At Collierville Animal Clinic and Surgery Center, we believe in preventative care. The best way for you to make sure your pet lives a happy and healthy lifestyle is by bringing them into your Collierville Veterinarian for regular wellness examinations. Early diagnosis is the best way to find and treat any number of diseases and conditions, and pet checkups are the only way to find them.
Puppies and kittens should come in for their first exam when they’re around eight weeks old. You’ll need to bring your pet in three more times to see our Collierville veterinarian during its first year. Adult dogs and cats should have annual exams until they reach senior status at about seven, when we like to see them in our animal hospital twice a year.
Wellness exams are often thought of as basic checkups, but they’re actually a comprehensive examination of all parts of your pet’s health and well-being. Some of the many details we’ll cover during a pet wellness exam are:
- Pet Vaccinations
- Pet Weight Management
- Pet Dental Care
- Skin and Fur Management
Call 901-853-8519 to schedule your pet’s wellness exam!
Pet Resort & Grooming
At Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center, we know how important it is for pet owners in the Memphis area to have a reliable and safe boarding facility where they can take their pet when they leave town. We pride ourselves in providing facilities at our Pet Resort that are comfortable and safe, where pets can relax and get the care they need while their owners are away.
Keeping your pet well groomed is an important responsibility. Our Pet Resort staff can assist you in all of your grooming needs, offering:
- nail trimming
- ear cleaning
- shampoo baths
- hair cuts
- expression of anal glands
Keep your pet looking and feeling his or her best with our all-inclusive grooming services! We are happy to schedule your pet’s grooming service during his or her boarding stay.
When it comes to keeping your pets healthy and happy, our Collierville veterinarian is here to help. At Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center, we’re happy to provide any number of services to enhance your beloved pet’s health and wellness. From routine exams and vaccinations to boarding, grooming, and even dental care—we’re here to offer the highest standard of care.
Pet Dental Cleanings
Your pet’s dental and oral health is just as important as any other aspect of its physical health, which is why we’re proud to offer a variety of dental services in our office, including pet dental cleanings in Collierville. We recommend cleanings as part of routine dental care for cats and dogs alike. With a dental cleaning, our veterinary professionals can take the time to remove any plaque and tartar buildup from your pet’s teeth, including buildup that occurs around and underneath the gum line. Without regular cleanings, your pet could ultimately suffer from painful tooth decay or could even develop gum disease, which can result in permanent tooth loss and other unpleasant dental conditions. Here in our office, our veterinary staff has the training, technology, and resources to provide a thorough dental cleaning to your pet as a means of promoting a healthy mouth and freshening breath!
Additional Dental Services
In addition to dental cleanings, we’re also happy to offer tooth extractions. We typically will recommend extractions in cases where a tooth has become decayed to the point of needing to be removed, or in cases where progressive gum disease has otherwise compromised the tooth. All of our tooth extractions are done while your pet is under anesthesia, and we perform any necessary pre-anesthesia bloodwork to ensure that your pet is given the right amount. Our veterinary technicians will also carefully monitor your pet while under anesthesia to maximize safety.
Call (901) 853-8519 to request an appointment!
Surgery & Related Services
Whether you’re thinking about adopting a pet or have already done so, the fact of the matter is that they will need vaccinations to protect their health and the health of those it comes into contact with. Here at Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center, we specialize in providing the vaccinations your pet needs for a happy and healthy life.
Importance of Vaccinations
Many diseases and other health conditions can be prevented with the right vaccinations. Furthermore, keeping your pet up-to-date on certain vaccinations is often required by local law. For example, you could be fined or otherwise penalized if your pet’s rabies vaccination expires or if you fail to have your pet vaccinated against rabies in the first place. These requirements are put into place to protect not only your pet, but the rest of the population in Collierville as well.
Finally, if you ever board your pet, any reputable boarding facility will require you to provide documentation that your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations. You wouldn’t want your beloved pet playing with another pet that wasn’t vaccinated, would you?
When Should You Start Canine Vaccinations?
