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Introducing Client Loyalty Rewards!

At Lakeview Veterinary Hospital, we love our clients!

To reward you for your loyalty, we have partnered with Flok to introduce a new loyalty rewards program!


Here’s how it works:

1. Download the app


Visit or text “JOIN” to 62687 to download the free app. You’ll get a free reward just for joining!


2. Join our loyalty clubflokLVH

In the Flok app, join the Lakeview Veterinary Hospital loyalty club.


3. Start earning rewards!

For every $100 you spend, you will receive 1 punch. Complete a punch card and get $25 off your next visit!

Heartworm Disease

It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain…

The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms, and all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.

Here’s the good news about heartworm disease: it’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is that if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick.

AHS Incidence Map 2013Take a look at the map which shows the incidence for heartworm disease across the country. It’s easy to see that our area is right at the center of the most severely affected area. For dogs in south Louisiana that do not receive regular heartworm prevention, it’s not a matter of “if” they will get heartworm disease but a matter of “when.”

For dogs in LA that don’t get heartworm prevention, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ they’ll get infected but ‘when’  Tweet This!

Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet, and some signs of the illness are tough to spot. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.

You may be thinking, “My pet stays indoors, so there’s no need for heartworm prevention.” Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which, as anyone in south Louisiana can tell you, get into everyone’s homes! One mosquito bite is all that’s needed to spread the disease to your furry friend.

Year-round heartworm prevention is the only way to ensure you pet does not become infected with this serious disease. Schedule your pet’s checkup with us, and we’ll talk about the best way to prevent heartworm disease, so your pet stays healthy, happy, and safe.

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The Wrong Flea Meds Could Be Deadly For Cats

Dr. Clare Guichard was recently featured on WWL with some important information on the dangers of over-the-counter flea prevention in cats.
– via WWL

By Meg Farris, Medical Reporter

NEW ORLEANS — A local veterinarian clinic says about once a month a they are seeing well-meaning cat owners accidentally poison their pet cats. It happens when they are trying to control fleas. Veterinarians say owners don’t understand the reasons why this is happening, and what are the safe way to prevent flea infestation.

He’s only three years old, but Bubble is lucky to be alive.

“The guy at the store said it was fine. I hadn’t talked to a vet about it, which probably would have been a better idea, because when I sprayed Bubble with it, he started freaking out. He was like shaking and drooling,” said Bubble’s owner Zoey Akin.

Akin used an over-the-counter flea preventive spray that had a cat’s picture on it. Had she not rushed Bubble to Lakeview Veterinary Hospital immediately, he would be gone.

People are reaching for their dog flea prevention thinking that cats are just small dogs and they’re not,” explained Veterinarian Dr. Clare Guichard, who practices at Lakeview Veterinary Hospital. “Cats can’t process those medications the same way a dog would. So even if you were use just a small drop of your dog’s topical flea prevention on a cat, their body is not going to be able to metabolize it and they can get very serious side effects.”

Dr. Guichard says you also have to be careful if your dog and cat are friends, because the cat could rub up against the medicine on the dog, or lick it off of the dog, and that could be fatal as well.

Dog flea medication isn’t the only thing that could be fatal to cats. Some over-the-counter preventive medicine for cats can cause problems. Vets say it’s best to get a prescription from them with more safety testing behind it.

“Some of the flea products that you can get over-the-counter, don’t have the heartworm prevention that a prescription medication from your veterinarian would,” Dr. Guichard explained.

Guichard adds that she has seen cats recently have seizures and die before owners could get them in for treatment.

“I’m really relieved that that didn’t happen with (Bubble) because I love him,” said Akin of her pet.

Veterinarians say if this poisoning happens by using the wrong product, bathe the cat immediately to keep the medicine from absorbing further and get your cat to a vet.

It is important to use a safe flea prevention on cats so they won’t get heartworms and tapeworms. There is no treatment for heartworms in cats.

Congrats to Benne!

Congratulations to Benne of the Westwego Police Department, featured in the latest issue of K-9 Cop Magazine!

Benne’s Story

Benne, a 6 year old German Shepherd and veteran of the police force, was retired in 2011 after suffering a career-ending injury. After being transferred from his previous handler to a different owner, Benne was picked up as a stray by the LASPCA in 2013. At that point, Benne’s care was taken over by Toby Burroughs with New Orleans German Shepherd Rescue (NOGSR). Under the care of NOGSR and a team of veterinarians from Lakeview Veterinary Hospital, MedVet New Orleans, and Gulf South Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery, Benne underwent multiple surgeries to get back into good health. Toby connected with an experienced K-9 officer with the Westwego Police Deparment and found a home for Benne where he could still use his skills, and now he is featured in this month’s K-9 Cop Magazine! For more information on Benne’s story or to help donate to his medical fund, visit

Halloween Pet Costume Contest

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