Ridgefield Animal Hopsital

919 Percy Brown Road
Thibodaux, LA 70301

(985)446-8824

www.ridgefieldanimalhospital.com

Small Animal Services  

 

Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of a thorough annual examination. This is the equivalent of you getting a physical every 5 to 7 years for many of our companion animals! Thorough check-ups, parasite screening and preventive care can help alleviate serious health problems. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to keep your companions feeling their best:

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services:  Our hospital is equipped to provide diagnostic services such as in-house lab, endoscope, radiology and ultrasound services.  We also offer a wide range of medical therapeutic services to care for your pets' health care needs.  
      
Surgical Services:  Our surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures including routine neutering, soft tissue proceedures, abdominal and thoracic exploratories, and orthopedics.   Referral surgeries are most often arranged through the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Veterinary Referral Specialists in Mandeville, and Southeast Veterinary Specialists in Metarie.
   
Anesthesia:  We utilize the safest available anesthetics to provide an extra margin of safety, especially for our neonatal, geriatric or other high-risk patients. Using the most modern equipment, the patient's vital signs are monitored, fluids are administered, and pain medications are provided during anesthetic procedures.   
  
Radiology Services:  Our on-site  X-ray equipment provides high quality radiographs to aid in the quick diagnosis of many disorders of both bone and soft tissue origin.  Radiographs can be used to locate masses or cancer and can help diagnose fractures, trauma, lung or heart disease, and abdominal abnormalities.
 
Ultrasound Services: We have ultrasound capabilites with a Doppler capable unit.  This will greatly enhance our cardiology services as well as improve our ability to provide more detailed imaging of abdominal organs.  Diseases of the heart, liver, gall bladder, kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, and adrenal glands often come to light with detailed ultrasound studies.

Cardiology Services:  We provide ECG and echocardiology services on-site.  We consult with cardiology specialists at regional referral centers and can arrange for your pet to receive further work-up at these facilities.
   
Dentistry:  Our dental services include teeth cleaning and polishing, tooth extractions and minor oral surgery.  The bacteria present in dental tartar gains access to the bloodstream though the gums and can affect many organs including the heart and kidneys.  This makes dental services a necessary and important part of your pet's care.
   
Laboratory:  Our in-house laboratory facilities provide for hematology (blood counts), serology (provides information on the serum, reflecting the pet's metabolic and organ status), urinalysis and parasite testing. We also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations with results often available in 24 hours on bloodwork and within a week on biopsy specimines and cultures.
    
Permanent identification: We offer microchip identification.  In our storm prone area, a permanent way of identifying a pet is especially important.
    
Pharmacy:  We maintain a complete inventory of pharmaceuticals, theraputic shampoos, flea and tick control products and heartworm preventatives to meet the needs of your pet. We also carry a full line of prescription diets.  Many owners take advantage of compounding pharmacies to flavor medications for ease of delivery to the pet - we call in the prescription and it is shipped to your door.  Internet Pharmacies: We can provide prescriptions for internet pharmacies to be able to fill your pet's prescriptions, but be aware that many only provide a "money-back guarantee".  This may be fine for some medications, but if your pet contracts heartworms, the price of the preventative is often only 10% of the cost of treatment, and the major manufacturers will not cover the treatment if purchased through these sources.
   
Individualized Flea Control ProgramsWe develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control fleas in your house, in your yard and on your pet.

Dietary Counseling:  We will provide guidance regarding your pet's nutritional needs for each life stage, including dietary requirements for growth, weight maintenance and performance.  Both disease prevention and disease treatment can involve dietary modification.
    
Behavioral Counseling:  We can provide advice regarding the correction of problems such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, scratching, digging, house soiling and aggression.  While training is normally part of the treatment, medication can also play a role in modifying a pet's behavior.

Boarding:  We provide pet boarding as a service to our clients. All boarders receive personal attention from our caring staff. Pets may be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours Monday through Saturday.  Vaccinations must be current.

Bathing/grooming:  Routine and therapeutic bathing services are available.  Vaccines must be current.  We do not provide routine grooming servics (cute doggy clips and such), but do provide nail trims for all pets and bird wing and beak trims.  We can provide grooming services if a pet needs sedation for a complete shave-down. 

Emergency Care:  Please call our main telephone number (985) 446-8824 for after-hour emergencies.  Our answering service will connect you to the doctor who is on-call, or will relay your phone number and a message so that they may return your call if they are currently assisting another emergency.   Your patience is appreciated when there are multiple pets requiring care, as the most serious cases will be seen first.   We see our own client emergencies in-house.


Please do not attempt to come to the hospital after hours without contacting the answering service, as we do not have a doctor in the building 24 hours a day.  Doing so may delay the care your pet requires, including important instructions for transporting your pet or treatments to provide in route.

Emergencies sometimes require referral to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Referral Specialists in Mandeville and Southeast Veterinary Specialists in Metarie.  These facilities require down payments in the amount of the estimate given to be able to admit a patient for treatment.