Generally, vaccinations should be started when the puppy reaches six to seven weeks of age, though this can vary depending on the size and weight of the dog. An experienced veterinarian will be able to make the best determination as to when the dog is large enough to begin vaccinations. Typically, the first vaccinations given to puppies include:
- bordetella (kennel cough)
Many vaccinations for dogs, such as rabies, must be done every year or every several years (depending on the dog’s age), whereas others only need to be done once. Our vet will be able to provide you with the right vaccination schedule for your dog.
When Should You Start Feline Vaccinations?
Rabies is preventable with a simple vaccine. Kittens should receive their first rabies vaccine at about 4 months of age (16 weeks). Your cat will then need to be vaccinated 12 months later. After that, he or she will only need to get the rabies vaccine once every 3 years.
Kittens should receive the FVRCP vaccine within 2 months of age. They should then be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks until they are 4 months old. This is to ensure that the kittens are protected from these viruses early on since they are more are at risk. Kittens will need to be vaccinated again after 1 year and every 3 years after that.
All cats and kittens should be tested for Feline Leukemia even if other cats in the home have tested negative. Veterinarians often recommend giving kittens this vaccine in a series of 2 shots administered 3 to 4 weeks apart, then vaccinating once annually. Indoor cats often do not need this type of vaccination.
Give us a call 901-853-8519 to get started!
At Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center, we advise all of our families with fur-covered pets to consider preventing parasites. This is especially important to our community during the warmer months when fleas and ticks are even more of a problem.
Our veterinary clinic offers prescription-strength prevention against fleas and ticks. In addition, our office has effective methods for treating your pet once he or she has fleas, ticks, or worms. Our products are stronger, yet still safe, so they’re able to help your pet more than over-the-counter remedies can.
To learn more about parasite prevention or schedule an appointment to prevent or treat your pet for parasites, contact our veterinary clinic, Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center, serving Collierville, TN, and the surrounding area, by calling 901-853-8519.
Your pet has become a major part of your life over the years — and now that he’s older, he needs your help more than ever. Pets are subject to many of the age-related health issues and concerns as humans, with elevated risks starting as early as age 7 in most animals. the good news is that you can rely on Collierville Animal Clinic to provide your Collierville, Germantown or Piperton pet with the senior wellness care that can help him enjoy this phase of his life.
Our vet clinic can help you take the best possible care of your aging pet. Twice-annual senior pet exams are invaluable for detecting age-related complaints that need immediate treatment. If your pet is suffering from a painful chronic ailment such as osteoarthritis, for instance, we can put him on anti-inflammatory medication to help him stay mobile and comfortable.
Diet and nutrition play key roles in senior pet wellness. Any veterinarian on our three-practitioner team can evaluate your pet’s weight to determine the risk of obesity — a serious health problem that can aggravate many age-related disorders. Your veterinarian can also prescribe gentle exercise routines, specialized diets to combat illness or inflammation, and best home care practices to keep your pet healthy.
Give your pet a wonderful life even in his senior years. Call 901-853-8519 to learn about how we can help your Collierville, Germantown or Piperton senior pet!
What is microchipping?
Microchipping is the insertion of a small data chip under the skin of an animal, typically in the shoulder region. This tiny chip is encoded with a unique ID number, which is recorded (along with your pet’s name and your contact info) in a national pet registry database. When an animal worker finds a lost or stray pet with no collar tag, a quick check with an RFID scanner triggers the chip to send its ID number to the scanning device. The animal worker can then check this information against the online database to find you and inform you that your pet has been recovered.
Why is microchipping so important?
Collar tags remain the primary way to identify missing animals, and every pet should be equipped with one. Unfortunately, collar tags (and sometimes entire collars) can get separated from the pets they identify. If your pet doesn’t have a second form of identification, no one may ever connect him with you, no matter how many “Lost Pet” posters you put up. Microchipping greatly improves a pet’s odds of being reunited with his owner. For microchipped dogs, the percentage goes up by 238 percent; for microchipped cats, the chance of being reunited with owners leaps by an astounding 2,000 percent as opposed to non-microchipped felines.
