9501 Lakeview Parkway
(Across from LakePointe Hospital)
Rowlett, TX 75088
M, T & Th:
7 AM - 8 PM
W & F:
7 AM - 6:30 PM
8 AM-2 PM
New! Extended Saturday hours
- Free Kitten Kindergarten Classes
- Now seeing exotics and pocket pets
- We are an officially accredited Cat Friendly practice
- Rowlett Doggie Day Care
- $99 Super Saver Wellness Package
- In-house Veterinary Health Savings Plan
- Low-cost Vaccination Clinic
- In-home Veterinary Hospice Care
- Rowlett Dog Training Classes
- Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
We Are an AAHA Accredited Hospital
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 ...
We Love Cats
Our compassion, love, and dedication to cats has led us to devote a portion of our hospital to the special needs of felines. When you bring your cat to AHR's new Cat Hospital, your furry friend will be treated to a quiet, stress-free environment.
Here, Kitty Kitty!
We have a special cats-only entrance at the front of the hospital which leads to a cat-friendly waiting area free of noise, bright lights, movement, and the typical veterinary office hustle and bustle that can so often frighten cats.
Animal Hospital of Rowlett also provides a separate area for boarding our feline friends. Your cat can choose either the ocean view or bird view suites, each including a hiding basket, fresh blankets, food/water bowls, and a litter box.
As a result of our commitment to excellent care of cats and their owners, Animal Hospital of Rowlett is officially accredited by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Cat Friendly Practice at the Gold Level.
Cats are Not Small Dogs
Cats are not small dogs and should not be treated or handled as such. There are many medical and behavioral situations specific to cats, and you should feel very comfortable knowing that your veterinarian has thorough knowledge of these specific feline needs. Dr. Clary is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified speciality in feline and canine medicine, and Dr. Downes and Dr. Carter take a special interest to see that our feline patients receive the very best medical care. In addition, our Staff at Animal Hospital of Rowlett is specifically trained to handle the most sensitive feline patients with your cat's ease and comfort in mind. We are certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Cat Friendly Practice and we are the only gold level cat friendly practice within 20+ miles of our clinic.
A Comfortable, Stress-free Environment... Just for Cats
Our compassion, love, and dedication to cats has led us to devote a portion of our hospital to the special needs of felines. When you bring your cat to Animal Hospital of Rowlett's new Cat Hospital, you and your furry friend will be treated to a quiet, comfortable, stress-free environment… away from those noisy ol' dogs. Just what your cat wants for a pleasant trip to the vet.
When you first arrive, you'll notice we have a special cats-only entrance at the front of the hospital which leads to a cat-friendly waiting area free of noise, bright lights, movement, and the typical veterinary office hustle and bustle that can so often frighten cats.
From there, you'll be whisk(er)ed - see what we did there? - to our specially-appointed cat treatment area where your friend will receive state-of-the-art veterinary care that is specifically tailored to a cat's particular needs. We understand how important your cat is to your family, so making your feline companion comfortable during those visits to the vet just seemed natural. Read why we don't "scruff" cats and why you shouldn't either.
Call us now at 972-412-0101 to see why all the cool cats are booking their appointments at Animal Hospital of Rowlett's new Cat Hospital.
We're centrally located in Rowlett, Texas, convenient to Rockwall, Garland, Mesquite, and Forney Texas
Our Cat Hospital is located at:
9501 Lakeview Parkway
(Across the street from LakePointe Hospital and across the lake from Rockwall, TX)
Go here if you're looking for information about our Cat Grooming Services
Schedule Your Cat's Appointment Online
Call 972-421-0101 or click here to book your cat's next appointment for Animal Hospital of Rowlett Cat Hospital
Our Dr. Carter recently constucted a custom-made cat tree for her cat from materials she purchased at hardware stores and IKEA. Below are photos of her work. (click to enlarge):
Below is another example of a custom-made cat tree, this one built by one of our clients for her cat, Opie. See him?
Our Favorite Cat Products
Many feline behavioral problems can be traced to boredom or lack of space for the feline inhabitants of the home. Despite what we mere mortal humans consider a spacious home, the natural territorial size that a house cat considers “my own realm” often exceeds our home’s size.
Providing your cat plenty of space, mental distractions, and physical activities will ensure he stays busy and feels safe and comfortable in your home.
Following is a link to many of our favorite cat products that you can buy online, or even make yourself. Have fun watching your furry friend become master his universe!
