Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to have an appointment to bring my pet in?

A: We will see your pet without an appointment, but appointments allow us to better schedule our time so we can perform our necessary surgeries and give each appointment the time it requires for a complete exam. We also do farm calls, so calling ahead will let you know if the Doctor will be in, or if they are out on a call. We do require that all elective surgeries be done through an appointment. This allows our doctors and technicians to have the time and instruments ready during the day of your pet’s scheduled procedure. Even though we will see your pet without an appointment, appointments are greatly appreciated so we have the time to devote to each case as needed and you and your pet can see the veterinarian in a timely manner.

Q: How many sets of shots does this puppy or kitten need?

A: Puppies need on average 4 sets of vaccinations. We start their vaccinations at 6-8 weeks old and continue on a set every 3 weeks until complete. Depending on the size, breed, and environment we may alter the vaccinations to offer the best protections for your puppy. Kittens receive 3 sets of vaccinations starting at 6-8 weeks old. During each visit the animal is weighed, given a general exam to ensure the animal is growing properly, and time it taken to answer any questions you may have about your new family member. We also take these beginning weeks to start heartworm prevention and flea and tick medication.

Q: Does my pet need vaccinations every year?

A: Yes, Dogs and cats need annual boosters on their vaccinations, we do offer a 3 year Rabies that is given 1 year after the initial puppy or kitten rabies vaccination. Remember that dogs and cats live 7 years to our one. Could you imagine not taking your child for a checkup between the age of 2 and 7? The annual vaccinations offer us time to check the animal for heartworms, intestinal worms, and any other illnesses that may not be visible to the untrained person. Care is taken to look in the eyes and ears, check the teeth, and listen to the heart and lungs. As your animal gets older we also recommend bloodwork to check for diabetes, liver problems and other diseases that may be affecting your pet.

Q: Why should I get my dog spayed or neutered?

A: It has been proven that spaying and neutering will increase the pet’s lifespan by 4-7years. The earlier a female dog is spayed, the less chance it has of developing mammary gland cancer, and the younger a male is neutered decreases the chance of territorial fighting and aggression towards other dogs. More importantly it helps decrease the problems we face with overpopulation of unwanted pets, and pets that are euthanized in shelters each year.

Q: How safe is my pet's spay or neuter?

A: Our doctors and assistants have many years of experience and we use the safest anesthetics available. No procedure is completely without risk, especially when anesthesia is involved. Each animal's needs are considered when choosing an anesthetic protocol and blood work is offered prior to surgery to determine if any underlying problems may complicate the procedure.

Q: Why is a visit recommended every 6 months?

A: Remember, the average yearly ratio of our furry friends to us is 7 to 1. Coming to us only once a year would be the equivalent of you seeing a doctor every 7 years. Examining your pet every 6 months allows us to act early on any abnormality we may find before it becomes a real problem.

Q: Why is table food a problem for pets?

A: People and pets have different metabolisms, different digestive tracts and different nutritional needs. Let your pet eat pet food. Obesity is occurring at a disturbing rate among animals. Like humans, this is leading to diabetes, joint disease and heart problems. Remember, if your pet is fat YOU'RE not getting enough exercise!

Q: Why are fleas and worms such a problem and how do I get control?

A: In Mississippi we have mild winters and hot, humid summers. Most parasites thrive in this environment so getting rid of them can be a challenge. Fortunately we carry an array of effective products to help you to keep your pet comfortable and your family safe from the diseases parasites can carry.