Cat Owner's Guide

HomePet CareCat Owner’s Guide

The “Cat Owner’s Guide” is an outline of all of the medical needs, things to do, and things to know for the entire life of your cat. This outline provides you a step-by-step outline with brief details of each contained in the “Explanation” section. The “Cat Owner’s Guide” is provided at no charge so that your pet will receive the best level of care available in order to have a long and healthy life. We have dedicated our services to enrich the lives of our clients and their pets by striving to offer the best quality service through client education and up-to-date veterinary care.

Cat Owner’s Guide Sections:

  • Kittens: The first year
  • Adult Cat (age 1-6 yrs)
  • Early/Middle Geriatric Cat
  • Late Geriatric Cat (age 15 & beyond)
  • End of Life Decision
  • Explanation Section
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Hospital Special Features:

  • Community Service
  • Laser Surgery
  • Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program
  • Low Cost Vaccination Clinics
  • Obedience Training Classes
  • Pet Adoptions
  • Pet Boarding/Day Care at “Camp Jarrett”
  • Senior Discount (10%)
  • About Our Hospital

Our hospital is equipped with a Well Trained Staff, In-house Lab, 2 table Surgery Suite, ICU cages, Surgical Laser, Pulse Oximeter Monitors, Orthopedic Instrumentation, 2 Dental Cleaning Units, Innovet X-ray Unit, and Microscope with Digital Camera.

Dr. Jarrett has special interest in:

  • Chronic Ear Problems
  • Pet Population Control
  • Dermatology/Allergies
  • Laser Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Arthritis Pain Control
  • Internal Medicine
  • Diabetes Management
  • Cushing Disease Management
  • Kittens: The First Year

Congratulations on your new kitten! Kitten care will be a critical part of your cat’s well being throughout the course of its life. You will be given a vaccination outline complete with approximate dates for us to see you & your kitten. From 6 wks through 4 months of age there are several important exam/vaccination visits, and our desire is to make these visits a positive experience for everyone. To ensure your kitten has a great healthy beginning, it is critical to complete his entire series of vaccinations prior to having contact with other cats. Vaccinations do not protect your pet until the entire series has been completed. Once this has been done socialization with other cats and boarding at a kennel can begin.

Medical Needs

  • Breed Related Problems/Behavior Issues
  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Dental Care Review
  • Fecal Testing
  • Feline Leukemia/Aids Testing
  • Parasite Control
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Vaccines
  • Weight Evaluation
  • Kitten, Adult & Geriatric Cats

There are certain Things-to-Do and Things-to-know for the best care.

Things To Do

  • Collar/ID tags
  • Microchipping
  • Declaw or Not?
  • Pet Proof Home
  • Food Choice & Feeding
  • Socialization
  • Grooming
  • Toys
  • Litter Box Training

Things To Know

  • Addresses/Phone numbers
  • Emergencies (after hours)
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Indoor or Out?
  • Boarding
  • Internet Pharmacies
  • Breed Related Problems
  • Pet Insurance
  • Behavior Issues
  • Adult Cat

AGES 1-6yrs

These ages are the prime of life for a cat. Adult cats in this age bracket are learning their boundaries and developing behavior. They are establishing territories especially in multi-cat households. Fight wounds and abscesses are treated more often in this age bracket. This is also a very important time for training and reinforcing proper cat behavior to be sure bad behaviors are not engrained for the life of your cat.

Annual Medical Needs

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Microchip Verification
  • Fecal Testing
  • Weight Evaluation/Nutrition
  • Parasite Control
  • Behavior Problem Review
  • Spay/Neuter (if needed)
  • Breed Related Problem Review
  • Dental Care Review
  • Vaccines
  • Wellness Blood Panel (Strongly Recommended)

Early/Middle Geriatric Cat

AGES 7-9/10-14yrs

Your cat is transitioning into a senior. With proper and timely medical care, it is possible for your cat to live even longer. It is important for owners to be keenly aware of any changes that the cat makes such as: decreased activity, sleeping more, disorientation, hiding, changes in skin, weight, muscle tone, increased urination, difficulty eating, and limping. These symptoms may not simply be a matter of your pet slowing down. There could be an underlying health problem causing changes in your pet.

