Horn Lake Hosts MSU Spay/Neuter Bus

The Mississippi State University Shelter Medicine Program was started in 2007 by Dr. Philip Bushby for MSU students to travel to local shelters across Mississippi to provide spay and neuter surgeries to shelter pets.  This program gives the students much-needed surgery experience and allows the shelters to save on veterinary costs. Since 2007, the program has treated over 50,000 pets at no charge to Mississippi animal shelters.

The program has two gooseneck trailers that travel the central and northern part of Mississippi up to 3-4 times per week with a professor and two or three veterinary students in tow. Each trip sees roughly 25 animals treated.

Working out of the MSU Mobile Veterinary Clinic and under the guidance of experienced high-volume spay/neuter surgeons of MSU, veterinary students will perform spay/neuter surgeries on January 31st and February 1st on Horn Lake Animal Shelter pets.

The MSU students and faculty are hosted by the City of Horn Lake and Horn Lake Animal Hospital. They are scheduled to spay and neuter 25-40 dogs and cats.

Horn Lake Animal Hospital is happy to welcome the doctors and students of MSU College of Veterinary Medicine to our community and we appreciate the efforts of everyone coming together to help address the issue of pet overpopulation in Mississippi.

Pictured are Dr. Kristie Chavez and Dr. Brett Thomas of Horn Lake Animal Hospital at the Horn Lake Animal Shelter.

 

 

Save on Pet Dental Cleanings

Horn Lake pet owners – Did you know that dogs and cats experience the same dental problems as people?  Pets can get plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to gingivitis and dental disease.  Dental disease is THE most common disease in dogs. Recent studies show that 85% of cats and 92% of dogs over age 3 have periodontal disease. Don’t let your pet be a statistic- schedule their dental cleaning appointment today!

Signs That Your Pet Might Have Dental Disease

  • Bad breath
  • Yellow/brown spots on teeth
  • Inflamed, swollen, red or bleeding gums
  • Pawing at the mouth or rubbing face
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth

Besides BAD BREATH, pet dental disease:

  • Releases bacteria in the bloodstream and organs
  • Increases your pet’s risk for heart, liver and kidney disease
  • Can cause severe pain and problems for your pet

Pets need regular dental cleanings to increase quality and length of life. Regular dental cleanings:

  • Allow us to chart dental disease over time
  • Reduce need for more advanced and expensive treatment in future
  • Can add up to 2-4 years to your pet’s life
  • Will improve your pet’s appetite, mood and energy level

What Happens During My Pet’s Dental Cleaning?

During a dental cleaning (sometimes called prophylaxis), plaque and tartar are removed from a pet’s teeth and the health of the entire mouth (tongue, gums, lips, and teeth) is assessed.

A thorough dental cleaning can be accomplished only while the pet is under general anesthesia. The anesthesia we use is safe for animals and your pet is monitored constantly while under anesthesia. Prior to anesthesia, blood tests are performed to help uncover any hidden illnesses.

Now is the time to schedule a dental cleaning appointment – save 20% through March!  Schedule in January for a chance to WIN a digital crockpot filled with artisan soups.  Each dental cleaning in February gets a free dental health goodie bag!

Annual dental cleanings are critical in preventing gum disease and spreading bacteria into your pet’s bloodstream and vital organs. Over 85% of pets have dental disease, but with annual cleanings – pets can have up to four years added to their life!

Call 662-393-1116 to request a dental cleaning!

Now Offering Weekday Wellness Appointments

To better serve your schedules, we now offer wellness appointments for healthy dogs & cats Monday – Friday from 2 – 4 pm.

Save time & money with our Annual Wellness Packages!

Wellness Package $99 

Includes:

  • Physical Exam
  • Vaccines – Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptosporosis, Parvo, Parainfluenza
  • Heartworm Test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen/Fecal Exam

Premium Wellness Package $105

Includes:

  • All the above, plus Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine – typically required for boarding/grooming

 Call 662-393-1116 or click below to request appointments – limited availability!

 

 

 

Through our mobile PetPage app or online portal, you can easily:

* Access your pet’s medical info

* View upcoming services due

* Request appointments or view scheduled appointments

* Request a prescription refill

To Download PetPage App
1) Access Google Play or Apple Store by clicking one of the links below (you must be using your mobile phone in order to install the application).
2) After you have installed and opened the app on your mobile phone click the “sign up” button on the home page of the app. Enter your email address, choose a password and click the blue sign up button.
3) You will then be sent a confirmation email. Click the link in that email. Check your SPAM folder if you do not see the confirmation in your inbox. 

To Access Pet Records Online (Not on Smartphone App)

You can access your pet health records without a smartphone by clicking here. You will need to sign up before logging in. Use your email address as your username.

 

Welcome Dr. Summer Lathum

Horn Lake Animal Hospital welcomes Dr. Summer Lathum to our veterinary team.  Dr. Lathum is a native of Starkville and received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mississippi State University and then graduated from Mississippi State University University College of Veterinary Medicine.

She previously worked an emergency veterinary hospital in central Mississippi and has a love for emergency medicine as well as feline medicine.  At home, she & her husband Luke have a daughter, Ellie, 3 cats – Olive, Minnie & Belle – and a Shih-tzu named Darby. She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading & being outdoors.

Horn Lake Animal Hospital has served Desoto County pets since 1994 offering preventative care and wellness services for dogs, cats, exotic pets and pocket pets, as well as 24/7 emergency medicine.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Day Oct. 18th

Horn Lake pet owners – help control the pet overpopulation and have your pet spayed or neutered!  Spaying/neutering also has health & behavioral benefits.

