Austin Pet Wellness Services
Austin Veterinary Center provides wellness care that includes superior veterinary diagnostic, dental and surgical services for every stage of your pet's life. Our safe and modern atmosphere provides both you and your pet a satisfying and comfortable experience during your visit with us.
Pet Wellness Exams
Veterinary wellness examinations are the same for your pet as the yearly physical you receive from your doctor. It's a chance for our Austin veterinarian and his team to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in veterinary care, and is also an opportunity for you to discuss any of your concerns or ask questions.
Your pet’s yearly pet wellness examination at Austin Veterinary Center includes our commitment to:
- 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 and evaluate cardiac function
- 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 and other systems
- Assess changes in your pet’s body weight, appetite, urination and bowel habits
- Inquire as to your pet’s activity level
- Palpate the skin for unusual growth developments
- Monitor your pet’s blood count
- Utilize laboratory testing to detect early signs of Lyme or Heartworm disease
- Assess and evaluate general or specific changes in your pet’s health since the last wellness visit
- Discuss preventive techniques with you, the pet owner
- Collect and examine fecal samples for signs of parasitic infestation
- Evaluate your pet for repetitive licking or biting in one area
- Assess your pet’s hair/fur and check for matting
- Demonstrate to you, the pet owner, how to administer at-home medication
- Engage you, the pet owner, in conversation and answer your questions and concerns
Many of the tests referenced above can be done during your dog or cat's regular exam.
Deworming and Fecal Check
Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best ways to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.
Regular Blood Testing
A complete physical at our veterinary hospital in Austin includes a full blood workup. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations. We can check red blood count, white blood count, serum chemistry, and electrolytes.
Flea and Tick Borne Disease
Fleas and ticks are virtually everywhere, including Texas. Although they're a bigger problem in certain parts of the country and at specific times during the year, no cat or dog is completely safe from them. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available. Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas can transmit tapeworms, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool.
These problems can be avoided by using parasite prevention products that are available at our hospital. When used properly and according to our directions, these products are very safe and effective.
Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease affecting dogs and cats. Mosquitoes spread the disease by injecting the parasite into your pet at the time of the bite. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Lack of energy and exercise intolerance are early symptoms, as are coughing and difficulty breathing. Because heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly disease, we recommend that your dog be tested annually. Heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective.
If you would like to have your pet tested for heartworm disease, or if you would like additional information on how best to protect your pet and your family from these dangerous parasites, please call Austin Veterinary Center today for an appointment.
Austin Pet Vaccines: Prevention is Key
Dr. Harris and his team believe in tailoring vaccine protocols to your individual pet, taking into account benefits and risks as well as environment and health status. Rabies vaccination is mandatory for all dogs and part of our protocol for both species.
Our core pet vaccines for healthy dogsin Austin include:
Also available for dogs are:
- Rattlesnake vaccine
We recommend the following vaccines for cats:
- Feline Herpes Virus
We recommend feline leukemia vaccine for outdoor cats.
Vaccinations are not only safe and effective, but they are an important and fundamental aspect of your pet's preventive healthcare plan. Diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets are now easily preventable through vaccination. Vaccinating your pet against Rabies helps protect you and your family from this deadly disease.
Senior Veterinary Wellness
Your geriatric pets may have early signs of kidney, liver,dental, thyroid, and arthritic problems. Early detection of correctable problems may have significant benefits to your pet's comfort and longevity. At Austin Veterinary Center, we offer a comprehensive geriatric wellness package for both your feline and Canine pets, including:
- Thyroid and Cholesterol serum test
- Serum Chemistry for Liver, Kidney, and Glucose function
- Complete blood cell evaluation
- Whole body X-rays for joints, heart, lung, and abdominal structures
- Full mouth dental examination
- One on one dialogue reviewing all tests and addressing clinical approaches for fixable problems
Please call us to schedule your pet's appointment.