Annual Medical Needs

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Microchip Verification
  • Fecal Testing
  • Weight Evaluation/Nutrition
  • Parasite Control
  • Behavior Problem Review
  • Spay/Neuter (if needed)
  • Breed Related Problem Review
  • Dental Care Review
  • Vaccines
  • Wellness X-rays (Cardiac & Arthritis)
  • Wellness Blood Panel (Strongly Recommended)

Late Geriatric Cat

AGE 15 and Beyond

It is very important in this age bracket to continue with annual examinations, blood work, and x-rays. The keys to making sure your geriatric cat has the healthiest and highest quality of life are to recognize and reduce factors that may be health risks, detect disease as early as possible, correct or delay the progression of disease, and improve or maintain the health of the body’s organs.

Annual Medical Needs

  • Comprehensive Physical Exam
  • Wellness Blood Panel (Strongly Recommended)
  • Wellness X-rays (strongly recommended)
  • Blood test for Hyperthyroidism
  • Fecal Testing
  • Parasite Control
  • Dental Care Review
  • Weight Evaluation/Nutrition
  • Behavior Problem Review
  • Breed Related Problem Review
  • Vaccines

END OF LIFE DECISION

Unfortunately, this time will come at some point in your pet’s life. When you feel that this time is close at hand, please make an appointment to have the doctor examine your pet. During this exam we will decide together if there is nothing more that can be done to relieve pain, improve body functions, or extend the quality of life. If there is no reasonable medical treatment for your life long friend’s condition, then and only then do we recommend and provide a caring, compassionate, painless and heart felt end of life.

Resources

Addresses & Phone Numbers

Parket County Vet Hospital ph: 817-596-0909 Fax: 817-613-0034

Poison Control for Animals ph: 1-888-426-4435 – This service charges a fee for each call.

Emergency Service

Metro West Emergency Clinic Weatherford Animal Shelter | 3201 Hulen (at I-30) 403 Hickory Lane Fort Worth, TX Weatherford, TX ph: 817-731-3734

Lost & Found Pets

Weatherford Animal Shelter ph: 817-598-4111

ANIMAL CRUELTY: Texas law provides anonymous protection for persons reporting cruelty to animals. Please call your local police or sheriffs department to provide information if you suspect this is happening to a pet.

BOARDING: Going out of town? Boarding your cat at a boarding facility is a good option to make sure your cat is well taken care. Choose a kennel based upon cleanliness & well trained staff; not on the price. Make sure all pets boarded, including yours, are vaccinated for all diseases by a veterinarian. Put your name on all blankets, collars, food, bowls, and toys that you leave at the kennel. Try not to board a kitten less than 6 months of age unless it is absolutely necessary as kennels can be a very stressful place for the very young. Leave a working emergency phone number with the kennel just in case they need to contact you. Our Camp Jarrett boarding facility requires vaccinations for all upper respiratory diseases. Special needs cats, such as diabetics or the very old, may be boarded but only after a discussion with the doctor of your cat’s medical condition.

BREED RELATED PROBLEMS/BEHAVIOR ISSUES: Please go to http://www.cfa.org/index.html for a listing/description of all the recognized breeds of cats in the United States. For behavior problems and issues please go to http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/index.html

COLLARS AND TAGS: Collars should be tight enough to not slip over their head, but loose enough to be able to place one or two fingers beneath it. Special break-away collars are made to ensure that kitty will not be strangled should the collar become hung up on a tree or other obstacle. Identification tags should be available, especially if your kitty goes outside. See Microchipping.

COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL EXAM: The doctor will examine your pet thoroughly by checking the ears, eyes, nose, throat, teeth, skin, heart, lymph nodes, palpating the abdomen, and checking for external parasites.

