Laser Therapy

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We are proud to offer laser surgery and therapy for our patients. Laser procedures allow us to reduce the bleeding and swelling of surgery, making it both safer and less invasive. Laser therapy also reduces pain and recovery time, helping your pet get back to their normal self more quickly.

We are dedicated to utilizing the highest standard of veterinary technology, and laser therapy is one of the ways in which we stay on the cutting edge of our field.

If you have any questions or concerns about how laser therapy can benefit your pet, please contact us today.

 

Pain Management

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Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we are dedicated to the comfort of your pets.

Some people don’t believe that pain is real in pets, but we disagree. We are determined to keep your pets as comfortable as possible throughout their entire lives. We will be here for your pets dealing with pain post surgery, after injuries, and especially from arthritis as your pets age.

Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we offer many different choices when it comes to managing your pets’ pain levels. We usually start with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help. They are usually pretty effective, though sometimes they have side effects. We give steroids when pets are having back pain. Steroids usually offer a lot of relief due to its anti-inflammatory effects. We don’t like to keep pets on steroids long-term if possible.

If none of these options is effective, there are stronger medications. Some of these are controlled substances, so we have to be careful when prescribing them. Some pets need a combination of several medications to keep their pain under control.

Arthritis pain can be complex. We usually start with glucosamine tablets. There are also some foods on the market which have a large amount of glucosamine in them. Many owners note a big improvement after putting their pets on the food. There is also injectable glucosamine which works really well, though it can be quite costly to start.

It is important to get blood work before starting any medications. If your pets’ kidneys or liver is not working as well as it should be, they will have trouble on the medications. Once on the medications, routine blood work will allow us to make sure that your pets are not having any adverse effects from them.

We are determined to keep your pets as comfortable as possible. We also want to minimize the amount of medication you have to give and thereby cut back on any potential side effects.

Please contact us at (281) 493-4712 if you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your pets’ pain with one of our veterinarians.

Dentistry

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Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we are pleased to offer dental services for our clients.

Dental disease is one of the most overlooked disease in pets even though it is very prevalent and dangerous. If left untreated, the disease can travel through the bloodstream. This causes many problems, including heart, liver, and kidney disease.

The worst part of dental disease is its prevalence. It is thought that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats more than three years old are affected by the disease. The number is astonishing, considering how many pets are well taken care of!

Dental disease is so prevalent because owners still are not informed about how important good dental care is. There are many things you can do to prevent and treat dental disease. The best way to prevent the disease is to brush your pets’ teeth. There are also dental chews and other dental things available on the market. However, many owners simply don’t know enough to make sure they are caring for their pets’ teeth the way they should.

Good dental care also requires routine examinations by a veterinarian. Veterinarians can catch dental disease early, help you figure out if there is more you can do, and even recommend a professional dental cleaning if the disease is really bad. Professional dental cleanings under anesthesia are the very best way to stop dental disease. We clean your pets’ teeth like your dentist does cleans yours. We can even get underneath the gums, where owners are not able to get to.

After a professional cleaning, it is important to keep brushing your pets’ teeth and provide dental chews to keep dental disease from coming back.

Signs of dental disease include discolored teeth, bad breath, and even difficulty eating. Some pets experience blood in their mouths because the disease has progressed so far. If you notice any of these, you need to schedule an examination as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about dental health or the services we offer, feel free to contact us today at (281) 493-4712.

Radiology

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Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we are proud to offer radiology services to our clients and their pets.

We our pleased to have an x-ray machine and a processor. This allows us to obtain images quickly and efficiently.

Radiology is a diagnostic tool that use to look inside the body in a completely non-invasive way. When we develop x-rays, we are able to get images of all of the body’s organs without surgery. It is a very important diagnostic tool used by veterinarians to figure out what is wrong with your pets.

Our staff is highly trained to take radiographs of your pets. We know how to handle and position your pets to get the right view the very first time!

When we use radiology, we can quickly figure out what is wrong with your pets, allowing us to help your pets get better faster.

If you have any questions about radiology and how it can help your pet, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (281) 493-4712.

Dermatology (Skin)

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Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.

We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies.

Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

Cardiology

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Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we are pleased to offer electrocardiography to our patients.

Heart disease is quite common in pets, so having the ability to monitor it is becoming more
necessary.

For this reason, we are proud to be able to offer electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) to our patients. It is a very non-invasive test since we only have to place clips on certain locations on a pet’s body, yet we can gain so much information from it.

An ECG/EKG is a record of the electrical activity of the heart. We can evaluate heart rhythm of your pets. We also look for any arrhythmias or other abnormalities. An ECG/EKG can also be used to look for heart enlargement, which is a very common sign of heart disease.

ECG/EKGs are used not only to diagnose heart disease but also to monitor the progress of patients diagnosed with it.

If you have any questions about heart disease or electrocardiography, feel free to contact us today at (281) 493-4712.

Tonometry

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Tonometry measures the intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eyeball) and can test for glaucoma and uveitis. Increased pressure within the eye itself can be extremely painful for your pet and constitutes a medical emergency to prevent rupturing of the eyeball.

Tonometry is an easy way to check for increased intraocular pressure and can be used without sedation because pets tolerate it very well. A numbing drop is placed into each eye before the test, and a specialized instrument is lightly touched to the cornea of the eye to measure the pressures. This is just one of the ways we care for your pet’s eyes. Additional tests may include Schirmer Tear Test to test for dry eye, or Fluorescein Staining to check your pet’s eyes for ulcers or scratches.

Ultrasounds

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Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we are proud to have an ultrasound in our hospital.

As a hospital, we make it our goal to offer our patients the very best care that veterinary medicine has to offer. We use only state-of-the-art equipment so we can diagnose and treat your pets as quickly as possible.

We are proud to offer ultrasounding because it is a quick and painless procedure. Ultrasounds are often better than radiographs because they do not give off any harmful radiation.

Sound waves are used to look inside your pets, allowing us to diagnose them. The resulting images are better than radiographs, and several conditions can be diagnosed only with an ultrasound.

Many veterinary hospitals do not have the use of an ultrasound, so they have to rely on radiographs to diagnose their patients. Luckily for us, we are excited to be able to offer ultrasounds to our patients. It is always our goal to offer you the very best care and diagnostic tools so we can help your pets feel better, faster.

If you would like to schedule an ultrasound for your pets or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us today at (281) 493-4712.

Medical Assessment

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To ensure a proper diagnosis, we often need to examine your pet. We begin a medical assessment by looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, and skin and checking his or her cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will perform blood and/or urine tests as necessary to check your pet’s kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic tests, such as radiography (x-rays), endoscopy (internal scoping), ultrasound, or biopsy.

If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment. Depending on the symptoms, we may ask you to bring in your pet right away.