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Everything in Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana, and beyond is getting more and more expensive and folks are having to cut corners and tighten their financial belts. However, your dog or cat shouldn't have to suffer. Save money over a normal visit to the vet's office and take advantage of low cost pet vaccinations, heartworm and parasite prevention, and more at this special clinic.

While I still take my pets to my local veterinarian if I have any specific concerns, with two dogs and a cat, annual vaccinations can get pricey! Add in their monthly heartworm preventative and things get really expensive... especially when you have a dog that weighs well over 100 pounds!

Thankfully, a few years ago, my friend clued me in about the service, LowCostVaccination.com. It's a traveling clinic that comes to our area to provide vaccinations, heartworm tests, heartworm preventatives, and even oral flea and tick preventatives. I've ordered 6 months' worth of heartworm prevention for my then brood of five dogs for as low as $339.50, and that was with two heavy-weight pups. If I had gone elsewhere, that price would have been MUCH higher.

Dr. Hall and his staff will be returning to their location in Shreveport Sunday, December 31st, 2023 from 4-6 pm. They're located at 6560 Youree Drive Ste 1005 in the strip mall behind Cici's Pizza and FedEx. The best part about it is that if you call ahead and pre-pay, you get to skip the line! Here's the number: (800) 978-3910.

Don't let finances prevent you from a lifetime of love with a pet companion! And don't forget to spay and neuter! For low-cost spay and neuter, check out the folks at Robinson's Rescue! They've 'fixed' several of mine and I highly recommend them as well!

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