• Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

    Periodontal disease (disease of the structures around the tooth such as the gums, bone, and connective tissue) is one of the most common problems that we deal with on a daily basis at Acadiana Veterinary Clinic. Periodontal infections, tooth fractures, and oral masses can be sources of serious discomfort for your pet. Additionally, untreated periodontal infections can ultimately lead to damage of major organs of the body including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Proper veterinary dental care can help prevent your pet from developing painful dental conditions and can extend their life expectancy as well.

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

    If you notice your pet acting strangely, including loss of appetite or energy, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible for an examination by our doctors at Acadiana Veterinary Clinic. Pets have an instinctive tendency to hide pain and illness so that they do not show any weaknesses that might attract predators. As pet owners, by the time we notice a change in behavior, the animal may have been suffering for several days already.

    Changes in behavior can be one of the first warning signs that your pet may be sick or in pain. Generally, the sooner we can identify a problem and start treatment, the better the outcome. If you notice a significant change, please give us a call. Further evaluation may be necessary based on your pet's symptoms.

  • What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

    Unfortunately, when accidents happen to our pets, they don’t always occur during office hours. If you find yourself in an emergency situation with your pet such as a car accident, chocolate ingestion, or poisoning after office hours, please call Lafayette Animal Emergency Clinic at 337-989-0992.

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

    Heartworms are a serious, year-round parasitic threat to your pet’s health. After an infection occurs, treatment is not only very expensive, but also life threatening.

    Heartworms are extremely common in warm and humid environments, and can infect both our canine companions, our feline friends, and ferrets. Heartworms are transmitted from infected mosquitoes as juvenile worms known as microfilaria. Unless your pet is taking a heartworm preventative, these immature worms can grow into adults which can cause serious damage to the animal’s blood vessels, lungs, and heart, and may ultimately cause death.

    Once your pet has been tested for heartworms and has been found to be heartworm free, a monthly preventative can keep your pet healthy. Having your pet on a preventative treatment is much less expensive than having to treat adult heartworms. There are several options available for the prevention of this potentially life-threatening disease. The experienced veterinarians at Acadiana Veterinary Clinic will determine which preventative is right for your pet, based on their needs and lifestyle.

  • When is pain management recommended for my pet?

    Recent research in veterinary science indicates that pets classified as mammals experience pain the same way that we do. Our pets typically try to hide the fact that they have pain. At Acadiana Veterinary Clinic, we offer pain management for pets who may be experiencing pain due to trauma, post-operative pain, and chronic pain caused by a progressive disease. We offer acupuncture and laser therapy as alternatives to, or in conjunction with, traditional pain treatment.

    Behavioral changes are the principal indicator of pain. If you notice increasingly diminished function and mobility in your pet, it could indicate chronic pain resulting from a progressive disability. If you suspect your pet may be experiencing pain, visit our experienced and compassionate veterinarians for an evaluation and treatment options.

  • What financing options do you offer (ex. Care Credit), or is payment expected at the time of service?

    Acadiana Veterinary Clinic strives to offer compassionate, comprehensive veterinary care to Lafayette and the surrounding communities. In order to continue a high quality of service, payment is expected in full at the time of examination or procedure. We accept cash, check, and credit card payments.

    Sometimes an unexpected emergency occurs with our pets that is not within our immediate budget. If you would like the option of financing unanticipated expenses in order to provide the best care for your pet, we are partnered with Care Credit.

    For more information and to find out if you qualify, please visit https://www.carecredit.com/