Kitten: The doctor will perform a comprehensive physical exam including checking for congenital defects such as: juvenile cataracts, hernias, congenital heart murmurs, and proper bite. We will let you know if your kitten can be started on vaccines and establish a written kitten vaccination program for you to follow.

Adult: The comprehensive physical exam is performed annually and will once again check for the items listed above and overall health. This is the best time to discuss with the doctor any adult behavior problems that exist.

Geriatric: During the comprehensive physical exam, we will be looking for the onset of age related problems such as: kidney disease, dental disease, hyperthyroidism, arthritis, cancer, and diabetes. We will strongly recommend a wellness blood panel and wellness x-rays to provide early detection of unseen age related medical problems. Late Geriatric pets are recommended to have twice yearly exams.

DECLAWING OR NOT?: This procedure involves the surgical removal of the front claws. If you decide to declaw, it can be done at the same time as spaying or neutering. Our declaw surgery is performed by laser procedure. This provides less inflammation, bleeding, pain, and a quicker recovery. We also provide options for pain control in all our surgeries to make our patients as comfortable as possible.

Dr. Jarrett will only declaw indoor cats. Cats that go outside at all should not be declawed as they are at a great disadvantage if attacked by another animal. Ask us for an info/price sheet.

DENTAL CARE REVIEW: Periodontal disease affects over 85% of pets over the age of three. Teeth can accumulate tartar and bacteria. Over time, the bacteria is absorbed into the blood stream and can damage the heart, liver, and kidneys. Proper dental care involves cleaning the teeth above and below the gum line during a routine anesthetic procedure. Your cat’s need for a dental cleaning will be discussed each year during the annual comprehensive physical exam. CET AquaDent™ is a product that can be added to your pet’s drinking water. It will help to fight plaque and keep the breath fresh. While brushing your cat’s teeth is obviously the best, few felines will allow this to be done.

EMERGENCIES (after hours): Please call our hospital main phone number, 817-596-0909. If Dr. Jarrett is available the answering service will have him return your call promptly. Should Dr. Jarrett not be on call, the answering service will give you the number for the emergency animal hospital he recommends. Due to the very large size of the practice and the daily heavy case load, Dr. Jarrett is not able to provide 24 hour service year round. The emergency hospital will notify us of your visit to their hospital. The next day we will call to check on the condition of your pet. Please furnish us a copy of the medical record so we can stay current on your pet’s medical condition.

FECAL TESTING: Hookworms, Roundworms, Whipworms, Coccidia, & Tapeworms are common parasites of cats. A simple fecal test will detect if your cat has them. Hooks, Rounds, & Whips enter the cat before birth and thru the milk when nursing. These worms as well as Coccidia (protazoa parasite) are found in contaminated soil. We strongly recommend the monthly use of a product called Revolution which controls Hooks, Rounds, Whips, Ear Mites, Fleas, Ticks and Heartworms in any age cat. Tapeworms are transmitted by fleas and appear as white to brown rice size worms on the anus or fresh stool. We use Cestoved tablets or injections to treat for tapeworms.

FELINE LEUKEMIA/AIDS TESTING: Both of these diseases are transmitted to kittens while they are nursing if the mother has either one or both. The best recommendation is to have your new kitten or cat tested at the very first veterinary exam. If your cat is negative, you will need to vaccinate them for both diseases if they are going to be allowed outside even for just short periods of time.

FOOD CHOICE & FEEDING: Cats can have food available at all times unless they are predisposed to obesity. Always feed national brands such as Waltham, Purina, Iams/Eukanuba, and Science Diet. These higher priced quality foods have more digestible protein which allows the pet to eat less and get more out of it, which in turn decreases the stool volume. Because national brand name pet food has all of the vitamins and minerals in balanced proportions, you should not be giving any additional vitamins or supplements to your cat.

