Our Office

9501 Lakeview Parkway
(Across from LakePointe Hospital)
Rowlett, TX 75088
972-412-0101

Hours

M, T & Th:
7 AM - 8 PM

W & F:
7 AM - 6:30 PM

Sat:
8 AM-2 PM
New! Extended Saturday hours

Directions

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We Are an AAHA Accredited Hospital

AAHA Accredited veterinary practice

To become an AAHA hospital member, candidates must complete a 39-page self-assessment reviewing the hospital's services and facilities. Then, a trained AAHA practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the facility to be sure it complies with AAHA veterinary care standards. More information ...

Prescription Management Service

Vetsource Home Delivery

We are pleased to offer our clients home delivery of Hill's Pet Nutrition and medications. Just click the button above.

Here you'll find helpful articles related to the well-being of your companion animals.

We are a Low-stress Handling Vet Practice

What does this mean to you?

In our hospital. we pride ourselves on being a low-stress handling veterinary facility.  We promise that your pet will always receive loving care and gentle handling. By using low-stess and no-fear handling techniques on every one of our patients, we reduce many of the anxiety triggers. The result is a much calmer visit to the clinic.

We feel it is very important that none of our patients fear the vet and that they are comfortable on every visit. And that starts with their very first puppy or kitten appointment! The photo below is a perfect example of what we mean by low-stress handling.

Your Dog

This little fellow didn't even know he was getting his nails trimmed, but he sure loves going to the vet!

Low-stress vet clinic

Timid dogs who are less than 20 pounds, may find our tranquility suite the perfect option for a calm, soothing overnight stay. The guests in the Tranquility Suites receive soft ocean sounds, a view of a field of blue bonnets, an indoor grass-covered potty area, soft bedding, and plush toys to comfort them during their stay. Visit our Rowlett dog boarding page for more information

Your Cat

We even have a special cat entrance and an isolated portion of our hospital that caters to the special needs of our feline friends. Visit our cat hospital page for more information about our low-stress hanbdling techniques.

Employee Spotlight - Fallon McFarland

Congratulations Fallon. Yes, Fallon. Like Jimmy Fallon. You are our employee spotlight for May 2016!

Fallon McFarlandI would attach tons of fun pictures of Fallon, but they don't exist. Fallon hates having her picture taken. She once punched Christen at a holiday party for getting too close to obtaining an actual photo. Ok, maybe not punched, but glared very harshly. I feared for my life....moving on....

​Fallon is a high S and a high C on her DISC profile. This is probably why she has such meticulous paperwork and always turns in her committee reports on time, or early. She has everything highlighted in different colors and every piece of paperwork comes with a "master key".

Fallon has really fat cats that don't like coming to the vet, but like a good kitty mommy, she makes them come see us for visits. Fallon loves pizza and should be the size of her cats, but she is very tiny and quick like a ninja. She can put a client into a room and be back at the front desk in 0.005 seconds. She moves like the wind.

If you don't follow Fallon on Facebook, you are missing out. She is the meme queen and posts at least 7,817 memes per day. Most of them have to do with cats, french bulldogs or pizza. Fallon has an unhealthy love for Frenchies...so all clients with Frenchies should hide yo' dog from her. Fallon has some really cool tattoos, one of them being a tribute to her late dog, Dixie.

Fallon is a very loyal employee. She is willing to come in and work for others when needed, she is never late to work, and she completes her tasks without leaving unfinished work for others. Fallon is friendly with the clients and makes excellent, long notes in the computer about all conversations. Fallon texts her end of day paperwork in Rowlett and Heath daily, without prompting.

Fallon was at the clinic for several hours to help the night after the December tornadoes and helped take in the lost animals, label them, and reunite animals with owners with the rest of the dedicated CSR staff.

We love Fallon and value her as an awesome part of our AHR team. If you see Fallon this month, tell her "good job" and bring her some pizza. But don't try to share her pizza....she will punch you.

Employee Spotlight- Dorothy Schuld-Johnson

Dorothy Schuld-Johnson - Employee SPotlightDorothy Schuld-Johnson is our February 2016 employee spotlight.  Dorothy is an LVT, which is a licensed veterinary technician.  This means that she went to college to obtain her degree as a licensed technician.  Some people call them "veterinary nurses" because essentially, technicians provide the same type of care for animals as human nurses do for people.  Veterinary technicians triage patients based on severity, assess emergencies, monitor anesthetic surgical procedures, clean teeth on patients during dental procedures, place catheters, tech rooms to get history and vitals and even assist in end of life appointments.  Technicians are the heart of a veterinary practice and Dorothy has a huge heart.    

