| Personalized Patient Care
The doctors and staff at TLC Animal Hospital realize that every pet that comes to our clinic is unique and is treated as such. Every animal has its own special needs and the staff at TLC is prepared to address each and every one of them.
At TLC Animal Hospital, we also realize that cats are not dogs and have different needs. In order to address these needs, we have special accommodations for our feline patients. Our cat only exam room is equipped with a Feliway diffuser that naturally creates a calming environment for your kitty. Our highly trained team is experienced in handling cats of all temperaments and will work to help your kitty feel as little stress as possible when visiting our clinic. We use only non adjuvant vaccines on our feline patients to help reduce the risk of tissue reactions or sarcomas from developing at the injection sites.
Comprehensive Wellness Exams
Comprehensive Wellness Exams are important when it comes to ensuring that your pet lives a long, healthy life. By bringing your pet to the vet on a yearly basis, you can help prevent possible health problems in the future. Early detection is key when it comes to your pet’s health.
Aside from annual well health examinations, TLC also offers exams that address specific concerns that you may have about your pet’s health. Whether it is a problem with your pet’s eyes, ears, skin or health in general, we can help diagnose and treat your pet so that they can feel as good as new.
Geriatric Wellness and Care
Unfortunately, aging is a fact of life and can take its toll on the body. There are many changes happening inside the body that we cannot see simply by performing a physical exam. Because of this, we offer more extensive bi-annual examinations and diagnostics geared specifically for our older patients so that we can monitor them closely for age related changes and address developing medical conditions as soon as possible. These exams include diagnostics such as blood pressures, ocular pressures and labwork. We customize a care plans for your pets as they age so that they can remain happy and comfortable in their later years.
In addition, we carry a variety of products that address age related changes including Purina Neuro-Care, a diet designed to promote healthy brain activity and joints in aging dogs, and Planet Dog “Old Soul” Toys.
Read more about our Senior Wellness Care Program.
Our state of the art treatment area allows us to perform various forms of diagnostic testing. We are currently equipped to perform blood pressures, EKGs, radiographs, dental radiographs, and urinalyses in the clinic. We are also able to run blood work in house but have the option to send samples out to a lab for more extensive profiles.
At TLC Animal Hospital, we recommend checking your pet for internal parasites on a yearly basis. We are able to both test and treat various forms of internal parasites. We offer heartworm tests and treatment, as well as, fecal screenings and treatment for intestinal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms and giardia.
TLC Animal Hospital offers a variety of vaccinations for both cats and dogs. Vaccinations are an important element when it comes to your pet’s preventative care. After discussing your pet’s lifestyle, you and the doctor can decide which vaccines are necessary for your pet’s well being.
Dental Exams and Cleaning
Pets need dental care too! Much like people, cats and dogs fight gum disease, plaque and tartar. In fact, it is one of the most common medical conditions that we see in our patients. When you bring your pet in for an exam, the doctor will check their teeth and gums and let you know when it is time for them to be cleaned.
To thoroughly examine your pet’s teeth and gums, properly get rid of nasty plaque and tartar and really clean their pearly whites, they will need to be anesthetized. Though sedating your dog or cat seems scary, it’s not as bad as it sounds—in fact, the procedure has never been safer. Prior to sedation, the doctor will perform blood work that will check your pet’s basic body functions and help us to determine whether or not your pet is healthy enough for sedation. Throughout the procedure, all pets are monitored closely by both a surgical technician and monitoring equipment.
Much like when we go to the dentist, the technician will scale and polish every tooth. Dental radiographs allow the doctor to see what is going on under the gum line and allows her to determine which teeth are damaged or unhealthy and need to be extracted.
When you think about it, the benefits of dental cleaning outweigh the possible risk of anesthesia. Not only will your pet’s breath smell better but her teeth will be shinier and healthier too! As an added bonus, maintaining healthy teeth and gums will help to protect your pet’s other organs, like the heart and kidneys from the damaging effects of dental disease.
We perform many types of surgeries at TLC for both cats and dogs. Some of the more common procedures that we perform include spaying, neutering and declaws. The doctors are also experienced in mass removals and other procedures. Our newly remodeled state of the art surgery suite allows isoflourane anesthesia and for your pet to be closely monitored by both pulse oximetry patient monitoring and by our highly trained technicians. Blood profiles are highly recommended prior to all procedures.
Our Class III Therapeutic Cold Laser is specifically designed to treat both acute and chronic conditions such as pain and inflammation due to arthritis and post surgery discomfort. Low level laser light has both anti-inflammatory and immunostimulate effects. Following a laser session approximately 75-80% of clients that have patients being treated notice improvement in their condition.
Did you know that the City of Houston only requires shelters to keep your pet for 3 days before they are able to adopt them out or dispose of them as they wish? TLC Animal Hospital recommends that all pets be microchipped so as to help prevent this from happening to you and your family.
T.L.C. Animal Hospital offers its own version of lodging for your dogs and cats… It’s Bed & Biscuit Boarding! Since opening its doors in 2001, the Bed & Biscuit has provided boarding services to our patients. We specialize in Geriatric and Medical boarding for pets that need have special needs beyond basic boarding and care. Contact our clinic for more details!
In addition to boarding, we also offer bathing services at TLC Animal Hospital. We have several bathing packages for clients to choose from including our Deluxe Baths which, in addition to getting your pet(s) nice and clean, include a nail trim (complete with dremeling to smooth the nail), anal gland expression, brushing of the teeth and cleaning of the ears.
Training and obedience classes are currently being offered in the evenings at TLC through a third party, Vicky David. For more information, please check out Vicky’s site at www.muttrain.com