Pet Wellness Services

Wellness Care for Starkville's Pets

starkville, MS pet wellness exams

Regular exams are the best way to keep your pet healthy. Frequent physical exams help us establish an overall health profile of your pet and are useful in preventing and treating health problems before they become more difficult - and costly - to treat.

Your Pet's Wellness Examination

During a physical exam, Dr. Anthony and Dr. Shy perform a complete wellness examination of your pet, evaluating your pet's vision and hearing, checking your pet's teeth and oral cavity, examining the joints and muscles for signs of arthritis, palpating the abdomen for signs of swelling and listening to your pet's heart and lungs. An exam is also an excellent time to discuss with us any changes in your pet's health and behavior.

Starkville Pet Vaccinations

Many diseases that were once fatal to pets can now be prevented through the use of vaccinations. In most cases, we provide annual vaccinations unless titers prove otherwise. We follow the vaccination requirements set out by the American Animal Hospital Association; however, we understand that every pet may require a different vaccine schedule and can tailor a vaccine regimen to suit your pet.

Health Management

Every pet is different and each requires a different veterinary healthcare management plan. We manage diabetic patients, cats with hyperthyroidism and associated heart and kidney disease, and hypothyroidism and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease) in dogs. We also use esophagostomy tubes to treat anorexia and fatty liver disease in cats, as well as hepatobiliary disease.

Health Care For Every Age and Stage

As pets age, their health care needs change considerably. Puppies and kittens require different medical procedures and tests than a dog or cat in his or her senior years. At Starkville Veterinary Hospital in Starkville, MS, we understand the health care needs that each pet faces during every stage of life. We have devised special health care plans for dogs and cats at three life stages: kitten or puppyhood, adult years and senior years. Click on the links below to learn about each plan and how it can benefit your pet.

Puppy Health Care Plan

Adult Canine Health Care Plan

Senior Canine Health Care Plan

Kitten Health Care Plan

Adult Feline Health Care Plan

Senior Feline Health Care Plan

starkville pet heartworm prevention

Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for both your pet and your family. Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests. Please ask a staff member at Starkville Veterinary Hospital for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease can be a serious problem for your beloved pet. Fortunately, preventive medications exist to prevent heartworm disease for your companion. The veterinarians at Starkville Veterinary Hospital recommend administering preventive medication once-a-month, all-year long.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks in Starkville

In Mississippi, fleas are a year-round problem for pets and their owners. They are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can be dangerous to both you and your pet. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Although ticks are less of a problem in our area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Please talk to one of our veterinarians about the precautions you can take to protect your pet.

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