Dorothy Schuld-Johnson - Employee SpotlightDorothy has worked for Animal Hospital of Rowlett since 1999! She has been our inventory manager, our nurse manager, and has even taken courses in physical therapy and rehab for animals. Dorothy is always seeking out new CE opportunities to further her career and she loves to learn and gain knowledge.  She has had extensive training in animal dental cleanings and is a very thorough dental anesthetist.  She got her RVT degree at Texas State Technical Institute in Waco and in the last few years the "R" for registered was changed to "L" for licensed.  

Dorothy Schuld-Johnson - Employee SpotlightDorothy has two kids and a beautiful grandson!  We call her the chihuahua whisperer, though she handles cats as gracefully as she does doggies.  She is originally from Cleveland Ohio and frequently travels North to visit family and friends.  Dorothy used to have an SUV covered in bumper stickers and you always knew it was her driving down the road...but now she has an adorable Mini Cooper!  

As if being a full time veterinary technician at AHR wasn't enough, Dorothy also works weekends at the local emergency clinic, Lake Ray Hubbard Pet ER.  She has truly dedicated her life to veterinary medicine and it shows!  She is one of the most knowledgeable technicians we've known...and can do crazy hard tasks like placing a nasal oxygen cannula.  She is really amazing!  If you see Dorothy this month, give her a high five for being awesome!

 

Rowlett Dog Training - The Dog Trainer Guy

Rowlett and Rockwall dog training classes

Wayne Dooley - The Dog Trainer Guy, Rowlett, Rockwall TexasAnimal Hospital of Rowlett has teamed up with one of our amazing clients and fellow guide dog puppy raiser, Wayne Dooley, KPA CTP.  Wayne is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor dog training academy. More information about him can be found on his website, www.thedogtrainerguy.com.  

Wayne offers "in-kennel" training for those clients who are interested in having their dog trained while they are boarding in our Rowlett pet hotel. What a great opportunity to have your dog come home from the pet hotel with a few more manners!  If you already have a very well behaved pup, you might consider having Wayne provide mental stimulation activities for your pet - he can teach them how to work puzzles, play games, and make sure they are nice and worn out when they come home!

He will offer several packages for dog training, both in kennel and in home!

Call now to help your pet become a responsible member of the family - 972-412-0101


In-Kennel Packages

  • $25 per individual daily session in addition to boarding cost (1 twenty minute session)
  • $325 per week includes boarding in a cage/run (5 one-hour sessions)
  • $1200 per month includes boarding in a cage/run (20 one-hour sessions)

In kennel training will mainly take place Monday-Friday with sessions lasting an hour total per day. Examples of session sets could be 30 minutes twice daily, or 15 minutes four times daily.  The training will mainly focus on the areas of obedience and behavior modification.  Mental stimulation is also part of daily training sessions, where pets learn to work treat puzzles and play games to "tire" them out and build mental stamina.  


Private/Semi-Private  Lessons

  • $375 for a block of 5 private lessons
  • $350 for a block of 5 semi-private lessons

Expire 3 months from first session

Private lesson blocks will mainly be done at your home and will be on days of your choosing, schedules permitting.  The training can be anything you would like to your dog to learn.  Semi-Private lessons are also available if you have a friend or neighbor who wants to join at a reduced rate.


Puppy Classes

  • $100 for 4 Saturday sessions
  • $150 for 6 Saturday sessions

Puppy classes will be offered in our clinic lobby on Saturdays from 10am-11:00am.  The training will consist of learning how to communicate with your puppy, early obedience, and behavior imprinting.  Some topics covered in puppy classes are as follows:

  • puppy calming massages for early puppyhood bonding
  • potty training strategies for the stay at home and working parent
  • the importance of simulated nail trims, ear cleanings and tooth brushing in the early months to make life less stressful for teen and adult years
  • importance of a controlled feeding routine and nutrition
  • education on use and benefits of various tools to make life as a puppy parent easier (crate, x-pen, gentle leader, tie downs, obstructed bowls, appropriate toys, etc.

