Pet Wellness Services

Picayune Pet Wellness Care

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the old saying goes. At Picayune Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Odom and the medical staff recommend regular wellness examinations for the same reason your personal physician or dentist recommends them; if a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a greater likelihood it can and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

During your pet's wellness examination, veterinarians will perform a complete physical to assess your pet's overall health and to give you, the pet owner, an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Have you noticed any recent subtle shifts in your pet's health or behavior? Have you observed any changes in body weight, appetite, water intake, urination and bowel habits and/or activity level? Changes may be signs of medical problems. Seemingly insignificant lumps and bumps under the skin may be indications of infection or cancer. Ear infections, abscessed teeth and gum disease are common and painful conditions that may not become noticeable until seriously advanced. A comprehensive physical examination helps your veterinarian evaluate your pet's health and make informed decisions about your special companion's veterinary needs and care.

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Good Communication Leads to Good Health

Picayune Veterinary Clinic's commitment begins when your new companion enters your family. The goal is to provide you with the finest veterinary care possible so you and your pet can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life together.

Each age and stage of your pet's life presents different health issues that require attention and care. The hospital's veterinary staff provide individualized attention and develop a health care plan for your pet that takes into consideration his/her special needs, lifestyle, breed and home life. We also listen to you, the pet owner, and your schedule, routine, needs and family life. By understanding the whole picture, we can better tailor your pet's health care plan.

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Picayune Veterinarians Offer Superior Preventative Care

When you bring your pet to Picayune Veterinary Clinic, we work with you to create a lifetime preventive health care plan. This includes a balanced schedule of vaccines (to protect your pet against dangerous, but preventable diseases), routine dental care (good oral health protects overall systemic health) and microchip identification (should your pet become lost). We also provide internal medicine services, nutritional and behavioral counseling, general and orthopedic surgery, advanced diagnostic testing capabilities and much more.

The staff's commitment to you and your pet's health begins with an annual examination, which includes:

  • Examining your pet's teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Checking your pet's vision and eyes
  • Examining ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Assessing your pet's heart and cardiac function
  • Examining the skin
  • Palpating lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Examining the respiratory system
  • Evaluating internal organ function and other systems
  • Monitoring your pet's blood count and serum chemistry
  • Performing laboratory tests to determine the presence of specific diseases
  • Assessing changes in your pet's health since their last wellness visit
  • Fecal check for the presence of intestinal parasites

During each examination, we also take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions and keep you up to date on all the information needed to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication between you and your pet's doctor ensures that your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention that he deserves so that he can live a long and healthy life.

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Picayune Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your pet from serious infectious diseases that were once responsible for the death of many dogs and cats. They prepare your pet for exposure to certain viruses and bacteria so when your pet is exposed, its immune system can destroy the invaders before your pet's body becomes overwhelmed.

During the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations for both puppies and kittens is necessary. Sometime between the ages of 6 weeks to 20 weeks, the maternal antibodies disappear and the puppy's or kitten's immune system begins functioning on its own. For this reason, vaccination every two to three weeks is considered the safest way to ensure protection for your young pet. As the maternal antibodies disappear and the immune system begins functioning, your pet needs fewer vaccinations.

Core puppy vaccines: Rabies, Bordetella, DA2PPC, DA2PL-Cpv
Core kitten vaccines: FRCPC, FRCPC and Leukemia, Rabies
Core adult dog vaccines: DA2PL-Cpv, rabies, Bordetella
Core adult cat vaccines: FRCPC, rabies, leukemia and Bordetella
Non-core adult dog vaccines: Lyme, canine influenza
Non-core adult cat vaccines: Lyme

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention in order for them to grow and develop well. The team of veterinarians and technicians at Picayune Veterinary Clinic partner with you to create a custom health plan so that your new companion receives the care required to get the best start in life.

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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 the hospital for the best way to prevent parasite problems in your pet.

Heartworm Disease

Symptoms of heartworm are not always immediately apparent. Therefore, it can be difficult to detect symptoms in your pet. Some dogs may show no signs of the disease while others may exhibit clinical signs such as a mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise (lethargy), fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and/or weight loss.

Cats may exhibit clinical signs that are non-specific, such as vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy and weight loss. If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, please call Picayune Veterinary Clinic at (601) 798-7706 to schedule an appointment.

Flea and Tick Prevention

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. Even one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Although ticks are less of a problem in the surrounding area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in certain parts of the country. If you plan to travel to an area where these diseases are a problem, please talk to one of the veterinarians about the precautions you can take to protect your pet.

The good news is that these problems can be avoided by using one of the safe and effective parasite prevention products available at Picayune Veterinary Clinic. Ask a member of the medical team to recommend a product that is right for your pet.

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Puppy and Kitten Wellness Programs

Similar to the wellness programs offered by Picayune for adult dogs and cats, puppy/kitten programs include:

  • Comprehensive wellness examinations
  • Vaccines
  • Parasite prevention
  • Behavior counseling
  • Spay/Neuter surgery
  • Discussion of housetraining/litter box training
  • Nutrition and diet counseling

We can also address common pet owner questions and topics such as:

  • Best Pet Food Brands
  • Declawing
  • Microchipping
  • Introducing a New Pet
  • Adjustment to New Baby
  • Preparing for Surgery
  • Puppy Socialization
  • Crate Training

It is important to all of us at Picayune Veterinary Clinic that your puppy or kitten start off on the right paw and enjoy a healthy and happy life. If you are interested in our four-step puppy packages or our three-step kitten packages, please contact us for more information at (601) 798-7706.

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Exotic Pet Care in Pearl River County

We offer optimum wellness care programs for potbellied pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, hamsters and most other pocket pets. Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems, plus annual monitoring for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, you want to make sure that he or she is healthy.

If your exotic pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, you want to be sure that your veterinary hospital is specifically equipped to care for exotic species. Picayune Veterinary Clinic has the technology, training and know-how necessary to treat your exotic pet.

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Large Animal Services

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For farms with small to large herds, we understand the importance of having a local, experienced large animal veterinarian close by. Our Picayune Veterinary Clinic veterinarians are able to perform a range of services onsite as well as within our modern haul-in facility for horses, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats.

Picayune Equine Services

Our veterinarians and medical team treat racetrack and barrel horses, roping horses, breeding horses and backyard horses. The most common breeds we treat are quarter horses, thoroughbreds, miniature horses and draft horses, along with the occasional mustang. We offer all horses dental floats, deworming and preventive care, as well as the preventive care and treatment of both performance and pleasure horses.

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