Be Your Cat's Superhero
Also, download our Be Your Cat’s Superhero brochure for more creative ways to enrich your cat's environment.
Start Your Kitten off on the Right Paw with Our Free Kitten Kindergarten Classes
Early socialization can have profound effects on a kittens personality and well-being throughout life. Well adapted cats are less fearful of new situations and are much less likely to display unwanted behaviors later in life (urine marking, aggression, etc.)
Kitty Kindergarten classes provide a fun and interactive way to provide early socialization for kittens.
In our Kitten Kindergarten classes, kittens will learn:
- To be accepting of new people and places
- To enjoy being handled
- To perform tricks
- How to walk on a leash
What’s needed for classes?
- A hungry kitten! Do not feed for 3-4 hours prior to class
- A leash and harness for each kitten
- Your kitten's favorite treats, tuna or can food
We are so passionate about the importance of kitten socialization that we have decided to offer the classes free of charge. If you enjoy the experience, donations to our Caring for Pets Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
What, When, Where, How
- Two one-hour sessions, one week apart
- All kittens 7-14 weeks old. Multiples and fosters welcome!
- Classes held in the Rowlett hospital lobby twice a month on th 2nd and 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Fill out and submit the enrollment form in person or online
Animal Hospital of Rowlett Announces Its new Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Program which means your pet will receive the same high level of quality and service we’ve always offered, but at a much lower price.
Unlike many spay and neuter clinics, we at Animal Hospital of Rowlett will never compromise your pet’s safety or comfort.
The reduced-price spays and neuters are available for every other Tuesday appointments only. Call now at 972-412-0101 to schedule yours or book your appointment online. Slots fill up fast!
Our ALL INCLUSIVE feline spay comes with the following...
Just like in human surgeries, it is important that an IV catheter be placed on patients (even those going under anesthesia for short procedures). IV access allows us to give IV pre-operative drugs to calm your pet, IV pain medications to keep your pet comfortable, and IV anesthetic agents. IV catheter placement also allows for immediate access to a vein in the event of an unforeseen emergency. If a catheter is not in place and a patient has an emergency, it can take several minutes to place a catheter. You can have piece of mind that at AHR your pet will have a catheter in place prior to any anesthetic.
When pets are sedated they experience a decreased blood pressure from the sedation. IV catheter and fluids during the anesthetic episode are recommended. Although not all hospitals offer this service, we feel strongly that this procedure has helped us run a very successful surgery program. All Schools of Veterinary Medicine and all prominent specialists recommend that all pets have an IV catheter placed before anesthesia and that they receive IV fluids during the surgery. Fluids help with hydration after the blood loss from surgery and help to flush the anesthetic out of the pet's system so they are more awake when it is time to go home.
We recommend that all patients have labwork run within 90 days of a surgical procedure. When the doctor is able to review labwork prior to an anesthetic procedure, they are able to adjust the anesthesia protocol and drugs to best fit their patient's needs. In some cases, labwork results might even postpone or cancel the surgery. Here is a link to more information about pre-anesthetic labwork
Many spay/neuter clinics use only gas anesthesia and don't make any adjustments to the medications each pet is given. At Animal Hospital of Rowlett, we take into consideration the pet's labwork, the pet's age/weight/breed, how long we expect the procedure to take, etc. Here's a link from AAHA about anesthesia guidelines
While most surgery is uneventful, emergencies rarely arise. Early detection of impending problems greatly aids our ability to intervene and correct the problem.
An IV catheter will be placed prior to anesthesia induction. The IV catheter is our port for providing emergency drugs if there is an emergency. Having a catheter pre-placed is one of the most important procedures for safety. During anesthesia IV fluids will be administered to help maintain blood pressure, provide internal organ support and to help keep your pet from becoming dehydrated. During anesthesia, fluids are administered through specialized fluid pumps to give precise amounts of fluids. Warm air blankets (Bair huggers) keep our patients warm during anesthesia and speed recovery. A preanesthesia blood test can detect for hidden problems that could cause serious complications when the pet is under anesthesia or in surgery.During the procedure your pet will be monitored in several ways.
One of the best monitors is the surgeon because he is literally visualizing the blood in the circulatory system. Any change in the blood is readily noticed because pets that are breathing 100% oxygen should have bright red blood.Also, we have an anesthetist nurse in the room monitoring anesthesia. She monitors oxygen flow and anesthetic settings on the precision vaporizer, along with heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, heart rhythm, blood pressure, and temperature.
