Services

Companion animal medicine has made great strides in recent years. Pets are now enjoying longer, healthier, and happier lives with their human companions. We provide a full suite of medical services for your pet:

Wellness Care

Wellness care exams for all types of pets are the cornerstone of preventive health care, they are important to establish and notice changes that may not be apparent. Wellness care includes taking a thorough medical history, performing physical examinations and when necessary ordering diagnostic testing. With this information at our disposal we can ascertain the current state of your pet's health. This affords us the chance of early disease detection and treatment. Regular wellness care also allows us to give nutritional consultation, to optimize your pet's diet, which helps to maintain a healthy weight. Proactive care rather than reactive treatment is the bedrock for keeping our pets healthy and with us longer.

Physical Examinations

A complete physical examination proceeds as follows. We commence with an examination of the mouth focusing on the teeth, gums and tongue. There is not much to do for an examination of the nose other than to look for swelling and for discharge from the nostrils. The eyes are next examined for swelling, inflammation and redness. The eyes should be compared with each other for symmetry, especially the pupils. If abnormalities are discovered or if there is concern regarding the pet’s vision, then the retina should be examined with an ophthalmoscope. The ears both the outer and the ear canal, with the help of an otoscope, are next examined for skin problems, ear mites, yeast infections as well as polyps and growths. As our examination usually proceeds from front to back, next up are the lymph glands in the neck which we check for swelling and pain. The thyroid glands are also located in the neck and are checked for growths and enlargements.

We all know that a stethoscope is used to examine the heart. Specifically we are listening and counting the heart rate. We also listen to hear if the heart is beating regularly or if there is an abnormal rhythm. Finally we listen for heart murmurs or abnormal heart sounds. The stethoscope is also used to listen to the lungs for problems with breathing. When a physician examines us with a stethoscope, we are often asked to disrobe and to breathe deeply. Unfortunately for our furry patients, we can’t remove their hair and usually don’t respond to our requests for them to breathe deeply, therefore it is imperative that clients refrain from talking while the doctor is using the stethoscope. As we proceed from front to rear, next is the fine art of abdominal palpation or using one or both hands to feel the organs in the pet’s abdomen, in doing so we can gain enormous amounts of information to determine what is ailing them.

The skin & hair of your pet is next examined. We look at the skin and hair especially around the perineum (the rectal and genital area), the face and the underbelly. If your pet is showing any signs of weakness or lameness the appropriate limbs and joints are examined. Your pet is then weighed and if your pet is sick i.e. depressed, lethargic, suffering from weight loss, decreased appetite, vomiting etc. we usually take its temperature and check for dehydration.

Holistic Care

Our practice combines acupuncture, herbal medicine and conventional medicine to achieve the best possible results for your pet. Acupuncture is an ancient technique, originating in China over 5,000 years ago. Today it remains one of the most commonly used medical practices in the world. Acupuncture involves the stimulation of key “acu-points” on the body by a variety of techniques. These techniques include electronic and injectable acupuncture. With acupuncture and Chinese herbs our doctors have successfully managed many patients with chronic diseases including disc disease, paralysis, epilepsy, arthritis, allergy, asthma, cystitis, immune-mediated anemia, renal failure, chronic liver disease, Cushing’s disease, behavior problems, leukemia and many types of malignant tumors.

Vaccinations

During our wellness examinations we often recommend a consistent immunization schedule. Vaccinations help prevent your pet from contracting many highly contagious diseases that were once considered fatal. We use the American Veterinary Medical Association's Vaccination Guidelines to recommend a personalized immunization schedule, based on several factors including, age and circumstance.

Microchipping

As pet owners, one of the worst fears we have is that our pet will get lost. Microchipping, is a trivial procedure in which we implant a small identifying microchip right beneath the skin of a companion animal. If your pet happens to get lost and is taken to a clinic or shelter, having a microchip implanted could make all the difference in reuniting with your pet. Clinics and shelters have microchip scanners which can identify the unique embedded chip and contact pet recovery services, who will in turn contact you regarding your pet's whereabouts.

Pain Management

Anyone who has experienced a painful episode is aware of the discomfort involved. Pain is often difficult to identify in our pets, and if left unaddressed can lead to delayed healing and undue stress on an already sick or injured animal. As partners in strengthening the human-animal bond between you and your pet, we pride ourselves in helping you identify signs of pain your animal might be exhibiting. We work with you to identify the root cause of the pain, using patient history, physical examination and diagnostic testing, where the ultimate goal is the treatment of the underlying disease or injuring. We also understand, pain in of itself is a significant disease and gravely affects your pet's quality of life. As a result, we will work to develop a pain management program to promote a humane quality of life for your pet.

Puppy and Kitten Care

When you are welcoming a new puppy or kitten into your household, it is important to get them off to a good start.

