Dr. Fondren has a special interest in dentistry and is a member of AVDS
In a recent study it was reported that 85% of all dogs and cats over the age of 2 years have some degree of periodontal disease or gingivitis. Fondren Pet Care Center believes that good dental health is key in prevention of not only dental disease, but kidney and cardiac disease as well. Fondren Pet Care Center has state of the art equipment, which includes digital dental x-ray, hi-speed drill, gum therapeutics, and advanced cardiac monitoring system. We want your pet’s smile to be happy, healthy and pain-free. Please call today for your smile checkup.
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Florida’s warm, humid weather can wreak havoc on your dog or cat’s skin. Fleas, allergies, and ear infections are all more prevalent in our tropical climate. We can provide the information and services you need to keep your pet looking and feeling their best, and carry a multitude of products to meet your needs. Keeping your pet’s ears clean and pain free can be a challenging task. dog having ear cleansing solution put in earsdog having ears cleanedRemember to always clean your pet’s ears after every bath, after swimming and for maintenance twice a week. Treating the symptoms is often the easy part. Determining the cause of the problem requires veterinary medical skill and experience. Itchiness may be caused by flea or food allergies, bacterial and fungal infections or a combination of the above. Fortunately Dr. Mary C. Fondren has a special interest in dermatology. She has spent countless hours of her spare time reading, attending seminars and lectures on diseases of the skin. Much of her practice is dedicated to diagnosing and treatment of skin diseases.
The eyes are considered the windows into your pet’s health. They tell a lot about how your pet feels. For example, if your pet feels bad or has a fever, his eyes may be dull and perhaps more runny and mucousy. A thorough ophthalmic exam can therefore help us detect diseases early before other significant clinical signs are present. Animals are very inquisitive. They often investigate by putting their heads into areas where they shouldn’t. This can lead to scratches on their eyes. To detect this damage, a fluoroscein stain is applied to the surface of the cornea and then flushed. The stain will adhere to the scratched portion which helps to determine what type of eye medications to use. Another informative eye test we use is for glaucoma, where we test for intraocular pressure. We use a Tonometer, an eye pressure pen designed solely for use with animals. Glaucoma, or high eye pressure, occurs because of genetics, trauma, secondary to cataracts, or from age related issues. Other equipment utilized for eye examination include direct and indirect ophthalmoscopy, tear production tests. We also can refer to Board Certified Ophthalmologists locally.
Laser Therapy - “Cold laser therapy” also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is becoming an important development is treatment of physical diseases. It was first discovered shortly after the invention of lasers, by a Hungarian scientist trying to determine if lasers could be a cause of cancer. To his dismay it promoted healing. Now this simple non-invasive treatment is available for your pet at Fondren Pet Care Center
Our new and exciting tool to better pet health is a Therapy Laser. Most people think of cutting and surgery when they hear laser, but this is a “cold” type laser or low-level laser therapy (LLLT). Instead of cutting tissue, this laser directs an intense beam of light into tissue to reduce pain, inflammation, and accelerate healing, called photobiostimulation.
Therapy lasers, which have been FDA approved since 2005, increase the release of endorphins in tissue so that the perception of pain is diminished.Read More about
Because dogs and cats age, on average, about seven times faster than people, significant health changes can occur relatively quickly. Most people don’t realize that their pet seeing the veterinarian only once a year is equivalent to a person seeing their doctor or dentist only every seven years. The AVMA recommends preventative care exams every six months so that problems can be prevented or detected before they become life threatening. Preventative care exams include screenings for a variety of illnesses and a risk assessment based on your pet’s environment, allowing the doctor to create a personalized prevention program for your pet.
We recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine deworming are important components of wellness care and can prevent diseases that are not only life-threatening, but very expensive to treat. We can recommend a wellness program based on your pet's breed (some breeds are predisposed to certain health problems), age, lifestyle and overall health.
A microchip is a small grain of rice sized passive electronic circuit that requires no maintenance and is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades with a hypodermic needle and is used to identify your pet. Animal shelters, veterinarians and other animal care facilities have “scanners” that can read the unique serial number in the microchip and then check a database to find the owners registered information. Microchips are not a GPS device. Microchips used in the United States differ from those that are used in Europe. Therefore folks that are planning travel to Europe with their pets should have both the U.S. chip and the European (ISO*) chip in their pet. Fortunately Fondren Pet Care Center carries both the U.S. and ISO chips and has scanners that read both.
* International Organization for Standardization 11784/11785
Radiographs or X-rays are the second most commonly used medical test, after laboratory tests. Known as diagnostic radiography. X-rays can be used to reveal the internal structure of the body on film by highlighting these differences in densities. We are equipped to cover from small digital dental images, to large dog digital radiographs. Since these images are in digital form (similar to digital photos ) they can be transmitted to board certified radiologists for interpretation (tele-medicine) in just a few minutes.