Here are some of the most frequently asked questions at Morris Veterinary Hospital in Rayvile.
If you have additional questions that aren’t covered here, please feel free to give us a call at Morris Veterinary Hospital in Rayville (318)728-5599.
1. Is it really necessary to bring my dog and/or cat in for a yearly comprehensive exam?
Comprehensive examinations are recommended at least annually to check for health issues that may not be apparent to owners. During a comprehensive examination Dr. Morris or Dr. Bennett will examine your pet’s eyes, ears, skin and hair coat, listen to their heart, and discuss any concerns you may have.
2. What are the benefits of having my pet spayed or neutered?
Spaying or neutering your pets can greatly reduce their risk of developing many types of cancer later in life. Spaying your animals will also reduce or eliminate the chances of your pets developing a uterine infection called a pyometra which can be a life threatening condition. It may also decrease or even eliminate unwanted behaviors such as aggression or running off. Spaying or neutering your pets is also the only way to do away with unwanted litters of puppies or kittens without placing an extra burden on animal shelters.
3. Why is my pet constantly scratching?
Skin issues are among the most common health problems we see. Pruritis or itchiness, can have a variety of causes. Cats and dogs often have an underlying allergy to either their environment or food. Other times, bacteria, yeast, or mites can cause infections that make your pet uncomfortable.
4. What kinds of animals can you take care of?
Dr. Chris Morris and Dr. Lyle Bennett gladly treat dogs, cats, horses, cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and snakes. KEEP YOUR SKUNKS, RACCOONS, COYOTES and VENOMOUS SNAKES AT HOME.
5. We would like to board our pets with your clinic, should we bring anything with us?
We do encourage owners to bring any specialty food that the animals are consuming presently. We do feed Science Diet for Sensitive Stomach and Skin to all animals unless food is brought with the pet. We provide blankets to animals in their cages in the climate controlled kennel. They are individually walked in enclosed walking yard twice daily. They are kenneled in runs ranging from 12 square feet up to 30 square feet in size with elevated resting platforms and solid walls to provide privacy. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND BOARDING ANIMALS LESS THAN 16 WEEKS OF AGE.
6. My pet never goes outside, so does they really need heartworm prevention?
Yes. Heartworm disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito and all mosquitoes can get into houses.