Mt. Pleasant Animal Clinic offers a wide range of veterinary services for our patients. Just a few of our wellness and preventive care services are listed below. For more information on these or other services, please call 903-572-3488.
Getting your new puppy or kitten off to a healthy start sets the stage for their lives as healthy adults. Regular physical examinations, core and elective vaccinations, fecal testing for parasites, and deworming are all important elements of ensuring good health for your puppy or kitten. Our knowledgeable staff can help your family learn about potty training your pup, performing nail trims on your puppy or kitten, dietary recommendations, and potential health hazards for your new pet.
Spaying and neutering are additional topics to consider; the appropriate age for the timing of sterilization surgery may vary upon the species and breed of your pet. You may also want to consider Pet Health Insurance – a great way to get your new little family member off to a good start. Last but not least, you’ll also want to consider whether your new puppy or kitten may need preventives such as monthly heartworm prevention, and flea/tick preventives. We realize that adding a new family pet can come with lots of questions… but don’t forget, we’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call.
Preventive veterinary care is the cornerstone of keeping your pet their healthiest so that you and your pet can have more great years together. Since pets age more quickly than people do, it is critical to have regular physical examinations done to assess your pet’s health. During routine preventive exams, your veterinarian will assess:
- Overall Body Condition
- Heart and Lungs
- Abdominal Organs
- Musculoskeletal System
- Neurologic System
- Urogenital System
- Lymph Nodes
When health problems are identified, a medical plan will be outlined to evaluate the problems in depth. If your pet appears to be healthy enough for routine preventive care, your veterinarian will discuss which immunizations are advised, as well as parasite prevention including heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks, etc.). Annual age-appropriate lab tests, testing for heartworm and/or tick-borne diseases, and fecal tests for parasites may also be recommended for your pet. Finally, your pet’s nutrition, diet, and exercise routines can be assessed and optimized to help your pet be in best physical condition for their lifestyle and age. Remember, keeping up with preventive care for your pet is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy for life.
At Mt. Pleasant Animal Clinic we insist all of our patients have a microchip. If your pet already has one we will record the information in our electronic record system. If your pet does not have one, they will get one.
Contact us today for your pet’s microchip or ask about our puppy, kitten, or annual exams where the microchip fee is included!
We love Senior Pets! Senior pets have special needs, and benefit from more regular veterinary visits compared to their younger counterparts. Age-associated conditions include:
- Dental Disease
- Heart Disease
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Endocrine Disorders
These conditions will start to become more prevalent as your pet gets older. For this reason, we recommend twice-yearly veterinary visits for pets over 7 years of age. Your aging pet may be showing early signs of osteoarthritis such as stiffness after rest or play, difficulty going up or down stairs and reduced activity. Early intervention with joint supplements and prescription arthritis medications when indicated, along with modified nutrition and exercise plans, can greatly improve your pet’s comfort and mobility. Likewise, performing annual screening lab work on your older pet can help identify early stages of medical problems that might go unrecognized, and progress significantly without treatment.
Some pets experience age-related behavioral changes that can be a sign of cognitive dysfunction, which is similar in some ways to dementia. Your veterinarian can recommend diet modification and supplements to help improve your older pet’s mental sharpness. Getting older doesn’t have to be fraught with troubles for your pet… see your vet regularly to help keep your senior pet healthy and comfortable.
Pets are a part of our families, and preventing parasite infestations is an important part of keeping them healthy. Both ectoparasites (external parasites) and endoparasites (internal parasites) can affect your pet at some point in their life. Ectoparasites, such as fleas and ticks, are not only a nuisance to your pet, but can transmit vector-borne diseases to humans and pets such as Bartonella (cat scratch disease, transmitted by fleas); Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Fleas can also cause a severe dermatologic condition for your pet resulting in very itchy, inflamed skin, due to flea allergy dermatitis.
