Athletes and Aging Animals

As an animal ages, there are many reasons why they might need pain management. They begin to feel the aches and pains just like we do. For athletes, what we ask them to do requires lots of physical exertion. If we do not provide them with support, they will breakdown over time will often suffer premature retirement. Another thing to consider is if the animal is able to maintain a normal way of life and perform its function.

Animals used for athletic purposes such as racing and rodeo and even pleasure animals need to have steps taken in order to preserve their health and perform at their best. We are not advocates of taking every supplement on the market but over the past 30 years there are a few things that our veterinarian has learned are key to the success of athletes and to their health. There really is no substitute for experience and Dr. Wilkinson has it. We can guide you through the whole process and help you determine what is best for you and your animals.

The truth is that only the worst animals are sound…because they are not used. Most athletes have issues that need to be managed to perform at their best.

Large Animal Athletes

Anyone involved in amateur or professional competition knows they need a great race and performance horse veterinarian that is willing to help them keep their athlete in top shape while staying within their budget. Dr. Wilkinson has over 50 years of horse experience and over 35 years of veterinary experience. He has been directly involved in horse racing (both short and distance), barrel racing, poles, roping, team penning, performance, dressage, hunter jumper, livestock shows and much more.

Our veterinary clinic has the capability to handle all sorts of issues ranging from simple maintenance to extreme therapy. The reason Dr. Wilkinson excels in this area is because he has personally owned and managed his own race horses for over 20 years. Dr. Wilkinson’s personal experience allows him to provide his clients with the best up-to-date information regarding nutrition, fitness, therapy, and performance.

If someone wants to know more about taxes they get an accountant. If someone wants to learn more about how to build a house they get a carpenter. If you want your race and performance horse to perform at its best you get a veterinarian that is an expert in the field. Dr. Wilkinson is the expert you need to get your horse to perform at its best.

Small Animal Athletes

Whether your dog races, hunts, finds narcotics, or does agility, we will keep him/her going better for longer by using the techniques we have perfected over many years.

Our strategies are custom tailored to your athletes needs to help them perform at their best and be comfortable doing it.

Some our favorites to work with are hunting dogs. Their drive is inspiring.


Yearly Vaccinations


  • Start vaccinations at 6 weeks
  • Recommended for all dogs
    • Parvo
      • Begin at 6 weeks.
    • DAPP – Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza
      • Begin at 8 weeks. All puppies should receive at least 3 DAPP vaccines.
    • DALPP – With Leptospirosis
      • Begin at 12 weeks.
      • Booster in 4 weeks, then annually.
    • Rabies
      • Begin at 16 weeks.
      • Booster in 12 months, then annually.
      • Rabies is required by law. In Jim Wells County, it is required yearly.
  • Not necessary for all dogs
    • Canine Influenza – Dog Flu
      • Begin at 8 weeks. Repeat in 3-4 weeks
      • Booster in 12 months, then annually.
    • Bordetella – Kennel Cough
      • Begin at 8 weeks. You may begin as early as 3-4 weeks in high risk situations.
      • Booster in 3-4 weeks, then annually. Booster every 6 months if the dog is high risk.
    • Rattlesnake
      • Begin at 12 weeks
      • Booster in 3-4 weeks, then every 6 months if your pet is high risk or every year for moderate risk.


  • Start vaccinations at 6 weeks
  • FVRCP – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Feline distemper or Feline Herpes), Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia
    • Begin at 6 weeks. Repeat every 3-4 weeks with final dose at 16 weeks.
    • All kittens should receive at least 3 FVR Vaccines
    • Booster in 12 months, then annually
  • FeLV – Feline Leukemia Virus
    • Begin at 9 weeks.
    • Booster in 3-4 weeks, then annually
  • Rabies
    • One dose at 12-16 weeks
    • Booster in 12 months, then annually


  • Start vaccinations at 2 to 4 months and booster accordingly
  • West Nile Virus:
    • Begin at 2-4 months
    • Booster in 1 month, then annually
  • Strangles
    • Booster annually
  • Rabies
    • Booster annually
  • Flu-Rhino:
    • Booster annually or up to every 2 months depending on exposure
  • VEWT
    • Booster annually
  • Tetanus Toxoid
    • Booster annually
  • Rattle Snake:
    • Begin at 4 months
    • Booster in 1 month then annually.


  • Start vaccinations at 2 to 4 months and booster accordingly
  • Brucellosis – Only for heifers 4 to 12 months of age
  • IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis)
  • BVD (Bovine virus diarrhea type 1&2)
  • BRSV (Bovine respiratory syncytial virus)
  • Vibrio
  • Leptospirosis
  • 8 Way Clostridial

Yearly tests and Exams


  • Yearly Wellness Exam – Many serious conditions and diseases can be avoided if detected early.
  • CBC – Complete Blood Count
  • General Health Profile/Organ Function Test
  • Heartworm Test


  • Yearly Wellness Exam
  • Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Test
  • CBC – Complete Blood Count
  • General Health Profile/Organ Function Test


  • Yearly Wellness Exam
  • Coggins
  • Health Papers
  • CBC – Complete Blood Count
  • General Health Profile/Organ Function Test


  • Yearly Wellness Exam
  • Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE)

Nutritional Concerns

Do you know how much grain, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals you animal really needs? Despite what many truly think, the body doesn’t measure its daily needs in coffee cans or cups. We will design the perfect diet for your animals needs whether they are a world class athlete or your kids pet.
Many considerations are taken into account from activity level to spay/neuter status when crafting your animal’s diet.