During anesthesia several monitors are used to track our patients’ vital signs. An EKG records electrical activity of the heart. A Pulse-Oximeter monitors oxygen content of the blood and heart rate. An Apnea Monitor tracks respiration rate.Veterinary Vital Signs Monitor
Our state of the art vital signs monitor allows the Veterinarians and technicians to evaluate your pet’s vital organs. By monitoring for important parameters we are able to predict problems before they can begin. This monitor allows us to evaluate heart rate, hearth rhythm (EKG), oxygen saturation (Pulse Oximetry), temperature, respiration rate. In addition, we have a EKG printer to document abnormal rhythms if they develop. This state of the art monitor allows us to run a very successful anesthesia program.
Esophageal Stethoscope - Our anesthetist technician also uses an esophageal stethoscope to listen to the heart. This sensitive instrument is passed into your pet's esophagus while under anesthesia and placed right at the level of the heart, thus greatly enhancing our ability to hear the heart and detect any problems.
Pulse Oximeter - The pulse oximeter is an instrument that measures the oxygen saturation of you pet's red blood cells (to be more specific, its hemoglobin). It is an extremely sensitive instrument that gives us an indication of problems that may be arising long before your pet suffers any ill effects. In addition to measuring oxygen saturation, it measures heart rate, pulse character, and respiration. We have 2 pulse oximeters in our hospital.
This instrument does its magic by measuring the hemoglobin that is oxygenated and comparing it to the hemoglobin that is not oxygenated. It does this by shining a light on an artery, and then measures how much of this light is absorbed. It gives us an answer in PaO2- the partial atmospheric pressure of oxygen
This pulse oximeter shows a pet with an oxygen saturation of 94%, a heart rate of 157. It is breathing 27 times per minute, and its heart rate is steady. The pulse oximeter has several different types of sensors that can be attached in various locations depending on the procedure being performed.The pulse oximeter can also be used on pets that are not anesthetized. It is useful for pets that are having difficulty breathing (dyspnea) from many different causes. It is also used to monitor pets that are in a state of shock. One of the most common reasons for pets to be presented to us in a state of shock is from trauma, especially being hit by a car (HBC).
The esophageal stethoscope and the pulse oximeter can be used simultaneously.
Capillary Refill Time - To complement these high tech methods of monitoring, our anesthetist technician uses several hands-on techniques as a backup. One of the easiest of these is called capillary refill time (CRT). By pressing on the mucous membranes in the mouth, and noting how long it takes for the blanched area to turn pink again, we get a basic assessment of your pets cardiovascular status. A normal pet's pink color returns within 2 seconds. This technique is used in other situations besides anesthetic monitoring. It is especially helpful when a pet is in shock or is dehydrated.
The endotracheal tube serves as an open passage through the upper airway. The purpose of endotracheal intubation is to permit air to pass freely to and from the lungs in order to ventilate the lungs. Endotracheal tubes can be connected to ventilator machines to provide artificial respiration. This can help when a patient is unconscious and by maintaining a patent airway, especially during surgery. The endotracheal tube facilitates the use of a mechanical ventilator in these critical situations. In human medicine, intubation is not optional - since the drugs paralyze the muscles of the body, including the diaphragm, which makes it impossible to take a break without a ventilator. Unfortunately, in animal medicine, not all facilities use intubation and not all facilities use general anesthesia.
We recover your pet in an incubator with a bair hugger and baby socks for warmth...not on a cold floor
Yes, there are facilities that recover hundreds of dogs and cats at the same time, un-monitored, on the cold floor. At Animal Hospital of Rowlett, your pet will be recovered with a nurse anesthetist monitoring their vital signs. They are kept warm and comfortable, recovering with warm blankets and teddy-bears. Your pet will never wake up scared and alone.
Pain control after surgery is important to your recovery. When your pain is controlled, you are able to speed your recovery by participating in your care, focusing on getting well, and avoiding problems that can occur after surgery.
Since your pet has had labwork with us prior to surgery, we are able to safely prescribe medications for your pet that will keep them comfortable in the days following surgery. Many clinics prescribe the same drugs to all patients, regardless of labwork, which can be dangerous! We will review your pet's medical history and labs and ensure we are prescribing drugs that will be safest for your pet.
We want to ensure that your pet is progressing normally after surgery. The nurse will check the incision for signs of infection or abnormal healing. The nurse will check your pet's temperature, heart rate and respiration to ensure they are within normal limits.
