Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should new puppies and kittens come in for their first visit?

    Puppies and kittens should have their initial examination around 6-8 weeks of age if there are no signs of any problems or concerns. Multiple immunizations at different visits will be required to get your new pet’s immune system ready for exposure to the environment outside your home. Puppies and kittens are highly susceptible to viruses, infections, and/or parasites and proper early care and screening help to give your new baby the best start in life.

  • How safe is my pet's procedure?

    Each individual procedure will vary from pet to pet and condition to condition. As with humans, the older the individual the more precaution needs to be taken. Typically a physical examination, review of the patients' medical history and blood work are recommended with older patients. These precautions will make a procedure as safe as possible with a senior pet.

  • Why does my indoor pet need heartworm preventive?

    Indoor pets need heartworm preventives because heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes can certainly enter our homes. Both dogs and cats should be on heartworm preventives.

  • How important is nutrition for my pet?

    Similar to human food intake, a diet that is low in fat and high in protein is essential to the life of your pet. Chateau Veterinary Hospital offers the newest and most efficient food for your pet available today.

  • What if I begin to notice visible parasites for the first time on my pet?

    Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective in a wide variety of forms. At Chateau Veterinary Hospital, we fit the preventative product to the pet's problem and environment. Parasite control is of great importance to eliminate disease carrying parasites.

Canine Flu FAQs

  • What is Canine Influenza or Dog Flu?

    Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs and occasionally cats. It is generally mild, but can be fatal.

    Mild: cough that can last up to 30 days, sometimes nasal discharge

    Severe: high fever and pneumonia

    Cats: runny nose, congestion, drooling

  • Are all dogs at risk?

    All dogs exposed can get sick. 80% will look sick and 20% will look ok but will still spread the disease. At highest risk are dogs that go to competitions like agility or barn hunt, dog shows, or associate with those dogs. Lower risk dogs are those that board, go to dog parks or go to the groomer.

  • Do dogs die?

    Less than 10 % of dogs that get the flu will die. Most recover in 2-3 weeks but should be isolated from other dogs for 30 days.

  • Is there an outbreak in Louisiana?

    The only known cases in Louisiana were from a dog show in Monroe in May, 2017.

  • Can people catch Canine Flu?

    People cannot catch the flu from dogs, but could potentially carry it from one dog to another on their hands or clothes.

  • Is there a vaccine?

    There are 3 vaccines, one for each type of flu and the most effective vaccine (which Chateau carries) which is for both strains that have been found in the US. Two vaccines are required, two weeks apart. Dogs are not protected until two weeks after the second vaccine. Like our flu vaccine, the vaccine is not 100% effective.

  • Questions?

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