HealthPuppy and Kitten Care

Bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home is always something to celebrate. They add energy and fun and are a source of unceasing affection as they bond with you and your family.

Your first visits to AM/PM Animal Hospital with your new puppy or kitten are perhaps the most important. These initial visits are where you, one of our doctors and your pet meet and begin to form the relationship that lasts throughout the life of your pet. Some of the issues discussed during your first visits include:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Housetraining
  • Behavior issues
  • Spaying and neutering
  • Formulation of individualized vaccine protocol
  • Pet health insurance
  • Microchipping
  • Parasite prevention

A complete physical exam is performed and includes detection of potential congenital problems and covers any topic you'd like to discuss. This is your new pet and we know you have many questions.

Senior/Geriatric Care

At AM/PM Animal Hospital, we offer senior and geriatric care for pets seven years of age and older. Some of our screening tests for senior pets include blood work, urinalysis, blood pressure measurement, x-rays, glaucoma testing and abdominal ultrasound. By taking the time to learn more about the special needs of your senior pet, you've taken the first step toward providing the best care possible for your friend's golden years.

The aging process can be slowed and managed through proper medical care thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Additionally, preventive care tailored to your pet's age, lifestyle, risk factors and other elements can help prevent common diseases and help detect them at early and easily treatable stages.

We are proud to offer senior wellness blood work programs at AM/PM Animal Hospital which include a FREE heartworm test. These programs are offered at the time of your pet's annual examination and vaccinations.

Internal Medicine

Dr. Parker and the veterinarians at AM/PM Animal Hospital are knowledgeable in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, respiratory, eye, skin, immune-mediated diseases and endocrine diseases.

Sometimes one of the frustrations of dealing with a sick pet is that you cannot simply ask what is wrong. This is why we have invested in the latest advanced diagnostic technology. When your pet is not well, we need to find out what is wrong. After performing a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary in order to identify the medical condition.

Along with advanced training and experience, we make use of the latest medical technology to diagnose and treat your sick pet.

HealthAllergies

Central Texas is known for its inhalant allergies and pets are no exception to their effects. If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can worsen and become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore it is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies which usually translate as skin conditions. Signs of allergies include:

  • Inflamed ears
  • Hotspots, especially those that recur
  • Scratching or rubbing the eyes or mouth area
  • Flaking skin
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Red itchy bumps on the skin
  • Asthma-like wheezing or respiratory issues
  • Itching

Any of the above symptoms can indicate a serious allergic reaction to allergens such as fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these issues, it is important that you bring your pet in for an evaluation because, if left untreated, they can grow to become severe medical concerns.

At AM/PM Austin Hospital, we take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of home treatment.

Microchipping

We use PetLink microchips, which can be successfully scanned almost anywhere in the world. Implantation of the microchip is painless and takes only seconds. Our microchips are "ISO" microchips which means they are part of the "International Standardization Organization". These chips are approved for patients traveling internationally and can be registered overseas.

It's important to remember that a lost pet is not merely an inconvenience, it's the number one cause of pet death in the country. That's why we recommend microchipping every pet.

OFA Certification

If you own a larger breed of dog or are looking for one, you should consider whether the dog is OFA Certified. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is the recognized certifying body to evaluate and determine if a dog will have problem hips. Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition and can be evaluated by radiographs.

Because hip problems will cause pain and discomfort in any active dog and because it is a progressive condition, our veterinarians will carefully evaluate your dog's hip joints and look for indicators of potential problems. There are several different ways to treat hip dysplasia depending on the age of the dog and the severity of the problem. If you are concerned, please call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified veterinarians.

Health Certificates

We perform Interstate and International Health Certificates. We ask that our clients investigate their destination's requirements prior to their appointment. Many countries require Rabies titer testing and microchipping. We can provide all of these services for you.

Because each destination country has very different requirements for entry of your pet, AM/PM Animal Hospital is not responsible for ensuring that all the requirements are met for your particular situation. You are responsible for supplying the list of requirements that need to be met for your travel with your pet and successful entry into your country of choice, and we can only accommodate the guidelines you provide. Therefore, AM/PM Animal Hospital will not be responsible for any quarantine, denial of entry of your pet, or costs incurred due to unfulfilled requirements.

PharmacyPharmacy

As the prescribing veterinarians for your pet's medications, AM/PM Animal Hospital is able to ensure there is a direct link between the exam room and our pharmacy. This means your pet will receive the right medication, at the right dose, in the right form as quickly as possible. We will also be able to easily guide you on the medication's use as well as monitor its effectiveness.

We maintain a complete and expansive inventory of pharmaceuticals, supplements, and prescription foods to meet the needs and diet of your pet. Ensuring that you have convenient and timely access to competitively priced medications is an important aspect of our veterinary practice.

Refills are easy, too. Simply give us a call or fill out your information on our online pharmacy refill service.