Call now to help your pet become a responsible member of the family - 972-412-0101

Rowlett Dog Training - Valerie Fry

Rowlett/Rockwall Dog Training

Teach Your Puppy How to be a Good Citizen with Our Individualized Dog Training


 

Valerie FryOur Training Philosophy

We use positive training techniques with food or toys used to reward the dog for appropriate behavior. The reward is used as a “paycheck” not a bribe. We believe that dog ownership is a lifetime commitment and that training helps build a positive bond between dog and owner. Dogs rarely come with instructions, and few dogs turn out to be great family pets without some basic guidance. Just like children, dogs must be taught how to behave at home and in public. With a little patience and practice, you can have a well-behaved family pet that you can enjoy and include in many family activities.


Valerie Fry Certified Dog Trainer, Co-owner, C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator, CGC Evaluator
Canine Solutions Dallas
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Bonded and Insured

Valerie is a Certified Dog Trainer through The Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. She is a Professional Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizenship Educator and Evaluator. Valerie is a Certified Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College and CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. Valerie is also a Certified C.L.A.S.S. Instructor and Evaluator. With 10 years experience in training Service and Therapy dogs. Valerie Specializes in Canine behavior and is currently enrolled in the Applied Animal Behavior course at UW of Psychology.

Valerie is connected to a large group of local Force Free Trianers who stick together and promote training that is not aversive, scientifically based training techniques.

"I have a passion and love for dogs and work toward unification of dog and human coexisting in a peaceful and harmonious environment"

Because we believe that all dogs deserve effective behavioral training and a responsible owner, Animal Hospital of Rowlett recommends dog training classes in conjunction with the American Kennel Club's Good Citizen Program and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers' C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) program.

Employee Spotlight - Cheyenne Jackson

Cheyenne Jackson - Employee SPotlight

The last movie Cheyenne loved was Jurassic World and her first pet's name was Karma. She was born in San Bernadino, California and her favorite word is meniscus. She can often be found petting Savannah cats, which are her favorite cat breed or reading Looking For Alaska by John Green.

When she wakes up in the morning, she can be found laying in bed wondering when she gets to go back to sleep. If she weren't working for Animal Hospital of Rowlett, she would like to work in the field of child development. If she were a Sesame Street Character, she would be Oscar because he represents how she feels in the morning - grouchy!

Cheyenne will begin school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2016 and is looking forward to working in AHR's pet hotel until she begins her training. She has worked with dogs, cats, and horses and has grown up around animals of all kinds.

Cheyenne began working for AHR in our Pet Hotel a couple of months ago, but you would have thought she has been here for years! She is so diligent with her work and loves the animals she cares for.

Even though she is relatively new herself, she already knows our clinic policies, can find her way around, comes up with good ideas on how to methodically clean and feed the animals and assists with working interviews.

Cheyenne always has a smile on her face and you can tell she enjoys learning and getting to know more about each of her boarding patients. She has the "magic touch" with many of the animals that otherwise would rather not be handled...they all seem to love and snuggle with Cheyenne. Since she has grown up around animals much larger than dogs and cats, she has no fear!

After a little Facebook stalking, I can tell you her favorite TV shows consist of American Horror Story, Tosh.0 and Desperate Housewives. Some of her movie choices are Napoleon Dynamite, Epic Movie, and Despicable Me. She listens to Danny Suede, Youth in Revolt, Of Mice and Men, and Crown The Empire.

She was referred to us by her Aunt, Lynne Vachon, who worked for AHR for several years as a technician! Thank you Lynne for your awesome referral. We love Cheyenne and can't wait to continue watching her grow as a part of our team! She rocks!

Did You Know? - Cassey Nieto

Cassey Nieto

Did you know that Cassey has a bachelor's degree in theatre? She sure does...she received it at West Texas A&M University, where she met her husband Frank who was also a theatre major. Did you know her full name is Cassandra? Together they have 3 kiddos and some pets.

Cassey Nieto

As if working at a vet office and owning pets isn't enough animal interaction, she also acts as a foster home for a boxer rescue. Her most recent foster was a foster failure, and is now a permanent puppy in their home. You may have seen him around the clinic or on our clinic facebook. His name is Chaplin (after Charlie Chaplin who starred in silent movies) and this name is fitting because he is deaf.

Cassey Nieto

In addition to her new puppy, Cassey has two adult boxers, Waz and Gracie Mae, who you may know from their most recent hospital stay after eating trail mix with raisins in it. Cassey is a fan of both western medicine and alternative medicines, like acupuncture, which she has done on her pets with Dr. Carter.