A Simple, Affordable Procedure
Any of our three veterinarians at Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center will be more than happy to microchip your pet, either during a routine wellness exam or as a standalone outpatient procedure. You’ll be relieved to learn that microchipping doesn’t involve any kind of surgery. The microchip is so tiny that we simply inject it beneath your pet’s skin, making the process no more difficult than a vaccination.
Call our veterinarians at 901-853-8519 to learn more about microchipping and schedule this all-important preventative measure.
Spay & Neuter
Our Spay and Neuter Facilities – What to Expect
Our Collierville veterinarian has a state-of-the-art surgical suite with all of the latest facilities. When you bring your pet in, we will do bloodwork so we can administer anesthesia correctly, then get your pet ready for the surgery that removes their ability to reproduce.
Spay and Neuter Follow-Up Care
After the surgery we clean up the incision site, put your pet in the recovery area, and keep an eye on your puppy or kitty until they are awake and alert. When it’s all over, we will call you and let you know so you can come and get your furry friend! We will send you home with days’ worth of pain medication for pain control, and let you know any “warning signs” of infection. We recommend you keep a close eye on your friend for the days following the procedure. Licking or biting stitches can irritate the incision site and cause complications.
When you are ready to make your appointment with our veterinarian in Collierville for spay and neuter services, give us a call at 901-853-8519. We are happy to answer any other questions you may have about the procedure over the phone!
Like people, pets can suffer from skin problems, too. Injuries, rashes, and allergies can lead to ongoing problems and can lead to troublesome infections. These problems should receive prompt attention from a veterinarian. At Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center in Collierville, TN, we can provide evaluation and treatment of your pet’s skin problem.
Call us at 901-853-8519 for an appointment to learn more about dermatology care that can help keep your pet healthy and comfortable.
Additional Pet Care Services
Asthma in Pets
Determining what the exact cause of your pet’s asthma attacks are may be difficult. However, once your vet has determined that there are no underlying problems, there are some things you can do at home to reduce the risk of your pet’s asthma attacks, such as routinely changing the air filters in your HVAC system, using natural cleaning products, and vacuuming regularly. Your vet may also prescribe medications to help counter allergic reactions, reduce inflammation and swelling in the lungs, and to help your pet breathe easier.
Anxiety in Pets
Our vet team can determine whether or not your pet suffers from anxiety. A thorough physical examination can help to eliminate other possible causes of his symptoms. Either veterinarian on our team will then discuss treatment options with you. In many cases, behavioral training can help pets get over separation anxiety or other situation-specific anxiety. We may also recommend other helpful strategies such as providing your pet with a quiet “safe space” during parties or other noisy events. You may even have success distracting your pet with favorite toys or treats.
Pet anxiety that doesn’t respond to conservative care may require treatment with anti-anxiety medications. We can prescribe these medications and teach you how to administer them safely. Some pets may also experience a degree of anxiety relief from non-pharmaceutical products such as CBD oil. we can discuss these and other options with you during your pet’s appointment.
Arthritis in Pets
There are a few signs to be aware of so you can know when to obtain treatment for the possibility of arthritis in pets. A dog or cat dealing with this condition will likely avoid areas where it needs to move around as walking could cause them pain. They may walk up and down steps slowly. They may start to go to the bathroom in the home rather than wait until they can make it to a litter box or outdoors. They may start gaining weight as they will not be exercising as often. A pet with arthritis will walk with stiffened legs or will limp. They may also whimper in pain.
During your visit, our veterinarian will ask you questions about your pet’s overall health and how long they have been suffering from the symptoms of arthritis. They may run tests to look at the bones and muscles to determine if arthritis is definitely the reasoning for their discomfort. In many cases, medication is provided to ease pets with this condition. Our vet will discuss treatment options with you to help you decide whether to pursue other avenues of treatment if necessary.
Coughing & Sneezing
While no aggressive treatment is needed for either a dog or a cat, our Collierville clinic does offer healing ointments and frequent cleaning of the nasal passageways with warm water and cotton balls. We can guide you on how to continue home treatment if the inflammation isn’t too severe. Otherwise, we suggest a prescribed medicinal nose drops or even Benadryl in cases of allergic sneezing.
