Veterinary Services from Ohio Drive Animal Hospital

Comprehensive Physical Exams for Pets and Pet Check-ups

As with your own health, the key to maintaining your pet’s health is in preventive medicine including physical exams for your pet and pet check-ups.  Waiting until an illness develops to take action is a recipe for disaster. Steps should be taken to screen your pet for risk factors and early signs of disease. The earlier these are identified, the better the long term prognosis, and the longer your pet will enjoy a happy, comfortable life.  There are many aspects of a preventive approach to your pet’s health care. The most basic, and perhaps most important, of these is regular physical examinations for your pet to identify risk factors and early signs of illness. An immunization program for your pet’s lifestyle and needs is also important.  Regular pet check-ups and providing appropriate nutritional support for your pet, maintaining a healthy pet weight and preventive home dental care for pets will also help prevent many common health problems for animals. Ohio Drive Animal Hospital can assist and guide pet owners in all of these components that will help your pet live a longer and happier life.

Pet Dental Care

Dental care for pets is critical to their health!   Why do you think that people tend to live longer today than they did 100 years ago?  There are a lot of correct answers to that question, but one of them is that dental health care for pets has made huge advances and come a long way since then. The same is true in veterinary medicine. 20 or 30 years ago, veterinary dental care was largely ignored. Today, we know that keeping your pet’s mouth healthy will lead to better overall health for your pet and a longer lifespan.  Dental disease in pets causes a constant presence of bacteria in your companion’s bloodstream.  This can lead to pet diseases of the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys. Signs of dental disease in pets include halitosis (bad breath), red gums, loose teeth, tartar on teeth, abnormal appetite/chewing and many others. Ohio Drive Animal Hospital takes pet dental care very seriously, and would be happy to examine your pet and let you know what kind of dental care your pet needs. It may be as simple as regular brushing of the teeth or as complex as referral to a local dental specialist. Don’t put off dental check-ups for pets. Addressing your pet’s dental problems today can make a big difference in your companion’s quality of life and pet life expectancy.

Pet Vaccinations and Shots

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There is a lot of debate these days on pet vaccination protocols in veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, no one has definitive answers as to what is right and what is wrong. When making decisions as to what is right for your pet, we, at Ohio Drive Animal Hospital, take three main factors into account.

1) Is the pet disease we are vaccinating against transferable to humans? The most obvious animal disease that falls into this category is Rabies Virus for pets.  At Ohio Drive Animal Hospital, our veterinarians will always recommend that our pets be current on Rabies vaccinations, as there is some risk of the disease occurring within the state of Texas, and the rabies disease is fatal in humans.

2) Is your pet protected against the disease?  These days we can run titers on common pet diseases such as Parvovirus and Distemper Virus. Titers measure your pet’s immunity against such diseases, and tell us whether or not he/she really needs an animal booster vaccination. This is a great way to prevent “over-vaccination” for pets.

3) Does your pet have health issues that make vaccination more of a potential risk than a benefit?  Causes of certain pet diseases have been associated with pet vaccinations or can by compounded by vaccinating animals. In certain cases our veterinarians at Ohio Drive Animal Hospital may recommend that pet vaccinations not be given to your pet due to concerns about other disease risks.

We Take Pet Ear Infections Seriously

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You may or may not realize that ear infections in pets are quite common in cats and dogs.  Pet infections can be due to ear mites, bacteria, yeast or any combination of the three.  Ear infections in animals can be very difficult to resolve and can be a source of significant frustration to you.  Additionally, pet ear infections can lead to pain and discomfort for your pet, as well as pet odors unwelcome in your home.  Left untreated, chronic ear infections in pets can lead to calcification of the cartilage of your pet’s ear canals. Once this occurs, the only option  that you will have to resolve the problem will be aggressive and expensive pet surgery.

At Ohio Drive Animal Hospital, we take ear infections in pets very seriously and are equipped with the latest veterinary technology to help us combat them.  Our veterinarians are now equipped with a video otoscope for animals that allows us to visualize your pet’s ear canal and ear drum. With it, we can show you what the inside of your pet’s ear looks like, and what a healthy ear looks like for comparison. We can then plan a treatment regimen tailored to fit your pet’s specific needs.

Don’t let your loved one suffer needlessly. If you notice signs of ear infection in your pet, your pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian.  Watch for pets shaking of the head, pets scratching at the ears, dark debris accumulating around the folds of the pets ear canal, or unpleasant odors coming from the ears of your animal. If you suspect a pet ear infection, don’t delay. Have your pet examined today by the veterinarians at Ohio Drive Animal Hospital.

Elective Surgery for Pets

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At Ohio Drive Animal Hospital we perform all types of elective surgery for pets. Whether your pet needs to be spayed, neutered or declawed you and your loved one will have an exceptional experience at our veterinary facility. We believe that your pet should be treated as well as you would be treated if you were undergoing surgery.  The veterinarians at Ohio Drive Animal Hospital are aggressive and progressive when it comes to controlling pet pain (call and ask one of our nurses about our use of the Fentanyl Patch for animals). We also recommend that any animal that is a surgical candidate have pre-surgical laboratory testing for the pet to verify that the pets vital organs are healthy and functioning normally.  Taking these steps greatly reduces any risks associated with pet anesthesia.  Another way to make the pet surgery procedure safer is to place the patient on intravenous fluids before and during the animals surgical procedure. This helps to maintain the pets blood pressure and hydration, and gives us immediate access should any injections be needed during anesthesia.

In order to make the surgical procedure for your pet as easy as possible on our clients, we always will present you with written pre-surgical estimates. Additionally, we offer convenient drop-off times for your pets, and allow you to drop off your pet the night before surgery at no additional charge.  We will also call you after your pet’s procedure so that you will know that everything went well, and that your loved one is safe.