Additional Services Provided by CityVet.

Flea & Heartworm Prevention

Flea & Heartworm prevention are critically important for the health and comfort of your pets.

We are committed to being the best value for Flea & Heartworm products, better than other veterinary practices and leading online pharmacies, because we know how important they are for your pet. We believe that as your veterinarian and pet care partner, we can best navigate the complexity of product options and advise you on the safety, efficacy and cost benefit of each one, in light of your specific situation.

Online pharmacies don’t have the benefit of knowing your pet, and they certainly don’t have the veterinarian-client-patient relationship required by law to sell you prescription products. CityVet is the smart choice for all your flea and heartworm prevention needs. We make it easy for you to make choices, because we offer our own price match guarantee — just print out the page with the online pharmacies’ price on the product you desire and we’ll match that price for you, no questions asked.

Obedience Training

Want a well-trained dog the whole family can enjoy? The best time to start is now. Register for one of our upcoming obedience classes.

Classes

We offer a variety of intimate and affordable group obedience classes for puppies and adult dogs, including Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience, and Leash Manners. For more information, call (214) 526-5638 or send an email to Training@CityVet.com.

You can also connect with us on Facebook and view our Events Page for the latest obedience training offerings.

Location

All classes are located at The Dog Lofts Oak Lawn, located at 2732 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75219.

Oak Lawn

Behavioral & Grief Counseling
Behavioral Counseling

We offer individualized dog and cat behavioral counseling on a variety of issues including aggressive behavior and inappropriate elimination. If you are concerned about some aspect of your pet’s behavior, please contact us and request an appointment with our veterinarians.

Grief Counseling

The loss of a pet can be a tragic event. The emotions we have as a result of this loss are real, justifiable and nothing to be ashamed of. Our team understands these feelings, as many of us have faced this in our own lives. We also have literature that can help you and your children deal with the loss of a family pet. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding this issue.

Pharmacy
Pharmacy

Our in-house pharmacy is well stocked and contains supplies that allow us to protect and treat your pet. Your prescriptions are filled immediately following your appointment with the veterinarian-no need to make a separate trip to another place. We can easily mail most prescription medications and supplements to you when you need refills as well.

Coming soon… our online pharmacy!

Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy & Cancer Treatment

Unfortunately, animals are also susceptible to cancer.

They can develop cancer (abnormal cell growth) of the blood, the bone, the skin, the liver, etc. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats at an early age can prevent some forms of cancer. Recent advancements in cancer treatment can extend the lives of some pets dramatically. It may involve a combination of surgery and chemotherapy. An accurate diagnosis is necessary before we may begin any form of treatment.

Referral Services
Referral Services

The majority of your pet’s health needs will be met at our practice; however, there are circumstances where a veterinary specialist may be required.

Under these circumstances, we may direct you and your pet to a specialist who is a veterinarian with advanced knowledge in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. In some cases, specialized equipment is required to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners. Examples of veterinary specialists include ophthalmologists, oncologists, surgeons, etc.

Health Screening Tests
Health Screening Tests

Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC) A complete blood cell count (CBC) provides a microscopic look at the blood itself. Blood is composed of different types of cells. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. White blood cells are the body’s primary means of fighting infection. Platelets play an important role in blood clotting.

Chemistries A blood chemistry panel evaluates the status of the internal organs and measure levels of important blood components such as blood sugar, blood proteins, and electrolytes. Blood chemistries are commonly used to screen for diseases of the organs such as the liver or kidney, for endocrine/metabolic conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disease, and to assess the overall health of the patient.

Urinalysis (UA) An analysis of urine not only gives us information about the urinary system, but it provides some important data on other body systems as well. Evidence of some systemic problems may show up first in the urine. A urinalysis is an important component of a complete laboratory profile.

Thoracic radiographs/Abdominal radiographs Chest x-rays can give us a glimpse into the health of your cat’s heart and lungs. It can reveal early heart disease and can reveal early signs of cancer that might otherwise go undetected.

