Medical Services

If your pet needs medical assistance, you can feel confident turning to us. Our knowledgeable staff and modern facilities are equipped to handle a wide variety of medical conditions, including emergencies. Because we can perform many diagnostic procedures in-house, we can often give you immediate answers and start treating your pet faster. In some cases, your pet may require hospitalization and further diagnostic tests. Please take a look at the more detailed descriptions of medical services we offer, or call us to discuss your pet’s needs.

Therapeutic Laser

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Laser therapy is the latest technology in health care for your pet. Laser Therapy allows your pet to heal faster after surgery or traumatic injury. It eases pain and improves mobility. Laser therapy provides geriatric animals relief of aches and pains and allows for more freedom and improved quality of life. Laser therapy reduces pain, inflammation, and stimulates nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation, and immune system response.

Laser Therapy can enhance your pet’s life. It’s a drug-free, surgery-free, pain-free alternative to pain relief for your pet. The science behind laser therapy is a deep-penetrating light that allows pain relief through the release of endorphins, and stimulates the injured cells to heal at a faster rate. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been investigated and used clinically for over 30 years, mostly in Eastern Europe and Asia. This phenomenon, known as laser biostimulation, is the basis for the current use of lasers to treat a variety of articular, neural and soft tissue conditions.

The top ten beneficial biological effects of Laser Therapy Laser are as follows:

  • Relieves Pain (Analgesia)
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Accelerates Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
  • Improves Circulation (Angiogenesis)
  • Increases Cellular Metabolic Activity
  • Reduces Fibrous Tissue Formation
  • Improves Nerve Function
  • Accelerates Wound Healing
  • Stimulates Immunoregulation
  • Stimulates Acupuncture and Trigger Points

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call and talk to one of our certified laser technicians.


Laboratory Analysis

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Our on-site laboratory allows us to perform diagnostic lab testing to help us determine the best treatment plan for your pet’s medical condition. We have extensive access to outside diagnostic laboratories for any special needs your pet may have.

On-site testing provides rapid results which are vital to decision making for critical patients. Testing within our hospital includes blood chemistries, complete blood cell counts, coagulation profiles, urinalysis, fecal testing, heartworm tests, leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus testing, electrolytes, thyroid testing, parvo virus testing, cortisol, and pancreatic testing. We also perform numerous skin, eye, and ear tests. Some of our outside laboratories include the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab at College Station, Antech laboratory, the Minnesota Urolith Center, Kansas State University, the Texas A&M Gastrointestinal Lab, and Spectrum Laboratories.

Dental Care

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Tara Animal Hospital evaluates the dental health of all patients and provides routine cleanings, dental x-rays, and extractions when needed.

All of the veterinarians at Tara continue their education in dentistry as this is a rapidly advancing area in medicine. Dr. Read has completed a course in dental extractions and our technicians continue to educate themselves on the newest dental procedures through webinars and conferences. We provide digital dental x-rays for complete evaluation of oral health. Our equipment includes a state of the art Dentalaire with low and high speed drills, compressed air and polisher. Tara Animal Hospital’s second dental unit is a Suprasson which allows for subgingival scaling. All anesthesia for these procedures is preceded by bloodwork panel and includes fluid therapy for the duration of anesthesia. Following the procedure, we devise a plan to increase dental hygiene which will benefit overall health of our patients.


Digital Radiology

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At Tara Animal Hospital we are able to take high quality digital radiographs that are instantly ready for the doctors to evaluate.

The doctors will look closely at each individual radiograph and will happily show you the radiographs on one of our computers if you are interested. We also have at ability to send your pet’s radiographs to a radiologist for a second reading if both you and the doctor feel this is needed.

Flea Control

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A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. We will gladly assist you in this process. We can provide you with safe, effective flea prevention and if necessary, flea treatment. See the flea article in the Pet Health Library of our site.

Dermatology (Skin)

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Skin problems are common in dogs and cats and can be caused by hormonal disorders, allergies, infections, or parasites such as fleas and mites. These issues can be particularly difficult to treat and should be addressed promptly.

