Monthly Archives: November 2015

Three Tips to Help Prevent Pet Cancer

By | Pet Care | No Comments

The last thing any of us want for our pets is for them to be sick, especially with cancer or another disease. Though keeping them from getting ill isn’t entirely possible, there are some steps we can take as responsible dog and cat owners to help prevent pet cancer and other diseases. Take note of these three tips:

  1. labrador-380800_1920Feed them good. Be mindful of what’s in your pet’s food, as many contain unnecessary fillers and empty calories. Do your homework and talk with your Pet Vet Animal Hospitals’ veterinarian to understand what nutrients your dog or cat needs in his or her diet.
  2. Watch their weight. Obesity breeds disease, so follow feeding recommendations as provided on your canned or bagged food, with your treats, or from your veterinarian. Also, skip the table scraps and instead exercise your dog with a walk or your cat with a toy.
  3. Try to be chemical free. It’s pretty impossible for your pet to live chemical free. However, try to use safe cleaners, prohibit cigarette smoke, know if plants are poisonous, and keep your pet away from chemicals when you can.

The key is to maintain your pet’s body in the most healthy state possible, so that they are not only kept from what hurts them but have the strength they need to fight whatever comes their way. Be sure to also make annual appointments with your Pet Vet Animal Hospital location, as our vets can check your pet’s health and offer additional tips to help prevent pet cancer for your particular breed.

Show Your Pet Thanks this Thanksgiving

By | Pet Care | No Comments

There’s so much to be thankful for this time of year, and for us pet owners, our pets rank high up on the list. However, with the holidays comes hustle and bustle that may cause us to place less focus on our pets’ needs. You can still show them thanks with little effort this Thanksgiving when you do these three things:

  1. cat-and-dog-775116_1920Keep it as routine as possible. Pets thrive on routine, and while you may need to rework your schedule to accommodate the day’s festivities, try to make sure you get in the things they enjoy on a daily basis – like exercise, play, and scratches, even if you have to shorten the time spent on each.
  2. Be mindful of their personalities. Some pets prefer to be surrounded by as many people as possible, while others would rather flee to a corner or under a bed as soon as the doorbell rings. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, make sure your cat or dog is where he or she wants to be.
  3. Plan for travel. If you’re traveling for the holiday and will be away from your pet, make sure he or she is well taken care of. If you can, have someone come over to care for your cat, rather than simply leaving a huge bowl of dry food for him or her to gobble up. This can help manage their weight and stress.

Lastly, we do love our pets like family, but that doesn’t mean they should partake in the family Thanksgiving meal. Avoid the desire to give them table scraps, and instead, give them a cat or dog treat or additional scratches. They’re sure to feel special either way.

On behalf of the Pet Vet Animal Hospitals team, Happy Thanksgiving!

Pet Diabetes: What You Need to Know

By | Pet Care | No Comments

With this month observed for pet diabetes awareness, your friends at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals want to help educate you on this growing disease in cats and dogs. Here are five key points to know about pet diabetes:

  1. Like diabetes in humans, pet diabetes is caused when there’s too much glucose (or sugar) in our dog’s or cat’s bloodstream.
  2. Also, like diabetes in humans, there are two types in our pets: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The majority of dogs with diabetes have type 1, while most cats have type 2 diabetes.
  3. There is no known cause for type 1 diabetes, though it’s widely believed to be related to genetics. However, type 2 diabetes is a result of pet obesity and may be a combination of excessive weight and other factors.
  4. Your best line of defense in preventing pet diabetes is to keep your cat or dog at a healthy weight. This means feeding them the right foods in appropriate amounts and helping them get exercise.
  5. Symptoms of pet diabetes include an increase in water consumption; an increase in food with no weight gain; and increased urination.

Should you suspect pet diabetes in your cat or dog, don’t delay in making an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she will perform a physical examination and run tests to get to the root of your pet’s problem.

If Pet Vet Animal Hospitals can help, please do not hesitate to contact us or to visit one of our four locations in the Houston area.

Three Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog

By | Caring for your dog | No Comments

Oh, how we pet owners love, love, love our senior dogs. Whether they’ve been with us all of their life (and what feels like all of ours) or they’re a new addition to our home, a senior dog is loyal and loving. And though they may seem to need little care, the fact is that a senior dog requires more care than its younger model.

Help your senior dog to be with you as long as he or she can when you do the following:

Feed healthy foods. You may want to show your senior dog love by feeding whatever table scrap he or she desires, but that’s not a wise decision. Instead, feed them nutritious food as recommended by your veterinarian because dogs need different or more nutrients as they age. After all, what you put into a body is what you get out of it.

Keep them appropriately active. Exercise is key to keeping your dog healthy. It helps them avoid becoming overweight, which can wreck havoc on their bones and joints and also cause disease. On the flip side, you’ll also want to monitor how much exercise your dog is getting to ensure he or she doesn’t overdo it.

Get them to the vet. Not only should you schedule regular check-ups for your senior dog to have his or her health assessed, you should also stay on top of dental cleanings, which help keep bacteria out of the bloodstream and prevent disease. Your dog’s well-being becomes even more critical with age.

Lastly, give your senior dog as much attention as possible. In doing so, you’ll be able to notice any changes in his or her long-engrained behavior, which could signal a health issue. Even if all is status quo, you’ll both enjoy the time together that neither one of you will ever forget.