We're pleased to offer the following services at Sam Bass Veterinary Wellness:
Emergencies are accepted anytime our clinic is open. If you feel you have an emergency with your pet, please call us or come in immediately. If possible it is best to call before coming in so that a staff member can advise you on your particular emergency.
Sometimes physical examination alone is not enough to tell us what is going on with your pet.
At SBVW, we have invested considerable education, time, and effort into obtaining and offering you and your pet the most advanced diagnostics available.
From routine, in-house blood work to allow us to look at internal organ function to digital radiographs which allow us to look at the bones and organs themselves, we have it all.
When further diagnostics are needed, the doctors at SBVW can also perform an ultrasound which looks at the organs in real time, cross sectional views to get even more detail.
All of the instruments allow us to obtain more information regarding your pet’s condition in order to present you with an effective, targeted treatment plan in order to help your pet get back to health and wellness quickly.
We know bringing your pet in for surgery is stressful and we want to reassure you that the staff at SBVW is highly trained in all aspects of anesthesia monitoring and patient care/ comfort. Most importantly, we too are pet owner and will do everything in our powers to treat your pet as one of ours. The doctors, as well, will be right there throughout the entire event.
We provide minimally invasive surgery, which offers significant benefits in surgical risks, prognosis, and post operative pain management and healing. We also can perform routine, elective, advanced and specialty cases; Dr. Murphy has advanced surgical residency training and can perform all soft tissue, oncological (cancer surgery), orthopedic, or neurosurgical procedures. The whole pet from pre to post operative pain management, patient monitoring including EKG, blood pressure and body temperature to oxygenation in the blood... to rehabilitation and condition (aka physical therapy) in people, to expedite your pet's return to normal form and function.
When you schedule surgery, here are a few important things to remember.
We will call you the night before to confirm your pet’s appointment and give you a few instructions you will need and happily answer all your questions.
The morning of surgery, one of the technicians will review the procedure, the estimate and again answer any remaining questions you may have. Once ready, the technician will take your pet back and let him/ her set up and comfortable prior to the procedure. Time is allowed for your pet to settle in prior to any pre-surgical blood work or placement of an intravenous catheter for administration of medications and fluids during surgery. Your pets ease and comfort are our primary concern.
Pain management is essential for your pet’s comfort and success, and our staff is highly trained in all aspects of pain management modalities. During surgery we will closely monitor your pet’s vitals to insure a smooth anesthetic event.
The doctors at SBVW are highly trained and Dr. Murphy himself completed a surgical residency and has years of experience in the referral community prior to joining SBVW performing all surgeries from soft tissue, orthopedics, neurological to oncological surgery.
Following surgery, again, your pet’s comfort is essential; therefore, the technician will ensure a warm, comfortable recovery cage with all your pets needs met.
Following recovery, the doctor and/ or technician will call you and let you know your pet is doing well and review the procedure. A post-operative treatment plan will be made and we will get your pet home to you as soon as possible.
As always, the staff is available to answer any and all of your questions.
Canine (as well as feline) rehabilitation can address issues such as mobility, joint damage (from orthopedic surgery, injury, arthritis, obesity, etc), and pain management. Dr. Murphy is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, a rare and honored distinction in the field.
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points in your dog's body in order to incur a healing response. This technique has been successfully used to treat a range of health issues in dogs in China for thousands of years. Acupuncture can often be successfully employed to treat dogs with any of the following issues: muscoskeletal problems (such as arthritis), respiratory problems, skin problems, gastrointestinal problems (such as diarrhea), and more.
The best investment you can make in your pet’s health and happiness is regular wellness examinations. These physical exams allow us to chart a baseline in biometrics and behavior for your dog, so that we can quickly see when something goes amiss. We will perform a full examination and will closely look at each of your dog’s major biological systems. If we do catch a problem, it is important to be able to catch it quickly, when treatment is simpler and more effective.
Vaccinations are important. Vaccinations, such as rabies, are required annually by Texas state law, as rabies is a public health risk and 100 percent fatal if contracted. We realize that not all pets are at high risk for many of the other commonly vaccinated disease. Therefore at SBVW, we will discuss you and your pet's environment, risk factors for potential exposure, and tailor a vaccination plan to your pet's needs. After your puppy or kitten's initial boosters, long term needs and requirements for prevention and exposure may indicate no need for further chemical injections into the body.
Photobiomodulation, aka laser therapy, is the application of a collocated beam of light at a specific wave length to the patient's diseased or damaged tissue thus stimulating the cells of the patient's body to initiate self repair, healing, or modulation of pain and many times eliminate the need for tradition medications. Laser therapy is an incredibly exciting innovation, and has a wide range of potential applications.
We have a veterinarian and personnel on duty six days a week who are trained and equipped to handle any urgent care your pet has. Usually an emergency team consists of at least one veterinarian and several technicians working together to save a pet's life. Emergencies can be things such as accidental ingestion of rat poison, hit by car, and chocolate ingestion. If you ever feel that your pet needs emergency treatment do not hesitate to call or come in immediately.
We are also available for urgent care when the condition is not life-threatening. If you feel your pet needs to be seen before you are able to get an appointment, our veterinarians will work to "squeeze" you in between scheduled appointments. When you arrive, our receptionists will be able to give you an estimate on how long you may have to wait in order to be seen.
Because a large number of veterinarians practice at Sam Bass Veterinary Wellness, we can care for many types of pets:
- Pot-belly pigs
- Pocket Pets*
- Small Farm Animals*
*Select veterinarians only. Call us for more information.