Cassey Nieto   Cassey Nieto

 

Cassey loves the smell of sweets baking and hates the smell of vinegar. She was born in Dallas and would love to travel to Portugal. Cassey likes sonic, sangria, and queso and claims she gets "hangry" if she doesn't get lunch. Her favorite food is Serious Pizza and the last TV show she watched on Netflix was Paranormal. She loves the color sage green and says people describe her as OCD...this definitely fits her perfectionist DISC profile.

Cassey's DISC profile is a HIGH C and a fairly high D. Due to this personality profile, she can often be found perfecting her skills in many areas of the clinic. She began today at our Heath location to learn some of the nursing duties she is interested in. Cassey is an active moderator on our clinic Facebook and is always coming up with new ideas to make the clinic run more smoothly, helping perfect checklists and ensuring the front of the clinic is clean and organized.

Cassey Nieto

Thanks Cassey for your contributions to Animal Hospital of Rowlett and thanks for being our employee spotlight for October 2015.


 

Employee Spotlight - Memory Walsh Attains "Gold Level Low-stress Certified Handler" for Dogs and Cats

Memory Walsh - Certified Low-stress HandlerMemory Walsh has been a member of our team since 2013. She has recently attended 20+ hours of continuing education courses in low stress handling to become a gold level low stress certified handler for dogs and cats.

Gold-level certified low-stress handlerThe purpose of this Certification in Low Stress Handling is to provide the teaching content needed to understand and improve the individual or hospital’s ability to create a low stress environment and handle animals in a less stressful manner. Coursework for this Certification goes beyond the teaching available from Dr. Yin’s book/DVD Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats and related training videos.

Congratulations Memory on this amazing accomplishment and thank you for your hard work towards this certification! It means the world to us and our patients that you would take this extra step to make our clinic and patients more comfortable at every visit.

A large portion of Low Stress Handling relies on the development of important hands-on skills. Among these are the abilities to:

  1. Recognize the overt and subtle signs of fear and anxiety in dogs and cats and identify the common mistakes people make when approaching and greeting pets that make the animals more fearful or aggressive. Learn to approach and handle pets in a relaxed, non-threatening manner.
  2. Learn how the sights, sounds, smells, and surfaces in your practice may be increasing the stress in your patients. Discover ways to create a calmer, safer, and more secure environment.
  3. Learn 5 methods for controlling the rear and 7 for controlling the front end in dogs. Determine which directions of movement (forward, back, right, left, up and down) each hold controls. Evaluate which restraint hold is best for a given dog and procedure.
  4. Understand how every interaction – how you approach, pick animals up, move them from place to place, or restrain them – affects the animal’s perception of you and their willingness to cooperate. Learn how to position your body and adjust your movement to provide the direction and guidance the animal needs.

Way to go, Memory!

Rowlett and Rockwall Dog Training Classes - Karen Pryor Academy Certified Graduates

Karen Pryor Academy graduate dog trainers for Rowlett/Rockwall

Animal Hospital of Rowlett has teamed up with a couple of amazing dog trainers that can help your pet become a responsible member of the family. Both are graduates of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior which means they have completed an extensive educational program, and scored the highest marks on a detailed assessment of technical knowledge and hands-on skills teaching pet owners and training dogs! They have demonstrated excellent technical knowledge and hands-on skills in positive teaching and training. A KPA CTP is a trainer you and your pets can count on.

So,if you have an unruly dog that you’d like to get under control, or even if you’d just like a quick brush-up on some puppy skills or socialization manners, you might think about signing up for our in-kennel training classes while they are boarding in our Rowlett pet hotel.

We offer In-kennel packages, private/semi-private lessons, puppy classes, and one-on one individualized training that fits your busy schedule.

Call now to help your pet become a responsible member of the family - 972-412-0101

The Dog Trainer Guy   Valerie Fry - Dog Trainer

Wayne Dooley

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Valerie Fry

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In-Kennel Packages

  • $25 per individual daily session in addition to boarding cost (1 twenty minute session)
  • $325 per week includes boarding in a cage/run (5 one-hour sessions)
  • $1200 per month includes boarding in a cage/run (20 one-hour sessions)

In kennel training will mainly take place Monday-Friday with sessions lasting an hour total per day. Examples of session sets could be 30 minutes twice daily, or 15 minutes four times daily.  The training will mainly focus on the areas of obedience and behavior modification.  Mental stimulation is also part of daily training sessions, where pets learn to work treat puzzles and play games to "tire" them out and build mental stamina.  


