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  • Wellness Exams and Vaccinations

    Vaccinations Prevention is the real goal of wellness exams. We strongly encourage biannual wellness exams and vaccinations tailored to your pet and his or her age and lifestyle. Vaccinations are important in keeping your pet healthy from several different contagious diseases. Most of our vaccines are licensed for 3 years to avoid over-vaccinating, while making sure your dog or cat is adequately protected. Our staff at MAH can help you decide what preventative measures are necessary for your pet(s). Our wellness exams also include biannual intestinal parasite screenings and yearly heartworm testing.

  • Comprehensive Heartworm Prevention and Treatment

    Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal, but preventable disease of dogs and cats spread by mosquitoes. While year round heartworm prevention is recommended for all dogs and cats in the U.S., the northeast Louisiana and Mississippi Delta regions are considered endemic for this deadly disease. It is crucial that all dogs and cats living in this region are on some form of veterinary approved heartworm prevention.

    Heartworm Prevention We at Monroe Animal Health offer a variety of FDA, veterinary approved heartworm preventative products including but not limited to Interceptor, Sentinel, Iverhart Max, Proheart 6, Revolution, and Trifexis. A member of our MAH team will be able to assist you in choosing the right heartworm preventative for your pet(s). All dogs must have a current heartworm antigen test before beginning heartworm preventatives. Ask a member of our staff for more detailed information on heartworm testing and prevention.

    If your pet is diagnosed with heartworm disease, there are several options for treatment. The American Heartworm Society has recommended guidelines for adulticidal heartworm treatment with staged injections of a potent medication called Immiticide. Also, there is new evidence to support a pulse dosing of the antibiotic Doxycycline to treat heartworm infections, especially in older dogs and dogs with previously diagnosed infections. Any of our doctors and team members would be able to further address any heartworm treatment questions or concerns. It is important that any pet undergoing heartworm treatment be crate rested or kenneled in a small room to prevent potentially life-threatening complications. We at MAH will tailor a heartworm treatment plan for your individual pet that would give him/her the best chance for a cure, with the lowest risk of potential side effects.

  • Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine Our doctors perform comprehensive physical exams on all patients. We are also able to provide critical care and hospitalization for your pet in times of distress or illness, including IV fluid therapy, injectable antibiotics or medications, and oxygen treatment if needed. At MAH, we proudly provide our patients with the highest quality of diagnostics such as digital radiology, tonometry for glaucoma screening, video endoscopy of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, and ultrasound. Our in-house laboratory allows us to promptly and accurately evaluate total body functions of your pet-including liver and kidney levels, cortisol testing, thyroid levels, and bile acids. We also have a complete pharmacy to dispense medications for your pet(s) for inpatient or outpatient use.

    The doctors at MAH stay up to date with the latest advances in veterinary medicine including endocrinology, cardiology, ophthalmology, dentistry, surgery, dermatology, oncology, reproductive medicine, and sports medicine; you can be assured that we will strive to provide you and your pet with the best veterinary medicine has to offer, with personal and compassionate patient care.

  • Surgery

    Our hospital is equipped to perform most surgical procedures-from spays and neuters to soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries. We offer the latest in anesthesia drug protocols in order to provide your pet with a safer and more pain-free surgical experience.

    The types of surgeries we perform include (but are not limited to):
    • Spay/Neuter
    • Declaw and dewclaw removal
    • Orthopedic surgery such as fracture repair, bone plates, cranial cruciate repair, luxating patella repairs, FHO and hip surgery
    • Eye Surgery (eye trauma, enucleation, and entropion surgery)
    • Abdominal surgery(foreign body removal, intestinal surgery, gallbladder surgery, bladder surgery, splenectomies)
    • Thoracic surgery (lung tumor resection, diaphragmatic hernia repair)
    • Emergency surgery(laceration repair, wound repair, tracheostomy)
    • Tumor and growth removals
    • Oral surgery and tooth extractions
    • Ear surgery (total ear canal ablations, aural hematomas)

    Surgery We advocate the use of pre-anesthetic blood work to screen for any underlying disease that may interfere with your pets' response to anesthesia. Animals with heart disease, lung disease, and liver or kidney disease can benefit from a specific anesthetic protocol made just for them. We utilize the safest anesthesia options available and provide the same level of patient monitoring that you would receive if you were having surgery.

    Your pet's pain relief is our top priority. We ensure your pet has minimal pain before, during and after their surgical or dental procedure. We utilize multiple therapies to control pain so that your pet is as comfortable as possible until they are fully recovered.

  • Dentistry

    Periodontal disease is one of the most common infections facing dogs and cats. Dental related infections can cause significant systemic disease if left untreated, damaging the kidneys, liver, and heart valves. Did you know that 80% of dogs three years and older have some form of periodontal disease? The doctors and staff at MAH know the importance of good dental care to maintain a long healthy life for your pet. Speak to a member of our staff if you have any questions regarding your pet's oral care.

