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Practice Name

Alamo Heights Pet Clinic

Primary Location
6488 N. New Braunfels Ave
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: 210-821-5544
Fax: 210-821-5563

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Tuesday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Wednesday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Thursday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Friday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Saturday8:00 a.m.12:00 pm
SundayClosed
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Alamo Heights Pet Clinic acquired a Water Treadmill in 2008 and have been utilizing it in various ways.

Post Operative Therapy

Water Treadmill Therapy Post Operatively helps the pet heal up to 50% faster than other therapeutic methods.  The buoyancy provided by water lessens the weight-bearing load on an animal’s limbs, this helps reduce pain and lets the animal start therapy earlier.   It also increases the pet’s range of movement, thus increasing joint and muscle strength.   By gradually decreasing the water level over a few sessions, the pet recovers its balance they will take on weight-bearing exercise until they reach their original fitness level.

Increasing Agility & Weight Loss

If your pet just needs to shed a few pounds and increase overall agility, Water Treadmill Therapy can be beneficial for your pet.  During the hot South Texas summer months, exercising your pet outside can be dangerous.  To increase muscle mass and stamina, the water level is adjusted to a lower level and the speed of the treadmill is increased.  The increase in speed builds the pet’s cardiovascular strength and the lower level of water creates some resistance so that the pet’s muscles are also building strength.

Water Treadmill Sessions are customized for each pet, and the number of sessions are determined by the veterinarian.  The first session is brief, we place the pet in the treadmill for a minimum of  5 minutes at a slow speed just to see how the pet responds to the initial experience.  Usually most pets enjoy the experience and then we slowly increase speed and adjust the water level.  If it is too stressful for the pet we don’t force treatment.  In those rare cases, alternative methods are chosen.

We require that pets requiring Water Treadmill Therapy are dropped off for a few hours.  We are always happy to video record your pet’s session to show progress.

Food/Prescription Refill Order

Please give us up to 24 hours to respond to your request. Medication
refills are subject to doctor approval. We will contact you when your
refill is ready for pick-up.

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Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

Dr. Kirby has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years.

- John D. / San Antonio, TX

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Tuesday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Wednesday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Thursday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Friday7:30 a.m.6:00 p.m
Saturday8:00 a.m.12:00 pm
SundayClosed


  • INTRODUCING "KIRBY", GUIDE DOG IN TRAINING

    Due to our successful, first time ever, Fiesta Medal sale

    we were able to sponsor and name this sweet girl.

    We want to thanks all of you that purchased a medal(s)

    to help us support this wonderful organization 

Meet the Doctor

Meet The Doctor Dr. Kirby earned his BS in Bio-Medical Science in 1979 fromTexas A&M University and graduated Cum Laude with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Read More

Contact

  • 210-821-5544
  • 6488 N. New Braunfels Ave San Antonio, TX 78209
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