Preventive Health Care

Crossroads Animal Clinic in Arlington, TX offers quality pet care.

Comprehensive Physical Exams

Comprehensive Physical Exams Regular comprehensive physical wellness exams are an integral part of your pet's health. Prevention is the key to keeping your pet well and regular examinations give us the opportunity to evaluate your pet's health and detect diseases and chronic health conditions early, before they become difficult and expensive to treat.

Your pet should undergo a complete physical examination at least once a year, but we encourage more frequent check-ups. During every exam, we perform a complete evaluation of your pet. This includes, but is not limited to checking your pet's vital signs; examining the eyes and ears; evaluating your pet's heart and lungs; checking the gums, teeth and tongue; testing your pet's joints and muscles, and looking for signs of tumors or skin conditions.

Regular vaccinations keep your pet safe. As part of your pet's visit, we may administer preventive vaccinations. The vaccinations that we administer are based on your pet's lifestyle and other risk factors. For pet guests staying with us at our boarding facility, we require Rabies, DHLPPC, Influenza and Bordetella vaccinations, as well as a fecal examination for detecting internal parasites. Pets in need of heartworm preventive medication must have had a heartworm test performed within the last 12 months.

Lifestage Wellness

Lifestage Wellness Puppies and kittens have health care needs that are drastically different from older pets. Whatever your pet's stage in life, Crossroads Animal Clinic strives to provide exceptional pet health care.

Puppies and Kittens: We want to help you welcome your new puppy or kitten into your home. The best way to do that is by providing your new best friend with high-quality veterinary care. If you have a new pet, we provide you with educational handouts and answer any questions you might have about your new puppy or kitten. We also perform a series of exams and tests specifically designed to promote good health in your new pet.

Adult and Senior Pets: Pets age faster than people, and most pets are considered "senior citizens" about the time they reach 7 years of age. Senior pets make wonderful companions but their health care needs are much different than younger pets. Prevention is the key to keeping your senior pet healthy. We can tailor a wellness program, including regular exams and diagnostic tests, that meets your senior pet's health care needs.

Heartworm and Parasite Prevention

Heartworm and Parasite Prevention Parasites are a pain for your pet - and they can be a pain for your family, too! Fleas, ticks and internal parasites like roundworms and hookworms are zoonotic - this means they can be transmitted from animals to humans. Early prevention is the key to keeping parasites at bay. Crossroads Animal Clinic administers a variety of preventive treatments for fleas, ticks and other parasites. We work with you to find out which treatment is right for your pet.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is a serious disease that affects both dogs and cats. It can damage the heart and lungs and, in some cases, result in death. Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes; this means that all pets, even indoor-only pets, are at risk. Often, symptoms of heartworm infection are slow to appear. Dogs with heartworm disease may suffer from frequent coughing, difficulty breathing, and a lack of energy. Cats may experience convulsions, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate and lethargy.

Preventing heartworm infection is the best way to keep your pet healthy. We provide a number of different heartworm preventive medicines for pets.

Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping Your Pet Sometimes, a sturdy collar and ID tag are not enough to identify your pet should he or she become lost. Microchipping your pet is a safe, easy way to help increase the chances your beloved companion returns home should he or she become lost. A microchip is a small device, about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Every microchip is encoded with unique information that corresponds to a listing for your pet in a national pet database. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters around the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your pet is lost, his or her microchip is scanned and the information it contains is used to reunite you and your pet.

Crossroads Animal Clinic is proud to use the HomeAgain Microchip ID system. Our hospital is equipped with a universal scanner that we use to scan any stray animals brought into our clinic. If you'd like to learn more about microchipping your pet, please speak to a staff member or veterinarian.