We can often diagnose a skin problem by simply examining your pet. Some dermatologic diseases or conditions do require additional diagnostic procedures to ensure a correct diagnosis. Depending on your pet’s symptoms and the results of our physical exam, we may run blood work or perform a urinalysis, skin scraping, or biopsies.

Contact us if you notice your dog or cat scratching excessively or if he or she develops any bare patches, scabs, scaling, redness, inflammation, lumps, or bumps.

Cardiology (Heart)

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Although heart problems are found more often in older pets, these conditions can affect pets at any age. Heart disease is usually a life-threatening condition, but early diagnosis and appropriate therapy can extend your pet’s life. If caught soon enough, some forms of heart disease can be cured.

Heart disease can lead to congestive heart failure (CHF), which occurs when the heart can no longer pump blood effectively. If an animal is suffering from CHF, fluid usually accumulates in and around the lungs and sometimes in the abdomen. Congenital heart disease (animals born with a heart problem), valvular heart disease (abnormalities of the heart valves), arrhythmias (rhythm disturbances), and heartworm disease can all lead to CHF.

Call us if your pet starts breathing rapidly or coughing, loses his or her appetite, tires easily, seems weak, or has trouble exercising. We can discover many heart problems during a physical exam. Additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), radiographs (x-rays), and ultrasounds, are usually needed to accurately identify the cause of the heart disease or failure.


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It is crucial for your pet’s vision that we detect and treat glaucoma and other problems with intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) as quickly as possible. We can test your dog or cat’s eyes for excess pressure easily and safely. The test, performed with a device called a tonometer, is not painful and does not require sedation.

If not treated immediately (within hours to days), glaucoma can cause permanent vision loss or even blindness. Pets that have suffered eye injuries should have this test performed. In addition, we recommend that breeds that are prone to developing glaucoma come in for regular measurements so we can monitor eye pressure and begin treatment before any problem becomes irreversible. Please call us to discuss whether your pet may be at higher risk for glaucoma.

Call us right away if you notice any of the following problems in either or both of your pet’s eyes: dilated (enlarged) pupils, clouding of the cornea (the normally clear outer layer of the eye), red or bloodshot eyes, one eye protruding or appearing larger than the other, squinting, or tearing. Because glaucoma is painful, your pet may react by rubbing or pawing at the eyes or rubbing his or her head against the floor or furniture more than normal.


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We offer advanced technology to help us diagnose your pet’s medical condition.

Ultrasound imaging can give us a clear and precise format from which to determine the most effective treatment options for your pet. We are also able to check for pregnancy with our ultrasound unit. Critical patients may be referred to an internal medicine specialist who periodically performs sonograms/echocardiograms in our office, or be transferred to a 24 hour hospital for ongoing treatment.


Endocrinology (Hormones)

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Identifying endocrine problems as early as possible is important in dogs and cats. These serious, potentially life-threatening conditions are much more manageable when caught early, allowing us to begin proper treatment.

The endocrine system is made up of a group of tissues (mostly glands) that release hormones into the bloodstream. These hormones regulate metabolism, growth, development, and reproduction and are dispersed to different areas of the body, depending on the hormone’s function. When a hormonal balance is disturbed (by a tumor or autoimmune disease, for instance), an endocrine disorder can develop. “Hyper” refers to an excess of hormone, and “hypo” refers to a deficiency in a hormone. Treatment varies depending on the disease.

There are several common endocrine disorders found in dogs and cats:

  • Diabetes mellitus is caused by a deficiency in or resistance to the hormone insulin.
  • Hypothyroidism, which is often diagnosed in dogs, indicates that the animal has low levels of thyroid hormone.
  • Hyperthyroidism, which frequently affects cats, indicates that the animal has high levels of thyroid hormones.
  • Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) and Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) can also affect both species, although Cushing’s disease is rare in cats.

Contact us if your pet begins panting excessively, develops any skin issues (such as hair loss or dull coat), or shows any changes in behavior, energy levels, appetite, weight, water consumption, or urination.