Health Maintenance Services

Vaccines

Companion pets are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. We know that part of this is due to people taking better care of their dogs and cats, but also because we have developed vaccines that are very good at protecting your pet from very dangerous infectious diseases. Additionally, these vaccines not only protect your pet, but your family too as diseases such as rabies is zoonotic, which means they can be passed from animals to humans.

Animal Care Clinic’s vaccine protocol has been developed from years of experience in this region and is designed to work best against diseases that are common in this area. In particular, we will tailor our protocol to your pet in order to protect him or her from the deadly diseases we see in our hospital without over-vaccinating. Additionally, as your pet ages we will adjust his or her vaccine protocol to fit their specific need.

The core vaccines we offer for dogs are rabies, distemper, parvo, and kennel cough. Core vaccines for cats are distemper, leukemia (for outdoor cats), and rabies. Non-core vaccines include canine influenza, Lyme, feline leukemia, and feline FIP.

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Microchip ID

Animal Care Clinic in Wallisville offers Pet Microchip IdDogs and cats often will run off for an hour or so to explore the world and then find their way home for food and warmth. However, what would you do if your pet failed to come home? How would someone find you if your pet lost his or her tag, it is unreadable, or you are traveling?

It is unfortunate, but according to statistics on lost pets compiled by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than two percent of cats and 15 to 20 percent of dogs that become lost are returned to their owners.

To help prevent this tragedy from happening to our clients, the Animal Care Clinic recommends that all pets receive a microchip ID. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is painlessly injected into the skin of your pet, generally between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique identification number that is linked to a database with important information about your pet, which includes your contact information.

A microchip ID is permanent and all pets brought into an animal hospital or humane shelter are routinely scanned for a microchip. That information is used to quickly reunite them with their owners.

The Animal Care Clinic uses the AKC Companion Animal Recovery microchip service. This service is affiliated with the American Kennel Club and comes with a number of important services, which includes no annual fees, unlimited free updates if you or your pet’s information changes or you go on vacation, notices sent to mobile devices such as a smart phone, a 24-hour recovery hotline, and it can be used with any brand of microchip.

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Your Pet’s First Year

There is nothing more exciting than bringing a puppy or kitten into your home. They are full of energy and can bring a smile even to the sternest of faces.

However, just like with a newborn baby, puppies and kittens require special care during their first year to prevent dangerous diseases and assure they are a happy and healthy companion for years to come. This means that your new friend should have an initial wellness exam with follow up visits at key developmental stages. Your puppy or kitten should also be screened for dangerous parasitic infections such as worms or giardia, have his or her nutritional health checked, and an initial oral health exam. Puppies should also start medicines that prevent heartworm and for both puppies and kittens we recommend spaying or neutering at five months.

Perhaps the most important piece of your puppy or kitten’s preventative care is vaccines. It is important that your puppy or kitten’s immune system become challenged by vaccines administered in a series. This is why we spread our puppy and kitten vaccine series through the first four months. It also provides us with an opportunity to periodically check in on his or her progress.

In order to make these important services more accessible to our clients, an office visit is charged only on the first visit. Subsequent visits (series of four for puppies and three for kittens) are not charged an office call.

We really do look forward to meeting your new puppy or kitten and helping ensure the first year and every year of his or her life is happy and healthy.

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Care for Your Senior Pet

Senior Pet care at Animal Care Clinic in WallisvilleAs our pets age they may slow down a bit, but there is no reason to think that there is little we can do to keep them happy and healthy for a long time to come. Pets in their senior years—those about six years of age and older—tend to be more susceptible to a number of diseases such as cancer, arthritis, dental disease, diabetes, and heart disease. However, with a well-targeted senior care program these diseases can be prevented or discovered at an early stage and treated.

Animal Care Clinic strives to provide the best possible care to our clients’ pets that are in their senior years and highly recommends regular geriatric exams tailored to your pet’s age, condition and breed. Your senior pet’s geriatric exam is designed to identify age-related health issues before they become difficult and expensive to treat and covers routine eye and ear examination, basic neurologic and cardiovascular evaluations, as well as a weight and nutritional assessment. We will also perform a geriatric health profile, which includes lab tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry panel, urinalysis, and thyroid level.

Additionally, since these services that comprise the geriatric health profile are part of our senior care package, they are offered at a reduced rate from what they would cost individually.

When your veterinarian believes your pet has reached his or her senior years, we will discuss with you how we can help make them the best years of your pet’s life.

