FAQs

HOW SAFE IS MY PET’S PROCEDURE?

At All Creatures Animal Care Center, we only recommend those surgical procedures that are in the best interest of your pet. Each individual procedure varies from pet to pet and condition to condition. Typically, a physical examination, review of the patient’s medical history, and blood work are recommended for each pet that may have to be subjected to sedation or anesthesia. Our veterinarians will use this information to screen your pet for potential issues before beginning any procedure to help ensure the safety of your pet. As with humans, the older the pet, the more precautions need to be taken.

Although there will always be a minimal amount of risk associated with anesthetizing your pet, we take every precaution available to ensure that those risks are minimized, including most of the same fail-safe measures that your physician would provide if you were placed under anesthesia. We also monitor vital signs throughout all stages of surgery and recovery.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY PET HAVE AN EXAM AND BLOOD WORK?

At All Creatures Animal Care Center, we believe that the best way to prolong the relationship you share with your pet is to identify disease processes early and prevent the progression of chronic illness, before it becomes a problem. To keep tabs on your pet’s overall health, it is important to maintain annual exams and blood work. We recommend an examination by your veterinarian every 12 months for healthy pets under the age of 7, and possibly every 6 months for senior patients. Those pets with chronic disease or mobility issues may require examination on a more frequent basis. We also recommend annual blood work profiles to provide a continuous record for our veterinarian to identify trends and specific areas to focus on in an effort to prolong the duration and quality of life of our patients.

DOES MY PET TRULY NEED A DENTAL PROCEDURE?

The overwhelming answer is absolutely yes! Periodontal disease (disease of the structures around the tooth--the gums, bone, and connective tissue) is one of the most common problems that we deal with on a daily basis. Periodontal infections, tooth fractures, and oral masses can be sources of serious discomfort for your pet. Additionally, untreated periodontal infections can cause damage to major organs of the body including the heart, liver, and kidneys. Proper veterinary dental care can help prevent your pet from developing painful dental conditions, and can extend their life expectancy as well.

HOW IMPORTANT IS NUTRITION FOR MY PET?

Pets, like people, are unique and individual; they have different needs based on their size, age, and health issues. But no matter what their individual needs are, it is important that pets maintain a healthy weight, eat a nutritious diet, and receive adequate exercise to promote living longer with fewer health issues.

When pets are overweight, it creates a tendency towards diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and other chronic health conditions. Using our nutritional counseling services will help simplify just what your pet should be eating and how much.

HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT TO BRING MY PET TO THE VETERINARIAN IF I NOTICE A CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR?

If you notice your pet acting strangely, including loss of appetite or energy, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible for an examination by one of our doctors. Pets have an instinctive tendency to hide pain and illness so that they do not show any weaknesses that might attract predators. As pet owners, by the time we notice a change in behavior, the animal may have been suffering for several days already. Some changes may be insignificant, but others could indicate a more serious change that should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

WHAT IF I NOTICE PARASITES ON MY PET?

If you notice visible parasites on your pet, call us today and schedule an appointment so that our veterinarians can recommend the appropriate treatment for your pet. Flea and tick preventatives have improved greatly in recent years. These preventatives are safe and effective and come in a wide variety of forms. At All Creatures Animal Care Center, we fit the preventative product to the pet's problem and environment.

Contact Us
  • 262 New Mannsdale Road
    Madison, Mississippi 39110
  • 601-856-5333

Our Hours
  • Mon-Fri    7:30am - 6:00pm
    Saturday    8:00am -1:00pm
    Sunday    Closed

  • Boarding pickups only, Sunday 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.