Preventative and Wellness Exams

Your pet can benefit greatly from regular wellness examinations or checkups. Whether your pet is a youngster, a “senior citizen,” or any age in between, wellness examinations provide an excellent opportunity for us to conduct a thorough physical examination and develop a health profile for your pet. This information will help us identify medical problems and any other issues that can affect your pet’s health and quality of life.

A wellness examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. We’ll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your pet seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.

A wellness examination is also your chance to have us address your questions or concerns about your pet. We welcome your questions. No question is too small or too silly, and it is our pleasure to address your concerns. We strive to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your pet’s health care.

Finally, wellness examinations help us establish a relationship with you and your pet. Through your pet’s physical examinations, other wellness procedures, and our consultations with you, we get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.

In House Diagnostics

At Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, we are able to obtain complete blood counts, blood chemistry values and electrolyte results in a matter of minutes. Whether your pet is showing outward signs of pain or discomfort, or simply isn’t themselves, blood diagnostics can tell us what our pets cannot. In times where minutes may be valuable for your pet, we can find the issues your pet may be facing.

Digital Radiography

Radiology helps our veterinarian evaluate muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems. We at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital are equipped with the latest in X-Ray technology for your pet. Our doctors realize that many issues animals may face lie just below the surface of the skin, so it is extremely important to have an advanced radiology system. Whether the problem is a simple fracture or is much more serious, our doctors and staff can get the results right away to begin the proper treatment for your pet.

Surgical Suite

The facilities at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital are equipped to handle all of your pet's need. This includes anesthesia machines, to induce your pet to sleep for surgery; to pulse oximeters, which monitor your pet’s vital signs during a procedure. The doctors and staff at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital have years of experience in animal surgery and are ready to care for your pet’s surgical needs.

Dental Care

Paws & Claws Animal Hospital recommends that regular professional cleaning is important to maintaining your pet's teeth. We use modern and safe ultrasound to clean each tooth thoroughly - above and below the gum line. Dental technicians polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup. Fluoride treatments help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.


Skin and ear diseases often have a significant impact on a pet’s quality of life. Of the hundreds of conditions that affect pets’ skin and ears, here are some of the more common things that we treat:

  1. Allergies
  2. Ear infections
  3. Chronic itching and scratching
  4. Hair loss
  5. Skin odor
  6. Skin parasites
  7. Fungal infections
  8. Autoimmune diseases

Paws & Claws Animal Hospital's goal is to make a specific diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan that is both cost-effective and in the best-interest of your pet's long-term health. There are hundreds of different skin diseases currently recognized in dogs and cats. Many of these diseases look very much alike, with only subtle differences in clinical picture and historical backgrounds. Our staff is trained to focus on these differences and pursue a direct and cost effective diagnostic work-up followed by appropriate and effective treatment.


Microchips have helped reunite thousands of pets with their families. We at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital offer the most widely used microchip products to increase the chances of a safe recovery. Because we live in an area frequently affected by hurricanes, we strongly recommend microchips for all pets.


Pets are like our children – we feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care and supervised outdoor playtime to keep them happy and active.

Nutritional Counseling

Paws & Claws Animal Hospital carries only the most beneficial diet foods for your pet. Whether you have a young puppy or a senior cat, we have the diet that is right for your pet. Just like people, animals are at their healthiest when they are receiving the proper nutrition. Our doctors and staff are experienced with prescribing a diet that will be best for you and your pet, so schedule an appointment to see us today.

Contact Us

(337) 463-2838


2243 Hwy 171
DeRidder LA 70634


Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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