Wellness Services for Your Pet
Pet Wellness ExamsBecause our pets can't tell us how they feel, regular physical examinations are as important for your pet as they are for you. We recommend a complete physical examination at least once a year, but every 6 months exams are highly recommended since pets age more quickly than people do, on average approximately 7 years to one human year!
A routine full-body physical examination provides you and your veterinarian with the opportunity to develop a picture of your pet's overall health as well as to spot potential medical issues before they become serious health concerns. It's also an opportunity for you to ask your veterinarian important questions about your pet's health, habits and daily care. We also use this time to inform you about home healthcare for your pet and offer important advice and new information on the care of your particular type and breed of animal. +More about our Pet Wellness Exams
Pet Vaccines: Disease Prevention 101Vaccinations are not only safe and effective; they are an important and fundamental piece of your pet's preventative healthcare plan. Advances in veterinary immunology have made diseases that once were relatively common and fatal to pets easily preventable. Simply put, vaccinations are given to protect your pet against disease. Vaccination triggers an immune response within your pet’s body to protect against a specific disease. Some vaccines may be given by injection, orally or intra-nasally. There are some vaccines that help protect your family from very dangerous and difficult to treat illnesses. Diseases such as rabies and leptospirosis can be passed from infected wild animals to your pet and then from your pet to your family.
Young animals need to be vaccinated early on since the natural immunity that they get from their mothers’ milk gradually wears off and they become vulnerable to infectious diseases. For this reason, we will usually recommend giving puppies and kittens a series of vaccinations starting when they are approximately six weeks old. The series of vaccinations are usually scheduled approximately three to four weeks apart, with the final vaccination series being administered when they are 12 to 16 weeks old. +More about our Pet Vaccines
Routine booster shots will also be necessary to keep your pet’s immunity high enough to protect them over time. It’s important to remember that as with other medication, not all vaccines are 100% effective in every pet; a vaccinated pet may not develop adequate immunity and could possibly become ill. However, the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks. When vaccinated, pets are protected against life-threatening diseases.
Microchipping: Safe & Effective Pet IDDoes your pet have a microchip? Each year, millions of pets go missing and many don't make it back home. Microchipping your pet is a safe, simple and effective way to prevent this tragedy. About the size of a grain of rice, identification microchips are encoded with your pet's vital information and implanted beneath your pet's skin, usually between the shoulder blades.
Microchips are designed to last your pet’s entire lifetime. Like your pet, your pet’s microchip ID code is one of a kind. Once enrolled, they will be linked to a permanent record of your information- which is important to keep up-to-date so you can be reached when your lost pet is found. Your microchip comes with a personal listing in the lost pet database, and this translates to anytime/anywhere pet recovery services. +More About Microchipping
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country and around the world are equipped with special scanners capable of reading these microchips. When your lost pet is taken to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, they will scan your pet for a microchip and will read its unique code, the information in the chip is used to reunite you with your pet.
If your pet will be traveling around the world these microchips are Internationally recognized and can be read by any International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliant scanner in the world.
These microchips are not GPS microchips and cannot be remotely traced or tracked.
Our PharmacyIn numerous acute or chronic conditions, medication is required to cure or alleviate symptoms. At Comal Pet Hospital we believe that timely and convenient access to these medications is an important aspect of caring for your pet. For this reason, we maintain a comprehensive in-hospital pharmacy.
Our online Pharmacy gives you a safe and reliable online option to get most of your pet’s medications and food. As always it is our goal to supply our patients with the best quality and safe medications. Our online pharmacy comes with the manufacturer guarantee, something that you will not get when purchasing through other online distributors. +More about our Pharmacy
Nutritional CounselingAt Comal Pet Hospital we know how important a quality diet is to your pet's overall health. Some pets require special food to maintain optimum health, but all pets benefit from a balanced, healthful diet. Proper diet is the basis of a healthy life in pets just as in people but choosing the right diet for your pet can be a tall task. During your pet's comprehensive physical examination, we can help guide you toward an appropriate food for your pet’s age, species, breed and lifestyle, we will also evaluate his or her body condition and give recommendations regarding feeding.
We also offer a diverse inventory of prescription foods and our staff can advise you about the diets that benefit specific medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney stones, renal failure, food allergies and other conditions. +More Nutritional Counceling
Our trained staff at Comal Pet Hospital is available to help you with nutritional challenges and choosing the right diet for your pet in order to keep him or her happy, healthy and active.
Exotics and Pocket PetsWe not only provide superior and compassionate care to your dogs and cats, but we will also help you care for your smaller friends. Here at Comal Pet Hospital birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small mammals are all loved and welcomed.
In the wild, many of these animals have developed strategies to conceal illness or injuries as a survival technique to avoid predators. As a result, it is difficult as an owner to determine whether a pet is healthy or ill. By the time the owner recognizes that there is a problem with his or her exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. +More about Exotic Pet Services
For this reason, it is our recommendation that exotic and “pocket pets” have a thorough physical examination at least once yearly.
New Braunfels Pet Dental ServicesDental problems are easily prevented, but if left untreated, they can often lead to larger systemic problems. The truth is that pets actually a higher incidence of dental disease than humans. Of all pets over two years old, 85 percent have some form of dental disease. During your pet’s physical examination, our doctors will evaluate your pet’s current dental health condition. If it is determined that a dental prophylaxis (Dental cleaning) is necessary, we can schedule it at that time.
Periodontal disease is a progressive, gradual destruction of the gums caused by bacteria. This dental disease can be life threatening because dangerous bacteria can enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc in your pet’s internal organs such as the liver, kidney and heart. The fact is that dental disease can kill. +More about Pet Dental
For this reason, dentistry is a special interest of Dr. Kathryn Gibson and an area where she has pursued advanced training. At Comal Pet Hospital your pet’s dental health is a top priority and by taking care of your pet’s teeth, we can enhance your pet’s overall health so you can enjoy each other longer!
When the time does come for a dental prophylaxis (dental cleaning), your pet will require general anesthesia, because unlike when you visit your dentist and they have you sit still and open your mouth; your pet will not do this. While your pet is under anesthesia, we will perform a thorough oral exam, take full oral x-rays, and perform any additional services, such as tooth extractions or take other steps to help preserve marginally loose teeth.
Your pet may require fewer cleanings and enjoy good breath with home dental care such as daily brushing using toothpaste and a toothbrush made specifically for pets. We also have special products that help lessen the buildup of tartar on your pet’s teeth.