The Pet Hospital of Granbury

1851 Acton Hwy
Granbury, TX 76049


Updated Rabies Home Quarantine Law for Hood County

We were glad to see the updated Rabies Quarantine Ruling that was recently decided upon by Hood County Animal Control. Home quarantine makes sense for pets that are current on their Rabies Vaccine and in cases where the person bitten was either an immediate family member or an adult who agrees to the home quarantine.

It is imperative that those pets are kept confined (per Animal Control guidelines) during the quarantine period.

If something happens and they were to escape and not be found, it is likely that the Texas Department of Health would recommend the person that was bitten receive post exposure Rabies prophylaxis (vaccination), which can be very costly.

It is important to note that each individual county in Texas has it's own Rabies Control Authority which, overseen by County Commissioners, can set more stringent Rabies Vaccination laws based on the risk of exposure to pets and humans in the area.  Private practice veterinarians do not have any authority over the laws- we are only here to help clients abide by them by vaccinating and quarantining pets on request of the owner.

The following handout is from the Texas Department of Health about quarantine when dealing with animal bites to people.

Anesthesia Safety & Your Pet - 02/14/2017

As a practicing veterinarian, one of the biggest concerns I hear from clients is the risk of anesthesia when their beloved pet needs to undergo a procedure.  I know all too well the stories of pets who went to their veterinarian for a procedure and never came home.  As a pet owner myself, I can relate to those emotions.
As a doctor, I would love nothing more than to be able to tell my clients with 100% certainty that their pet will be perfectly fine when undergoing an anesthetic procedure.  I’d love to offer a complete, no questions asked guarantee.  Because of the nature of medicine and the variability between individual patients, doing so would be not only dishonest and unethical, it would be illegal.  Most state licensing boards restrict doctors from offering any guarantee of a cure.
What I can confidently tell clients is that, after 19 years of practice, the risks of anesthesia are very low- much lower than when I started in practice, and we do everything we can to minimize those risks.
As an accredited practice with the American Animal Hospital Association, we follow their guidelines (currently a 9 page guide found here)
Here is a summary of the steps we take:
1.       History of the patient- Have they had a problem in the past and are there any underlying health concerns that might affect anesthesia?

2.      A comprehensive physical exam- This is becoming a lost art in medicine, but nothing can replace a good nose to tail exam of a patient.

3.      Pre-operative bloodwork- Problems like anemia, abnormal blood sugar, and kidney or liver disorders can affect a patient’s ability to be safely anesthetized.

4.      IV catheter and IV fluids while anesthetized- Helps support blood pressure and maintain immediate access to the circulatory system if medications need to be given quickly.

5.      Pre-operative sedation and pain medication- This helps relax the patient, reducing stress and managing pain before it even starts, which allows for lower levels of anesthesia to be used.  Doses are calculated to the hundredth of a milliliter to assure appropriate dosing for the size of the patient.

6.      Endotracheal Intubation- a breathing tube in the airway allows us to control the amount of oxygen and anesthesia the patient receives.

7.      Surgical monitoring- heart rate, blood pressure, ECG, oxygen saturation, body temperature, hands and eyes.

8.      Body temperature support- body temperature begins to drop as soon as a patient is under anesthesia, so we use safe methods to keep their temperature up before and after surgery.

9.      Local anesthesia- local pain blocks allow patients to remain comfortable during and after the procedure.  This allows us to use a much lower level of anesthesia which increases safety.

10.   Gas anesthesia- administered through the anesthesia machine, with oxygen.  It can be quickly eliminated from the body if a patient experiences problems while anesthetized

11.   Post-surgical recovery and monitoring.  Patients are not just put in a cage once surgery is over.  Our patients recover in heated beds in our surgery prep room, where staff is present to monitor them until they are recovered.

Taking these steps helps minimize complications and allows us to be prepared should a problem arise.  Feel free to talk to us and express any concerns you may have about anesthesia and your pet- including problems that you may have experienced in the past.  We’re here to help and want you to be comfortable with our recommendations and plan.

Scott M. McCall, DVM