Block House Creek Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary facility capable of providing care and treatment of your pet for a wide range of health issues. This includes all aspects of internal medicine for which we can treat a variety of conditions, including these and many other areas:
Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedic Surgery, Oncology, Endocrinology
Preventive medicine is the best medicine, and the key to keeping your pet happy and healthy. That is why preventing illness whenever possible is our goal, with a combination of routine exams and a complete preventive healthcare plan. Our comprehensive wellness programs are specifically designed to meet your pet’s unique needs.
X-rays are one of the best tools we have to evaluate your pet's musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. X-rays “give us a view” of the location and severity of bone fractures and can help us locate foreign bodies (toys, bones, etc.) inside the stomach. They can also help identify possible heart disease and other issues.
We use the latest in veterinary digital x-ray technology when needed for your pet’s treatment. Digital x-rays are incredibly useful because, unlike traditional film x-rays, digital x-rays lead to a faster and more accurate diagnosis because they are more detailed and higher quality. Digital x-rays are easier to take than film x-rays, which means less time on the x-ray table for your pet, and less stress. Also, digital x-ray images can be saved to a disc and sent electronically to specialists and consultants if needed for further treatment.
We also have digital dental imaging that allows us to assess the complete extent of any existing pathology around a tooth to create the proper treatment plan for your pet. Many cases of dental disease involve the structures below the gumline or within the tooth and cannot be seen.
The Med-Rx is a long thin tube equipped with a lighted video camera on the end that transmits images from the camera to a monitor. It allows veterinarian to “see inside” your pet’s ear canals as well as perform tumor removals, foreign body removals, and extensive deep cleaning/treatment of chronic otitis cases.
Ultrasound equipment is another highly-effective and non-invasive diagnostic tool that is especially useful in viewing abdominal organs and conducting pregnancy evaluations, as well as performing bladder scans and evaluating heart functions.
The Class IV therapeutic laser can be used in a variety of ways, including the treatment of infections and wounds, disc pain and arthritis, and to help speed healing after surgery. The laser works by reducing inflammation, improving blood flow and stimulating the release of natural endorphins.
Electrocardiograph (ECG or EKG)
The ECG is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. We can assess the heart rate and rhythm to determine any abnormalities. We can also use this instrument for monitoring a pet while under anesthesia.
Blood pressure monitoring is increasingly being incorporated into veterinary practices to enable earlier detection of many common diseases in pets. We have the ability to check your pet’s blood pressure to evaluate for hyper- or hypotension. This can be used as a diagnostic tool as well as a monitoring tool after a treatment plan has been initiated. Monitoring the blood pressure of an anesthetized pet can allow for early detection of anesthesia complications.
Up-to-date vaccinations are a key part of your pet’s overall health care plan. Some vaccines require annual boosters, others do not. Our vaccination plans are based on the specific needs and activities of each of our patients to make sure that each pet receives exactly what it needs to maintain optimum health.
PUPPIES AND KITTENS
Block House Creek Animal Hospital will help welcome your new puppy or kitten into your home! The puppy/kitten years are a very important time in the life of your pet. Vaccinations are especially important in getting the new member of your family on the right track to health and wellness, and we create a vaccine protocol that is specially tailored to your pet. Getting an early start on dental care is another must. We assist you with starting a dental routine for your pet that helps prevent periodontal disease while getting your pet accustomed to dental cleanings.
Identification is critical to your pet’s safety and well-being – and your peace of mind -- if you happen to get separated from your pet. While collars with ID tags are useful, they can come loose and get lost or become unreadable with wear. That is why microchipping is necessary to make sure that your pet returns home safely and soon if it becomes lost.
This safe and effective procedure implants a microchip about the size of a grain of rice under the skin between the shoulder blades of your pet in a procedure like a vaccination. Each microchip contains unique information about your pet that corresponds to data in a national database.
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners that can detect and read these microchips. So, if your pet is lost, his or her microchip can be scanned, and the information contained on it will help reunite you and your faithful companion. Please ask our staff for more information about microchipping your pet.