Kitten: Kittens over the age of 6 weeks do not need milk supplements or milk and should be fed a growth diet (kitten food). Water should always be available.

Adult: An adult cat can be transitioned from kitten food to an adult life stage diet at about 1 year of age. Free feeding is still best, unless your adult cat is prone to obesity. Again, water should always be available.

Early and Late Geriatric: At this age change their food to a senior diet. Subtle changes in weight are often the first sign of disease. Water consumption will need to be closely monitored at this age. Either an increase or decrease may be an early indication of disease.

GROOMING: Start this when your cat is young. By brushing or combing your cat regularly, you can keep its hair coat clean, shiny, and sleek. It will also teach your cat to be handled more easily. You will be more aware if your pet has acquired any parasites and it will help reduce the occurrence of hairballs.

HYPERTHYROIDISM: All cats over 10 yrs of age should be blood tested for hyperthyroidism. Even if it is not present the blood test will give us a baseline to compare as your geriatric cat enters the “sunset” years of its life. Approximately 20% geriatric of cats will develop hyperthyroidism in their lifetime. For some unknown reason the thyroid gland begins to grow and produce large amounts of thyroid hormone. This increased hormone level results in severe hunger, ravenous eating, weight loss, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure leading to early kidney failure or heart failure. The test is done in house and treatment is available for this common problem in aged cats.

INDOOR OR OUTDOOR?: Indoor cats live 50% longer lives simply by living indoors. Outside they are exposed to roaming tom cats that carry feline aids, leukemia, fip, parasites and other serious or deadly diseases. Vehicles, domestic dogs and coyotes get the rest of them. Interesting is the fact that most people over vaccinate their indoor cat and under vaccinate their outdoor cats. If your cat goes outside even for just a few minutes a day they are at risk for all of the outdoor diseases and problems listed.

INTERNET PHARMACIES: We have found most internet pharmacies to be repeatedly irresponsible when it comes to filling prescriptions. Most often they will refill a prescription without proper written authorization by the doctor. Furthermore, Texas law does not require veterinarians to write these prescriptions upon a client’s request. For these reasons we do not offer this service because it would be dangerous for your pet’s health as well as undercut our financial ability to provide our hospital services when you need them most.

LITTER BOX TRAINING: When bringing your new cat home keep kitty confined for 2-3 weeks to a small area, like a bathroom or laundry room along with the litter box. Gradually you can offer the entire house for roaming. The litter box should be cleaned out and changed 3-5 times/week to prevent health problems, house soiling, and odor control. If you have other cats, you will need to have one box per cat, plus one more. You may need to experiment with different types of litter such as clumping vs. clay. Once you find what your kitten uses best, stick with it and don’t make any changes. There are also choices available for types of litter boxes.

MICROCHIPPING: During this procedure a small glass computer chip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. By reading this chip’s number with a small hand held electronic scanner, your lost pet can be returned to the rightful owner. The procedure can be performed during an appointment, or at the time of your pet’s spay or neuter. Our local animal shelter scans all found pets for a microchip number. A one time fee is charged for both the implanting of the chip as well as recording your microchip information in the national registry. For every 25 microchips implanted, there are 2 lost pets returned to their correct owners using this form of permanent identification. If your cat has been microchiped, we will verify its presence and the number itself at your annual comprehensive exam and vaccination visit.

OPTIONS FOR BURIAL: After the end of life decision has been made, you have the option of taking your pet’s remains with you for home burial. We offer coordination with a recommended pet cemetery that provides communal or private burial services at their facility. We can arrange for private cremation with return of ashes in a wood urn.

PARASITE CONTROL: A good health regimen will contain control for external and internal parasites. We recommend Revolution®. This product will control internal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms and external parasites such as fleas, ticks and ear mites. Heartworm disease in cats is becoming more prevalent, even in indoor cats. Revolution also provides heartworm protection when used on a monthly basis. Tapeworms are transmitted by fleas. These rice sized worms can be controlled with an injection or oral tablet of Cestoved®. Products purchased at the grocery/feed store may not be effective and cannot be used on kittens less than two to three months of age. NOTE: Many flea products that are formulated for dogs are very toxic to cats.

