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. Dr. Jarrett tailors a vaccine protocol to your pet based on his or her lifestyle. Brazos Animal Hospital follows a three-year protocol on Canine Distemper/Parvovirus and Feline Distemper after the pet's first annual booster. We recommend yearly vaccinations for rabies (per city and county ordinances) and bi-annual vaccinations for Bordetella (Canine Cough) for pets who board in kennels or are groomed at our hospital.
Each year, millions of pets go missing and many never return home. An ID collar is a must for your pet, but sometimes, having a collar isn't enough. A microchip is a tiny electronic device about the size of a grain of rice. Implanted under your pet's skin during a procedure much like a routine vaccination, a microchip contains vital information about you and your pet—information that can be used to bring your pet home if he or she is lost. Information on the chip is stored in a national pet database; if your pet is lost, veterinary hospitals or animal shelters can read the information on the microchip using a specialty scanner. This simple device can greatly increase the chance your pet returns to you happy and healthy. Talk to one of our staff members about microchipping your pet today.
Weight Management and Nutritional Counseling
Just like their human companions, pets are packing on the pounds and experiencing problems with obesity. One too many bowls of kibble can do more than put extra flab on your lab—obesity can lead to heart problems, joint disorders, arthritis, diabetes and other serious health concerns. At Brazos Animal Hospital, we can provide you with the tools necessary to help your pet shed excess weight. Changing your pet's diet is a good first step, but frequent exercise and other lifestyle changes are key to encouraging weight loss. Dr. Jarrett and the experienced veterinary technicians at our animal hospital work with you to develop an exercise and feeding program for your pet.