Private/Semi-Private  Lessons

  • $375/person for a block of 5 private lessons
  • $350/person for a block of 5 semi-private lessons

Expire 3 months from first session

Private lesson blocks will mainly be done at your home and will be on days of your choosing, schedules permitting.  The training can be anything you would like to your dog to learn.  Semi-Private lessons are also available if you have a friend or neighbor who wants to join at a reduced rate.


Puppy Classes

  • $100 for 4 Saturday sessions
  • $150 for 6 Saturday sessions

Puppy classes will be offered in our clinic lobby on Saturdays from 10am-11:00am.  The training will consist of learning how to communicate with your puppy, early obedience, and behavior imprinting.  Some topics covered in puppy classes are as follows:

  • puppy calming massages for early puppyhood bonding
  • potty training strategies for the stay at home and working parent
  • the importance of simulated nail trims, ear cleanings and tooth brushing in the early months to make life less stressful for teen and adult years
  • importance of a controlled feeding routine and nutrition
  • education on use and benefits of various tools to make life as a puppy parent easier (crate, x-pen, gentle leader, tie downs, obstructed bowls, appropriate toys, etc.

Call now to help your pet become a responsible member of the family - 972-412-0101

Why Should I Radiograph My Pet's Teeth

Veterinary medicine and how we manage oral health care for our patients has come a long way in the past 10 years. What were we missing previously? Apparently, a lot. Decades ago, it was rare to discuss dentistry with clients.  Today, pet’s may have root canals, periodontal therapy sealants for teeth and orthodontics (yes, braces). “Teeth cleanings” are no longer limited to removing the tartar and polishing.

It has been said that human dentistry is responsible for adding another decade to our life span. We adamantly believe that we can have a relative effect on our four legged companions.

Read more: Why Should I Radiograph My Pet's Teeth

Purchasing Pet Drugs Online: Buyer Beware

Discount pet drugs— no prescription required” may appeal to pet owners surfing the Web, but FDA experts say it can be risky to buy drugs online from sites that tout this message and others like it.

Some of the Internet sites that sell pet drugs represent legitimate, reputable pharmacies, says Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., deputy director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). But others are fronts for unscrupulous businesses operating against the law

Read more: Purchasing Pet Drugs Online: Buyer Beware

Animal Hospital of Rowlett is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC).

International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative CareAs a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), we promote hospice/palliative care for animal companions as an alternative to premature euthanasia and as an alternative to prolonged suffering which can result either from isolating an animal in intensive care or from inadequately treating the animal at home...

Read more: Animal Hospital of Rowlett is a member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and...

Study Shows Dog's "Amazing" Ability to Comprehend Language

You might think your pet has a lot of toys. But she definitely does not have as many toys as Chaser, a female border collie. Chaser has more than a thousand toys, and she can remember the names of all of them.

A recent study from South Carolina’s Wofford College details an extraordinary experiment in language comprehension and cognition in dogs. The researchers, retired psychology professor John Pilley, PhD, and psychology professor Alliston Reid, PhD, attempted to see if they could teach a dog (Chaser) to not only identify over a thousand objects, but if she could learn in a way similar to how human children learn.

Read more: Study Shows Dog's "Amazing" Ability to Comprehend Language

Regenerative Medicine for Pets

Pet owners are hearing and seeing more and more information about Regenerative Medicine for pets (dogs, cats and horses). This area can be confusing for pet owners AND their Veterinarians! Regenerative medicine is a term that means: "the chosen technique used in the patient is providing a form of therapy to help the body HEAL itself, in a safe and non-toxic manner. Either cells of the patient or other cellular technology are infused/injected. These therapies will elicit the body to stimulate many types of growth factors that allow regeneration of tissues."

Read more: Regenerative Medicine for Pets

100 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet

Make your home a safer place for your pets by keeping them away from the following hazardous household items, plants, foods, objects and trouble areas...

Download this article as a pdf file - (639 k)

Helping Children Deal With the Loss of a Pet

When children experience loss and death, they have two processes to complete: The process of grieving and the process of healing. As adults, we have responsibility to help them find ways to do both.

Accepting that the death is real cannot be changed, and life will go on—is the main goal of the grieving process. Pet loss provides the opportunity for children to learn about the reality of death. We need to recognize that our need to protect children from death stems from our own unreconciled fear. This may lead us to make the subject taboo and therefore pass our fears onto our children...