PET INSURANCE: Many pet owners are wanting the highest level of care possible. Several pet insurance companies are now offering different levels of insurance depending upon age, breed, and sex of your animal. Most of them include preventative health care such as vaccines and parasite control as well as major medical coverage. If you are interested in providing insurance for your pet you can go on-line to see what your options are for this level of veterinary care. A good example can be found at www.petinsurance.com (VPI Pet Insurance).

PET PROOF YOUR HOME: Keep electrical wires out of reach. Never give turkey, chicken, or rib bones as a treat because they can splinter and cause serious injury. Make sure garbage receptacles are out of reach. Household items such as bleach, ammonia, disinfectants, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, paint, gasoline, rat poison can be fatal if swallowed. Poisonous plants include: lilies, philodendron, dieffenbachia, elephant ear, eucalyptus, spider plants, azalea, ivy, amaryllis, pyracantha, oleander, boxwood, Jerusalem cherry, and plant bulbs. Other items such as cosmetics, shampoos, skin creams, “perm” solutions, suntan lotions, sleeping pills, antihistamines, aspirin and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can all be lethal to pets. Watch out for hot irons, coffee pots and space heaters. Kittens will quickly be able to jump to new heights, so secure the lids to toilets, hot tubs and swimming pools. Kittens can fall in and not be able to get out.

SOCIALIZATION: You should handle your kitten as much as possible, but you also don’t want your kitten learning to play rough. Introduce toys to initiate playtime. Never let a kitten bite or scratch you in play. It will not be so cute when the kitten is an adult cat. Handle your kitten often and help it learn not to fear manipulation around the mouth, nose, ears, paws, and body. Keep in mind that at some point in your cat’s life, you may need to be able to give medications or treatments. You will also want your kitten to accept brushing and grooming. This may one day become helpful to you, your veterinarian, and other health care members.

SPAYING OR NEUTERING: We recommend spaying or neutering between 4 to 6 months of age. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of the female reproductive organs (uterus and ovaries). This surgery eliminates the behaviors associated with the heat cycle such as kneading, howling, and decreases overpopulation. A cat’s heat cycle can start in the spring, and continue through the fall. Neutering (castration) is the surgical removal of parts of the male reproductive organs (testicles). The benefits, besides preventing impregnation of a female cat, include the reduction of excessive aggressiveness, roaming, urine spraying, and the pungent odor of tomcat urine.

TOYS: Make sure plenty of toys are available, but they must be safe. Avoid leaving out strings or small objects. Kittens are notorious for eating things not designed for eating. Pet stores have many types of toys available specifically for cats. You’ll have to experiment to see which toys your kitty likes best! Special steps should be taken to kitten proof your house. Ask us for a free ruler/string/ball toy for your cat!

VACCINES: Vaccines have been the cornerstone of protection for pets and still are. Kittens will receive a written outline of approximate dates when vaccines and kitten exams need to be given. Adult cats are still recommended to receive annual boosters at the time of their annual comprehensive physical exam. Our hospital will mail you a reminder each time your cat’s vaccinations are due. We will discuss with you what vaccines are appropriate for your cat. Those vaccine recommendations are dependant upon factors such as boarding and exposure to outdoor cats. Listed below are brief descriptions of each vaccine.

  • Rabies: Parker County law requires annual vaccination for Rabies.
  • Fvrcp: Contains vaccine for 3 different contagious diseases.
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis: Severe upper respiratory virus. High fever, sneezing, drooling, eye infection, not eating
  • Calici Virus: Moderate to severe upper respiratory virus
  • Panleukopenia: Incorrectly called distemper. Intestinal virus related to canine
  • Parvo virus. Vomiting with diarrhea, high fever, not eating
  • Feline Leukemia: Often fatal virus suppresses immune system completely
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): Virus attacks immune system. Fatal
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV): Virus attacks immune system. Fatal.

