Many of the same health problems that affect us, including hearing loss, also affect our pets. Fortunately, most pets adapt very well to the disability with a little help from their owners.View Article
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We offer everything from basic wellness exams to diagnostic testing and surgeries. The following services are offered:
Puppy and Kitten Wellness Examinations and Vaccinations: Puppies and kittens require 4 sets of vaccinations to help prevent common diseases, such as parvo and distemper for puppies, and various upper respiratory infections for kittens. We begin vaccines at 6 weeks, and they are given every 3 weeks thereafter until the series is finished. We also check for intestinal parasites that are common to the area, including roundworms, hookworms, and Coccidia, among others. At 12 weeks, we begin your new pet on heartworm prevention. Heartworms disease is spread by mosquitos, and the disease is very prevalent in South Texas. We also highly recommend microchipping, and offer this service for pets of any age. Spaying/neutering is recommended at 6 months of age.
Annual Wellness Examinations and Vaccinations: Once your pet reaches "adulthoold", vaccines are recommended on an annual basis. For dogs, this includes the Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella vaccines. Bordetella is recommended every 6 months for dogs that regularly come into contact with other dogs, such as in boarding or grooming facilities. An annual heartworm test is also performed. Cats are vaccinated against Rabies, a series of upper respiratory infections (FVRCP), and Feline Leukemia Virus.
Senior Care: Pets are considered "geriatric" at 7 years of age. During the examination, we will check for signs of aging, such as arthritis and cataracts. We also highly recommend a senior blood screening to check organ function, blood count and thyroid levels. This is done in-house and takes about 15 minutes. We offer a variety of supplements to help your family member with the aging process.
In-house lab work: Our in-house lab includes IDEXX equipment to check blood chemistries, electrolytes and complete blood counts. We also have a SNAP reader to check thyroid levels. We have a high-powered microscope to read cytologies of skin samples, as well as samples taken from growths and tumors. We also use IDEXX laboratories for confirmations of abnormal results.
Blood pressure monitoring and EKG: Blood pressure and EKG monitors are continuously employed during surgical procedures, but our equipment can also be used to check your pet's heart during an examination.
Tonometry: For pets with eye problems, our Tonopen is used to check eye pressures for such problems as glaucoma.
Radiology: X-rays can be performed while you wait, or you may drop off your pet for this procedure. We also have a dental x-ray unit. Dr. McInnis also performs ultrasounds for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy checks and to survey internal organs.
Intensive Care Unit: Pets with certain diseases, such as parvo and upper respiratory infections, may require special accommodations to prevent disease from spreading to our other patients. Our intensive care units offer pets with special conditions a quiet, clean place to rest. It runs on a separate ventilation system from the rest of the clinic, preventing the spread of contagions.
Surgeries: In addition to spays and neuters, Dr. McInnis regularly performs a variety of surgical procedures, including soft tissue surgeries, ophthalmic surgeries, and some orthopedics. Surgeries are performed using gas anesthesia. Our surgery suite runs on a separate ventilation system to avoid contamination. Your pet's heart and respiration rates, oxygen levels, and temperature will be continuously monitored during the procedure. It may also be necessary to administer IV fluids to keep your pet hydrated and to help clear anesthesia once the procedure is finished. A staff member will be with your pet until they have fully recovered and will periodically check on your loved one throughout the day. Your pet will also be given an afternoon snack. Feel free to bring along a favorite item of your pet's, such as a toy or blankie.Dental cleanings: Just like with humans, a buildup of dental tartar can lead to more serious problems, from dental extractions to heart disease. Dental cleanings should be performed regularly to remove this buildup and avoid complications that can lead to discomfort for your pet. A trained technician will perform this procedure, with Dr. McInnis close at hand. Dental x-rays can be performed prior to the procedure to assess problem areas that may need more attention. Dr. McInnis performs basic and major extractions. As with other surgeries, your pet's vitals will be monitored continuously, and IV fluids may be administered.