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We strive to offer the most comprehensive pet medical services in Tarrant County.
When health concerns arise, Creekside Pet Care Center is dedicated to diagnosing your pet’s ailment quickly and effectively, utilizing the latest techniques in veterinary medicine. Whether you need emergency care, diagnostic lab work, ultrasounds or x-rays, our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide the appropriate medical care immediately onsite when you need it. Because our vets are available 24/7, you can count on us for quality care any time of the day or night.
OUR MEDICAL SERVICES INCLUDE:
We hope your pet is never in need of emergency care. However, if your pet should ever need immediate attention, you can rest assured that we are here for you at a moment’s notice, no matter what time it is. A phone call to 1-800-MY-PET-CARE to let us know you are on your way would be appreciated so our staff can be prepared when your pet arrives.
Internal Medicine is the diagnosis and treatment of disease inside the body. Common examples include pancreatitis, kidney/urinary disease, internal infections, cancer, diseases of the liver and gall bladder, endocrine system (diabetes, adrenal, thyroid, etc.) and heart disease. We have all the equipment, training and experience to provide optimal care in times of internal illness. From a comprehensive in-house laboratory to state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, we are here when you need us.
For immediate results, our hospital is equipped with the most advanced in-house laboratory available. We can perform the following onsite: blood work (e.g., chemistries, CBC, electrolytes), urinalysis, cytology and fecal analysis, just to name a few. We also have daily access to a larger lab and lab specialists, such as pathologists, for when the need arises. Either way, there is no better laboratory service available than what is offered at Creekside Pet Care Center. Rest assured, we are equipped and trained to quickly and efficiently diagnose your pet so valuable treatment can begin faster and smarter.
Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (i.e., x-rays) and is usually used in conjunction with radiography and other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body. Ultrasound is a useful tool for diagnosing many diseases.
Ultrasound can be used for a variety of purposes, including examination of the heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, etc. It can also be used to determine pregnancy and to monitor an ongoing pregnancy. Ultrasound can also detect fluid, cysts, tumors and abscesses.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive and non-painful procedure. A transducer (i.e., a small handheld tool) is applied to the surface of the body from which an ultrasound image is desired. Gel is used to help the transducer slide over the skin surface to create a more accurate visual image.
Sound waves are emitted from the transducer and directed into the body where they are bounced off the various organs to different degrees depending on the density of the tissues and amount of fluid present. The sounds are then fed back through the transducer and are reflected on a viewing monitor. The procedure does not involve radiation.
Our ultrasound technology is digital, so images and studies can be sent electronically to board-certified radiologists for same-day consultations as needed.
Radiographs (i.e., x-rays) allow our doctors to visualize tissues, organs and bones beneath your pet’s skin. This diagnostic test may be recommended for numerous reasons. Abdominal x-rays are indicated to evaluate pets with symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal wounds or trauma, or if a pet is suspected of swallowing a foreign object. Our doctors may also recommend radiographs in the event a blood screening reveals a potential problem with an internal organ, such as the liver or kidneys. Chest radiographs are usually recommended for pets with breathing difficulties or those suspected of having heart or lung disease. Radiographs of the bones and joints are also used to evaluate lameness or spinal pain.
At Creekside, we use digital radiography, which means we are able to produce higher quality diagnostic images in a shorter amount of time than traditional machines. The digital machine eliminates the need to use an x-ray processor to develop the films. Instead, the images are displayed to our technicians on a computer monitor within seconds. This feature enables us to ensure we have captured the optimal view for evaluation. If needed, digital radiographs may be sent online to specialists for further evaluation, or they may be copied onto CDs for clients to view on their home computers. Digital radiology also dramatically decreases radiation exposure to your pet. If you have any questions about Creekside Pet Care’s digital radiology, give us a call at 1-800-MY-PET-CARE.
Dermatology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the skin. In pets, dermatological problems are some of the most common issues that require veterinary attention. Most commonly, atopic dermatitis (i.e., skin allergies), exoparasites (e.g., fleas, ticks and mange) and fungal infections cause itchiness, discomfort and superficial infections. We are very experienced at dealing with all dermatology concerns and use the most effective and safe routes of treatment.
Pain in animals is just as significant and just as common as in people. When it comes to pain thresholds, each animal is unique. Dogs and cats can manage to hide their pain well. We, along with you as a loving pet owner, do not want to see your best friend feeling any discomfort. Pain management is very important to us at Creekside Pet Care Center.
Pain management has become an important issue in veterinary medicine. Pain management will improve the recovery process, whether from illness, surgery or injury. Best of all, because it reduces stress and increases a sense of wellbeing, pain management may even help your furry friend live longer.
Acute pain comes on suddenly as a result of an injury, surgery, inflammation or infection. It can be extremely uncomfortable for your pet, and it may limit his or her mobility. The good news is that it’s usually temporary. It generally goes away when the condition that causes it is treated.
Chronic pain is long-lasting and usually slow to develop. Some of the more common sources of chronic pain are age-related disorders, such as arthritis, but it can also result from illnesses such as cancer or bone disease. This pain may be the hardest to deal with because it can go on for years, or for an animal’s entire lifetime. Also, because it develops slowly, some animals may gradually learn to tolerate the pain and live with it. This can make chronic pain difficult to detect.
When we have pain, we complain. However, animals instinctually hide pain, so we generally don’t hear a peep out of our pets until the pain is so bad they cannot hide it anymore. So how do you know when your pet is in pain?
Because our fur-babies aren’t able to tell us when something is wrong, it’s important for you, the pet parent, to take note of any changes in their behavior. Look for any of the following signs that maybe your pet’s way of saying “I hurt.”
Many animals, especially cats, naturally disguise signs of pain to protect themselves from predators. However, the lack of obvious signs does not mean they aren’t experiencing pain. If the injury, illness or experience is one that sounds painful to you, it is likely painful to your pet. Modern pain management medications and techniques can safely and effectively control pain with little to no side effects.
There are a variety of pain medications currently available for pets. Aside from pill form, many drugs come in easily administered forms such as liquids, skin patches or gels. There are also new analgesic (i.e., pain-reducing) products to help treat your pet after an injurious trauma and treat chronic pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e., NSAIDS) are often used to treat orthopedic-related pain with fewer side effects. Other medications, most notably narcotics, can be used concurrently as the condition dictates. Certain supplements (e.g., fish oils, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate) can also be employed, especially for chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis and degenerative joint diseases.
It is very important that you do not give your pet any medication without consulting with your veterinarian. Certain painkillers, including acetaminophen (i.e., the active ingredient found in Tylenol) and ibuprofen (i.e., the main ingredient found in Advil and Motrin) or combinations of medications can be toxic to pets in very small doses.