Regular wellness examinations or checkups are vital in order to keep your pet as healthy and happy as possible. These visits give us an opportunity to perform a thorough physical exam and help identify any medical problems your pet may have that would affect
their quality of life.
We start each visit with a discussion regarding your pet’s current health at home, any concerns you may have for today, and a history of any symptoms your pet may have. A wellness examination includes a hands-on examination with a doctor and a discussion regarding concerns and recommendations individualized for your pet. Our wellness visits also provide an opportunity to perform annual parasitic tests including a fecal float for intestinal parasites and a heartworm test. Other routine diagnostics may include annual blood work, especially for our senior patients. Annual blood work often includes a panel that checks your pets liver and kidney values, screen for diabetes, look at the red and white cells for evidence of anemia and infection, and may even include tests for the urine, thyroid, and more. Regular vaccinations are recommended by our doctors to prevent diseases such as Rabies, Distemper, and Parvo in dogs and may include vaccinations against Bordetella, Lepto, and Rattlesnake depending on your dog’s exposure. In cats, we routinely protect them against Rabies, Feline Distemper, and may include Feline Leukemia depending on exposure.
A wellness examination also helps us establish a relationship with you and your pet. We want to get to know your pet as best as we can to help personalize recommendations. We welcome questions during this time to help us provide the best medical care possible for you and your pet.
Wellness & annual exams
Wellness blood work
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We understand that sickness and medical problems may arise in your pets. Our doctors can perform a thorough physical exam and recommend diagnostics to help determine what may be going on with your pet. Common medical complaints include dermatology,
respiratory, cardiac, endocrine, gastrointestinal, immune system problems, ophthalmology, and other internal medicine concerns.
Dermatology- allergies, skin infection, prevention, and more
Respiratory- infections, allergies, panting, and more
Cardiac- heart disease diagnosis and monitoring, and more
Endocrine- diabetes, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and more
Gastrointestinal- diarrhea, constipation, allergies, and more
Immune system problems- IMHA, IMTP, Evan’s syndrome, and more
Ophthalmology- corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, enucleations, and more
Reproductive- artificial insemination, progesterone testing, and more
Other internal medicine concerns- liver disease/infections, kidney disease/infections, urinary tract concerns, and more
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Our in house laboratory and imaging allows us to provide a quicker turnaround time for critical diagnostics when your pet is sick. Our laboratory includes a chemistry machine to run a variety of tests such as liver values, kidney values, diabetes screening, thyroid
monitoring, progesterone monitoring, and phenobarbital monitoring. Our CBC machine checks your pets red cells, white cells, and platelets for evidence of infection, anemia, and more. The new urinalysis machine provides an opportunity for quick diagnosis of urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, and keeps images of your pets urine for our records. Fecal analysis can help rule out many common intestinal parasites.
X-rays allow doctors to look for changes in your pets internal organs and bones. Many things can be seen on an x-ray including fractures, organ enlargement, bladder stones, and more. We also have the ability to send these images to a veterinary radiology specialist for consultation regarding the changes seen on imaging.
Ultrasound is a tool used by our doctors to look at the architecture of your pet’s internal organs. We will also often use it to guide samples that may need to be taken for testing. A more detailed ultrasound by a radiologist or radiology technician may be recommended by our doctors. This may be done by scheduling an appointment with a visiting radiology technologist here at BVH or referral to one of the amazing specialist facilities in the great Austin area or College Station.
IDEXX, TVMDL and other outside laboratory capabilities
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Dental care is imperative for your pet’s health. Smelly “dog breath” and plaque build up may be a sign of dental disease. This can lead to gingivitis, mouth infections, discomfort, and loose or missing teeth. Even if you are using treats, chews, and brushing to help control
the tartar, your pet can still benefit from a regular deep cleaning.
Dental disease can also be associated with other serious health conditions such as heart and kidney disease. We can examine your pet’s mouth to determine what dental hygiene tools may be recommended for you. Regular prevention can keep your pet happy and healthy. Our dentals are performed under anesthesia to allow access to the entirety of the mouth.
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We offer a variety of surgical procedures for small animals. Routine surgical procedures include spays and neuters to prevent unwanted liters and cancers of the reproductive tract. More complex surgeries our doctors perform include mass removals(lumpectomy),
bladder stone removal (cystotomy), eye removal (enucleation), c-sections, some orthopedic procedures, and more. A pre-surgical exam performed prior to scheduling a surgery date allows our doctors to develop an individualized treatment plan, discuss surgical risks and complications, go over after care needed, and create an estimate for the procedure. Recommendations can also be given for surgeons if your pet would benefit from more specialized procedures.
Prior to surgery, blood work is also often indicated to check for systemic health to predict any reasons why your pet may not be a good surgical candidate. During surgery, your pet will be monitored by our highly skilled veterinary technicians. This monitoring will continue after surgery is completed until your pet is ready to go home. A team of compassionate, caring professionals will provide exceptional care to your pet on surgery day with your pet’s safety and recovery being our number 1 priority.
When your pet is ready to go home, our technicians will review postoperative care, medication instructions, and follow-up visits that may be needed. If you have any questions during the postoperative period, please give us a call.
Surgery can be a source of stress and anxiety to many pet owners. We strive to provide the best care for your pet and want to address any concerns you may have. Please let our staff know if you have any questions regarding precautions and monitoring that are taken for your pet.