Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my pet need a dental procedure?

Just like people, our furry family members need dental care to maintain their overall health. Left untreated, bacteria can grow on our pet’s teeth, causing the teeth to decay prematurely. These bacteria can actually cause damage to their organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys. If your pet has bad breath, displays difficulty in eating hard foods, and has browning teeth and reddish gums, it is likely periodontal disease has already started. The caring doctors at Vicksburg Animal Hospital understand that maintaining your pet’s dental health early can result in better overall health. Prevention is always more effective and less costly than treatment, and this is especially true with your pet’s dental care. Contact one of our friendly staff professionals today to set up your pet’s dental appointment!

What if my pet has an after-hours problem?

If your pet has an issue after our clinic closes, we offer emergency services for our clients. We ask that all payments for emergencies to be made prior to our doctor diagnosing or treating your pet. Please call 601-636-8112.

At what age should I have my pet spayed or neutered?

The doctors at Vicksburg Animal Hospital recommend spaying or neutering all dogs and cats at approximately 6 months of age. While these procedures are considered routine, remember that a spay for our dog or cat is the equivalent of an ovarian hysterectomy in a human. A neuter for our male dogs and cats is a complete removal of the testis. Therefore, our doctors recommend blood work prior to these procedures to minimize the risk that your pet may have an underlying condition. During the surgery, your pet’s blood pressure and heart rate is constantly monitored by one of our veterinary professionals. Pain medications are also a must to keep your pet as comfortable as possible after surgery. Call Vicksburg Animal Hospital to schedule your pet’s spay or neuter today!

What financing options do you offer or is payment expected at time of service?

Payment is expected at the time of services. We accept all major credit cards in the event cash is not available.

How important are vaccinations and when should they start vaccinating?

Vaccinations for pets are not only crucial for their health and well-being, some are required by law, such as rabies. Vaccinations should begin when your pet is between six (6) and eight (8) weeks of age for most vaccines, normally followed by a booster in three (3) to four (4) weeks. Rabies is required to be administered by the time an animal reaches 3 months of age by the State of Mississippi.

Vaccinations protect your pets against many contagious and deadly diseases including rabies, parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis. Some of these viruses can be spread to humans as well, so it is critical that your pets are vaccinated between six (6) and eight (8) weeks, and boosters are administered as needed throughout their lives. Please call one of our caring staff members to schedule your pet’s vaccination today.