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1536 Highway 4 East Holly Springs, MS 38635
662-252-5454
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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”  

We understand this and that is why client education and participation is incredibly important to us.  We want to do everything in our power to ease your fears regarding everything from routine shots to advanced surgical procedures.  Below you will find a list of "what to expect" from some of the frequent procedures performed in our office.  As always, if you have a concern about your pet please do not hesitate to contact us!  We are here to help you help your pet!  

Vaccinations:

  • Discomfort and local swelling at the vaccination site
  • Mild fever
  • Decreased appetite and activity
  • Sneezing, mild coughing, "snotty nose" or other respiratory signs may occur 2-5 days 
  • after your pet receives an intranasal vaccine
  • A small, firm swelling under the skin may develop at the site of a recent vaccination. It should start to disappear within a couple weeks. If it persists more than three weeks, or seems to be getting larger, you should contact your veterinarian.

Procedures Requiring Sedation:

  • Grogginess
  • Poor balance
  • Nausea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Trouble maintaining body temperature (that's why each surgical patient has a heating blanket waiting for them after we complete their procedure!)
  • Occasionally, a patient will have mild temporary behavioral changes (apathy, etc) as an effect of the anesthesia.  This usually dissipates within 24-36 hours.

Spay (ovariohysterectomy):

  • Although a common procedure, this is still considered major surgery as the abdomen is opened and the uterus and ovaries are removed from a small incision In the abdominal wall.
  • We strongly recommend you keep your pet quiet and still the night after surgery.
  • All of the effects previously mentioned in the sedation section are applicable.
  • Your pet may be groggy and it may take 18-24 hours for your pet to recover from anesthesia.
  • Many pets sleep much more than normal following their procedure.
  • Isolate the animal from children and other pets as your pet may be mildly agitated due to the after-effects of anesthesia.
  • Keep an eye on the incision site for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if the incision site is open. 
  • Keep your pet from licking/biting the incision as this can cause infection or for the wound to re-open.  If you need help with this we will be happy to provide you with an Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar).

Neuter (castration):

  • There will be a small incision where the testicles were removed and swelling often times looks as though one testicle was left...we assure you, this is not the case!
  • We strongly recommend you keep your pet quiet and still the night after surgery.
  • All of the effects previously mentioned in the sedation section are applicable.
  • Your pet may be groggy and it may take 18-24 hours for your pet to recover from anesthesia.
  • Many pets sleep much more than normal following their procedure.
  • Isolate the animal from children and other pets as your pet may be mildly agitated due to the after-effects of anesthesia.
  • Keep an eye on the incision site for excessive redness, swelling, discharge, blood or if the incision site is open. 
  • Keep your pet from licking/biting the incision as this can cause infection or for the wound to re-open.  If you need help with this we will be happy to provide you with an Elizabethan Collar (E-Collar).

Potential Complications from Spaying/Neutering:

Spaying and neutering are very safe surgeries; however, complications can occur. Minimal redness and swelling should resolve within several days. Please contact us if redness and swelling persists or if you notice any of the following:

• Pale gums
• Depression
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Discharge or bleeding from the incision
• Difficulty urinating
• Labored breathing
• Decreased appetite
• Lethargy lasting more than 24 hours

We will be happy to re-check your pet at no charge at our clinic for any complications resulting directly from surgery. There may be a minimal cost for medication if needed (such as antibiotics) or an e-collar.

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