Senior pets are excellent companions, and advances in veterinary medicine now make it possible for pets to live longer and healthier lives. Our lifecycle care approach means that we provide special care not only in the early life of your pet but also through the “golden years” of your pet’s life. The senior stage of your pet’s life can require special attention and early intervention to prevent serious illness and maintain optimal health.
Pets are considered to be "seniors" at around age 7. And prevention is vital to keeping older pets healthy. Signs and symptoms of a chronic condition or disease may come on gradually and not be readily apparent. Sometimes, what may look like the usual signs of "old age" could actually be indications of a more serious problem like periodontal disease, arthritis, kidney failure or cancer. We recommend all senior pets undergo at least one physical examination each year, but we also encourage more frequent examinations. During these exams, we also perform routine blood tests that can detect the signs of heartworm infection, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.
You play an important role in keeping your senior pet healthy. If you notice your pet experiencing any behavior changes, we urge you to bring your pet in for an exam. Working together, we’ll help you and your faithful companion enjoy many more years together.
Regular dental care is another vital aspect of your pet’s wellness/prevention plan. Dental issues can sometimes progress into larger medical problems, so regular cleanings and dental examinations are important to help prevent serious disease and infections and to maintain overall health. Our staff can also advise you on home dental care and nutrition to promote your pet’s dental health in between cleanings and exams.
We not only service pets, we make farm calls. We provide routine maintenance, as well as specific treatment when needed for horses, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle.
When surgery is necessary or recommended for the health of your pet, we take the utmost care with a gentle approach, and use state-of-the-art technology with the most up-to-date equipment and instruments to perform the most advanced surgery for your pet.
We know that surgical procedures can be stressful for both you and your pet. That is why we make your pet's surgical procedure as safe and comfortable as possible by using the latest monitoring equipment and anesthetic procedures, with highly trained and experienced technicians.
Our experienced and highly skilled veterinary surgeons are capable of performing a range of surgeries, from such routine procedures as spay/neuter to more complicated procedures, including orthopedic, eye, and neurological surgeries. When needed, we can also provide your pet access to a board-certified veterinary surgeon for consultation.
Our caring and experienced groomers love to make your pet look its best! They can cut and style your pet’s coat to AKC standards and breed styles or to suit your personal preferences in ways that best enhance your pet’s look and lifestyle.
Grooming services include bath, coat trim, nail trim, and brushing among other services. Please call for an appointment.
For peace of mind and confidence in knowing your pet is well cared for, our boarding services offer an excellent way to make sure that very young or senior pets, those with special needs or medical conditions, or that require medication receive the level of patient care you would expect from a highly-trained and caring staff. Be sure to make reservations in advance, especially around major holidays.
In all of our professional services, our promise to you and your pet is that we will treat all of our patients with the attentive, expert care they deserve as beloved members of your family.
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We know that when your beloved pet is injured or otherwise in great distress, you need to know that you can get the right help fast. That is why our veterinarians and staff are ready to jump into action with the right skills, experience and veterinary technology to do whatever is necessary as soon as you arrive with your pet. This includes equipment to administer the ABCs (airway, breathing and circulation/cardiac compressions) of basic life support. If your pet needs emergency care outside of our regular hospital hours, we recommend taking your pet to the nearby veterinary emergency facilities listed below.
Nearby Emergency Animal Hospitals:
Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin:
12034 Research Blvd. #8
Austin, Texas 78759
M-F: 6pm - 7am
Sat-Sun: 24 hours (until 7am Mon)
Holidays: Open 24 hours
Heart of Texas Veterinary
115 East Old Settlers Blvd.
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Hours: Open 24 hours
For both experienced and first-time breeders, we provide extensive reproductive health services ranging from initial consultation and planning through birth. The services we can provide for your animal include: progesterone testing; collection and evaluation of semen; artificial insemination and implantation; pregnancy monitoring including ultrasound; Caesarian sections; and follow-up care.