    Dental From routine dental cleanings to advanced dental procedures, our doctors are pleased to offer your pets the very latest in cutting edge dental technology. Some of our dental procedures include:
    • Routine cleaning and polishing
    • Digital oral radiology
    • Deciduous "baby teeth" extractions
    • Surgical tooth extractions
    • Oral surgery
    • Oronasal fistula repair
    • Gingival surgery
    • Fracture repair of the jaw

    All routine teeth cleanings are performed by our trained dental technicians and include a complete oral exam and charting of all dental related findings. All dental cleanings and procedures are done under general anesthesia. All patients are intubated for safe delivery of inhalant anesthesia and oxygen. Your pet's heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, and blood pressure are monitored continuously using state-of-the-art monitoring tools. (Images below of Periodontal Disease)
    Dental Disease Most all dental procedures and cleanings are done on an "out-patient" basis. Please be sure to fast your pet 12 hours prior to anesthesia and arrive at the hospital no later than 9 am on the day of the appointment. Most patients will be ready for discharge between 4-6:00pm the same day. Be sure to ask a member of our staff if you have any other questions or concerns. So, "flip the lip", check your pet's teeth for decay and bad breath, and then schedule their cleaning today!

  • Digital Radiology/Oral Radiology

    Radiology, the most common form of diagnostic imaging, allows us to view the shape, size, and location of organs inside your pet's body. Radiographs (x-rays) are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical conditions. X-rays are useful in examining your pet's bones, lungs, heart, abdomen, oral cavity, and other areas of the body. An x-ray can detect a fractured bone, cancerous tumor, heart problem and locate an obstruction or foreign body in your pet's stomach or intestine. X-rays and ultrasound are often utilized if cancer is suspected. We also perform x-rays for evaluation and certification by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).

    X-Ray Monroe Animal Health has invested in the latest digital x-ray technology for your pet's diagnosis. Digital x-rays are incredibly beneficial for both you and your pet. Unlike traditional film x-rays, digital radiographs are more detailed and of higher quality, leading to a faster, more accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays are easier to take than film x-rays, resulting in less time on the x-ray table and less stress for your pet. Because the images are digital, your pet's x-rays can be saved to a disc and easily transmitted to specialists and consultants should further diagnosis or treatment be required.

    More recently, we have expanded our digital x-ray equipment to include digital oral radiographs. Digital oral radiographs provide excellent resolution and precise detail of potential problems occurring below the gums surface. With the use of oral radiology, we are able to diagnose unhealthy and painful situations such as abscessed teeth, bone resorption and accurately locate and evaluate fractures of the jaw.

  • Ultrasound/Echocardiogram

    Ultrasound is a non-invasive modern technique that produces a visual map of the interior of the body, and is often crucial to the comprehensive diagnosis of diseases of the heart, liver, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and other internal organs. Monroe Animal Health uses advanced ultrasound equipment that is similar to equipment used in human hospitals. Our doctors are professionally trained and educated to perform ultrasound techniques using the state-of-the-art MyLab30 Vet-Gold. The highly-detailed images produced using ultrasound lead to faster, more accurate treatment for your pet.

    When an ultrasound of the heart is performed it is called an Echocardiogram. Echocardiograms allow us to diagnose serious heart problems such as Subaortic Stenosis (SAS), Pulmonic Stenosis (PS), Dilated Cardiomyopathy(DCM), and other cardiac myopathies, Septal Defects, and Valvular diseases.

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  • Endoscopy/Video Otoscopy

    Monroe Animal Health is one of the select hospitals in North Louisiana pleased to offer your pet endoscopy. Endoscopy is a less invasive means to evaluate the gastrointestinal tract for disease, foreign bodies, or obstructions. Not only can the endoscope be used to retrieve foreign objects from the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, but it can also be used to diagnose common intestinal diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or cancer.

  • Reproductive Medicine

    Reproductive Monroe Animal Health's pet reproductive services are headed by Dr. Brent White. Our hospital is one of the only facilities in North Louisiana that is capable of freezing and storing canine and feline semen. View more information about semen storage. Our doctors are available for diagnosing and treating difficult breeding issues and infertility in dogs and cats.

    Feline and canine reproductive services offered at MAH are as follows:
    • Canine semen collection, evaluation, and long-term storage
    • Vaginal cytology and evaluation
    • Infertility exams and diagnostics
    • Canine artificial insemination, including collected, fresh-chilled, and frozen semen
    • Surgical intrauterine insemination, utilizing collected, fresh-chilled, and frozen semen
    • Pregnancy diagnosis, utilizing ultrasound or radiographs
    • Pregnancy management
    • Estrus suppression in bitches
    • Ovulation timing
    • Shipping of fresh-chilled or frozen semen world-wide
    • Canine and feline c-sections, utilizing state-of-the-art anesthetic protocols, monitoring, epidural medications, and a highly-trained support staff
    • Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) certification of hips, elbows, patellae, and thyroid function
    • Perinatal care
    • Medical and surgical management of canine and feline pyometra and uterine infections

  • Laboratory Testing

    Lab Laboratory testing plays an integral role in the early detection of changes in your pet's health. Diagnostic tests provide essential information by which our veterinarians can indentify blood disorders, kidney and liver disease, diabetes, infection, cancer, thyroid disease and other hormonal problems.