Roundworms are the most prevalent endoparasite in pets. Others include hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Pets are typically infected with these parasites through accidental ingestion of parasite eggs (which are microscopic) from areas that have fecal contamination from other infected animals. Alternatively, some parasites are acquired through ingestion of intermediate hosts such as rodents (Taenia tapeworm species; Toxocara roundworm species) or fleas (Dipyllidium tapeworm species). These parasites are also a health risk to humans and are considered zoonotic – meaning they can be transmitted from animals to people. For example, if a person accidentally ingests roundworm eggs, the larvae can migrate in the body and cause organ damage and potentially blindness. Hookworm larvae in the soil and grass can infect bare skin and cause a condition in people known as cutaneous larval migrans.
Heartworm is another important endoparasite, but one which is not zoonotic. Heartworm infections result from pets being bitten by infected mosquitos. The larval form of the heartworm travels through the bloodstream to the heart where it develops into an adult. The adult heartworms live in the right side of the heart and left untreated, result in progressive heart failure and death. In initial stages of heartworm disease, pets may be asymptomatic. As the condition progresses, symptoms may evolve including a cough and exercise intolerance in dogs, and vomiting/coughing in cats. Treatment of heartworm disease can be very risky for the pet, and very costly.
Because of the health risk to your family and pets, it is important to keep your pet on a year-round parasite prevention program. There are several preventives that when used properly, are very effective at greatly reducing the risk of your pet acquiring heartworm disease, intestinal parasites, and tick transmitted diseases. Additionally, you can help prevent the risk of zoonotic disease to your family by practicing good hygiene (frequent hand washing), avoiding eating unwashed raw vegetables or undercooked meats and cleaning up pet feces in your yard. For more information about pets and parasites, visit petsandparasites.org, and consult with one of our friendly staff!
We offer a wide variety of dental procedures from routine dental cleanings to surgical extractions. We examine your pets teeth during the annual exam and will decide when it is time to perform a dental cleaning on your pet. We use the same balanced anesthesia, endotracheal tubes, gas anesthesia, local anesthesia, and IV fluid support, that we give our surgical patients. Each tooth is scraped with a hand instrument. Each gum line is probed for foreign material. Then each tooth is ultrasonically cleaned, both sides and top. Finally, each tooth is polished with pumice and a rapidly rotating rubber cuplet.
Suspected periodontal disease, abscessed roots, or missing/abnormal teeth will be radiographed with a special dental x-ray machine. Hidden tooth disease can only be discovered via radiography. Here the economics can get complicated. Diseased roots, bone loss, abscesses discovered by the dental x-rays means extractions. Dental extractions are surgical procedures, complicated, difficult, and of course expensive. Several extractions can easily result in a bill of $500 to $700 .
The dental procedure in an otherwise healthy animal usually costs about $165. Extra paraphernalia such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwashes, antibiotics, etc. will add a little more. The real winner here is your healthier, sweet-smelling friend with a nice smile for a change.
We offer a wide variety of diagnostic procedures. We have in house lab machines that allow us to perform blood work on your pet and get results back the same day. We have a digital x-ray machine allowing us to obtain radiographs instantly and manipulate them for a more efficient diagnosis. Our ultrasound machine is a great addition to conventional radiographs as it allows us to view more soft tissue structures as well as diagnose pregnancy. We also have digital dental x-rays which allows us to find problems with your pets teeth that would otherwise go unknown. Our “ear looker” is a high tech, high power camera that allows us to examine the deep part of your pets ears and it also has a magnification power of 28X making objects (grass awns, ticks, mites) more visible.
When your pet becomes suddenly ill or in event of an emergency, timely diagnostic test results are extremely important to help your veterinarian determine the best treatment plan. We have state-of-the-art in-hospital laboratory equipment capable of yielding lab results within minutes. Baseline laboratory testing for your sick pet may include:
- Determination of blood cell counts: changes in white blood cell counts, red blood cell counts, and platelet counts can indicate problems such as anemia, dehydration, infection, auto-immune disease, and certain types of cancerous conditions
- Blood chemistry tests: these tests assess liver function, kidney function, blood sugar, blood proteins, calcium and phosphorus levels, and pancreatic function.
- Electrolyte tests: Sodium, potassium and chloride levels may be abnormal when your pet is dehydrated or having fluid losses through vomiting or diarrhea. Intravenous fluids and/or supplementation may be indicated when electrolytes are severely deranged.
