Pet Wellness

Wellness Exams

Optimal pet health requires regular cat & dog exams. By scheduling vaccination boosters for puppies and kittens, check-ups for adults, and comprehensive testing for seniors, you’ll help give your pet the best chance at a happy and healthy life. To make wellness care easier, we offer comprehensive pet wellness plans. Examinations and bloodwork are recommended at least annually, but preferably semi-annually, which would be roughly the equivalent of a person being examined every 7 years.

Through routine semi-annual comprehensive exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention, urine and blood screening, good oral health, and client education encompassing nutrition and behavior, we keep your pet in good health. With regular checkups, illnesses and diseases can be detected early before they become worse and more expensive to treat.

Spay & Neuter

Spaying & neutering is recommended at 6 months of age to help decrease the occurrence of many behavioral and medical problems. The decision to spay or neuter is personal, and we encourage our clients to speak about the benefits with our experienced veterinarians.

Some common benefits of pet spay & neuter surgeries include:

  • The incidence of breast tumors is reduced in females.
  • The incidence of ovarian and uterine cancer is eliminated in females.
  • The incidence of testicular cancer is eliminated in males.
  • The incidence of prostate problems is reduced in males.
  • The number of unwanted litters is reduced.
  • Troublesome roaming behavior is reduced.
  • Urine spraying and marking behavior are reduced


Vaccinations are recommended annually to help prevent severely debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases. Over the years, vaccines against dangerous illnesses have saved millions of pets and virtually eliminated some fatal diseases that were once common. While we believe in the importance of vaccinating pets, we also understand that not every vaccination is right for every pet. We can customize a vaccination plan specifically for your pet based on age, lifestyle, and health.

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Surgeries are performed with the safest anesthetics and optional bloodwork, IV catheter, and pain medications. Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. After all surgical procedures, we ensure your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.

The variety of surgical services we offer ranges from spay/neuter to more advanced, specialized procedures, including:

  • Biopsies
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Orthopedic
  • Mass removal
  • Dental extractions

At Manhattan Animal Clinic, our staff is experienced and equipped to offer skilled surgical intervention while making safety, pain management and low stress a priority for your pet.

We’ll also make sure you understand and are comfortable with exactly what any proposed procedure entails, and we’re available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease. Post-surgery, when your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care, medication instructions and provide you with a free Manhattan Animal Clinic icepack. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time after surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you have questions about surgery for your pet or want to schedule a surgical consultation, call us at (504) 362-1400.


Did you know that nearly one in three pets will become lost during their lives? Even if you have a collar with ID tag on your pet, it can easily be lost or taken off. Not so with microchips, which are an incredibly simple and inexpensive way to find lost pets, keeping them out of animal shelters and getting them back where they belong.

Micro-chipping is a painless, easy process that can be done as part of a routine office exam. The microchip is contained in a biocompatible capsule smaller than a grain of rice that is placed under the skin. It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and completely safe. Microchips are rated for 25 years, meaning they never need to be replaced or recharged during your pet’s lifetime.

Micro-chipping is a very reasonably priced form of permanent identification that can help in returning a lost pet to its home. At Manhattan Animal Clinic and Boarding Kennel, we highly recommend microchips for all pets, especially given that we live in an area that is prone to natural disasters where pets can easily become lost. If you have questions about the process or want to get your pet “chipped”, just give us a call at (504) 362-1400.

Dental Care

At Manhattan Animal Clinic and Boarding Kennel, we believe in good dental hygiene for pets. We’ve seen the damage and pain that can happen when a pet’s teeth are ignored for years and years. That’s why we recommend that your pet have a full dental exam as part of their regular wellness exams. We will let you know if there are any issues of concern and move forward with a more detailed exam, and a dental cleaning, if necessary.

Dental procedures are also performed with the safest anesthetics and optional bloodwork, IV catheter, and pain medications.

Most dogs and cats over three years of age usually have some symptoms of dental disease and it’s not just about bad breath. Left untreated, a lack of dental care can eventually result in gum inflammation, tooth loss, difficulty eating and serious pain. Over time, poor dental hygiene can also result in a shorter life for your pet.

As per the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines, we only perform dental cleanings on anesthetized pets. To ensure your pet is healthy enough to tolerate anesthesia, we recommend routine blood testing before the procedures.

Regular at-home brushing is one of the best ways to prevent serious dental issues and save you money in the long term. While it may take time to acclimate your pet to brushing, most eventually come to tolerate it and some even enjoy it. Our veterinarians and staff can show you how to brush your pet’s teeth. We can also discuss options such as chews, wipes, rinses, and special foods if your pet is resistant to brushing or if it is not something you are able to do.

If you have questions about pet dental care, want brushing tips or to make an appointment for your pet, please give us a call at (504) 362-1400.


At Manhattan Animal Clinic and Boarding Kennel, we perform digital X-rays in house to identify skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies, and dental disease.

While X-rays are non-invasive, some do require that the patient remains completely still, so sedation may be necessary. If needed, the duration of sedation is usually short, and patients recover quickly. Multiple members of our care team will also be there to monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

In addition to our team of staff veterinarians, all films can be sent to a board-certified veterinary internist or surgeon for review. Another benefit of having digital imaging in house is that there is no waiting for results. If you have questions about digital diagnostics or need to schedule your pet for an appointment, just give us a call at (504) 362-1400.


State-of-the-art on-site laboratory equipment gives blood work and urine results in just a few minutes to quickly assist in the accurate diagnosis of our patients. With the help of our full in-house laboratory, we’re able to check for many types of disease and infection. We’ll run bloodwork and take a urine sample to check organ function and thyroid levels for seniors and pets with underlying concerns. Through urinalysis, our doctors can tell if your pet is experiencing a urinary tract infection (UTI), or diabetes. For more information about our in-house diagnostics and how we use them to keep your pet happy and healthy call us at (504) 362-1400.

Emergency Care

Emergencies are taken during regular office hours.  After-hours care is available at MedVet, or Avenue Animal Wellness and Emergency.

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