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Nutritional Counseling

One of the ley factors that have extended the life span of companion animals as well as improved health and vitality throughout their lives is our growing knowledge of the role of proper nutrition. During your pet’s wellness exam Dr. Mel will evaluate your pet’s body condition and provide nutritional recommendations based on what she sees.

However, for some pets with nutritional issues or chronic diseases such as diabetes, they may require a bit more intervention. This can include specialized foods, feeding strategies, and even prescription diets. Dr. Mel can also provide advice and information about diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies, and other conditions.

Animal Care Clinic stocks a number of prescription diets that are specialized to each patient’s stage of life, nutritional requirements or medical needs. We can also order a number of nutritional products to better meet your pet’s health needs.

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Internal Medicine, Cancer and Critical Care

Animal Care Clinic in Wallisville offers Internal Medicine servicesWhile we do not specialize in the treatment of any specific disease and refer complicated cases to one of our network of specialists, Animal Care Clinic is widely experienced in the diagnosis and care of a wide range of medical issues. These include endocrinology (e.g. diabetes and related diseases), allergies, gastrointestinal disease, dermatology, renal and hepatic failure, and others.

Additionally, we consider each internal medicine case to be an intensive care situation. If hospitalization here is necessary, your pet will receive the close attention of Dr. Mel and our staff. For those patients that are considered to be in critical condition, we will transfer them to our emergency clinic partner for continuous monitoring during the night.

Cancer Care

A diagnosis of cancer is scary. However, as more and more pets live longer lives, these diagnoses are becoming more common, and our ability to successfully treat a wide range of cancers is growing. Through our relationships with specialists as well as within our own facility we are able to offer your pet a range of therapies, which includes surgical excision and chemotherapy.

We should also add that most animals do not experience the same side effects from chemotherapy as humans do.

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Our Specialist Referral Policy

Despite our extensive experience and resources, there may be times when we believe it is in the best interest of your pet to refer you to a specialist for care. We will do everything possible to ensure the appointment is made in a timely fashion, the specialist has all of the records and necessary diagnostic studies, and that once a diagnosis and treatment recommendation is made that there is continuity of care between the two facilities.

Most commonly, we will refer ultrasound and orthopedic procedures to specialty hospitals. We also generally refer severe ophthalmic injuries and diseases, highly specialized surgeries, and intensive cases that are not responding to treatment.

Additionally, all of our radiographs (X-rays) are submitted electronically to Gulf Coast Veterinary Telemed, where each one is read by a board certified radiologist. This service offers one more parameter of good medicine for our clients that is convenient and at a reasonable cost. Results are often received within a few hours, but can be sent with a STAT request so a report is guaranteed in two hours or less.

We refer our clients to the following facilities:


Orthopedics

Dr. Robert Wilcox (about 52 miles from Animal Care Clinic)
5998 39th St.
Groves, TX 77619


Ophthalmic

Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic (about 50 miles from Animal Care Clinic)
1551 Campbell Rd. #V
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 869-5734


Surgical & Diagnostic Referrals

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (about 45 miles from Animal Care Clinic)
1111 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
713.693.1122
http://www.gcvs.com

Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital (about 130 miles from Animal Care Clinic)
442 University Dr.
College Station, TX 77843
(979) 845-2351
http://vetmed.tamu.edu/vmth

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Our Pharmacy

Veterinary Pharmacy in Wallisville, TXIn numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Animal Care Clinic we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive pharmacy.

Not only does our pharmacy mean you don’t have to wait for important medicines for your pet, but there is a direct line of communication between the examination room and the pharmacy window. Each medication becomes part of your pet’s medical record, which reduces the chance for errors and enhances our ability to monitor its use and the outcome for your pet.

Refills are easy too. Simply visit our online pharmacy or give us a call; we can have them ready at your next visit.

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Euthanasia & Palliative Care

Animal Care Clinic is fully prepared to compassionately maintain the health of your pet in the later stages of its life through appropriate medical and palliative care.

However, even the healthiest of pets reach that time where we must find a way to say goodbye to them. We understand that this is a painful and difficult experience for our clients and is one that we all have been through in our own lives. It is our goal to help ease this time of life for both our patients and clients.

We provide hospice and euthanasia services designed to ensure the comfort and dignity of your pet. These services include caring for the remains as directed by our clients and grief counseling from your veterinarian as well as referral to a grief specialist, if necessary.

In some circumstances Dr. Mel will provide home euthanasia services, but in most cases our facility offers a peaceful and supportive place for this difficult time of life. We also recommend that our clients considering this service review the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine CARE Pet Loss website.

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