Pet Wellness Services

Wellness ExamPrevention is the key to your pet's long-term health and minimizes the lifetime cost of care. We recommend routine wellness exams, vaccinations, regular lab work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas and ticks.

This is our chance to get to know your pet, to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and also for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

During your pet's yearly wellness care we:

  • Examine your pet's teeth, throat, and oral cavity
  • Check your pet's vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Test to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are vital to maintaining your pet's health. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable due to advances in veterinary immunology.

The key to using vaccines appropriately is to determine which diseases each particular pet may be at risk for and then vaccinate for those diseases as necessary.

Vaccinating your pet against rabies helps protect your pet and your family from this deadly disease.

We believe that our balanced approach to vaccines is the best way to protect your pet from disease and minimize the risk of an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

We recommend core vaccines for dogs under 7 years old: Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, Corona, Bordetella

For outdoor cats: Rabies, FVRCP, Leukemia, Bordetella

For indoor cats: Rabies, FVRCP, Bordetella

Parasite Prevention and Treatment

Dangerous parasites are present in almost any environment. If brought into your home, these parasites can be passed from your pet to you and your family. We normally associate parasites, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, with cats and dogs but people can also be infected with the same parasites.

Regular fecal checks and deworming are the best way to prevent parasitic disease in your pet. It also prevents the shedding of parasite eggs, which contaminate yards or any place a pet defecates.

Bloodwork AnalysisRoutine Blood Work

A complete physical should include a full blood workup. Not only can a full chemistry panel and complete blood count identify the presence of underlying disease, these tests can also help create a baseline should your pet become ill between routine examinations. Blood work is also necessary if we recommend a dental cleaning, removal of a skin mass or any other procedure that requires anesthesia. We recommend complete blood testing annually for all pets over the age of seven.

Preventive Medications

Because fleas and ticks can exist in almost any environment, we recommend that your pet receive preventive medication for these parasites. We offer a variety of preventive medicines and would be happy to help you determine which is best for your companion.

Internal Medicine

All of our doctors enjoy the rewards and challenges of complex internal medicine cases.

Dr. Guy May has special interests in the diseases of the skin and ears and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the adrenal and thyroid glands. He also has an interest in epilepsy and the control of seizure activity.

Dr. Katy Harshman has special interests in cardiac disease and the involved diagnostic work-up, as well as diseases of the skin, chemotherapy, and other treatments of cancer.

Dr. Waller May has special interests in diseases of the skin and the ears. Dr. Christine Gladney has special interests in feline internal medicine.

We consult with the Internal Medicine Specialists at both Auburn University and Mississippi State University if we feel we need a second opinion.

Senior Wellness Packages

Taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior aged pet is the first step toward ensuring your pet leads a long and healthy life.

Pets in their senior years – those of about six years of age and older – begin to go through a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities. This process can be slowed and managed through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors, and other elements can help prevent common diseases, and/or detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care, and daily nutrition. With your veterinarian's help, you can manage these factors in order to prolong your pet's good health, vitality, and increase his or her well-being-even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Senior PetsAt May Veterinary, we offer a Senior Preventative Care Plan personalized to address the specific needs of older dogs and cats. Our plan offers the pet owner and veterinarian a great baseline to monitor your pet at a time when small changes can be detected.

We perform Senior Wellness Packages for all dogs 7 years and older. This package includes:

  • Boosters for Rabies and Bordetella
  • Intestinal parasite screen
  • Occult heartworm test
  • Complete blood count
  • Super chemistry screen
  • Total thyroid level
  • Urinalysis and tonometry.

These tests are not time intensive or difficult to perform and can be done during routine wellness exams.

Eye Care

Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness. Glaucoma occurs when fluid in the eye is produced faster than it can be removed. High intraocular pressure causes degenerative changes to the optic nerve and the retina.

Primary glaucoma is a hereditary disease that affects about 40 breeds of dogs, including beagles, cocker spaniels, basset hounds and samoyeds. The frequency of breed-disposed glaucomas in purebred dogs is the highest of any animal species.

Most dogs with early to moderate glaucoma are not taken to the veterinarian because the early clinical signs are so subtle.

The diagnosis of glaucoma can be made by a veterinary eye examination and measurement of intraocular pressure. Eye examinations will detect small increases in pressure, thereby allowing sufficient time to start preventative treatment before glaucoma develops. Each of our locations has a tonometer to measure intraocular pressure of the eye for the diagnosis of glaucoma.

Early screening and treatment can detect symptoms before the normal age of six, when symptoms become obvious.

Annual eye examinations should be performed on all dogs with a hereditary predisposition to primary glaucoma.