Simply Southern Animal Hospital now open

Newly opened Simply Southern Animal Hospital does a lot more than just help to pamper your pooch. They are a full-fledged veterinary hospital operated by a dedicated husband and wife team who go that extra mile to take care of your beloved pet.

Simply Southern Animal Hospital provides services such as wellness exams, vaccinations and preventive medicine including heartworm, flea, and tick treatment.

Simply Southern Animal Hospital provides services such as wellness exams, vaccinations and preventive medicine including heartworm, flea, and tick treatment.

“We’ll make house calls for the elderly and others whose pets are in need of at-home medical treatment or basic healthcare for their dog or cat,” said, Dr. Christopher Hayes, owner of Simply Southern Animal Hospital. “We offer comprehensive pet care with a personal touch and work to build personal relationships with our clientele.”
Simply Southern opened in May of this year. For the previous six years, Dr. Hayes worked in a multi-doctor practice in Baton Rouge, but decided to come back closer to his hometown of Baker and open a family-oriented practice. The couple says Central was the logical place as a result of the love they felt from, and for, the community.
“We have two part-time employees, one full-time, myself and my wife Katy who is the practice manager. Katy was previously the business manager at Silliman Institute in Clinton for the past 6 years.” Dr. Hayes said.dog
Simply Southern Animal Hospital provides services such as wellness exams, vaccinations and preventive medicine including heartworm, flea, and tick treatment. They have in-house diagnostics including CBC, chemistries and urinalysis. They also provide digital radiography, dentistry, and micro-chipping identification. They perform many soft tissue surgeries including growth removals, lacerations, spaying and neutering, biopsies, etc. They also provide nutritional consultation and have prescription diets available. In addition, they have a fully stocked pet pharmacy and will make house calls, and will provide health certificates for pets when needed for travel purposes.
Other services include geriatric and hospice care for older pets.
“We will also perform at-home euthanasia for pets to help a family through the emotional grieving process. Sometimes it just makes it a little easier to do this in the comfort of their own home when the entire family can be there,” Dr. Hayes said.

“We’ll make house calls for the elderly and others whose pets are in need of at-home medical treatment or basic healthcare for their dog or cat.” Dr. Christopher Hayes, owner of Simply Southern Animal Hospital “Our pets are like our children and mean the world to us. We want all of our clients to feel like they are a part of the Simply Southern family and know and trust us to take care of their fur babies of all sizes.”

House calls and at-home euthanasia aren’t the only unique characteristics and services this veterinarian provides. This avid fisherman and outdoorsman also takes time to save an occasional wild animal. Katy Hayes says her husband’s compassion for animals never ceases to amaze her.
“We had a deer in the back yard who was trapped in a hammock, dragging the ropes and just all tangled up. Our chocolate lab Ruger, and our yellow lab Copper, were barking and chasing him into the nearby creek. So I grabbed the dogs and took them inside.”Katy explained.

Details:

Simply Southern Animal Hospital is at 18364 Magnolia Bridge Road in Central, just west of Greenwell Springs Road and next to Smooch My Pooch. For appointments call 225.960.7100. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 to 5:30. They are also open the first and third Saturdays of the month, 8-noon. They are always open for boarding, but recommend scheduling that ahead of time. Website www.ssvets.com, Facebook and Instagram.
Dr. Hayes says the deer went under water and he had to drag it out. “The deer wasn’t breathing so I started chest compressions. No mouth-to-mouth, mind you, only chest compressions and he immediately started breathing. We cut him free and he took off,” Dr. Hayes said. “It was a crazy morning with a happy ending to that adventure.”
Dr. Hayes plans to add “large animals” to his service list in the very near future. However, he currently sees horses for routine health maintenance including vaccinations and Coggins testing.
“Our pets are like our children and mean the world to us. We want all of our clients to feel like they are a part of the Simply Southern family and know and trust us to take care of their fur babies of all sizes.”Katy added.

By Kellee Hennessy Dickerson

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