CANINE SPAY $70

FELINE SPAY $50

CANINE NEUTER $60

FELINE NEUTER $40

Give us a call today to make your appointment as we have limited availability.  All pets must (by law) be current on Rabies.  If the patient is not current, it will be given a Rabies vaccination for a $10 charge.

There will be an additional charge if pets are in heat, pregnant or cryptorchid.

Owners have the option to add on other services for which there will be additional fees.

Save $20 on Pet Wellness Packages this Week Only

$20 OFF Dog & Cat Wellness Packages if the appointment is THIS WEEK (exp 9/28) from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Call 662-393-1116 to schedule!

 

Premium Package  $95 – this week only $75

Includes:

  • Physical Exam
  • Bordetella – Kennel Cough Vaccine
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptosporosis
  • Parvo
  • Parainfluenza
  • Heartworm Test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen/Fecal Exam

Standard Package $89 – this week $69

Includes:

  • Physical Exam
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptosporosis
  • Parvo
  • Parainfluenza
  • Heartworm Test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen/Fecal Exam

World Rabies Day – $10 Rabies Vaccines on Sept. 28th

Horn Lake pet owners – Horn Lake Animal Hospital is celebrating World Rabies Day on September 28th with $10 rabies vaccines for dogs & cats!

What is rabies?

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected animal. Once the outward signs of the disease appear, rabies is nearly always fatal.

What animals can get rabies?

Only mammals can get rabies – birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians can not be infected with the rabies virus.

Cats have become the most common domestic animal infected with rabies. This is because many cat owners do not vaccinate their cats and cats can be exposed to rabid wildlife, either outdoors or when bats get into the house. Rabies also occurs in dogs and cattle in significant numbers and has been diagnosed in horses, goats, sheep, swine and ferrets.

Vaccination programs and control of stray animals have been effective in preventing rabies in most pets.

What are the signs of rabies in animals?

Once the rabies virus enters the body, it travels along the nerves to the brain. Animals with rabies may show a variety of signs, including fearfulness, aggression, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing, staggering, paralysis and seizures. Aggressive behavior is common, but rabid animals may also be uncharacteristically affectionate.

There is no treatment once the clinical signs of rabies appear.

Rabies infection of an animal can only be confirmed after death, through microscopic examination of the animal’s brain.

What can I do to help control rabies?

Remember that rabies is entirely preventable through vaccination.

  • Have your veterinarian vaccinate your pets and animals – dogs, cats, ferrets, and select horses and livestock.
    • Your veterinarian will advise you on the recommended or required frequency of vaccination in your area.
    • Rabies vaccine is required by state law.
  • Reduce the possibility of exposure to rabies by not letting your pets roam free.
    • Keep cats and ferrets indoors, and supervise dogs when they are outside.
    • Spaying or neutering your pet may decrease roaming tendencies and will prevent them from contributing to the birth of unwanted animals.
  • Don’t leave exposed garbage or pet food outside, as it may attract wild or stray animals.
  • Wild animals should never be kept as pets.
    • Not only may this be illegal, but wild animals pose a potential rabies threat to caretakers and to others.
  • Observe all wild animals from a distance. A rabid wild animal may appear tame but don’t go near it.
    • Teach children NEVER to handle unfamiliar animals—even if they appear friendly.
  • If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to the city or county animal control department.
  • Bat-proof your home and other structures to prevent bats from nesting and having access to people or pets.

Horn Lake Animal Hospital is celebrating World Rabies Day on September 28th with $10 rabies vaccines for dogs & cats!

$20 OFF Wellness Packages if the appointment is THIS WEEK from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Call 662-393-1116 to schedule!

Premium Package  $95

Includes:

  • Physical Exam
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptosporosis
  • Parvo
  • Parainfluenza
  • Heartworm Test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen/Fecal Exam

Standard Package $89

Includes:

  • Physical Exam
  • Rabies
  • Bordetella
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptosporosis
  • Parvo
  • Parainfluenza
  • Heartworm Test
  • Intestinal Parasite Screen/Fecal Exam

Buy a 6-Month Supply of Heartworm AND Flea & Tick Prevention – Get 15% OFF

Horn Lake MS pet owners – It takes one bite from an infected mosquito to break your pet’s heart!

What are heartworms? Heartworms are a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets, particularly in Horn Lake, MS and Memphis, TN with the prevalence of mosquitoes. Foot-long worms live in the heart, lungs & blood vessels of infected pets, causing lung disease, heart failure, organ damage and can be fatal if untreated.

How does my pet get heartworms?  Heartworms living in an infected dog, cat or wildlife produce baby worms that circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up these worms and when it bites another animal, the worms enter through the bite wound. Heartworms can grow and live for 5 – 7 years in dogs and 3 years in cats.

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Heartworms

How prevalent is heartworm disease in Horn Lake, MS?  Heartworm disease is a year-round problem. In De Soto County, MS – 1 in 18 dogs tested positive for heartworms. 

What can I do to protect my pet from heartworms? Heartworm disease is preventable! Dogs should be tested annually and before starting prevention. Prevention is the safest and most cost-effective option, but treatment is available for dogs (although costly & lengthy). Cats should be tested before starting prevention and re-tested as the veterinarian deems appropriate. There is NO treatment in cats, so prevention is critical and the only means of protection.

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Heartworm Treatment vs. Heartworm Prevention

Horn Lake Animal Hospital has safe, effective products available that cater to you and your pet’s lifestyle and budget.  They must be administered year-round to protect your pet.

Buy a 6-Month Supply of Heartworm AND Flea & Tick Prevention – Get 15% OFF
Exp. 6/30/18. Not valid in online store. 

Keep your pets safe from this deadly but preventable disease!

Come visit us now for their heartworm test and to discuss the best prevention options for your pets.