The proactive approach to veterinary care.
Preventative care is your pet’s first line of defense. Annual exams help by preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in its early stages, often before any noticeable symptoms begin. The earlier treatment starts, the more effective it is, keeping your pet from unnecessary pain and suffering.
Preventive Health Measures
Annual Veterinary Exams: Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic’s comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ear and hearing acuity, lung and chest, internal health, oral hygiene, eye, and visual responsiveness.
Vaccinations: Updated vaccinations and booster shots are a highly effective way to prevent many common diseases and infections like distemper, rabies, and parvo.
Dental Care: Oral health is an important part of your pet’s life; annual teeth cleanings are the best method to maintain and improve dental wellbeing.
Parasite Control: Prevention and eradication is a simple and efficient process when anti-parasitic medication is used regularly.
Skin and Coat Care: Grooming and washing are fundamental aspects of proper pet hygiene. Skin and hair health prevents mange, matting, bacterial infections and more.
Proper Nutrition: Proper nutrition supports all of your pet’s bodily processes, bolstering their immune system and ensuring normal development.
Behavioral Evaluation: Changes in mood or behavior are often symptoms of underlying medical conditions—identifying these shifts help to identify and treat the root cause.
Exercise: Regular workouts support skeletomuscular and cardiovascular health in dogs of all ages. Comprehensive annual exams evaluate temperature, skin and coat, ear and hearing acuity, lung and chest, internal health, oral hygiene, eye, and visual responsiveness.
Young animals are like children; it’s a never-ending job to keep them safe and happy. Vaccinations are the best weapon against many viral and bacterial infections, preventing deadly diseases like canine parvovirus and rabies. It’s important to administer vaccinations while your pets are still puppies or kittens when their young immune systems are still developing and need protection to stay healthy. Vaccinations are vital to pet health and should be administered to every animal.
Our veterinarian will help you with every step of the vaccination process, including:
- Pet examination and introductory vaccinations
- Necessary booster shots
- Vaccine education
Keep your family member safe by scheduling their vaccinations today.
Your pet’s world revolves around its mouth.
As humans, we brush our teeth twice a day, and we go to the dentist every six months for a cleaning . . . or at least we’re supposed to! Your dentist takes dental x-rays to look at your roots and the structure of your teeth, and then scales (cleans) all the tartar and junk off. Lastly, they finish by polishing to help protect your teeth.
Even with all the preventative care we do, we still sometimes get cavities or need root canals . . . or worse!
So, can you imagine how much gunk and bacteria your pets accumulate without being able to brush their teeth daily? Not to mention all the questionable things they chew on or pick up outside.
This is why it is so important for us to keep up with preventative dental care for our pets! Not only can they not maintain proper oral hygiene on their own, but they also can’t communicate when they are in pain or have discomfort.
Proactive dental care doesn’t just help “bad breath,” but it can actually add 2-3 YEARS to your pet’s life! So what do we mean by “proactive dental care?” Read more on our blog about how to be proactive with your pet’s dental health.
The Dental Cleaning Process
The Dental Exam
Dental health is just as important as your pet’s overall health, and proactive dental care can actually add 2-3 years to your pet’s life! For this reason, our veterinarian will perform a dental exam with every wellness visit. During this exam, we will asses the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums and grade the level of periodontal disease. After considering your pet’s exam, breed, and lifestyle, we will make recommendations for dental care or treatment.
Pre-Surgery Blood Work
Before putting your pet under anesthesia, we will perform a pre-anesthetic blood profile to maximize your pet’s safety and alert the doctor to the presence of dehydration, diabetes, blood clotting disorders, and/or kidney or liver disease, which could complicate the procedure. These conditions may not be detected unless a pre-anesthetic profile is performed. In addition, the results of these tests may be useful later to develop faster, more accurate diagnosis and treatments in the event that your pet’s health changes.
When your pet arrives on the day of the dental cleaning, our veterinarian will perform an examination, including an evaluation of their heart and respiration, to make sure that they are healthy enough to undergo anesthesia. The doctor will review your pet’s history and the pre-anesthetic blood work in order to assess possible risks and create a specific plan for your pet’s anesthetic protocol. Your pet will receive an IV catheter, which allows us an easy route to administer medications and fluids to support kidney function and blood pressure during the dental cleaning. We will also place monitoring equipment on your pet to constantly observe your pet’s vitals before, during, and after the procedure.
Once your pet is stabilized under anesthesia, our technicians will begin the dental cleaning. They will start by taking full mouth dental radiographs, which allow the doctor to assess the root of every tooth and the bone surrounding the tooth. Even if the teeth appear healthy, these x-rays reveal the structure below the gumline, which is not visible to the naked eye. The doctor will use these images to assess if any teeth need to be extracted. After the doctor extracts any diseased, fractured, or infected teeth, we will repeat x-rays to give us a before and after comparison and ensure the stability of the mouth.
