Surgery & Anesthesia
When it is necessary for your pet to have surgery, we are ready to help. Best Friends Animal Hospital is equipped to perform most surgical procedures ranging from spays and neuters to soft tissue surgeries to more complicated issues.
A comprehensive physical examination is performed on all animals the day of their procedure. Pre-anesthetic blood testing is strongly recommended for all patients undergoing surgery. This testing is essential in helping the veterinarian thoroughly evaluate your pet prior to anesthesia.
Every precaution is taken for your pet’s safety, health, and comfort. We offer the latest in anesthesia and pain management protocols in order to provide your pet with a safe and pain-free surgical experience. All of our patients are monitored by the latest in electronic, multi-parameter data equipment. At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we are committed to minimizing discomfort and providing a positive experience for your pet.
Wellness & Preventative Care
Preventive care is the cornerstone of pet health and the foundation on which Best Friends Animal Hospital has built its practice. We believe that true wellness and longevity is based on a proactive approach to health. At Best Friends Animal Hospital, we will screen your pet from nose to tail in an effort to ensure his or her health and wellbeing.
Our nose-to tail exam includes:
- A thorough, hands-on examination of your pet’s skin and coat, eyes, ears, throat, and vital signs
- A preliminary dental exam to ensure your pet’s dental health and to see if further dental care is needed
- Vaccination and preventive boosters, as needed
- Routine diagnostic testing, as needed
- Nutritional counseling, including assessing your pet’s body condition score
- Behavioral counseling to determine if your pet’s behavior issues are health related
Dental disease is the most common health issue among pets across the country. In its early stages, it can cause oral pain and discomfort, but if dental disease is left untreated, it becomes even more serious. Regular dental exams and routine at-home dental care help maintain your pet’s oral hygiene, preventing serious health issues and complications.
Periodontal disease affects the mouth, gums, and teeth, and advanced dental disease significantly impacts your pet’s quality of life. Oral pain can also make it difficult for your pet to eat. If dental disease is left untreated, bacteria can enter your pet’s bloodstream and cause serious complications in the heart, kidneys, and liver. Most periodontal disease can be prevented through daily home care and professional cleanings. If you suspect your pet may need dental care, schedule an appointment with our office today
Our hospital is pleased to offer your pet a wide variety of in-house diagnostics. Our hospital's latest analyzers allow us to diagnose endocrine abnormalities, hematologic issues, and diseases of internal organs. We provide testing for heartworm disease, multiple tick-borne diseases, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), feline leukemia virus (FeLV), canine parvo virus, and internal parasite screenings.
Digital radiography is a featured service offered at Best Friends Animal Hospital. Benefits of digital radiography include shorter times on the x-ray table in order to take the image, a digital picture of the problem area in seconds, and the ability to email the image to a specialized radiologist if necessary.
We also have access to certified outside laboratories and pathologists when needed. We work closely with surrounding specialists to ensure quality referral care when cases warrant.
A nutrient-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense against many diseases and other health problems. Proper daily nutrition supports healthy growth and aging. The right food can boost your pet’s immune system, improve digestive health, fight or prevent obesity, and increase skin, coat, and hair health. Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, so feeding can be more complicated that it seems. We are happy to help you with your pet’s nutritional needs.
Average dogs and cats that eat balanced, nutrient-rich diets may not need additional dietary supplements. However, some pets, particularly aging or overweight pets, may benefit from taking regular supplements. We may recommend the following supplements, depending on your pet’s needs:
- Fatty acids for healthy skin and coats
- Probiotics for balanced digestive systems
- Joint Supplements
We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications at Best Friends Animal Hospital. Whether your pet needs medication for a chronic medical condition or short-term medication while recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery, we are here to help!
We only obtain medications from reliable sources, and we store every medication properly, so you can rest assured that your pet is receiving safe medications. You can also purchase your pet’s flea, tick, and heartworm preventives and prescription food from our pharmacy.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. The effects of laser energy include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling.
During K-Laser Therapy, infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level increasing metabolic activity within the cell. By improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane, the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) is stimulated. The cascade of beneficial effects that follows includes increased cellular function and tissue repair.
Ten Benefits of Laser Therapy:
- Stimulation of Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
- Improved Nerve Function
- Faster Wound Healing
- Anti-Inflammatory Effect
- Analgesic Effect
- Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Increases Metabolic Activity
Thousands of pets go missing every year, and many don’t make it back home. Even collars and identification tags may not be enough to protect your pet. Microchips are safe, simple forms of identification.
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe. Your pet’s microchip carries identification information about your pet, including your name, address, and contact information.
Best Friends Animal Hospital believes microchipping is the safest, most effective method of pet recovery available. To learn more about the benefits of microchips or to schedule an appointment to have your pet microchipped, please contact our office today!
Best Friends Animal Hospital wants to make sure your pet's stay away from home is as pleasant and safe as possible. That's why we offer climate controlled indoor housing and hand walk each pet a minimum of 2 times per day. With separate housing facilities for canine and feline guests, we guarantee your pet will having a relaxing stay. Pets may be dropped off and picked up during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Also offered at BFAH is our popular Sunday Pick-Up service. With this service, one of our trained staff will escort your pet directly to your vehicle at the time of your arrival! If you have any questions regarding boarding for your pet, please contact us today.
Best Friends Animal Hospital performs house calls for clients and pets with special needs! Let us know if your pet has a mobility or anxiety condition that may limit their ability to come in for a visit. Also, please contact us if you have a physical disability or other special circumstance. Depending on your location and the availability of our veterinarian, we may be able to come to you. Please contact our office to inquire about this service.
When the clinic is open, we will see any emergency. Our staff is trained to recognize and respond to emergencies quickly. If your pet is having a life-threatening emergency, and you are able to call us en-route, that will help us prepare for your arrival.
If your pet has an urgent care or emergency need after business hours, please contact MSU-CVM Emergency Service at 662-325-1351.
240 Wise Center Drive, Mississippi State, MS 39762