FAQs – Small Animal Care at Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital

The team at Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure that all of your pet care questions are answered. We understand that you care about your pet and want to know all you can about their health needs. Click on your question below to reveal our answer. If you still have questions, or if you don’t see your question listed, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Small Animal Care

Why is dental care so important for my pet?

Dental care is a precursor to overall physical health—after all, an unclean mouth can lead to a variety of health problems. When tartar and plaque, which contain toxins, buildup on the surfaces of teeth and below the gumline, the toxins then seep into the bloodstream, affecting the organs that filter the blood, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. Professional dental cleanings are critical, as well as regular at-home dental maintenance.

Can you help me learn how to brush my pet’s teeth?

If you have questions about how to properly brush your pet’s teeth, please ask us at your next visit! Our veterinary technicians would be happy to demonstrate the process for you.

Will my pet be monitored fully during surgery?

All of our veterinary surgical patients are fully monitored during procedures to ensure their safety. We utilize electronic monitoring and each patient is cared for personally by a veterinary technician until they are fully awake. Our special monitoring devices measure the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, the pulse (heart) rate, and respiration.

Are vaccinations really important for my pet?

Vaccinations are extremely important for pets as they are more susceptible to a variety of diseases because of their curious natures. A number of diseases that are commonly contracted by unvaccinated pets—including rabies, distemper, parvo, and feline leukemia—can be fatal. We recommend always keeping your pet up-to-date on their core vaccines to ensure they are protected.

Which vaccinations are required and which ones are recommended?

We invite you to check out the Vaccinations section of our Small Animal Services page for more information.

What preventative options are available for my pet?

You can learn all about your pet’s health care options at Green’s Creek Veterinary Clinic by visiting our Small Animal Services page.

What kinds of pets do you board?

We provide pet boarding services to dogs and cats at Green’s Creek Veterinary Clinic.

What grooming services do you provide?

We provide a variety of basic grooming services, as well as specialized services. Visit our grooming page for more information.

Why is Kennel cough vaccination important for my pet?

The Kennel cough vaccination is important for pets because our pets are at risk for this illness if they spend any time with other dogs, whether in boarding, dog parks, or more. This is a chronic, debilitating virus in dogs and is extremely contagious. It can last longer than 30 days.

When do I start my dog on heartworm prevention?

We recommend beginning to administer heartworm preventatives between 3 and 6 months of age—otherwise a negative heartworm test will be required prior to starting on preventatives.

How old does my pet need to be in order to spay/neuter?

We recommend having your pet spayed or neutered between 4-6 months of age. A pet must have had at least 2 sets of vaccines to build up immunity prior to surgery.

Why does my pet need an annual physical exam?

An annual physical exam gives the veterinarian an opportunity to check all of the vital systems for any problems. Here at Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital we evaluate the eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, and digestive and musculoskeletal systems in an effort to detect and prevent early onset of any disease.

Why is heartworm prevention so important?

The entire state of TX has a very large mosquito population.  Heartworms are transmitted by an infected mosquito, thus Texas sees a large number of heartworm-positive cases each year. If your dog is infected with heartworms, the adults live in the heart and wrap themselves around the valves where they can do extensive damage to the organ. Heartworms can shorten your pet’s life and can be fatal. If your dog spends any amount of time outside, they are at risk of heartworm.

Why is pre-anesthetic blood work important?

Blood work prior to surgery is used to determine if the liver, kidneys, and other vital organs and bodily systems are healthy enough to handle anesthesia. We strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work for our surgical patients, but especially senior pets or pets that have outstanding physical conditions.

Is anesthesia safe for my pet?

At Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital, we use the safest form of anesthesia available. Although no anesthesia is 100% safe, we always do complete physicals prior to anesthesia and strongly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work, in order to minimize any complications.