Note: EXCLUSIVELY Indoor cats need RABIES, FVRCP & FELINE LEUKEMIA Outoor cats need to add both FIP & FIV

WEIGHT EVALUATION: At each exam or visit your cat will be evaluated by the veterinarian as to body weight versus bone structure size. Just like humans, OBESITY is the number one health problem in cats. Obesity in cats can cause many long-term conditions such as hepatic lipidosis, early arthritis of the spine, diabetes, and will contribute early failure of all organs. If obesity is a problem with your cat, the daily food intake may need to be reduced by ¼ to ⅓ in order for your cat to lose weight. Obesity is a life-threatening problem in cats… no matter how much they howl for food!

WELLNESS BLOOD PANEL: During the annual comprehensive physical exam we will recommend a wellness blood panel. This is strongly recommended on an annual basis for adult, early, and late geriatric cats. This will help us to diagnosis conditions early such as: kidney/liver problems, diabetes, hypertension, and hyperthyroidism. It may also be necessary to perform other routine diagnostics such as: thyroid function blood test, urinalysis, x-rays, fecal examination, and blood pressure monitoring. The wellness blood panel is offered at a reduced price (about 50% less) compared to a diagnostic blood panel for ill patients.

WELLNESS X-RAYS (CARDIAC/ARTHRITIS EVALUATION): Just like the wellness blood panel we will offer wellness x-rays during the annual comprehensive physical exam. These x-rays will screen for early signs of arthritis or cardiac disease. Early detection of unapparent problems provides an opportunity to reduce pain and improve health. Most wellness x-rays do not require your cat to be anesthetized. Wellness X-rays are also offered at a reduced price (about 50% less) compared to diagnostic x-rays.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

EAR CLEANING: It is ridiculous for vets or anyone to say that you should not put water in a dog’s or cat’s ear. If you want to clean out an ear, put 1″ of dish soap in a pistol grip 16 oz spray bottle and fill it with tap water. Shake well. Now restrain your dog or cat (you might need help with this) and spray this heavy soapy water deep into the ear canal. You may need 15-20 squirts. Massage it very well to create a washing machine effect to break up the ear wax and dirt in the ear canal. Using a separate spray bottle of clear water, rinse the soap out of the ear using another 15-20 squirts. Repeat this if necessary. No matter how much your pet hollers, screams or objects you are doing him a great service and not really hurting the pet. It is necessary to remove all dirt, infection or wax or any medication will not work when it just sits on top of this gooey mess. DON’T GET BITTEN! Some pets will make you immediately aware that anesthesia is required to clean the ears. Let us know.

GRASS EATING: Dogs (and sometimes cats) do not eat grass when they are sick. They eat grass because it looks good, taste good, smells good and they are hungry. Dogs that are MOWING THE LAWN WITH THEIR TEETH, vomit, then go play normally are not sick. Some dogs can eat grass with no problem but most cannot. The cure is to keep them from eating it by mowing the lawn short, picking up the cuttings, giving your pet plenty of chew toys, and playing with them often. Concrete paving of the back yard is not the answer.

HAIRBALLS IN CATS: Cats that vomit 1-2 times a week have hairballs. Even if you do not see one, the hair lines the stomach and intestine making the cat nauseated. We recommend frequent brushing, water on the food, and PURGE DROPS to manage hairball problem cats.

NAIL TRIMMING: Cut only the sharp tip of the nail. The pink quick is the same as ours so don’t cut it or it will bleed. Black nails are hard to judge so just clip off the tip. Start nail trimming when the puppy or kitten is young to get them use to having this done.

PREGNANCY: Cats are pregnant for 60-63 days (about 9 wks). Cats are seasonal breeders coming in heat every 21 days with each heat cycle lasting 3-5 days.

