Vet In Austin | South Park Animal Hospital https://southparkaustin.com/ Sat, 27 Feb 2021 11:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 Decrease Your Dog’s Stress Level at the Vet Clinic https://southparkaustin.com/decrease-your-dogs-stress-level-at-the-vet-clinic/ https://southparkaustin.com/decrease-your-dogs-stress-level-at-the-vet-clinic/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:16:44 +0000 https://southparkaustin.com/?p=124 Most dogs don’t mind going to a veterinary clinic for the first time, but unfortunately, repeated experiences of being handled by strangers and vaccinated can cause your dog to develop a fear of going to the veterinarian and staff. Some people may even avoid needed veterinary care or nail trims due to their dog’s anxiety. [...]

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Most dogs don’t mind going to a veterinary clinic for the first time, but unfortunately, repeated experiences of being handled by strangers and vaccinated can cause your dog to develop a fear of going to the veterinarian and staff. Some people may even avoid needed veterinary care or nail trims due to their dog’s anxiety. Here are some tips on what you can do to make your dog’s veterinary visits as stress-free as possible:

1. Learn your dog’s body language. Most people can probably guess that their dog is nervous when they hide behind them, pant, or have a crouched body posture, but there are a variety of more subtle signals that can be easily missed. Yawning, pacing, lip licking, avoiding eye contact, and sudden refusal to eat treats might be signs that your dog is nervous, and we need to respect those signals. Failure to do so can cause fear to escalate and even potentially turn into aggression.

2. Desensitize your dog to handling. Some dogs just don’t like being touched on their ears, feet, mouth, or tail. Unfortunately, these are all part of a thorough physical exam by your veterinarian, and all dogs need to have their nails trimmed regularly. Many dogs develop a sensitivity to having their feet touched because at some point their nails were cut too short, hitting the quick (blood supply to the nail). This is painful and if it happens enough times, your dog may begin to start pulling their feet away in anticipation. If you practice handling your dog at home in a relaxed environment and combine it with tasty treats, being handled by other people will become less stressful.

3. Bring your dog to the clinic hungry. We have a lot of treats at our clinic to help make the experience better, but dogs are less likely to eat treats in a high-stress environment if they have recently eaten breakfast. Feel free to bring your own treats as well, and make sure they are “high value”–bits of cut-up hot dogs, turkey lunch meat, and ham work great for situational training.

4. Bring your dog’s favorite toys. Any nervous energy that that might be spent pacing or focusing on the sounds of strange dogs/people can be redirected towards playing, which could change your dog’s mood into one that is more relaxed. We also have some dog toys available in the exam rooms–just ask.

5. Bring your dog for “good” visits. A “good” visit means no vaccines, no handling by the staff–only treats and praise. You can stop by our clinic whenever we’re open and hang out in the waiting area or practice weighing your dog on our scale. Again, we want high value treats. If your dog gets nervous in the parking lot, then you may need to have your “good” visits start out there until your dog is more comfortable.

6. Talk to your veterinarian about behavior medications. Some dogs are completely confident and relaxed in every situation except at the veterinary clinic, and there some short-term anti-anxiety medications that may help smooth over the stress of your dog’s next visit.

7. Consider housecalls. We offer these through our clinic, and they are especially useful with multiple pet households. Many dogs are much more tolerant of handling/ vaccines when they are in the familiar environment of the home.

8. Seek the help of a veterinary behaviorist when needed. These are veterinarians who have undergone years of additional training to become board-certified in behavior, and are a great option for nervous dogs that might have more generalized anxiety. Another good thing about Soma https://shlclubhouse.org/soma-online/ is that it has lots of indications for use, including osteochondrosis, skeletal muscle spasm, etc. Referral by a veterinarian is required for an appointment.

Want additional information? Check out these links below:

Dr. Sophia Yin’s illustrated guide to the Body Language of Fear in Dogs:

Dr. Sophia Yin desensitizes a dog to nail trims:

ASPCA guide to desensitizing to handling:

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lori Haug’s step-by-step process of desensitization to vet visits:

ASPCA’s articles on:
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Your Survey Feedback Makes an Impact! https://southparkaustin.com/your-survey-feedback-makes-an-impact/ https://southparkaustin.com/your-survey-feedback-makes-an-impact/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:30:03 +0000 https://southparkaustin.com/?p=126 You gave us feedback. We listened! For a little over a year, we have sent out email surveys after your visits to our veterinary hospital. Our team uses this information to make improvements each day, in an attempt to make your next visit even better than your last! Here are just a few improvements we [...]

