Aubrey Pet Wellness Services

The Best Pet Wellness Care in Aubrey, Texas

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The staff at Town & Country Animal Hospital in Aubrey is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized medical care to your pet so that you can enjoy a long and happy life together. As medical professionals, we recognize that preventive medicine is the best way to keep your pet healthy and limit the lifetime cost of care. As partners, both you, the pet owner, and we, the pet care professionals, work together to develop the best health care plan for your beloved pet.

The basis of such a plan begins with regular Aubrey pet wellness examinations that include thorough screenings for a number of common diseases and ailments that could affect your pet's overall health. As your pet enters his senior years, these screenings become even more important, which is why we have developed a customized senior wellness protocol.

Client/Doctor Communication

When you don't feel well, you visit the doctor and trust that she/he will listen and provide you with reliable information and medical advice. The same goes for your pet. The doctors and staff at Town & Country Animal Hospital take the time to listen to you and examine your pet thoroughly. We develop a clear picture of your pet's health status and can recommend the best health maintenance or treatment program. It is therefore important that we hear from you about how your pet is doing so that we may continuously adjust and optimize your companion's health care plan. We are here to serve you and your pet's needs.

Preventive Medicine is the Best Medicine

No one likes to see their pet sick. The best way to ensure that your pet is well and lives a long life is to promote a healthy lifestyle and be proactive in his/her preventive care.

The veterinary team at Town & Country Animal Hospital believes that prevention is a positive contribution to your pet's long term health and also minimizes the lifetime cost of veterinary care. We strongly encourage that your pet receive routine wellness examinations, vaccinations, regular laboratory work, deworming and fecal checks, as well as medications to prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks to keep your pet in optimum health.

Deworming and Fecal Check

Dangerous parasites are always present in the environment. We recommend regular fecal checks and deworming as the best way to prevent parasitic disease and the transmission of intestinal parasites to your pet and your family members.

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Regular Blood Testing

A complete physical should include a blood test. Not only can a chemistry panel and blood count identify the presence of underlying disease processes, but these tests help create a baseline should your pet become ill between regular examinations.

As part of your pet's regular pet wellness examination, your veterinarian will:

Listen to your pet's heart – Early signs of cardiac disease such as heart murmurs and abnormal heart beat patterns known as arrhythmias can be heard through a stethoscope. Discovering these initial indicators of an underlying condition can often lead to treatment before the problem becomes a more serious health threat.

Listen to your pet's lungs – Health issues such as infection, obstructive diseases and other problems can be detected by listening to your pet's lungs through a stethoscope. The doctor can also assess the overall pulmonary health of your pet.

Check your pet's teeth and oral cavity – Infection and other forms of dental disease can lead to serious systemic health issues. We also take the time to discuss proper home dental care with you.

Evaluate your pet's vision – Ocular conditions—such as glaucoma, corneal ulcers and dry eye—can be prevented or better treated through regular care and screenings.

Look into your pet's ears – Ear disease is relatively common in many types of pets. Regular examinations can prevent most forms of ear disease from developing or stop its progression.

Palpate the lymph nodes, abdomen and skin – By feeling these areas, we are looking for unusual lumps or swellings. The skin is also evaluated for discolorations, lesions or patterns of hair loss or thinning, which could be signs of more complicated health issues.

Palpate joints and muscles – By examining the joints, legs and other areas of the body, we are able to evaluate for swelling, decreased muscle tone and variations in muscle size that may indicate developing orthopedic issues. In older pets, we look for signs of arthritis, which can affect one or more joints and cause lameness, stiffness and joint pain.

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Aubrey Puppy and Kitten Care

The first year of care for your new puppy or kitten is the most important. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention in order for them to grow and develop well.

Our team of veterinarians and technicians partner with you to create a custom health plan so that your new companion receives the vaccinations and examinations required to get the best start in life.

Your puppy and kittens' first year of care will include:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have periodic 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.
  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines, typically starting at 6 to 8 weeks. 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.
  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering and microchipping.

Senior Pet Care

Older pets make wonderful companions, and thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Your senior pet has medical needs that are very different from puppies and kittens, though. The veterinarians and medical team at Town & Country Animal Hospital work with you to develop a health care plan that ensures your pet is safe and happy throughout his or her golden years.

Pets age faster than people and are considered to be seniors around age 7. Prevention is the key to keeping older pets healthy. Symptoms of disease or a chronic condition many not be readily apparent. In some cases, conditions that look like the usual signs of old age could be signs of a more serious problem, such as arthritis, periodontal disease, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, though more frequent examinations are encouraged. During an examination, we also perform tests that can detect the signs of heart disease, infection, diabetes and other health problems.

You are an important ally in keeping your senior pet healthy! If your pet is experiencing any changes in behavior, we urge you to bring him or her in for a check-up. We can make sure you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.

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Aubrey Pet Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases and bacteria. Health threats vary from region to region and your veterinarians can create an individual immunization program for your pet based on his/her lifestyle and your local conditions.

Core Vaccines for Puppies and Dogs:

Distemper Vaccine (DHLPPC): This combination vaccine protects against four diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Corona Virus Rabies- Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. Texas requires rabies vaccinations by law. Additional Vaccine for Dogs:

Bordetella (Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex): The bordetella bacteria causes an extremely contagious upper respiratory infection. Your veterinarian may recommend this vaccine before your dog attends a doggy daycare program, a boarding facility or a dog show.

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. By law, Texas requires that all canines be vaccinated for Rabies.

Non-Core Vaccines for Puppies and Dogs:

Rattlesnake Vaccine: The rattlesnake vaccine protects your dog against venom in a rattlesnake bite.

Canine Influenza: Outbreaks of this disease are most often seen in animal shelters and boarding kennels.

Core Vaccines for Cats and Kittens:

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP): Commonly referred to as a "distemper vaccine", this combination vaccine protects against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia.

Rabies: Rabies virus is fatal and all warm-blooded animals (including humans) are susceptible to infection. By law, Texas requires that all cats be vaccinated for Rabies.

Feline Leukemia (Felv): Felv is a viral infection transmitted from one cat to another through close contact. This vaccine is highly recommended for cats that go outdoors or live in multi-cat households.

Flea and Tick Prevention in Aubrey

In Texas, fleas are a year-round problem for pets and their owners. They are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can be dangerous to both you and your pet. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.

Although ticks are less of a problem in our area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in certain parts of the country. If you plan to travel to an area where these diseases are a problem, please talk to one of our veterinarians about the precautions you can take to protect your pet.

The good news is that these problems can be avoided by using one of the safe and effective parasite prevention products that are available at Town & Country Animal Hospital. Ask a member of our medical team to recommend a product that is right for your pet.

Veterinary Acupuncture Referrals

Dr. Julian Black's wife, Dr. Liz Black, is a talented Veterinarian and Veterinary Acupuncture Specialist who is the owner of North Texas Veterinary Acupuncture.

We provide acupuncture services upon scheduled appointments here at Town & Country Animal Hospital and also refer all patients who should receive acupuncture treatments to Dr. Liz Black's knowledgeable and caring hands. For more information about veterinary acupuncture, and to set up and appointment with Dr. Liz Black, please click here.