Metro Paws Animal Hospital provides small animal veterinary care in the following areas:
Wellness care and Immunizations
We recommend annual exams for all of our canine and feline patients. Some pets will require more frequent exams depending on age, exposure to disease and other special circumstances. At every visit, your pet will receive a full physical exam, laboratory tests and vaccination recommendations. Any questions or concerns you have will be addressed.
We have boarding runs for our large dogs and separate cat rooms for our furry feline friends. Our Oak Cliff Location has a large fenced in play yard for dogs to enjoy some exercise and sun. While we do have the exercise yard, we do not allow playtime with other dogs unless they are from the same household. All animals are given soft blankets or towels and kept in climate controlled clean areas. Dogs are exercised at least twice daily, and each are given special attention. We also board animals requiring medication or specialized care. All animals boarding with us must be current on vaccinations and have had a physical exam within the last 12 months. For canine boarding at our Lakewood location, we do require dogs be microchhipped for their safety since we do not have a fenced in area for outdoor walking. Boarding animals are kept in separate areas from hospitalized patients. Don’t forget to schedule your pet’s bath on their last day of boarding!
A USDA certified veterinarian is on staff for international health certificates. Interstate and airline health forms are also available. We recommend you contact the consulate of any foreign country to verify specific entry requirements several months before traveling with your pet. Some nations require extensive testing to avoid quarantine periods. See the web link page for more information.
Electrocardiology (EKG) / Blood Pressure / Pulse Oximetry
We have multiple means of evaluating your pet’s heart function. EKG’s look at the hearts electrical activity and can identify hidden heart disease. A blood pressure reading assesses the heart’s ability to pump, while pulse oximetry reflects the amount of circulating in the blood. All of these tests are part of our anesthetic monitoring protocol for all patients. We also use these diagnostic tools for managing heart disease, toxicities, trauma patients, and a wide variety of other cases.
Dermatology is the study of the skin. In Texas, this often means allergies, but also includes tumors of the skin, endocrine diseases, parasite infections, and immune disorders.
We have a new x-ray unit minimizing radiation exposure to your pets and our staff. It also enables us to take films to diagnose fractures, tumors, lung disease and many other conditions. We perform Orthopedic Foundation of America films for rating of hip dysplasia and other diseases. Digital dental radiography is available.
Surgery (soft tissue, general, and orthopedic)
We perform a wide array of surgical procedures with an emphasis on safe anesthesia and pain control to optimize outcomes for your pets. Most surgeries are scheduled Monday thru Friday and animals are usually able to go home the same day. More invasive or painful procedures may require overnight hospitalization. We are happy to review each procedure with you and answer any questions.
Our in-house lab can quickly diagnose most of the common intestinal and bloodborne parasites. We also can send out to a diagnostic lab for other parasites. We recommend screening animals for parasites at least annually and having all pets on a monthly dewormer. We can also provide our clients with information about zoonotic parasites (ones that can infect people as well as pets).
Cytology and Oncology
Is that bump something to worry about on Max’s side? This is a question we often hear. Frequently a simple aspiration of the mass with a needle can give quick reassurance that it is not worrisome. When needed, we can do cytology, or send biopsies to board certified pathologists for diagnosis. This helps us best screen and treat our cancer patients.
Good oral hygiene is an important part of overall health. At every physical exam, your animal’s teeth will be checked for dental disease. Chronic infection of the gums can lead to heart and kidney disease. We provide cleanings and exams of the mouth under anesthesia to check for any deep infections, clean the teeth, pull any painful loose teeth, and treat gum disease. We are also happy to demonstrate proper brushing techniques for your cat and dog that will enable your pet to go longer between anesthetized treatments. Digital dental radiography is available to see below the gumline.
Emergency, Critical Care and Fluid Therapy
All of our staff has extensive experience in emergency and critical care enabling us to carefully access and monitor even the most urgent and sick of patients.
We can confirm pregnancies, aid in delivery when needed, perform C-sections, help with nursing issues, and orphaned animals. We also strongly recommend all non breeding animals be spayed or neutered to prevent pet overpopulation. We provide low cost sterilization for our stray cat population in East Dallas. Please call for more details.
We have a walk-up grooming tub to provide comfortable therapeutic baths for our patients. While we do not do any grooming at this time, we are happy to help with medicated baths or to just get rid of that “doggy smell! We recommend all boarding dogs have a bath before they go home.
Collars break and collar tags can become hard to read. Because a microchip will not “wear out”, it can permanently and positively identify your pet and link it back to you once it is registered.
A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique ID number that will be assigned to your pet. No two microchips have the same ID number. The microchip is placed between your dog’s or cat’s shoulder blades under a veterinarian’s supervision. Implantation is quick, easy and virtually painless — similar to a vaccine injection — and can be performed during a regular clinic visit.
A microchip is not a tracking device. It can only be “turned on” for a few seconds at a time by a handheld microchip scanner that is passed over the area the microchip is implanted to read the microchip’s unique ID number. Veterinarians and shelters have these scanners and use them to help lost pets all of the time. Registering your pet’s microchip links your pet’s microchip ID to your name, phone numbers, emergency contacts and other vital information. When your lost pet is found, the companies that register these chips can immediately send you text messages, emails and begin contacting all the phone numbers on your pet’s record to reunite you as quickly as possible.
When traveling with your pet outside of the United States, it is likely that both a health certificate and a microchip will be required. The AKC ReUnite (Trovan) microchip that we use can be read at the ports of entry in many foreign countries including the European Union, Japan, and Australia. For information about each country’s pet microchipping requirements, visit the USDA website. As you review each country’s regulations, you will notice many refer to a microchip’s frequency and how it complies with the International Standards Organization, ISO Standard 11784 and 11785.
We have in house capabilities of diagnosing organ disease, anemia, parasites, and many cellular diseases. We can also send samples to a variety of labs across the country to diagnose problems your pet may be experiencing.
Occasionally an animal will have a disease that is best managed or treated by a specialist. We recommend referral of our patients to wonderful specialists in the area when needed or requested. While we remain the primary care veterinarian, referral enables us to provide the best of specialized care.
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Shay at the front desk is a doll. She was working the day I brought in my EM I had just rescued and was so gentle with her. Now months later she is happy and healthy and Shay still showed the same level of compassion if not more. She was ecstatic to see her doing so well. Also the vet tech remembered how bad she looked and was amazed. This is by far the best vet clinic I have ever been to. The employees at this location have an amazing amount of love and care for their clients both two and four legged. We will never go to another clinic. ~Mackenzie, Dallas