    Our extensive laboratory provides fast and accurate information that is necessary for the well being of your pet. Thanks to our advanced in-house diagnostic equipment, animals can receive appropriate treatment immediately after arriving at the hospital.

    A few of our routine laboratory services include:
    • Heartworm Testing - We offer a variety of reliable heartworm tests, and can provide your pet with an appropriate preventative medication. We recommend yearly antigen heartworm testing.
    • Fecal Floatation Exam - a fecal screening test for intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms.
    • Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Testing - FeLV and FIV are two of the major causes of illness and death in domestic cats. Both viruses are infectious by contact with other cats carrying these viruses. This makes testing so important especially when introducing a new cat to a household. Ask a member of our staff for more detailed information.
    • Microscope Evaluation/Cytology - Cytology can be used to diagnose to treat various conditions including ear infections, skin infections, dermal and subcutaneous masses, as well as lymph node aspirations.
    • Idexx Procyte (CBC) - Hematology analyzer with comprehensive, accurate, real-time results.
    • Idexx Catalyst DX (Blood Chemistries) - This advanced in-house chemistry analyzer reveals information about your pet's liver, kidneys, proteins, sugars, and electrolytes.
    • Idexx Vetlab UA - Urinalysis analyzer that accurately detects abnormalities in urine specimens and promptly translates results to the medical record.

  • Microchipping

    Do you know the odds of getting reunited with your pet in the event he or she is lost? According to the American Humane Association only 2% of cats and 15% of dogs are returned to their owners. These odds are significantly improved with a HomeAgain microchip, which is implanted under your dog's skin between the shoulder blades. It is as small as a grain of rice (12mm) and serves as a permanent ID. Each microchip has a unique number that is registered to your pet. In the event your pet is lost, when scanned by a microchip scanner your pet's number will be displayed on the scanner. This number is used by HomeAgain to identify your pet and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact the owner and reunite you with your pet.

    Visit the HomeAgain website at www.homeagain.com for more information.

  • Boarding

    Welcome to Monroe Animal Health's boarding facilities consisting of over 3,500 sq. feet of up-scale amenities and several exercise yards for your pet(s). All boarding is continually supervised by our veterinarians and your pet is monitored and maintained by trained veterinary technicians and kennel assistants.

    We offer a wide array of boarding options, which include:
    • Private Suites with televisions and cozy beds that include 24/7 Webcam access for your viewing
    • Separate Cat Condos in a tranquil wing of the hospital with plenty of windows and lighting
    • Extra-Large Runs for more room and added comfort
    • Regular Runs and joining kennels for multiple pets
    • Clean and comfortable kennels of all sizes
    • No bars, clear glass front doors on all kennels
    • Weekend drop-off and pick-up options for your convenience
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    Remember to bring any medications or special diets that your pet(s) need during their stay. All pets otherwise receive Science Diet twice daily for their meals and are exercised a minimum of three times a day during their stay. If a bath is requested, it will be done on the day of discharge.

    Call today to schedule your reservation (318) 323-4411. Be sure to call well in advance for busy holidays and weekends. We look forward to seeing you here!

  • Companion Therapy Laser

    Therapy Laser Room We are pleased to offer you and your pet one of the latest advances in veterinary rehabilitation and pain management. The Companion Therapy Laser (CTL) is a phototherapeutic device used to alleviate pain and promote healing. Laser therapy applied with the CTL system provides a sterile, pain-free, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain.


    The laser can be used for a wide variety of symptoms such as: Companion Therapy Laser
    • Back, hip, and leg ailments
    • Arthritis
    • Degenerative joint disease
    • Ligament and tendon problems
    • Rehabilitation
    • Post surgical healing
    • Feline gingivitis/stomatitis
    • Lick granulomas
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Urinary tract disease
    Laser therapy is the only course of treatment that actually stimulates the body to heal from within. Simply put, it provides relief. The CTL system is safe, effective, and free of side-effects. Most patients respond quickly to treatment, but for lasting results continued treatments are needed. The current recommendations are to begin therapy laser sessions 2-3 times a week for 2 weeks, then weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly as deemed necessary by your veterinarian. We offer an initial therapy laser package that includes six laser treatments for $180.00. The cost of individual therapy laser treatments after that is $40.00 per treatment session. Please enquire with our staff for any additional questions you may have or visit the LiteCure Companion Therapy Laser website at www.companiontherapylaser.com.
  • Acupuncture

    We are now offering veterinary acupuncture as an alternative method to treat various medical conditions in our patients. Dr. Groan is receiving her certification to practice veterinary acupuncture and is excited to practice this unique technique that is both safe and non-painful.

    Acupuncture can be effective in treating musculoskeletal problems (back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease), neurological disorders (seizures, facial paralysis), gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, vomiting, constipation), and other chronic conditions (asthma, cough, uveitis, behavioral problems, endocrine diseases, renal failure, weakness, skin problems).

    Our receptionists would be happy to set up a consultation appointment for you to see if veterinary acupuncture is an option for your pet.

    Acupuncture