Around 14 days post-op, we will remove any sutures that were placed in your pet during surgery. At this time, your pet can resume normal activity!
The night of surgery, your doctor will call or text you to ensure you don't have any last minute questions or concerns. We will make sure you were able to give pain medications and that you have given the pet a small meal. Just checking in and giving you another opportunity to ask any questions! We want you and your pet to both sleep easy tonight!
We love sending photos of your pet in recovery. We know how nerve-wracking it can be to wait to hear about your pet when they are undergoing a surgical procedure. We want to let you know as soon as possible that they are in recovery and enjoying their time being snuggled at AHR.
We know there is a lot of information given at check out. What to watch for, what medications to give, when to return for visits. We want to be sure you have everything you need to aide your pet in a successful recovery and we will send all the notes to you in writing - once in an email and once on printed paper at check out!
From post op pictures to night of surgery phone calls, we will go out of our way to ensure that you have the best experience possible for your pet. We know they are your baby and they are our baby too!
*Only cats over 12 weeks and under 5 years of age are eligible for this special promotional pricing. Spay can not be performed at the same time as any other procedures. Additional fees apply for cats in heat, pregnant or obese.
*current physical exam and rabies must be on file or they will be performed at the time of the surgery
If you would like more information on the importance of the services listed above, please call or email. Special pricing limited to Tuesdays and for clients with no doctor preference.
Every patient at our clinic receives an annual physical exam with a veterinarian to check teeth, eyes, ears, lung sounds, heart sounds, check for any lumps/bumps, etc. This also maintains a current doctor/client/patient relationship and allows our clinic to continue prescribing any necessary medications (such as monthly heartworm prevention) throughout the year. A new client visit is typically scheduled for 60 minutes to allow you plenty of time to meet our staff and doctors and have all questions and concerns you may have. Once we have an annual physical exam, you can bring your pet in for vaccines and labwork for 365 days without seeing a doctor or paying for another physical exam. We do not have a fee for an "office visit" so if you needed vaccines or labwork drawn, it would just be the cost of that item(s). The only time you would pay for another physical exam would be if your pet is ill or you want to speak to a doctor and have them assess your pet during the year.
There are two vaccinations that we recommend to all of our feline patients. These vaccinations are Rabies and FVRCP. We follow AAFP guidelines for our feline vaccination recommendations. You can find more information on American Association of Feline Practitioners at http://www.catvets.com. Rabies is the only vaccination required by law, but we do highly recommend that all cats remain current on the FVRCP vaccine, which is given every 3 years. There are other vaccinations we can discuss for your kitty depending on lifestyle.
Intestinal Parasite Exam and Labwork:
You may see other recommended items such as an intestinal parasite exam (stool test), annual labwork/senior labwork (blood test), and heartworm prevention. We recommend that your cat remain on monthly heartworm prevention for their entire life. We recommend Revolution, which can be purchased as individual monthly doses or six packs.
We recommend an annual intestinal parasite exam to ensure your pet is negative for worms and other intestinal parasites that can be transmitted to your other pets and your family! We also recommend annual labwork/senior labwork. Labwork is recommended for pets of all ages, however, the type of labwork that we recommend changes as pets age. Young pets should have labwork prior to anesthesia (for spay or neuter) and then yearly as a baseline for what they look like healthy. This gives us a comparison as they get older. As they age, the labwork profiles before more in-depth and extensive and allow us to find out more about the pets' internal health. The earlier we catch problems with kidneys, liver, thyroid, etc, the easier those diseases are to control (through diet and medications). Depending on the age/lifestyle of your pet, we may recommend a FIV/Feline Leukemia test. These are both very serious infectious diseases that would be important for both parties to be aware of.
If you are cost conscious, but still want to provide your pet the optimum care possible, many of our clients like to split up their visits over the course of a few months. You could bring in your cat for an exam and then choose a couple of additional services to perform that day. You could come back a few weeks later and have more tests/vaccines done to help split up the cost. Alternatively, Care Credit is a medical credit card that can be used at many dentist, surgery and veterinary offices. If you would like to apply for this card to use for pet's medical services, you can do so at www.carecredit.com.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call our clinic and speak with a team member about your options and our recommendations.
As always, we know you have options when choosing a veterinary facility and we appreciate that you trust Animal Hospital of Rowlett and Diagnostic Center/Animal Hospital of Heath with your cat's veterinary care!