We're pleased to offer the following services in our Grapevine Veterinary Clinic:
Doctor's hours are by appointment only except in cases of emergency. We understand that your time is valuable and we try to see our patients promptly at their scheduled appointment times. However, situations may arise with emergencies or very ill patients which make it impossible to remain on schedule. If your pet becomes ill we will make every effort to accommodate you even when we have a full schedule. If you do not have an emergency or urgent care situation, please be courteous to our other clients and do not just walk in. We are open for scheduled appointments on:
- Monday through Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
We will accept (or arrange alternate care for) emergencies any time our hospital is open. If you feel you have an emergency please call immediately so we will be prepared to best care for your pet. If the emergency is extremely critical you may come in and we will make every effort to tend to your pet immediately.
If you have an emergency during office hours please call if at all possible, so we will be prepared to care for your pet. If the case is critical please come in immediately. We have one veterinarian on staff so there are times that a doctor is not on premises or immediately available (such as over the lunch break or during surgery times). At these times the doctor can usually be contacted quickly, but if you call and the doctor cannot be available within a reasonable period of time, we will direct you to a facility where your pet can be seen immediately.
Your pet may need urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening, but cannot wait for a scheduled appointment. Please call and we will try to work your pet into our schedule or provide alternative care. You may have to wait while scheduled appointments are seen, but we will make every effort to care for your pet in a timely manner and we can usually give you an estimate of how long it will take to see your pet. This is a situation where you may need to leave your pet with us to be picked up later in the day.
If you have an emergency after hours please call:
- Airport Freeway Animal Emergency Clinic at 871-517-2088 or click here
- Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas at 817-410-2273 or click here
Examinations should be performed at least annually and depending on the patient's age and medical condition, possibly more frequently. At these visits we will give your pet a complete physical examination and administer needed vaccinations, as well as obtain pertinent medical history and address you questions and concerns about your pet's health and behavior. Although proper vaccinations are very important to your pet's health and well-being, wellness examinations are important for early identification of potentially serious problems. Depending on the age and species of your pet we may recommend laboratory tests (such as occult heartworm testing, fecal examination, feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus testing, thyroid testing, etc.)
We recommend beginning puppy and kitten visits at about eight weeks of age and then return at about twelve and sixteen weeks of age to administer and booster necessary vaccinations, check for parasites, etc. Rabies vaccinations are given after twelve weeks of age. Other vaccines may be recommended depending on your pet's lifestyle (such as traveling, hunting, boarding, showing, etc). These may include Bordetella, rattlesnake vaccine or Lyme disease vaccine for dogs and feline leukemia vaccine for cats. As pets age we need to check routine blood counts, blood chemistries and urinalysis to identify and monitor health problems and diseases. After about seven years of age, pets are considered seniors and should be monitored more closely.
We have up-to-date laboratory equipment in our hospital and can perform most routine lab tests in-house. This allows us to receive results quickly to assess ill animals and also allows us to check critical laboratory values on pets before anesthesia and surgery. Although we have the capability to run a large variety of laboratory tests in-house, we also use outside commerical laboratories for specialized testing.
We take most x-rays in our hospital. If your pet requires specialty imaging (such as fluoroscopy, MRI or myelogram) we will make arrangements to have this done. Most diagnostic ultrasound procedures should be performed by a veterinarian specially trained and certified in radiology. We can arrange for a specialist to perform these in our hospital or your pet may be referred to their facility.
We have a well-equipped surgical suite and perform routine surgeries here. There are some situations in which a surgical specialist should perform the operation. Depending on the case, we may have a surgeon come to our hospital or your pet may be referred to a specialty surgery practice.
Prior to all anesthetic procedures or surgeries we perform lab work to assess your pet's total blood count (to check for anemia or other blood cell abnormalities), six chemistry panel (to assess kidney and liver values, as well as glucose and total protein) and electrolytes (sodium, potassium and chloride).
During anesthesia and surgery all patients are closely monitored. Our monitoring equipment gives us constant values for blood oxygen concentration, pulse rate, respiratory rate, core body temperature, electrocardiogram and blood pressure. All patients recovering from anesthesia are kept in an area of the treatment room where they are under constant observation.
We perform routine dental prophylaxis. This includes removing plaque and tartar (including below the gumline), polishing teeth and fluoride treatment. We also perform most tooth extractions. If your pet requires more advanced dental procedures (such as root canal or extensive oral surgery) we may refer to a specialty dental practice.
Some illnesses in our pets, just as in human medicine, are more complicated and sometimes referral to a board certified specialist is indicated. Our doctors will assess and treat all cases but when they feel that it is in the best interest of the patient, will recommend referral to an appropriate specialist (such as internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, surgery, radiology, oncology, etc.). We are fortunate to have a number of very well qualified board certified specialists available in our area for referral and consultation. Our doctors are well qualified and very caring but if a client feels at any time they would like a second opinion, we are always willing to help facilitate this.