Puppies and kittens require a thorough physical examination, including testing for common diseases, parasite screening/remediation and age appropriate vaccinations.

Do you know how much or what you should be feeding your new puppy or kitten? Puppy and kitten nutritional needs differ from their adult counterparts. We can help you create a personalized diet plan for you new puppy or kitten.

Is your new little bundle of joy exhibiting behavioral issues or not acclimating well to their new environment? Let us advise you on how best to break bad habits and smooth the transition to their new surrounding.

Finally, it is important when you own a new puppy or kitten to consider spaying or neutering for the well recognized positive health benefits. Spaying females prior to their first heat cycle almost eliminates their risk of breast cancer and completely eliminates the risk of uterine infections and uterine cancer. Neutering males, prevents testicular cancer and the enlargement of the prostate glands and greatly reduces the risk for perianal tumors.

Parasite Prevention and Remediation

Pet parasites take many forms, all of which require treatment. Some of the most common external parasites are fleas and ticks. Internally, intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, giardia can cause serious health issues. In dogs, heartworms can severely affect blood flow through the body, most often causing heart and lung disease. Here at Austin Veterinary Care, we take the prevention, diagnosis and remediation of pet parasites very seriously. We offer a full complement of tests to diagnose parasite infections, and treatments to prevent and remediate the underlying infection.

Senior Care

Senior Care includes many of the same aspects of wellness care including regular patient history updates, physical examinations, etc., but also includes screening via diagnostic tests for common diseases that present themselves in geriatric pets. For example, some of the most prevalent geriatric diseases in cats and dogs are diabetes, kidney disease, and thyroid disease. All of these diseases can be tracked via geriatric diagnostic screening, allowing us to begin treatment and hopefully extending your pet's life. A large part of senior care is also tweaking your geriatric pet's diet to meet their nutritional needs.

Radiology

Radiology encompasses several diagnostic imaging techniques, including X-Rays and Ultrasounds. X-Rays can be performed immediatly with our new state of the art digital radiology system. Ultrasound is a specialty service that is performed on site by experts on call.

X-Rays

Our most commonly used imaging technique is the X-Ray. Radiographs or X-Rays provide us with great detail about many of the internal organs. Some of the mostly commonly radiographed organs are the lungs, kidneys, bladder, heart, colon etc. The one major drawback of x-rays is that most often a pet has to be anesthetized for this procedure. If a pet moves while an x-ray is being taken, we usually end up with a blurry image and no useful information obtained. Therefore, unless a pet is actually ill or very compliant (laying in various positions and not moving) general anesthesia is required for x-rays to be taken. New advances in X-Ray technology, like the Digital X-Ray, make the process of taking X-rays a lot more streamlined. The process of taking the digital radiograph is faster, meaning that less anesthesia is needed. Furthermore, the speed at which a Digital X-Ray machine produces a usable diagnostic image, enables us to act upon this newly obtained information faster.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is another commonly used imaging technique. It involves using a probe to bounce sound waves off your pet’s organs and then having a computer create an image of the organ examined. Ultrasound is the method of choice for imaging the heart. Great detail can be obtained by ultrasound about the functioning of the heart, especially the valves and the muscles of the heart. Ultrasound can also give us an overview of all the organs in the abdomen including the: stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, etc. One of the great advantages of ultrasound is that anesthesia is not necessary. All that is needed to prepare your pet for ultrasound, is to shave the hair around the area that is being examined.

Surgery

There is no “small” or “simple” surgery, we take every surgical procedure seriously. We appreciate the stress and anxiety associated with your pet’s surgical procedures. Our expertise, advanced training, and state-of-the art surgical room ensure your pet is receiving the highest quality veterinary care.

Our veterinarians have many years of hands on experience in performing veterinary surgeries(soft tissue and orthopedic). Some of our routinely performed procedures include spays/neuters, tumor removals, ingested foreign body removals, bladder stone removals, and dental extractions, etc. We are also prepared to handle emergency surgeries, such as C-sections, fracture repairs, wound repairs or amputations, etc. During the procedure, we use human-grade anesthesia and monitor your pet’s vital signs to ensure safety. We also utilize optimal pain management and are equipt with a heated surgical table to ensure your pet’s comfort to a speedy recovery.

Dental Care

Good dental health is very important for your pet's well being. We offer full anesthetic dental cleaning with dental radiographs.

Laboratory Services

Laboratory tests are an important aid in making a diagnosis in cases where a good history and a thorough physical exam don’t yield enough information to diagnose what is ailing your pet. Our new state of the art on-site laboratory allows us to perform diagnostic tests within minutes while you wait for results. We also have access to Board Certified Consultants to help us research the best course of treatment for your best friend!

Euthanasia Services

When your pet's time to cross the Rainbow Bridge is near, we provide euthanasia and cremation services. Using the most humane and ethical means, we will do our best to ease your pet's suffering.