The dental cleaning itself consists of scaling each tooth to remove any tartar and debris. We use state-of-the-art instruments similar to what you might see at your own dental office. Once all the teeth have been scaled, we will polish them on all sides using a dental prophy paste. Finally, we will rinse and dry the mouth and apply a sealant, which we let sit on the teeth for 1-3 minutes before wiping clean.
Surgery is an effective way to treat many serious injuries and disorders. While invasive, surgical procedures remain the backbone of veterinary medicine, delivering unparalleled results to the field of pet healthcare.
Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities and equipment. We continue to utilize innovative surgical techniques and technology to remain at the forefront of veterinary medicine. Our hospital provides a large number of surgical services ranging from standard spaying and neutering to more medically extensive procedures.
Patient safety and comfort is our main priority. Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic’s experienced veterinarians provide skilled pain management during and after all surgical procedures, ensuring your pet recovers quickly and pain-free.
Our veterinary team educates you throughout the entire process, giving you the tools to make informed decisions regarding your treatment options. We understand surgery is a stressful time for any owner—because of this we are available every step of the way to answer questions and put your mind at ease.
If you are considering veterinary surgery, please contact your Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic veterinarian to schedule an introductory consultation.
Is your pet already scheduled for a surgery? Please review our Surgery Policies.
You are what you eat. Preventative care starts with food.
A nutrition-rich diet is your pet’s first line of defense. Proper daily nutrition is an important factor for keeping your pet healthy, bolstering their immune system and supporting normal development in younger animals.
Every pet’s nutritional needs are different, making feeding them more complicated than it seems. Pet food education is a great way to learn important facts about beneficial nutrients, food safety, and breed-specific feeding requirements.
Your pet depends on you to make the right nutrition choices for them—make sure you know how.
Is your cat or dog constantly scratching? Do you feel like you’re losing the battle with your pet’s allergies? Don’t give up—consider allergy testing at Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic! We offer pain-free allergy testing options that can finally solve the mystery of why your pet is so itchy. Whether it’s environmental allergies, food allergies, or anything in between, our comprehensive testing will detail a customized plan for safe, effective treatment for your pet.
Home Delivery of Prescription Diets
With your best friend sitting right by your side, you can now order your pet’s prescription food from the convenience of your comfortable couch. The Purina Pro Plan Vet Direct program will deliver your animal’s chow right to your doorstep, saving you time and making life a little easier.
Visit proplanvetdirect.com to create an account and order your pet’s diet online. To order, you will need the Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic Pro Plan Vet Direct Clinic ID, which is M9MVT.
If you have questions about the Purina Pro Plan Vet Direct program, please contact us at (713) 659-0650.
Domestic & International Health Certificates
If you have plans to travel or move out of state with your pet, Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic can help make your transition as smooth as possible! Our USDA-accredited veterinarian can issue both domestic and international health certificates to ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel and meets all necessary requirements.
As soon as you know where you will be moving or traveling to, as well as your estimated date of travel, please contact Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic so we can begin planning and can make sure there is enough time to meet all animal export requirements. Well before your travel date, you will need to conduct extensive research so you understand and will be able to comply with the specific requirements set forth by your destination and chosen mode of travel. For instance, each domestic airline service might have different rules and regulations regarding flying with a companion animal. You’ll want to have a clear understanding of this ahead of time so there are not any last-minute surprises.
It is important to note that when it comes to traveling with your pet internationally, it can take several months and multiple visits with us to complete the necessary requirements. Some countries might only require minimal vaccines and a health certificate, while other countries require months of preparation, testing, vaccinations, and anti-parasitic treatments. For this reason, it is imperative that we begin the process as soon as possible so your travel is not delayed. You can find more information regarding your pet’s international travel requirements on the USDA APHIS website, or give us a call to discuss it with our experienced team members.
**Please note: Because Hawaii is considered a “rabies-free” state, export to this destination is treated very similarly to international travel. Once you know you will be moving or traveling to Hawaii with a pet, please inform us of your travel date and provide all medical records so we can ensure there is enough time to complete necessary testing and paperwork.
Emergency and Urgent Care
Emergencies happen. There are times when you know your pet has an urgent medical need and other times when you are concerned but unsure if it is an emergency requiring immediate care.
If your pet has a medical emergency during office hours please call our clinic at (713) 659-0650. Our team is always here to help guide you in these situations.
We do our best to treat and accommodate as many patients as possible, especially emergencies, however, there are certain situations where going directly to a 24-hour emergency care facility is a better option for your pet.
In an emergency outside of our business hours, we recommend the following hospitals.
Garden Oaks Veterinary Clinic is conveniently located for many Houston, TX residents. We hope you’ll give our veterinary hospital the opportunity to shower your pets with the love and care they deserve!