Have you noticed your pet enjoying the scratches you give them a little more than normal? Are they constantly itching themselves or rubbing on furniture to alleviate itchy skin? By bringing your animal to urgent care that provides emergency pet care, you can discover what is causing your pet to have itchy skin. Since there are a lot of factors that can contribute, your veterinarian can do some testing to determine what is the real underlying cause and help you with possible solutions.
Eye Injuries In Pets
Unfortunately, accidents happen. When they do, Collierville animal clinic is there to give your pet the care they need. If you need a veterinarian in Collierville, our animal hospital offers the best care for your best friend.
Simple eye injuries often require minor treatments. These may include eye washing, removing a foreign body, and eye drops. Eye drops may be prescribed for infections or to relieve pain in the eye.
More serious injuries that involve a perforation or puncture to the eye or a retinal detachment may require surgery to repair. Eye drops and pain medications may be given after surgery to speed healing and relieve pain. If there is a deep scratch or perforation, the eyelids may be sewn together. This protects the eye and gives it time to heal.
Vomit & Diarrhea
Just like people, pets can get sick as well. When a pet gets sick, it is important for pet owners to know what to do. One of the most common issues that a pet might have is issues with his or her stomach. Which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. This can be scary for a pet owner to witness remember that there are reliable medical providers who are willing to lend a helping hand.
At the Collierville Animal Clinic, we can run tests that will help us narrow down the possible causes of vomiting or diarrhea. We will do everything we can to help you prevent this situation from happening again in the future.
Pet eye infections require treatment from our veterinarian to ensure they clear up effectively and quickly. You can contact Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center to make an appointment with our practitioner for an assessment of your pet’s condition if you feel they are suffering from an eye infection. Our vet will provide your dog or cat with the necessary treatment promptly. Here is some information about eye infections in pets to read over so you are aware of the symptoms and treatment options available.
Lameness and Limping
When you notice your pet limping, the first thing you should do is to check their paws for any thorns, burr, bits of glass, or any other item that may be impeding their ability to walk without pain. Next, it’s important to note whether they are favoring a limb which is avoiding the use of one leg, or if they are completely unable to put weight on a limb.
A dog that is favoring the limb but is able to put weight on it should be put on bed rest for the next 12-24 hours. If their limping persists after this, then call your veterinarian and schedule a visit for the first available check-up. In addition to having something stuck in their paw, common causes of short-term limping include toenail issues, insect bites, and a mild sprain.
The first step in managing your pet’s ear infection is to identify the condition’s underlying cause and contributing factors. Our Collierville vet team does this through a thorough physical exam and history taking.
Based on our findings, we’ll then implement an appropriate treatment strategy customized to your pet’s needs. Treatment may include:
- Oral and topical medications to reduce inflammation, kill parasites, and/or alleviate pain
- Nutritional supplements and dietary changes
- Removal or reduction of environmental allergens
- Tips on how to administer medication and keep your pet’s ears clean
Contact your veterinarian if this is the first time your pet has experienced a seizure. Schedule an exam and bloodwork to determine if there is an underlying cause for your pet’s seizures. Normally, we take a “wait and see” approach before administering any medication unless there is a serious health concern involved.
Seek urgent care or emergency pet care if your animal has cluster seizures. Cluster seizures involve more than one seizure in 24 hours, and in some cases, they can even be life-threatening. Likewise, if your pet has a seizure lasting more than five minutes, it’s imperative to seek help immediately.
If you suspect that your pet has ingested anything harmful, contact your local veterinarian right away. Collect samples of the material that your pet may have ingested or vomit samples as these will help our team with the diagnosis and treatment. Avoid giving the pet any foods or liquids as they may worsen the situation and make it harder for the vet to diagnose the cause of the poisoning. If you bring the pet to our treatment center, make sure that your pet is kept comfortable and warm.
Call Collierville Animal Clinic today at 901-853-8519 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about the many pet conditions we treat.