Blood pressure and ECG An elevation in blood pressure can reveal early disease processes such as heart or kidney disease. An electrocardiogram (ECG) can reveal a potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmia.

Nutrition
Nutritional Counseling

Good or Bad, Nutrition is the Foundation for Health

Most pet foods “feed” but very few of them “nourish”, despite all of their claims for health. All foods impact health either positively or negatively. And unbeknownst to most consumers, today’s pet foods are far from what nature designed dogs and cats to eat and live on. Our recommendations for feeding your pet center on a philosophy that looks to nature’s nutritional design and the science of nutrition, not savvy and often misleading messages of health fed to us by the pet food industry. Our veterinarians are passionate about getting the message out on pet food, good and bad, and how it is truly affecting our pets today. From allergies and obesity to cancer – food and nutrition play a greater role than most realize, just as it does for us humans.

It is our firm belief that choosing to understand your pet food options and choosing to feed a healthier food for your pet will make a difference in their health and their life.

Animals have various nutritional requirements depending on their age, breed and health status. Decisions regarding your pet’s nutrition should not be made without first consulting a veterinarian.

Geriatric animals have significantly different requirements than young growing puppies or kittens. Animals with diabetes or kidney disease also have different requirements.

Your veterinarian will be able to make informed decisions regarding your pet’s choice of diet given their age, breed and health status.

Anesthesia & Patient Monitoring

Anesthesia and patient monitoring varies greatly among clinics.

When you choose your veterinarian, be sure to question the types of anesthetics used and the protocols for monitoring anesthesia. Often the more expensive anesthetics are safer to use; however, anesthetics are also chosen for other reasons including their ability to control pain.

Local Anesthesia

A local anesthetic causes a loss of sensation to a ‘local’ area to control pain. Small surgical or diagnostic procedures may require a local anesthetic to perform. Some common procedures that require local anesthesia include biopsies, tooth extractions, and laceration repairs.

Tranquilization / Sedation

Tranquilization or sedation is used to calm an animal under various conditions. The animal remains awake or may ‘sleep’ but is easily aroused when stimulated. Pet owners frequently request sedation for their animals during travel, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. Sedation and tranquilization are not without risk and each animal should be assessed prior to dispensing these medicines.

General Anesthesia

A general anesthetic results in a loss of consciousness and a loss of sensation throughout the body.

Most general anesthetic procedures involve several steps beginning with the administration of a sedative. An intravenous injection of an anesthetic renders the animal unconscious while a breathing tube is placed into the animal’s trachea. A gas anesthetic is delivered in combination with oxygen to the animal via the breathing tube to maintain the state of unconsciousness.

Most anesthetics used in animals today are the same anesthetics used in humans. Although general anesthetics are significantly safer than they have been in the past, there is still the remote chance of an anesthetic accident. There are many ways to reduce the risk associated with anesthesia including a thorough physical examination and blood work prior to anesthesia. Intravenous catheters, IV fluids, anesthetic monitoring equipment and protocol can also contribute to a safer anesthesia.

Patient Monitoring

During general anesthesia, our patients are monitored closely by a veterinary technician (nurse) for heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time and blood pressure. A change in blood pressure is an early indicator that a pet may be running into trouble. Monitoring blood pressure, pulse, and respirations allows us to intervene earlier and prevent any anesthetic risk to your pet.

Pain Management & Control

Research has shown that when pain is controlled, your pet heals much faster.

As in human medicine, we have a variety of medications available to manage your pet’s pain both before and after surgery and in the event of trauma. Since many pets develop arthritis, we offer a variety of ways to control pain that is tailored to your pet. Don’t hesitate to ask us to explain your options in more detail.

Microchip Pet Identification

Microchipping has become a very popular and safe way to permanently identify your pet and you as the owner in the unfortunate case that your pet is lost.

Microchipping involves placement of a small electronic chip the size and shape of a piece of rice just under the skin in the neck area. A needle is used to inject the chip. The injection is comparable to a regular vaccine.

