6/15/2015 3:45:00 PM | Anonymous

Major illnesses and health emergencies can be scary – and once you’ve received the care you need to treat immediate problems, the question of overall health and wellness remains. If you have a pet that has been injured or received treatment through surgical intervention, there are rehabilitative programs that can help them enjoy renewed strength and ability.

Rehabilitation is responsible for:

Improving Mobility

It’s normal for your pet to be a little stiff after surgery. To help increase mobility, our vet clinic’s rehabilitation programs incorporate underwater treadmills. With an underwater treadmill, pets place less than their full weight on recently treated limbs, making it easier for them to walk and exercise. With warm water, there’s also an increase in blood flow and a feeling of relaxation, making the underwater treadmill gentle and therapeutic.

Strengthening Muscle

It’s especially important to ensure that muscle is healthy and strong after your pet has been treated for a major injury, but without stimulation, it’s possible for muscles to weaken. By using electro-muscular stimulation, we gently strengthen muscles to help your pet regain full function.  We can also use technology like ultrasound and cold lasers to create gentle tissue stimulation.

Promoting Better Healing

Overall healing after emergency treatment or surgery is a combination of many therapies that help your pet experience improved wellness. A good at-home care plan for when your pet has left our clinic, as well as appropriate hot and cold therapy, or even massage, helps create the right environment for better healing.

We offer rehabilitation programs that help your pets get back to their normal lives after care at a veterinary clinic. If you need more information on rehabilitation services, or muscle therapy for your pet, call our referral veterinary clinic in Arlington, TX today.

6/2/2015 4:07:00 PM | Anonymous

Looking after your pet’s health and wellness is an important part of providing good quality of life though every age of development and companionship.  We help pets and their families get off to a good start by answering some of the more common questions about pet health and wellness.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Health Problems? A standard preventive health program for your pet includes all proper vaccinations, medications for heartworm, as well as the right choice in food and exercise for their age. While it’s not possible to prevent some conditions, like genetic predispositions to health issues, it’s entirely possible to prevent problems like weight gain, worms, and other more common concerns. Your general veterinarian can prove vaccinations or refer your pet to our office if they need specialized care.

What Should I do if My Pet has been Behaving Strangely?  In many cases, strange behavior is a good indicator of health problems that require attention from a veterinarian.  Things like anxiety, vomiting, loss of hair, limping or protecting a limb, should be taken seriously so your pet can get help right away.  In some cases, these changes could indicate an emergency where your pet needs to receive care the same day. We offer 24/7 emergency care in the event that your pet needs immediate medical attention.

How Can I Help My Pet Reach a Healthy Weight? Weight management programs are usually a good idea for overweight pets. Occasionally, some pets need more than a simple change in diet, though selecting the appropriate food, limiting over-feeding, and not giving your pet human food are all great places to start in helping them achieve a healthy weight. If you need guidance in helping your pet achieve a proper weight, our clinic provides programs to do exactly that.

Is There a Care Routine to Follow for Senior Pets?  Older pets need a daily routine that differs from what you would do for a puppy, perhaps. Senior animals need regular exercise for joint health and mobility, appropriate foods that are easy on their stomachs and provide them with the right nutrients at an advanced age, and more frequent interactions with your veterinarian to ensure their health is on-track.  Our clients with senior pet patients can benefit from our advanced imaging equipment, which helps us spot problems that often occur in older animals, such as the development of foreign masses or cancer.

My Pet Has Chronic Back/Hip Problems. Can they be Treated? – In the event that your pet is suffering internal health issues, there are rehabilitation programs and surgeries that can help. While some chronic problems cannot be cured, they can be managed so your pet enjoys better quality of life and good mobility. We provide advanced diagnostics and neurosurgery services to help treat hip dysplasia and spinal cord problems in pets. Our facility also offers rehabilitative programs and equipment to help stimulate muscles and improve joint function and mobility. 

Have a Question We Didn’t Answer?  Please feel free to contact our Arlington veterinary clinic if you need further assistance or information about pet health and veterinary treatments.

5/15/2015 4:06:00 PM | Anonymous

Your pet may need emergency veterinary attention for any trauma or injury, the most common causes being traffic accidents, animal bites, or ingesting inedible items. In any pet emergency, it’s important to seek care from a veterinarian as soon as possible. But pet owners can take some preliminary steps while they’re calling a vet clinic or before transporting their pets:

Initial cleaning of bites and wounds – If you were injured, it would make sense to put a bandage on cuts or wounds before you visited the ER; the same goes for your pet. Before taking them to visit an emergency veterinary office, you can carefully clean cuts and scrapes and place clean gauze over wounds to slow any bleeding.  However, it’s important to only take this preliminary step and not try to treat more serious injuries yourself – this especially applies to any eye injuries.

Avoid giving them food – Before you know what could be causing medical distress, it’s best not to give your pet anything that could cause further problems or potentially make them sick.

Help your pet be calm and comfortable – Being anxious can make breathing harder on your pet, especially if there is a foreign body lodged in an airway or they’re experiencing internal distress. You can soothe your pet by speaking calmly and transporting them to the vet’s office in a blanket for their comfort.

Know when to not interfere – In some cases, there aren’t many preliminary care steps you can take before your pet is seen by a veterinarian. It’s typically best to not try and remove anything that’s hanging from your pet’s mouth or lodged in airways yourself (unless it’s stopping them from breathing entirely), as this could cause further injury. In these cases, take your pet to an emergency vet clinic immediately. With imaging technology, vets can get a better picture of obstructions and remove any foreign bodies that are causing discomfort or difficulty breathing.

If your pet is exhibiting strange behavior or if they’ve been in an accident and are injured, it’s important to visit a veterinarian for emergency care as soon as possible. Our Arlington, TX 24-hour emergency vet clinic uses advanced imagining and comprehensive care to get your pet out of pain and restore their health. Visit our office immediately if your pet is in need of same-day emergency care.

2/16/2015 2:19:00 PM | Anonymous

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