We Work with Animal Lovers
Dogwood is a full-service veterinary practice providing everything you need for your pet’s health and happiness! From annual check-ups to specialized surgery, we’ve got you covered. With access to the best medical care available, we aim to take care of our patients in every way possible.
We love working with people just like us – animal lovers. Our clients are pet parents who are kind, respectful and open to learning about their pets’ medical needs. Above all, they are people who love their animals like family! At Dogwood, we thrive when we work alongside our clients to deliver the best possible quality of life for the animals we love.
We offer regular wellness visits, as well as common examination and vaccination services to help you stay on top of your pet’s health. At a wellness visit, we’re able to test for heartworms and parasites, as well as monitor organ health and screen for disease. We’re also able to recommend and administer vaccines when and if appropriate, to prevent and mitigate future illnesses.
The exact screenings and tests necessary will be tailored to your individual pet. While we recommend annual check-ups for most dogs and cats, elderly animals or animals with chronic illness may need more frequent visitations.
When establishing a pet’s vaccination plan, many factors are taken into consideration. At Dogwood, we collaborate with you to tailor a program of vaccinations and preventive health care that will help your pet maintain a lifetime of infectious disease protection.
Data has shown that the use of vaccinations has prevented death and disease in millions of animals within the last century. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases, and they improve your pet's overall quality of life. Some diseases we routinely vaccinate against are considered zoonotic, which means the disease can spread between humans and animals. So keeping your pet vaccinated helps protect the two-legged family members too!
On rare occasions, pets will have adverse reactions to vaccines. Usually adverse reactions are mild and easily treated or self-limiting. However, if there is a good reason to avoid vaccination, we can check your pet's titers: a simple test that measures the amount of antibodies in the blood. While antibody titers do not replace vaccination programs, they can help determine if your pet has a reasonable expectation of protection against disease.
In the state of Texas all animals are at risk for contracting parasites, and some of them can cause severe illness. Luckily, there are simple and cost effective ways to prevent parasitic infections in our pets.
Unfortunately, heartworm disease is commonly seen in dogs that are not taking preventative medicine. At Dogwood, we have many different options for you to consider when choosing the best heartworm prevention for your pet. One that has become very popular due to its wide safety margin, convenience and efficacy is Proheart. This injectable prevention lasts up to a year, doing away with the inconvenience of remembering a monthly pill.Without adequate heartworm prevention, dogs in this part of the county are very susceptible to contracting heartworm disease, which is carried by mosquitoes. If caught early, heartworm disease can be treated with little to no long term effects. We offer safe, effective heartworm treatment and follow the guidelines outlined by the American Heartworm Society.On rare occasions, pets will have adverse reactions to vaccines. Usually adverse reactions are mild and easily treated or self-limiting. However, if there is a good reason to avoid vaccination, we can check your pet's titers: a simple test that measures the amount of antibodies in the blood. While antibody titers do not replace vaccination programs, they can help determine if your pet has a reasonable expectation of protection against disease.
In 2019, Round Rock City Council passed an ordinance requiring all residents of Round Rock to microchip their cats and dogs. Beyond adhering to the ordinance for the sake of it, it’s critical to microchip your pet for peace of mind.
A study of more than 7,700 stray animals at shelters in 23 states showed that microchipped dogs were returned to their owners at more than double the overall rate for all stray dogs. For stray cats, the difference in return rates was even more dramatic. In the case that your pet is lost, there is a dramatic increase in the possibility of being reunited through microchipping.Microchipping can be done at any time in our clinic, and it involves a quick and easy needle poke similar to the vaccination process.
We recommend a thorough physical examination to assess body condition, behavior, diet and lifestyle of all pets prior to breeding. Additionally, we are happy to provide OFA testing so that you may get an official assessment of your pets likelihood to pass on undesired genetic abnormalities.
When it comes to your animal’s health care, we don’t believe in “one size fits all.” Instead, we take an integrative approach to internal medicine, which looks at managing long-term illnesses and chronic conditions.
When formulating a treatment plan for your pet, we consider more than just the symptoms and the latest diagnostics. We also take into consideration the patient’s age, genetics and personal history. At Dogwood, we work diligently to understand our patients completely, so we can manage complex investigations into their health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, dental issues are incredibly common. Unattended dental issues can lead to greater issues beyond discomfort, like periodontal disease and systemic issues with major organs. Tooth and gum issues can lead to damage of the kidney and heart, and can even contribute to liver disease, among other problems. We handle both dental cleanings and necessary extractions to prevent and treat complications stemming from tooth decay and disease.
If your pet needs a prophylactic procedure, or has an injury or disorder that requires surgery, we’re able to perform a wide variety of elective and non-life threatening operations in our clinic.
We also understand how stressful surgery can be for owners! We’re here to provide high-quality services by extremely talented board certified surgeons, Dr. Allman and Dr. Key, when needed. And we schedule surgeries daily, so if your pet needs a procedure fast, we’re on it. If your pet’s surgical needs are outside of the scope of what we can provide, we don’t hesitate to use outside resources in order to get the very best care for our patients.
Dr. Riddick is USDA certified and can assist in getting your pets across the globe. Requirements vary depending on the country that you will be visiting.
Some countries and states have very strict requirements when it comes to visiting with pets, so make sure that you do your research and Dr. Riddick can help collaborate with you and foreign authorities to ensure a smooth traveling process. Please refer to the USDA APHIS pet travel website for additional information about international requirements.