Beechnut Animal Hospital

8541 Beechnut
Houston, TX 77036


About Us

The Beechnut Story

Dr. Ferlin Tutt founded Beechnut Animal Clinic over forty years ago. He was well respected and loved by his clients. The hospital's location was originally suburban but the population explosion caused massive growth and the city of Houston now surpasses us by 20 miles! Dr. Tutt has since retired from day to day practice and now spends his time performing veterinary medical missionary work in underserved countries. We wish him the best!   

The compassion lives on

Dr. Greg Matt purchased Beechnut Animal Clinic in 1996. After an internal remodel and addition of new state of the art medical equipment he created a growth spurt and renewed recognition for the clinic. The market area surrounding Beechnut has also experienced revitalization with the construction of Southwest Memorial Hospital, Baylor?s? physical therapy complex, and multiple high-rise medical professional buildings. ?We?re becoming a mini medical center over here at Highway 59 and Beechnut? said Dr. Matt. With all the human hospitals and doctors offices it?s one stop shopping. Drop your pet off for his doctor?s exam with us then take the rest of the family down the street to theirs.

Our mission is to provide superior medical services in a fun, friendly, compassionate atmosphere while respecting the needs and wishes of our clients in the treatment of their pets.

Doctors Perform New Tightrope Surgery

Beechnut Animal Hospital is one of Houston's first hospitals to perform the Tightrope Surgery, a relatively new, minimally invasive surgery designed to repair torn cranial ligaments in the knee. Dr. Matt has been performing Tightrope surgeries since 2007. Arthrex is the orthopedic company that developed the Tightrope. In 2012, Dr. Matt was asked by Arthrex, to become and instructor and teach this procedure to veterinarians in cities throughout the United States.  Dr. Matt continues to perform this procedure at Beechnut Animal Hospital as well as other hospitals in the Houston area.

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Exotic Animal Care

Small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and rodents are valued members of the family, too!

These pets require special knowledge to treat and diagnose; our own Dr. Grana is one of the few veterinarians in the region who has a deep interestand training in alternative species. She has spent time learning fromsome of the best in private practice, zoos and wildlife hospitals. Sheis currently a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Many of the health issues of these pets are related to husbandryissues, so education of the pet owner is a very important part of anyoffice visit; Dr. Grana truly enjoys working with the exotic pet’sowners!

Small Mammals

Ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and other furry friends can be wonderfulpets in the right environment. Make sure to discuss proper housing andfeeding regimen for your new pet prior to purchase. Many animals havespecial dietary needs. Guinea pigs, for example require Vitamin Csupplementation. Most stores will have handouts on good care, propernutrition and husbandry. Dr. Grana and the West Oaks team can assistyour little furry friend with problems such as skin disease, trauma, and other illnesses.


These species are wonderful pets for the right owner, but do require veryspecial housing and care needs. Temperature, size of housing, substrateand nutritional demands vary from species to species and sometimes isage dependent. A reptile may be seen for shedding difficulties, traumaor infection. Although we do not see poisonous snakes, Dr. Grana has had a parade of reptiles pass through her doors over the years from 50 year old Sulcata Tortoises, ball pythons to baby bearded dragons.

Beechnut Animal Hospital Begins Treating Arthritis with Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy is an exciting new method to treat degenerative joint disease (arthritis) in pets. A portion of a patients fat cells are surgically removed and then processed. The patient's own activated stem cells are then injected back into the pet intravenously or into a specific joint. Responses have been variable ranging from 3 months to 3 years. Pets who have difficulty walking often reach a level where they are active and playful once again.

Treating Pain and Healing Tissue with a Therapeutic Laser

One of the major advancements in veterinary medicine in the recent years has been the use of lasers at low levels to treat many disease conditions, particularly pain and inflammation. Particular wavelengths of light that penetrate deep into the tissue are administered to areas that have arthritis or damaged tissue. The pet feels nothing as the laser is applied. The laser stimulates ATP production and drives oxygen into cells which in turn stimulates healing, reduces inflammation and pain. Of the pets that use laser therapy to treat arthritis, about 1/3 are able to discontinue using pharmaceuticals following treatments. Wounds have been shown to heal at a rate of about 50% faster while at the same time alleviating pain.

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