TICK REMOVAL: Yes, you can pick ticks. It is better than leaving the tick on the pet to suck blood and transmit more disease. However, wear gloves or use tweezers! Tick blood has lots of diseases that you can contract through unbroken skin. Better to use a flea/tick spray and just let them die now and fall off in a day or two. We use and recommend FRONTLINE PLUS, PREVENTIC COLLARS, or OVITROL flea/tick spray to control ticks.

TRAVELING BY CAR OR PLANE: For both cats and dogs do not feed the pet for 12 hours before traveling and only give a sip or two of water. This makes the pet less likely to vomit. Benadryl in cats is unpredictable so don’t use it.

HOSPITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

COMMUNITY SERVICE: We take great pride in providing free medical care for all Parker County drug/service dogs of the cities, county, & state of Texas Law Enforcement agencies. It is our community contribution towards improving the quality of life for everyone in Parker County.

LASER SURGERY: Since 1999 our surgical suite has been equipped with an ACCUVET CO2 Surgical Laser. Soft tissue surgery is 75% less painful as well as almost bloodless. All spays, neuters, de-claws, ear trims, and many more soft tissue surgeries are now done exclusively with the laser. When coupled with post-op pain medications the ACCUVET CO2 Surgical Laser can make surgery as pain free as possible.

LOW COST SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM: Pricing for spays and neuters is kept as low as possible to offer our clients the opportunity to prevent unwanted litters of dogs and cats. You will find our rates to be among the lowest anywhere when you compare our quality of service. There are 2 spay/neuter days per week for your convenience, and there is a free one night hospitalization either before or after surgery to make admit/discharge easy. You may also admit & pick up your pet the same day of surgery. Current pricing is available by calling the hospital at 817-596-0909.

LOW COST VACCINATION CLINICS: We hold low cost vaccination clinics in area grocery store parking lots on the 2nd Saturday April thru October. This mobile service provides pet owners with multiple pets an opportunity to have their pets vaccinated at a reduced rate. We have found this service to be very well received and a great way to introduce our hospital staff and services to new clients. While no exam/office call is required, we want to stress here the importance of having your pet examined once a year to make sure health problems are not a surprise later in life. Prices for these clinics are generally about ½ of the in-clinic cost. If you are interested in this service please ask our staff for a schedule/price sheet.

OBEDIENCE TRAINING CLASSES: We have a well recognized obedience trainer that uses the lighted parking lot at Camp Jarrett for training classes. Classes are held during the Spring, Summer & Fall on Tuesday evening’s. Ask us for a flyer if you are interested in enrolling your K-9 family member.

PET ADOPTIONS: Occasionally, we somehow manage to have and extra cat, kitten, dog, or puppy on hand. Help us find them a place to live and be loved. We ask $75 per adoption to cover our hard cost of medical care. All of hospital staff’s professional time and energy is donated. Check with us if you are looking for a new furry family member.

PET BOARDING/DAY CARE @ “CAMP JARRETT”: Send your pet to camp! Camp Jarrett, located in the old hospital at 1724 Ft. Worth Hwy in Weatherford is Parker County’s premier pet boarding & day care facility. Your pet can enjoy time away from you in our all indoor central air/heat kennel. Our services include:

  • Free admit health/flea/tick checkup
  • Veterinarian on call
  • Personal food/toys/bedding allowed
  • Sunday discharge available
  • 3 potty breaks/day (8am, 4pm, 8pm)
  • K-9 Camper day care
  • Pet Products & Other Services
  • Kitty Camper playtime

Dogs and Cats are camped in separate kennel rooms.

Special Offer: 1 day free trial K-9 daycare pass (new campers only)

For reservations: 817-596-0909 (Hospital phone number)

*****All admits and discharges to Camp Jarrett are by appointment only*****

SENIOR DISCOUNT (10%): While it may only be 10%, our senior discount has been greatly appreciated by our senior clients. Be sure to let us know if you are 65 yrs or older so we can permanently mark your client record.