- SNAP tests: point-of-care “snap” tests are available for certain infectious diseases such as Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Canine Parvovirus, Giardia, and Leptospirosis.
- Coagulation tests: these tests detect deficiency in clotting disorders, which can be present in cases of certain kinds of rodenticide poisoning and in severe liver disease/failure
- Microscopy: microscopic evaluation of bodily fluids including blood, urine; samples of skin and ear secretions, and needle biopsies of swellings or tumors can be performed in-clinic to assist in the diagnosis of systemic diseases, urinary disorders, skin and ear diseases, and differentiation of benign vs. cancerous tumors.
Our veterinary team will help explain which tests are most important for your pet. It is very important to us to include you in the decision-making process for your pet, so please don’t hesitate to ask a question if you need clarification.
Our surgical suite is fully stocked with gas anesthesia, full anesthesia monitoring, and IV fluid support. We offer a wide variety of surgeries from minor mass removals to routine spays and neuters to emergency procedures. All of our patients have a surgical plan developed specifically for them. Each patient is fully examined by a veterinarian prior to their procedure. Pre-operative blood work is performed on each patient to ensure they are a good surgical candidate. All patients will receive pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative pain medication. Patients undergoing minor procedures such as simple mass removals will get pre-operative sedation and local anesthesia blocks to minimize pain during the procedure. For all other procedures our patients receive an IV catheter with fluid support, full anesthesia monitoring, an endotracheal tube with gas anesthesia, and local anesthesia as needed. Any patient having abdominal surgery will also receive an epidural that will block pain during and after the procedure. A technician is available at all times to monitor anesthesia, assist when needed, and make sure the patient is comfortable during surgery and recovery.
If our clinic is not open and you have an emergency with your pet, you may call the office, which will send you to an answering machine with an after hours phone number to call.
In emergency, seconds count. When you arrive with your pet on emergency or urgent care basis, our highly trained staff will perform an immediate triage assessment to assess the stability of your pet and need for emergency medical intervention. In life-threatening situations, you may be asked for consent to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
The first component of basic triage is assessing your pet’s level of consciousness, airway/breathing (labored breathing or choking, lack of oxygen), circulatory status (pale gums or weak pulses, racing heart), and pain score. Patients needing urgent medical attention, upon consent will be moved to our treatment area for immediate doctor assessment and commencement of emergency care.
Placing an IV catheter and administering IV fluids, giving oxygen supplementation, and pain relief medications may be elements of the initial stabilization of your pet. As your pet is stabilized, your veterinarian will review a diagnostic plan which may include imaging (radiographs, ultrasound) and laboratory evaluation (blood and/or urine tests) to ascertain the severity of the situation and tailor treatment for your pet.
At times, your pet may need advanced care at a referral or specialty center. When this is the case, our staff will discuss options for transfer and referral. Your primary veterinarian will stay abreast of your pet’s status at the emergency facility.
We made the decision a long time ago to be a hospital and not a hotel, therefore we do not board, however our neighboring business next door does Mt. Pleasant Pet Resort. We feel that this allows us to provide the best medical attention possible for our hospitalized patients. Please ask if you need information about recommended boarding facilities in the area. We will, however, babysit your pet for the day if you are unable to make an appointment during regular office hours. Our doors open at 7:30AM and close at 5:30PM to make it possible for you to drop your pet off before work and pick them up after work. Also, we do not close for lunch so we have appointment slots available during that time.
Keep your pet looking grrrreat with our grooming services!
Many pets need routine grooming. Let us take the hassle out it for you, and pamper your pet for you! We offer several grooming services including:
- Bathing (routine or medicated bath, brushing and blow-dry)
- Nail Trim
- Anal Gland Expression
- Ear Cleaning and Plucking
For grooming appointments, we do require that your pet be up to date on the following immunizations:
- Dogs: Rabies and Distemper, Bordetella
- Cats: FVRCP and Rabies
If you have special requests for your pet’s haircut, please let our groomer know at check in.