Read more: Helping Children Deal With the Loss of a Pet

Genetic Diseases in Purebred Cats

Abyssinians.  Renal amyloidosis, retinal atrophy, psychogenic alopecia, patellar luxation, 

American Shorthair.  Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, polycystic kidney disease, mucopolysaccharosidosis

Bengal.  Entropion

Birman.  Hip dysplasia, epibulbar dermoids

British Shorthair.  Hemophilia

Read more: Genetic Diseases in Purebred Cats

Sugar Substitute (Xylitol) May Be Dangerous to Dogs

If you think it’s no big deal that your dog just ate some sugar-free gum or a cookie or two, think again. You may want to make an immediate trip to your veterinarian.

Xylitol, a sweetener found in many sugar-free chewing gums, candies, baked goods and toothpastes, is a naturally occurring ingredient that may have far-reaching negative health effects on dogs. Xylitol’s growing popularity is based on sweetness equal to sucrose but only two thirds of the calories.
It also prevents bacteria in the mouth from producing acids that damage teeth....

Read more: Sugar Substitute (Xylitol) May Be Dangerous to Dogs

The Blood Chemistry Panel Explained

The Serum Chemistry Profile
(for patients in their adult years, the following tests are added to the ?mini chem profile?)

As pets age, we expect that they may have more problems than younger patients. We recommend adding a few more blood chemistries to screen for problems in older patients. In adult patients, we look at electrolytes, calcium, phosphorus, bilirubin, glucose, and the thyroid level to screen for middle aged problems such as Addison?s disease, lymphosarcoma, or hemolytic anemia. The following tests are done in addition to the tests on the Mini-Chem profile recommended for younger patients...

Read more: The Blood Chemistry Panel Explained

Risk for Blindness and Chronic Pain

Is your dog or cat at risk for blindness and chronic pain?

Glaucoma is a disorder of the fluid movement within the eye.  Normal eyes produce fluid continuously which drains through a natural filter located by the front outside edge of the iris.  If this filter becomes clogged or closes, fluid does not leave the eye normally and pressure increases.  This is the definition of glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure.  Glaucoma has two detrimental effects for the patient:  blindness and
chronic pain...

Read more: Risk for Blindness and Chronic Pain

Senior and Geriatric Profile

The Blood Chemistry Panel Explained

The Senior Profile
(for senior and geriatric patients)

As our dogs and cats enter their senior years, we recognize that they are more likely to have health problems than when they were younger. Their systems are not as resilient. They do not recover as quickly from trauma or disease. It is important to try to stay ahead? of their problems by aggressively screening them for disease. Part of that screening is certainly checking chemistries. We also recommend checking a CBC, complete blood count, and a urinalysis once or twice yearly in senior pets as a routine...

Read more: Senior and Geriatric Profile

The Importance of Blood Chemistries

Why Check Serum Chemistries on Healthy Pets?

  • The physical exam does not tell you much about metabolic function. You can palpate kidneys and feel that they have a normal texture, size, and consistency, but this does not tell you if the kidneys are leaking protein or glucose into the urine. You can detect an irregular heart rate, but you can?t tell if it?s due to high potassium, low calcium, low magnesium, or a primary heart disease. Blood chemistries help determine the cause of physical examination abnormalities and detect problems that may not have symptoms early on...

    Read more: The Importance of Blood Chemistries

Just a Dog

From time to time people tell me "Lighten up, it's just a dog." or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or costs involved for "Just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog." Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog," and not once have I felt slighted. Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "Just a dog." In those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "Just a dog" provided comfort and purpose to overcome the day. ...

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10 Signs of Illness in Cats

Sometimes it's difficult to identify when your cat's not feeling well. Watch for these signs of illness, and consult with your veterinarian as soon as possible if your pet begins to show any of them.

1 Inappropriate elimination

A cat that urinates inappropriately could have any number of conditions associated with the behavior, including lower urinary tract disease, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, and diabetes mellitus. It can also be a sign of arthritis, which makes it difficult for cats to get into the litter box...

Read more: 10 Signs of Illness in Cats

Veterinary Hospice Program

What is hospice care?

Veterinary Hospice is a program that provides compassionate end-of life care for geriatric and terminally ill patients. Here at AHR/AHH, we are dedicated to maintaining comfort and quality of life for our terminally ill or geriatric pets until natural death occurs or the family elects peaceful euthanasia. We design individualized hospice care programs based on your pet’s needs, your needs and beliefs, and goals for your pet.What is hospice care...

Read more: Veterinary Hospice Program

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