough that many of the same dental and oral health threats apply. The most common issue is periodontal disease, which affects the tissues that hold the teeth in place. 4 out of every 5 pets have some degree of periodontal disease by the time they turn 3 years old. The principal trigger is the development of a hard, rough substance called tartar on the teeth and gums. This is a food source for invading bacteria, which in turn cause inflammation and ultimately destruction of the gums and underlying jaw bone. Your pet can lose teeth to this disease -- but we can help prevent it by performing regular cleanings to get rid of accumulated tartar.

Annual checkups (or even more frequent ones, for certain at-risk animals) are another critical aspect of pet dental care. We can identify cracks or breaks in the teeth that might cause pain, abscesses and other problems. Sometimes an extraction makes sense in order to rehabilitate or preserve the surrounding healthy structures. Your Madisonville veterinarian will also evaluate your pet's mouth for any signs of oral cancer. Most owners would never suspect a case of oral cancer in their pet until the disease has already grown quite advanced -- and this aggressive, fast-moving cancer can prove disfiguring or even deadly. Identifying and treating a case of oral cancer can save your pet's life.


A Visit to Your Madisonville Veterinarian Means a Healthier Mouth for Your Pet

In addition to the critical pet dental services noted above, your Madisonville veterinarian at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital will be happy to provide valuable home care counseling to help you keep your pet's teeth and gums in optimal conditions between visits. For instance, we can show you the correct technique for brushing your pet's teeth and recommend the proper toothpaste for this purpose. We can also steer you toward chew toys and treats that help to curb tartar buildup. Last but not least, we're standing by to help if your pet experiences an acute dental or oral problem requiring immediate care.

Spay and Neuter in Madisonville


Did you know that millions of animals are destroyed each year, simply because they were born unwanted? Even the most careful pet owner can't guarantee that a mischievous pet won't run out of the house or yard, and that can mean an unwanted litter at any time.


Spay Your Pet to Reduce Pet Homelessness

There are homeless and feral animals in every state and every community. In fact, shelters in our country take in about 7 million stray animals each year. Only about half of these are adopted, and the rest of them have to be euthanized due to lack of space and money. 

The number of these animals varies by state, but most of them are someone's pet that got lost or members of unwanted litters from fertile animals that somehow got loose. The only way to reduce these numbers is by spaying and neutering every family pet. Unless you've got a purebred animal that's meant for breeding, there's absolutely no reason to avoid spay and neuter surgery for your cat or dog.


Neuter Your Pet for Their Health

It's an undisputed fact: spayed and neutered animals live longer. If you love your furry family member, this is the most important reason to have the procedure done. Part of the reason for this longer lifespan is that altered animals are much less likely to escape and roam the neighborhood, so they're less likely to encounter dangerous other animals, run into accidents with cars, or encounter other problems they wouldn't find in their own home. 
Another reason spayed and neutered animals are healthier is that the procedures prevent certain types of cancer. Altered animals have zero chance of developing uterine, testicular, or other cancers of the reproductive system.


Your Pet's Behavior

It's a myth that spaying and neutering make pets fat and lazy. We encourage you to make sure your pet relaxes and avoid strenuous activity for the first few days after spay and neuter in Madisonville, but most animals are back to their former attitudes within days. What will change is your pet's desire to escape and roam the neighborhood. Males and females in heat are escape artists before their procedure and are less likely to want to run away afterward.

Looking for a Veterinarian in Madisonville LA?

Spaying and neutering are one of many important procedures needed in your pet's life, and you need a caring and professional veterinarian team to make sure your dog or cat stays healthy throughout its life. The team at our animal hospital in Madisonville not only cares for your pet on an emergency basis, we're also determined to make sure our patients remain healthy through preventative wellness checks each year.

Contact our office at (985) 845-7484 today for an appointment.

Tchefuncte Animal Hospital Orthopedic Surgery


We know that having an orthopedic procedure for your pet can lead to many questions and even anxiety over the procedure.  Our goal is to provide the best options to address your pet's injury while making sure we also offer the best plan for you as well.


Orthopedic Surgery at Tchefuncte Animal Hospital

We are pleased to offer:
  • Open Reduction and Internal Fixtation (ORIF) fracture repair
  • External Skeletal Fixation (ESF) fracture repair
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL/ACL) repair via ARTHREX Vet System (video explanation below)
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  • Patellar Luxation correction
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy
  • Non-surgical stabilization options including casting, splinting, or sling where applicable
  • Orthopedic Surgeries with our Madisonville Veterinarians
All cats and dogs must be up-to-date with Rabies vaccination (and Bordatella for dogs) before any orthopedic procedure.  Cats should be FeLV/FIV tested as well pre-surgery.
We will provide a detailed treatment plan and costs prior to surgery.  A deposit pre-surgery is required. Payment is due in full at time of discharge from hospital.  In certain emergency cases, a payment plan can be agreed upon beforehand at our discretion.

Tchefuncte Animal Hospital can help with most of your of animal's orthopedic surgery needs in Mandeville and Madisonville. No matter what your pets need, you can trust Tchefuncte Animal Hospital to care for your favorite pets as if they are our own. Feel free to visit our facility any time, or give us a call to learn more about our orthopedic services. We can't wait to work with you and your loved ones.

Please call (985) 845-7484 with any questions or to make your appointment.

Appointments & Reservations

Our veterinarians Drs. David Moores, Laura Ferrara, Katie McConnell, and Mark Mikelonis are now accepting new patients. Bring your dogs, cats, reptiles, pocket pets, and rabbits to Tchefuncte Animal Hospital for veterinary care in Madisonville. 

Contact our office at 985-845-7484 today to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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