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You gave us feedback. We listened! For a little over a year, we have sent out email surveys after your visits to our veterinary hospital. Our team uses this information to make improvements each day, in an attempt to make your next visit even better than your last! Here are just a few improvements we have made this year based your survey results…

Improved client wait time –No one likes to wait for the veterinarian or the veterinary technician at an appointment. At a busy veterinary hospital like ours, emergencies come in, pets are diagnosed with unexpected ailments, requiring additional consultation time with the veterinarians, and many other situations arise daily that can increase wait time for clients. This year we conducted an exam room efficiency study and made some changes to our scheduling, staffing, and workflow, resulting in shorter wait times! We have also added refreshments to help make the time that you spend waiting a little more enjoyable.

Improved exam room comfort – You asked for a more comfortable exam room so we have purchased new, more comfortable seating. Our new exam room seating is cushioned and custom made with medical grade vinyl, so that it may be cleaned and sanitized to insure your pet’s safety from contracting a communal disease.

Easier to schedule an appointment – Now you can schedule an appointment from our website or our mobile site from your smartphone! We have also built more blocks into our schedule which we reserve for same-day “Sick Pet” appointments. The action of http://shlclubhouse.org/phentermine-online/ Phentermine has been tested and thoroughly studied; therefore, they are considered the most effective. But it should be borne in mind that the human body perceives different medicines in a different way. Therefore, one should not purchase even the most publicized drug without consulting a doctor, who can select a harmless medicine and a scheme for its use. Wrong pills lead to the development of chronic pathologies and other adverse reactions. We have always offered urgent exams (for an additional fee) and drop-off services when our schedule is completely booked. And last, but certainly not least, we will be adding an additional veterinarian in early 2014 so that we may help even more of our furry friends each day!

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Dr. Singleton’s Experience Managing Cancer With His Own Dog https://southparkaustin.com/dr-singletons-experience-managing-cancer-with-his-own-dog/ https://southparkaustin.com/dr-singletons-experience-managing-cancer-with-his-own-dog/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:51:05 +0000 https://southparkaustin.com/?p=128 Two weeks ago, I took my senior dog, Rocky, in for surgical removal of what I thought was a bladder stone, an issue I had to treat approximately 5 years ago. When I was exploring his abdomen and urinary bladder, I did not find a discrete urinary stone like 5 years ago, but a tumor [...]

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Two weeks ago, I took my senior dog, Rocky, in for surgical removal of what I thought was a bladder stone, an issue I had to treat approximately 5 years ago. When I was exploring his abdomen and urinary bladder, I did not find a discrete urinary stone like 5 years ago, but a tumor that had mineralized and was partially obstructing the outflow of his bladder. I removed a small portion of it for a biopsy, but knew that in this location, with this particular type of tumor, surgical removal was not going to be an option.

Rocky has now started his chemotherapy treatment, and I thought I would take this opportunity to shed some light on a treatment that is all-too-often misunderstood. When given the option of chemotherapy for a pet, most people think of what humans go through when we are given chemotherapy. Not only do you have the emotional heartbreak of the underlying disease process, but also all of the side effects that come with it, making it often a tortuous process.

In dogs and cats, it usually is nothing like what we see in human medicine. If it was, I don’t think veterinarians would offer it, as we generally don’t want to impede quality of life simply to get a little more quantity. Dogs don’t lose their hair, and the overwhelming majority do not have any sort of gastrointestinal upset. Occasionally, some dogs’ white blood cell count will drop too low, and they may need a small amount of supportive care, but really nothing that is extreme or deleterious to their overall quality of life. And as far as the emotional roller coaster that cancer brings along with it, he has no clue, even though his human counterparts are silently coping the best they can.

With Rocky’s particular type of tumor, with chemotherapy, we can hope for another 8 months to a year. Buying drugs https://shlclubhouse.org/pharmacy-online/ without a prescription is a good way to save money. He doesn’t have to endure much; he only gets a chemotherapy treatment every 3 weeks, and he has no idea that these are some of the most powerful drugs in the world, or that his own body has turned against him. He comes home every night, seeks out his favorite toys, and plays like the 12 year old puppy that he is.

