Pet Wellness Exams
A regular physical examination is just as important for your pet as it is for you. Dr. Jarrett recommends a complete physical examination for your pet at least once, and, in many cases, twice a year.
During a physical examination, Dr. Jarrett listens to your pet's heart and lungs, checks the skin, evaluates your pet's vision, looks for any unusual lumps or swellings and checks your pet's teeth and oral cavity.
Brazos Animal Hospital offers a range of veterinary diagnostic services to help identify and treat health problems in your pet. In addition to services such as radiology (x-rays) and our in-house laboratory, we offer blood pressure screening, glaucoma screening and electrocardiograms (ECG).
Pet Surgical Procedures
Dr. Jarrett and his veterinary staff are well-prepared to perform most common surgical procedures, from routine spays and neuter procedures to fracture repairs and cyst removals. For your pet's complete safety, we can administer a number of pre-anesthetic tests before he or she undergoes surgery. During surgery, we monitor your pet closely for any complications. Pain management is also part of our medical protocols. All surgical patients, even those undergoing routine procedures, receive pain control medications. We urge you to discuss our pain management protocols with Dr. Jarrett and the staff.
We are fully equipped to perform most common orthopedic procedures, including fracture repairs, joint surgery and ligament repair. We refer more complex procedures, including complex fracture repair and external fixators, to another veterinary hospital. In some cases, a surgeon comes to our practice to perform surgery, including TPLO procedures.
Pet Dental Care
Clean teeth and a healthy mouth are important for keeping your pet healthy. Plaque, tartar and food can all build up on your pet's teeth, leading to periodontal disease and other health-related problems. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause bacteria to be released into the bloodstream, leading to liver, heart and kidney disease. At Brazos Animal Hospital, we offer full-service teeth cleanings for your pet. In addition, our veterinarians provide surgical dental extractions. When your pet comes in for teeth cleaning or any other dental procedure, our technicians recommend the best way to keep up a dental health program at home.
Glaucoma is an elevation of pressure in the eyeball. If there is too much intraocular fluid in the eye, pressure can build, leading to glaucoma and eventually causing blindness. Ocular tonometry is the measurement of pressure in the eyeball. To test for glaucoma, we use a tonometer to measure the pressure in your pet's eyes. If your pet is experiencing any vision problems, be sure to have his or her eyes tested as soon as possible.
Senior Pet Wellness
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer than ever; however, pet owners must take special care to keep their four-legged friends happy and healthy in their golden years. Senior pets should undergo a complete physical exam at least once a year, though more frequent exams are recommended. During an exam, Dr. Jarrett checks your pet's cardiac and respiratory functions and looks for abnormal growths. Regular exams for your senior pet can help spot serious problems before they become difficult—and expensive—to treat.