At Rice Pet Clinic, we offer a variety of services to help keep your pet happy and healthy.
Annual Physical Exams
Rice Pet clinic strongly encourages regular patient physical exams. At the time of your pet's exam, it will allow you to discuss things like vaccinations, behavior, nutrition, any concerns you may be having about your pet and preventative care with the veterinarian. We feel this is the best way to ensure your pet is at their optimum health. We recommend your pet be seen for an exam at least once a year and more frequently as they age, to prevent possible problems before they become serious. We like to keep in contact with our clients and their pets in case things arise, such as changes in their weight, eating habits, activity level or anything else that you may consider abnormal for your pet.
Dentistry - Dental Prophylaxis and Oral Surgery
Dental care is one of the most important health issues that is closely tied to the overall quality of life of your pet. Studies have shown that 85% of pets have some form of periodontal disease by age three. Periodontal disease is inflammation of tissues around the tooth and if left unattended, may result in pain and subsequent tooth loss. It has been shown that severe periodontal disease is not only detrimental to the teeth, but could adversely affect internal organs and potentially shorten your pet's life. Rice Pet Clinic prides ourselves in providing top-of-the-line dental care for your pet.
Our dental services range from a basic cleaning and polish to more advanced oral care. A typical dental cleaning requires gas anesthesia, at which time the veterinary technician will monitor vital signs, evaluate the mouth with a full oral examination for periodontal problems with the veterinarian, and then scale and polish the teeth. Then we will proceed with digital dental x-rays. Digital dental x-rays gives us a better insight to what is happening below the gum line. It allows us to examine the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the bone that surrounds the roots. Our doctors will then call regarding their findings, address any oral or periodontal problems and give their recommendations of care.
Vaccinations and Preventative Care
Vaccinations are a critical part of a preventative care approach to animal health. Our staff at Rice Pet Clinic is up to date on current recommendations for vaccinations needed for your pet, and we will take the time to discuss with you about your pet's lifestyle and recommend only those vaccinations that are indicated for your pet. We encourage all cats and dogs to be properly vaccinated for the risks they will encounter in their environment and lifestyle. Vaccinations help protect your pet against numerous disease threats such as rabies, distemper, hepatitis, parvo, feline leukemia and many others. We also provide preventative care, such as parasite screening for fleas, ticks, and internal parasites, routine blood diagnostics such as heart worm testing or advanced blood testing. Products we carry include but are not limited to Frontline Gold, Nexgard, Heartgard Plus, Proheart and a comprehensive line of skin care products.
The complete veterinary care services we offer include:
- Sick Animal Care
- Puppy and Kitten Care
- Geriatric Pet Care
- Microchip Implantation
- Behavioral Counseling
- Nutritional Assessments
Sick Animal Care
While we do our best to provide the greatest preventative care, there may come a time when your animal becomes ill. At Rice Pet Clinic, We diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems your animal may encounter and do our best to work with you so that you understand and trust our diagnosis and every step of your pet’s individualized care plan. Our focus on quality care is our top priority but in certain situations we may need to refer your pet to a specialist. We want to make sure that your pet gets the absolute best care possible.
There are many kinds of surgeries that pets may require at some point in their lives. If your dog or cat is in need of surgery, regardless of what it is, both of our locations can provide for you. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment in our surgery suite including heart and blood pressure monitoring devices and the same anesthetizing procedures used in humans. Should your pet need a more invasive or complex surgery, we have Board-Certified surgeons available.
Rice Pet Clinic has the capabilities to provide convenient, on-site digital X-rays that are available for viewing almost immediately to support a more quick and accurate diagnoses for your pet. These digital X-rays enable us to share your pet's X-rays with you and other medical specialists with ease. We also have access to board-certified radiologists that can review the X-rays and give our veterinarians a second opinion on your pet. In special cases, we have the capability to make copies of the x-rays and burn them to disks, should you need a copy of them.