If your pet becomes lost and is transported to a shelter, the shelter will be able to scan your pet for the chip and contact you. The scanner is similar to a scanner found in the grocery store.

We advise you to use this system of identification as well as a collar identification system on your pet.

Exotic Pet Medicine & Surgery

We are pleased to offer you veterinary services at most of our locations for ferrets, lizards, hamsters, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small but important pets.

Ferrets

Your ferret should be examined yearly by a veterinarian.
A stool sample for parasite check should be submitted at the same time as the yearly check up. Vaccines are available for ferrets and can be discussed with you during your visit.

Common problems associated with ferrets include gastrointestinal disease (diarrhea), parasites and cancer. Ferrets are inquisitive creatures by nature and frequently ingest objects they shouldn’t. Any loss of appetite or abnormal behavior should alert you to a potential problem and the need for veterinary consultation.

Gerbils, Guinea Pigs & Hamsters

Your furry friends require veterinary attention too! You should seek veterinary attention if your pet stops eating, appears quieter than normal, exhibits discharge from the eyes or nose, and/or develops a lump on its body. Teeth grow continuously in these small animals and often require attention.

Iguanas & Other Lizards

These interesting and entertaining creatures are frequently presented to veterinarians for nutrition related problems. We strongly advise you to set up a nutritional consultation with our veterinarians to discuss how you may best avoid these conditions.

All reptiles should have yearly examinations and parasite checks.

Rabbits

Rabbits are susceptible to a variety of conditions including hairballs, overgrown teeth, parasites and cancer. If your rabbit stops eating, appears overly quiet, experiences discharge from the eyes and/or nose, you should have him or her examined by a veterinarian.

Rabbits should be examined yearly by your veterinarian. Wellness blood testing and parasite checks may be recommended.

Others

We provide medical assessments and surgical procedures for a variety of other exotic animals including mice, rats, sugar gliders, pot-bellied pigs and hedgehogs. We see many diseases related to improper nutrition in these animals. Please talk to us about how to properly feed your pet as most of these diseases can be prevented with a fundamental knowledge of their nutritional requirements.

Avian Medicine & Surgery

Did you know budgies, parrots and songbirds require regular veterinary attention too?

We advise annual visits to the vet for your feathery friends. During their yearly check up, we will examine your bird’s beak, nails and feathers to determine if they require any specialized attention. Some birds require more frequent examinations. Since birds are notorious for hiding illness, we also recommend annual wellness blood testing to catch disease in it’s early stages.

Note: A bird that doesn’t groom itself correctly and exhibits a ruffled, un-kept look associated with its feathers is usually a sick bird and should be examined as soon as possible by a veterinarian.

Beak Trims

Beaks grow continuously and healthy birds wear their beaks evenly. Some birds develop problems with their beaks and require veterinary assistance to trim and grind the beak to a normal functioning appearance. Do not attempt to trim your bird’s beak at home.

Sexing

Determining the sex of many birds can be very difficult and in some cases, impossible, if relying solely on physical appearance. A blood test can be done to determine the sex of your bird. Please feel free to consult with us about these procedures.

Toe Nail Trims

Most birds require their nails to be trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming the nails of birds too short can be detrimental to the bird. Blood vessels inside the nail are easily ‘nicked’ during the trimming process. Be careful if you perform this procedure at home. We suggest it only be performed at home if you have a small bird with white nails. We also suggest you have a readily accessible ‘caustic’ agent available to use if the nail begins to bleed. Alternatively, bring your bird to us on a regular basis and we will trim or grind away the appropriate amount of nail.

Note: Do not use sandpaper perches! They do not wear down the nails and they can cause skin problems.

Wing Clippings

Wing clipping is performed on birds to inhibit their flying abilities. It is a non-painful procedure that ensures the safety of your bird in its environment. A bird that has had it wings trimmed will no longer be at risk of flying into a ceiling fan or into a window. There are several techniques available to preserve the aesthetic appearance of your bird. Please call to discuss this option further or to set up an appointment.

 

Our Services Overview