North Austin Pet Wellness

Pet Health Exams in North AustinAustin Pet Wellness Services

The veterinary team at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic takes pride in the high-quality veterinary services we offer to our clients and their pets. Located north of downtown Austin, our veterinarians and veterinary medical team provide pet wellness exams and vaccinations, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, radiology and ultrasound, internal medicine, dental care and veterinary-supervised boarding.

Pet Examinations

A yearly medical exam is as important for your dog, cat, bird or other pet as it is for you. If a health problem can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success. The veterinarians and medical team at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic recommend a comprehensive physical examination for your pet at least once a year, although more frequent exams are encouraged, especially for senior pets.

During your pet's wellness exam, our North Austin veterinarians perform a customized "nose-to-tail" assessment of your pet's health, which includes a comprehensive physical exam, internal parasite testing, heartworm and flea control, a vaccination program and specialized blood tests for all life stages. We examine your pet's ears, eyes, and nose; check your pet's teeth for dental problems; listen to your pet's heart and lungs; and carefully examine the skin and coat. We also look carefully for any unusual lumps or swelling, palpate the abdomen and muscles and perform an orthopedic evaluation of the bones, joints and back.

Thorough examinations are our chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we see, educate and update you on advancements in medical care, and for you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. They also provide us a general picture of your pet's overall health and are invaluable in keeping your pet happy and feeling great.

Balanced Vaccinations for Your Pet

Up-to-date vaccinations play a large part in keeping your pet healthy and free from disease. However, not every pet requires the same series or frequency of vaccines. Our veterinarians tailor an Austin pet vaccine protocol to your pet based on his or her breed, age, lifestyle and recommendations from the American Animal Hospital Association.

Your pet's vaccine schedule is balanced to provide needed protection while not over-vaccinating. Please contact us for more information about our customized pet vaccination protocols and why they are best for your pet.

Caring for Your New Puppy or Kitten

Our puppy and kitten programs are designed to cover all the fundamental health care needs of your new pet during his/her early life stages. The veterinarians at our animal hospital in Austin partner with you to create a custom health plan so your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

north austin pet wellness services Your puppy or kitten's first year of care at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic will include:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive "nose-to-tail" physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have 3-4 exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health and to administer vaccines.

  • Pet Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Because every puppy and kitten is unique, we tailor our vaccination recommendations based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested medical guidelines.

  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies should be tested for Heartworm and kittens tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS.

  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as parasite control, spaying, neutering and microchipping.

Do you have questions about pet nutrition, training, cat/dog vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? We take plenty of time during these visits to offer health care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns.

Puppy and kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let's take these important first steps together. Call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new pet!

Senior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your veterinarian and the medical team at Anderson Mill Animal Clinic work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years. We recommend all senior pets undergo a through physical examination twice a year. During your pet's examination, we perform tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems. In some cases, conditions that may look like the usual signs of old age could actually be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer.

Many clients believe that as their pets age, it is inevitable their quality of life will decline. This is not true. There are many medications and treatments available for conditions such as arthritis, urinary incontinence and cognitive dysfunction.  With our help, you can prolong your pet's good health and well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit. Together, we can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.

north austin pet flea treatmentFlea and Tick Prevention in North Austin

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they also carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. Fleas are abundant in our area of the country during the entire year. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit serious diseases such as bartonellosis (the bacteria that causes “cat scratch disease” in people), and parasites such as tapeworms.

Ticks and tick eggs live in the grass and weeds that your dog may run through on family outings or during regular daily activities. Check and brush your dog after being outside, especially in grassy or brushy areas. If a tick is attached to your dog's skin, remove it carefully with tweezers and wash the affected bite area and your hands afterward.

The best course of action to protect your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks, and the problems they cause is prevention. There are many safe, effective flea and tick control products available at our hospital, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status.

Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. Heartworm disease is found almost everywhere in the continental U.S.

Clinical symptoms of Heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing. Because Heartworm disease is increasing in frequency and is a serious and deadly condition, we recommend your dog be tested annually.

Fortunately, heartworm disease prevention is simple and effective. If you would like to find out more information on how best to protect your pet from this dangerous parasite or if you'd like to have your pet tested for Heartworm disease, please call Anderson Mill Animal Clinic today for an appointment.

For more information about any of the veterinary wellness services Anderson Mill Animal Clinic offers or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital in North Austin, call (512) 258-4163.