Our general services include regular checkups. These appointments include a thorough physical examination and lab tests, if we deem them necessary. In addition, our pet vet in Houston will make sure all vaccinations and medications for your pet are up to date.
It’s difficult to find an animal hospital in Houston with our state-of-the-art technology and equipment for passive range of motion exercises. By tailoring various therapies to the needs of your dog, we can help increase nutrient availability at the joint cartilage, stimulate new cartilage production, and increase range of motion.
- Our underwater treadmill works the muscles while taking the weight off the joints.
- The land treadmill can be adjusted to focus on working specific muscle groups.
- The whirlpool is great for recovery from injury and arthritis.
- Cavalettis gait training is for beginning recovery of an injured limb.
- Therapy balls can ease back pain and arthritis.
Holistic medicine takes the whole picture of a pet into consideration in order to treat underlying causes of distress and disease rather than just the symptoms. We look at genetics, nutrition, family relationships, hygiene, and stress factors in order to craft a comprehensive solution. We always strive to utilize the most effective, least invasive, and least harmful path to a cure, but a treatment may also include surgery and drug therapy in acute situations.
Animals can benefit as much from chiropractic care as humans. When nerve signals can travel freely down the spine and out the nerve endings, the body is healthier and unstressed. Chiropractic care for your pet can be used to alleviate any of the following:
- Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
- Muscle spasms
- Nerve problems
- Disc or joint problems
- Limping and other symptoms related to slip-and-fall injuries
- Jaw problems
- Event or sport injuries
A diagnostic ultrasound allows us to identify pathological changes in tissue based on known values for density and size. Ultrasounds can pinpoint heart problems, cancer, issues of the gall bladder and liver, kidney shape and size, and urinary tract or gastrointestinal blockages.
A therapeutic ultrasound increases blood flow to tissues and creates positive physiological effects in healing wounds and reducing scar tissue. It is also a method of delivering medication directly through the skin, reducing risk from injections or oral medicines. In general, therapeutic ultrasound promotes healing and reduces pain and stiffness.
For general soft tissue surgery, lasers are extremely beneficial. The focused beam of light from the laser sterilizes and cauterizes tissue and blood vessels. This keeps the wound clean and easy to see, enabling the vet to more quickly and efficiently complete the surgery. Shorter surgeries shorten anesthesia time, reduce the risk of infection, and reduce scarring.
We also use a therapeutic laser process called low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold lasers. Unlike the surgical lasers, LLLT is used extensively for eliminating or slowing inflammation and for reducing pain.
Acupuncture has been used on animals for over 3,000 years and offers many of the same benefits for your pet as it does for you. Very fine needles are inserted at specific points in the body, which encourage a balance in the body’s energy and promote health and healing. While it isn’t a cure-all, acupuncture can be successfully used to help alleviate symptoms of a wide variety of animal diseases, including the following:
- Gastro-intestinal disorders
- Chronic problems
- Respiratory disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders