Wellness Exam, Pet Care, Livestock Care at Animal Care Clinic in Wallisville, TXAnimal Care Clinic represents the very best of modern veterinary medicine while maintaining its rural, small town charm and values. As a single-doctor practice with a relatively small staff, we are able to get to know each of our clients and their pets personally and are intimately familiar with your pet’s individual medical needs.

We are also able to offer a level of client care that is unmatched by larger veterinary hospitals. In particular, we are unique in offering pet portraits and photography to our clients. We are also proud to offer senior and military discounts and are known to hand deliver medications to clients’ homes, pickup or deliver pets in need of care, as well as come to a client’s home to help ease their aged companion from this world.

In addition, the level of care and quality of our medical services represent the very best that modern veterinary medicine has to offer. As medical professionals, we know that preventative care is the best means to protect your pet’s wellbeing as well as to minimize the lifetime cost of care. This is why we recommend regular, thorough wellness exams as well as a balanced vaccination protocol, pet microchip ID, specialized veterinary pediatric and senior care, dental services, and more.

Should your pet become ill or injured, Animal Care Clinic offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, medical therapies and treatments, and surgical services. We also maintain relationships with a range of veterinary specialists should your pet’s condition require a higher level of care.

In all that we do, our hospital and its medical services are designed to protect the health and wellbeing of your pet while also striving to ensure that each visit to our clinic is a pleasant one. We not only want you to view us as a home for the care of your animal companions, but a place you are proud to tell your friends and family about.

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Your Pet’s Wellness Exams

Your Pet's Wellness Exam at Animal Care Clinic in WallisvilleThe core of any preventative medical regimen is thorough and regular wellness exams. These exams are very similar to those given to you and other members of your family by your physician. During a wellness exam, Dr. Melody A. Whitten will check the health and function of the major systems of your pet’s body as well as for weight, muscle tone, skin, and more.

These nose-to-tail exams are the best means for Dr. Mel to periodically assess your pet’s health as well as to notice any changes or detect signs of underlying illness or even injuries. They also provide a great opportunity for you to bring forth any questions or concerns you may have. Dr. Mel will also use this time to provide you with new and updated information that is specific to the type and breed of your pet.

During your pet’s wellness exam, Dr. Mel will:

Examine your pet’s respiratory system – By listening to your pet’s lungs with a stethoscope she will be able to assess respiratory health and detect a range of health issues at an early stage. These include respiratory infections, obstructive diseases and other pulmonary issues.

Assess your pet’s heart – A stethoscope is also a great tool for assessing the health of your companion’s heart health. Dr. Mel can listen for murmurs and other irregular heart beat patterns that could indicate poor or failing coronary health.

Examine the teeth and oral cavity – The systemic health of your pet can be affected by poor dental health because infections can enter the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. Dental disease is also one of the most common and preventable health issues in pets.

Check your pet’s vision and eyes – This does not involve an eye chart, but Dr. Mel will check for issues related to sight and ocular health. For example, conditions such as glaucoma are relatively common in older pets and can be well treated when discovered early.

Look in the ears – Infections, ear mites, low-grade allergies and other related health issues are relatively common in companion animals. Your veterinarian can use a couple of different tools to look inside the ears to see if there are any indications of ear disease.

Palpate lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By using the hands to touch and feel for abnormalities such as bumps, lesions or hair loss, Dr. Mel can detect dermatological and systemic illnesses.

Palpate joints and muscles – Arthritis and other orthopedic conditions are relatively common and if diagnosed at a later stage can be quite painful and limit your pet’s activity. Early detection will lead to treatments that can relieve pain and provide your pet with many more active years.

Lab testing – Laboratory testing allows us to evaluate the function of internal organs, blood, and other systems. These tests are critical for uncovering underlying disease processes that otherwise would remain unnoticed until they cause serious symptoms in your pet.

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