Puppy/Kitten and Geriatric Care
We take special care of our youngest patients, ensuring that they receive top-notch care to set them up for long, healthy lives. When you bring your puppy or kitten to see us, we will make sure they are thoroughly examined, receive all their vaccinations, and are dewormed. In addition we will give you all the tools you need to raise the animal you can not only live with but the one you can’t live without for years to come.
Similar to humans, dogs and cats face increasing health problems as they age. Our staff will work to keep your pet healthy and active over the full span of their lives as well as help you understand the changing needs of your aging pet.
Rice Pet Clinic offers in-house laboratory capabilities as well as access to timely outside laboratories so you get your pet’s test results quickly. We recommend annual internal organ screening. This enables our veterinarians to monitor for very subtle changes in internal organ levels that could indicate early disease. Each patient's results come back to our veterinarians to track the levels and follow any changes that have occurred.
We hope that none of our clients ever have to feel the sadness of a lost or missing pet. Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will go missing at some point during their life span and without proper identification, 90% will never be found? Microchips are small electronic transmitters that are placed under the skin to provide permanent identification for your pet. The microchip looks similar in size to a grain of rice. The microchip will transmit a unique number for your pet which is linked to a database with your contact information. All animal control, veterinary clinics, humane societies and many police departments are able to scan for the presence of a microchip. The microchip is a permanent identification that cannot be lost or misplaced. Collars often come off or pets run outside unexpectedly without a collar. In an emergency situation, the microchip can speak for your pet and help them get home to you. We recommend implanting microchips into all pets for permanent identification which will allow for their best chance of recovery, should they go missing. Please ask us about micro-chipping your pet at their next visit!
We strive to support you while investigating the fundamental causes of your pet’s behavioral problems. Often an animal’s behavioral problems (separation anxiety, excessive barking, chewing, spraying, or aggression) can be due to an underlying medical cause which may be treatable or better controlled with behavior modification with or without medication.
As your pet grows, their nutritional needs change. We are happy to consult with you about all aspects of your pet’s nutrition. Providing your pet an appropriate and balanced diet for their age and weight is one of the most important things you can do as a pet owner. Our veterinarians and staff offer nutritional counseling and weight management services.
The food you feed your pet provides the nutritional building blocks for all of their cells and body function. Our veterinarians can recommend a high quality commercially prepared diet for your pet. At Rice Pet Clinic, we carry and prescribe several different types of specialty diets that are scientifically formulated to treat and prevent certain diseases or conditions in animals. Obesity is one of the most common health problems we see in our patients.Nearly every day, we see overweight patients with arthritis and other joint problems, torn ligaments, diabetes, urinary tract infections and skin infections. Being overweight also stresses the heart and lungs since they need to work harder to breathe and circulate blood. At every exam, our veterinarians weigh your pet and our veterinarians give each patient a Body Condition Score (BCS). The BCS helps us assess the risks of obesity for your pet. We also use the BCS to calculate an individual calorie count recommendation for your pet. This guideline will help you determine how much your pet should be eating every day to keep them healthy and happy.
Pets are like family members and at Rice Pet Clinic we know how hard it can be to say goodbye. One of the most important things we do as veterinary professionals is give pets a peaceful end of life transition. As pet owners ourselves, we understand how difficult it is to say goodbye and we try to make the end of life experience as comfortable as possible for you and your pet.
There is never a good time to say goodbye but our staff can help pet owners determine if it is the right time to consider humane euthanasia. We truly get to know our patients and our clients so that we can help assess and advise on each pet's quality of life. It is in a pet's instinct to hide painful conditions and sometimes the symptoms, or clues that a pet is suffering are difficult to observe. Our staff at Rice Pet Clinic takes the time to listen to your concerns and wishes for end of life care, it is what we do best. When the time comes to say goodbye, our staff will explain what to expect and answer any questions you may have. Owners have the option of being present throughout the process, if you are able. However, we understand if you are not able to be present and we will stand in your stead.