At Kings Highway Animal Clinic, we are committed to promoting preventative health care and pet health education.
Regular preventative health care helps develop a picture of your pet's overall health, and can help detect and address health issues before they become serious problems.
Preventative care involves regular physical examinations, routine health testing, giving preventative medications, and following recommended vaccination schedules to give your pet the best opportunity for a long and healthy life.
A physical exam is an essential part of your pet's health and wellness. During the physical exam, the doctor will evaluate your pet's eyes, ears, teeth and gingival health, heart and lungs, lymph nodes, abdomen, skin and coat.
We will also discuss your pet's lifestyle and make vaccination and other health recommendations. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss any questions you may have regarding your pet's health.
Puppy and Kitten Exams
Congratulations on your new family member! Our puppy and kitten wellness program will get your new pet started on the right path to a long and healthy life.
Throughout a series of exams, we will evaluate their health and development, establish deworming and parasite prevention, as well as ensure they are protected against life-threatening diseases through a series of vaccinations.
We will also discuss heartworm, flea and tick prevention, age-appropriate spaying and neutering, microchipping, nutrition, and help guide you in training, behavior and socialization.
Heartworm disease is a serious, progressive, and potentially fatal disease that affects dogs and cats. Not all pets show signs of disease early, therefore detecting them with a heartworm test is important. As with many diseases, the earlier heartworm disease can be diagnosed, the better chances we have for treatment and recovery.
A heartworm test is simple and only requires a small blood sample from your pet. Heartworm testing should be performed annually, even when your pet is on prevention, to make sure the prevention program is working.
Heartworm, Flea and Tick Prevention
Heartworm preventatives are safe, relatively inexpensive and easy to give. Heartworm preventatives come in different forms, including monthly chewable pills, topical medications, as well as an injectable medication that can be given every 6 or 12 months.
Fleas and ticks are more than just an annoyance. These nasty critters cause scratching, licking, skin conditions such as Flea Allergy Dermatitis, as well as transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. Ticks can cause a number of diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. We recommend all pets receive monthly flea and ticks prevention.
There are many options available for heartworm, flea and tick prevention. Our veterinary care team will help you choose the right option your pet.
Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect your pet against disease and are important piece of your pet's preventative health.
Not all vaccinations need to be given every year, therefore our veterinary team will provide recommendations on which vaccinations are important for your pet's lifestyle and an appropriate vaccination schedule for your pet.
Early Detection Testing
As our pets begin to age, age-specific testing can help detect disease early to keep your pet healthy. Routine testing can help detect illnesses before your pet begins showing symptoms, which leads to early treatment and can help prolong your pet's life.
Intestinal Parasite Testing
Dogs and cats are susceptible to many different intestinal parasites that live in your pet's intestines and shed microscopic eggs in the stool. Not all pets will display symptoms of intestinal parasites, however common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, dull hair coat, or a pot-belly appearance.
Intestinal parasites are infectious to other pets as well as to humans, therefore it is important to monitor your pets annually for intestinal parasites. A routine fecal test involves submitting a small fecal sample to our laboratory, where it is examined microscopically for the presence of ova (eggs).
Our doctors and staff can help guide you in choosing an appropriate diet for your pet. We can offer guidance on choosing a brand, determining the right amount to feed, feeding for specific medical conditions such as diabetes, allergies or kidney disease, as well as weight loss or weight gain.
Microchips are a low cost, safe and permanent form of pet identification. A microchip can be implanted during most routine wellness visits, and is similar to receiving a vaccination. In the case your pet gets lost, stolen, or escapes, microchipped animals are far more likely to be returned to their owners.
2121 S. Old Bastrop Hwy
San Marcos, TX 78666