Pet Wellness & Vaccination Veterinary Service in Southaven, MS
Allowing The Desoto County Animal Clinic to examine your pet on a regular basis and keep the necessary vaccinations up to date can help your pet live a longer, healthier life.
Pet Wellness & Vaccination
Puppy Wellness –
Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our puppy wellness program helps get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development. We can give you the support and tools necessary to help him, or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
Schedule your puppy for their first exam as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, they are susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will ensure your new dog has protection against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are extremely common in young dogs.
Most puppies have roundworms and intestinal worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). Puppies require roundworm treatment to rid them of the infection and prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are zoonotic parasites, meaning transmission is possible from pets to people. Ensuring your puppy is treated correctly can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy! Schedule your appointment today.
Kitten Wellness –
Congratulations on your new kitten! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our kitten wellness program helps to get your kitten started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your kitten’s development. We can give you the support and tools necessary to help him, or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy cat, including information and advice on nutrition, litterbox training, and behavior.
Schedule your kitten for their first exam as soon as possible. Until your kitten has received a series of vaccines, they are susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will ensure your new pet protects against rabies and panleukopenia (distemper). Depending on your cat’s risk, we may advise vaccinating them against other diseases, such as feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Your kitten will also need to be tested and treated for parasites common in young cats.
Most kittens have roundworms, intestinal worms that can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance in cats (although they may not cause any symptoms). Kittens require roundworm treatment to help rid them of the infection and prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are zoonotic parasites, meaning transmission is possible from pets to people. You can keep your entire family safe by ensuring that your kitten is treated correctly.
We look forward to meeting your new kitten! Schedule your appointment today.
Adult Pet Wellness –
Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs of something wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behavior might be easy to overlook. Depending on the disease, some pets do not show any symptoms.
Dogs and cats age far more quickly than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems increase with age.
During your pet’s wellness exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog or cat from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases. We may also recommend that your pet receive dental care. When your pet is nearing their senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup, so we will know what is normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Because you spend the most time with your pet, you are your pet’s expert and their greatest advocate. Please let us know if you have noticed any physical or behavioral changes in your pet or any other concerns you might have.
Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam! If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our adult wellness program in more detail.
Senior Pet Wellness –
As dogs and cats age, they need more attention and special care. Our senior wellness program can help your pet remain fit and healthy as they ages and help us catch any potential problems earlier when they’re easier to treat or manage. Regular veterinary exams can help your pet live longer, too!
Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters their senior years. The risk of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems increases with age. Dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are pretty advanced.
Senior status varies depending on your pet’s breed and size. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger dogs, and cats generally live longer than dogs. We can help you determine your pet’s stage of life.
Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, we recommend that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This will give us a record of what is normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes. In most cases, we suggest this checkup when your dog turns seven years of age or your cat turns eight. After that, your senior pet will benefit from more frequent veterinary exams and diagnostic testing.
We can treat many symptoms commonly attributed to the aging process, including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans). We can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable.
We will tailor a senior wellness plan to your pet’s individual needs. If you have any questions, we would be happy to discuss our old wellness program in more detail. Call us today to schedule your pet’s exam!