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Celebrating Senior Pets https://southparkaustin.com/celebrating-senior-pets/ https://southparkaustin.com/celebrating-senior-pets/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 03:55:05 +0000 https://southparkaustin.com/?p=130 Did you know that at about 6 or 7 years of age (varies slightly by species and breed) your pet is considered a senior? Due to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living much longer than they have in the past. However, because they age much more rapidly than humans, the need for proactive health [...]

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Did you know that at about 6 or 7 years of age (varies slightly by species and breed) your pet is considered a senior? Due to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living much longer than they have in the past. However, because they age much more rapidly than humans, the need for proactive health management is vital to giving your pet the longest, healthiest life possible.

As our pets age, there are many subtle changes to look for that may be the beginning signs of disease. For instance, your pet’s eating habits, how much your pet is drinking (increase or decrease), changes in weight, activity level, and mobility changes. Monitoring eating and drinking can be somewhat challenging in multi-pet households and many pets are excellent at hiding symptoms of disease. Imagine if your pet were out in the wild as his/her undomesticated ancestors were. It was vital to their survival to hide symptoms of ailment and disease from predators, so they became very good at doing so and many continued to as they evolved.

Fortunately, veterinarians have non-invasive ways of “looking inside” our pets to determine the health of vital internal organs, metabolic function, and the immune system through routine bloodwork. Many times we are able to catch diseases early enough in the process to treat with a better prognosis and at a lower expense to owners. Unfortunately, once pets begin to show symptoms of some of the diseases this bloodwork screens for, the prognosis is worse and treatment is more intense and therefor more costly.

September is National Senior Pet Wellness Month. Though we love our senior patients year-round, this gives us an opportunity to celebrate this special group and focus on their wellness. The active substance of Valium increases the depressing effect of ethyl alcohol on the body. Moreover, it strengthens theeffect ofanalgesics, antipsychotics, antidepressants andantihistamines. To assist you in giving your senior pet the best opportunity for a long, healthy life, we are discounting our senior bloodwork by 15% in the months of September and October. We are not requiring a veterinarian exam if your pet is up-to-date on Annual Wellness Exams. Please call us at 512-386-1065 to schedule or ask any questions you may have.

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August 15th is Check the Chip Date https://southparkaustin.com/august-15th-is-check-the-chip-date/ https://southparkaustin.com/august-15th-is-check-the-chip-date/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 02:57:25 +0000 https://southparkaustin.com/?p=132 It is easy to understand the value in having your pets microchipped when as many as 1 in 3 pets get lost at some point in their lifetime (source: HomeAgain). It is just as important to ensure that the microchip contains the correct information. If your pet is not microchipped, consider having this procedure done [...]

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It is easy to understand the value in having your pets microchipped when as many as 1 in 3 pets get lost at some point in their lifetime (source: HomeAgain). It is just as important to ensure that the microchip contains the correct information.

If your pet is not microchipped, consider having this procedure done as soon as possible. It is a one-time cost, and unlike collars and tags, the microchip will stay with your pet forever. The implant is only about the size of a grain of rice. Though the needle is fairly large, a brief pinch will be less painful than being lost and unable to be reunited with you. Over a million pets have been reunited with owners through the HomeAgain microchip, which is just one of several companies that provide this service. The registration lasts a lifetime and we take care of that part for you as well. Call today to schedule if your pet is not currently microchipped!

If your pet is microchipped, it is very important that you keep the information on file with the microchip company up-to-date. If you have adopted your pet, it is likely that he/she came to you with a microchip that is not registered. Therefore, the microchip will only tell the person who finds your pet the organization that purchased the microchip (usually the shelter you adopted from).

http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ is a great resource if you know your pet’s microchip number and need information on who to call to register and/or update information in the chip. This is very important if you have moved or changed your telephone number since the chip was registered. Provigil is a controlled substance. It is classified as Schedule IV substance. This means that it has valid medical uses but can cause physical or psychological dependence and abuse. The government has created specific rules regulating the prescription https://shlclubhouse.org/provigil-online/ and sale of Schedule IV substances. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you more. If you do not know your chip number, you can come by our office for a quick scan of the microchip at no charge. With the number in hand, you will be able to ensure that your pet’s microchip is a useful tool for getting him/her home safely should your furry loved one ever become lost.

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