Our veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them. Wellness exams are the best way to prevent or detect disease early before it becomes a serious health condition. Each examination will vary slightly depending on the species, age, and health needs of your pet. Our wellness exams include a comprehensive physical and dental exam, in-depth screenings for diseases like heartworm and intestinal parasites, annual vaccinations, and food and nutritional recommendations.
Keeping a watchful eye on your pet when they reach their senior years is very important. Due to the variety of conditions and diseases that affect older pets, our veterinarians recommend more frequent wellness examinations for senior pets. Our veterinarians and highly-trained veterinary staff can help you to monitor and treat your senior pet, if any health concerns arise. Senior pet wellness exams include a thorough physical and dental exam, appropriate diagnostic tests, and a review of your pet’s diet and medication protocol.
Congratulations on your new companion! Having your new puppy or kitten examined is important, and should be done within a few days of bringing them home. On their first visit, your veterinarian will thoroughly examine your puppy or kitten to identify any potential health problems early on. The doctor will also take time to answer your questions on caring for your pet. Our puppy and kitten exams include a thorough physical and dental exam, flea and tick control, intestinal parasite testing, and vaccinations.
At Starnes Animal Clinic, our state-of-the-art surgical suite is designed to provide a host of modern surgical options including spays, neuters, and other common surgical procedures. Our surgical team has advanced training and years of experience in orthopedic, soft tissue, routine, and elective surgeries. Surgical procedures are scheduled Monday through Friday. To learn more about surgery at Starnes Animal Clinic, please contact our clinic staff at (903) 561-3211.
Having your pet checked regularly for signs of dental disease is very important. Dental disease does not just affect the mouth. Bacteria and oral inflammation can lead to heart, kidney, and liver disease. We recommend regular dental exams and teeth cleanings to keep your pet's teeth clean and healthy. Dental services offered at Starnes Animal Clinic include teeth cleaning, polishing, digital dental radiographs, tooth extractions and oral surgery.
Microchipping is a minor and painless procedure that implants a tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. Each microchip is encoded with your contact information and other important information about your cat or dog. Microchipping is available during any routine office visit. The procedure is very simple and anesthetic is not required. Protect your pet with permanent microchip identification. Unlike a collar with id tags, a microchip can never be removed or lost.
Our in-house laboratory and diagnostic capabilities allow us to have results to many tests in a short period of time. Our clinic is equipped to perform an extensive range of diagnostic tests including complete blood counts and chemistry analysis, heartworm testing, tick-borne disease testing, thyroid tests, urinalysis and fecal examinations, and more. If necessary, we are able to send more complex lab work, such as biopsies, to specialized laboratories for analysis.
Starnes Animal Clinic offers digital radiographs to better diagnose and treat pets that are sick or injured. Digital radiography provides x-ray images without the use of conventional film. This produces high-quality images, while providing the lowest possible exposure of radiation to your pet. These images can be easily enlarged to enhance the smallest of details and assist veterinarians in making a diagnosis and prescribing treatment in a timely manner.