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  • After Hours Emergency

    For after hours emergency care please call the Emergency Animal Hospital of NW Austin: 512-331-6121.
  • Cats and Carriers

    Your cat's carrier is an essential part of her life. Whether you're taking her for a vet visit, traveling to visit your family or friends, or evacuating in an emergency, your pet needs to learn to accept this form of transport. With the right carrier and a few simple steps, your kitty can learn to love her carrier.

    Cat carriers come in every style from disposable cardboard boxes to designer purses, and your choice of carrier can make or break your cat's relationship with this vital safety device. The best all-purpose choice is a medium-sized (large enough to fit one cat comfortably) plastic box with a handle and openings in the front and the top. These can be found at pet stores and online pet supply outlets.

    Here are six steps for best results with cat and carrier:

    Step 1 - To get your cat used to the carrier, start by making it a part of her ordinary life. Leave the carrier in the living room, backed up against a wall, with the door propped open.

    Step 2 - Put a small blanket or comfortable pillow in the bottom, and toss in a catnip toy and one or two of her favorite treats.

    Step 3 - Let her explore the carrier at her leisure: no stress, no drama. For extra de-stressing power, spray a little bit of Feliway Comfort Zone, a synthetic "happy cat" pheromone, inside.

    Step 4 - The next step is to get your feline used to doing different things in the carrier. Close the door while she's inside and leave the room for a few minutes. When you return, prop the carrier door open again. The goal here is to make your cat feel that the carrier is not a trap. Do this several times over the course of a week or so.

    Step 5 - Once she's used to that, close the door while she's inside and walk around the house with the carrier. Afterward, set it down, open the door, and give her a treat.

    Step 6 - Once you've gotten your cat used to her carrier, it's time to take her for a ride. Close the carrier door while your kitten is inside and take her for a short drive. Even a trip around the block will do. Repeat this at random intervals over the next week or so. The idea behind this is to help your cat understand that being in the carrier, in the car, does not necessarily mean she's going to the vet.

    With the right carrier and a low-key, drama-free introduction, you'll have a pet who will love--or at least, accept--the carrier.

  • AAHA Accreditation


    March 25, 2013






    Griffith Small Animal Hospital Celebrates 25 Years of Accreditation


    LAKEWOOD, COLO.—Griffith Small Animal Hospital is earning recognition for practicing the gold standard of veterinary medicine for 25 consecutive years.


    Since 1988, Griffith Small Animal Hospital PC has voluntarily submitted itself to the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Standards of Accreditation. Achieving accreditation by AAHA is an important milestone to delivering quality pet care.


    “I would like to congratulate Griffith Small Animal Hospital PC on their 25th anniversary of being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP AAHA executive director and chief executive officer. “Choosing to be AAHA accredited and maintaining that for a quarter century demonstrates true commitment to veterinary excellence by the entire practice team. Pets and their people receiving care from an AAHA-accredited hospital can rest assured they are receiving the highest quality veterinary care from a practice team dedicated to delivering their very best each and every day.”


    AAHA is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards that go above and beyond state regulations. Established in 1933, the Association is well-known among veterinarians for its leadership in the profession, high standards for veterinary practices and pet health care, and most importantly, its accreditation of companion-animal practices.


    The AAHA Standards of Accreditation, viewed as the standard of veterinary excellence, contain more than 900 individual standards, divided into 19 sections. These areas of focus include: patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education.


    Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association. To maintain accredited status, Griffith Small Animal Hospital PC must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA.


    Griffith Small Animal Hospital, located at 3407 Northland Drive, Austin, TX, has been accredited with the Association since 1988 and can be reached at (512)453-5828.


    For more information about accreditation, visit, or connect on Facebook and “like” the American Animal Hospital Association.