Monthly Archives: January 2016

How to Tackle Your Dog’s Fear of Nail Trimming

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close up of dog nail trimmingNail trimming can be a difficult task for dog owners, especially if their pet has already experienced some type of trauma in the past. That being said, it’s always a good idea to speak to your veterinarian about the issue before it becomes worse. Here are ways you and your vet can work to address your dog’s fear of nail trimming.

Use the Right Trimmer
Finding the right nail trimmer for your dog is essential, and your vet will know exactly which tools to use on his or her nails. Many nail trimmers these days also come with “guards” that protect against clipping the nail too short, which can cause pain.

Desensitize Your Dog
Desensitization is something that your vet may recommend if your dog does not like his paws touched. This involves gently petting your dog, including his paws, to calm him down and get used to your hands in these areas.

Use Treats for Positive Reinforcement
Just because your dog may have had a bad experience with nail trimming in the past doesn’t mean that the future has to be the same. Your vet may encourage the use of tasty treats to help your dog associate trimming with a more positive experience.

Only your vet can determine which of these tips are best for your dog and assess your specific situation. Contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals today to learn more about nail trimming and the stress-reducing options available to you. Our staff of trained professionals can provide insight into what may work for your dog.

How to Remove a Tick from Your Pet

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cat-71494_1280Ticks are an unfortunate risk of owning a pet, and these insects can pose a threat to animals of all types. Furthermore, they may carry disease, which heightens the need to protect household pets from them. In the event that you spot a tick on one of your furry friends, here is a step-by-step guide to removing it from its body.

Contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals

Our trained staff can help you assess the situation before you perform at-home care on your pet. In some cases, you may want to address the removal process with a veterinary professional in-person.

Gather your materials.

Ideally, the Humane Society of the United States recommends having a pair of gloves on hand, as well as an antiseptic. This is in addition to a pair of tweezers or commercial tick remover.

Tweezers: Grasp the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible.

Try to avoid pinching your pet’s skin in the process. Pull outward in a straight, steady motion, removing the entire tick.

Commercial tick remover: Gently press the remover against your pet’s skin near the tick.

Slide the notch of the remover under the tick, and continue sliding it until the tick is caught in the small end of the notch. Afterward, the tick should be housed in the bowl end of the remover.

Clean the tools and area.

An antiseptic can be used to clean your pet’s skin and the tool you used to remove the tick.

Ticks can be difficult to handle, but you can prevent them from becoming a problem in your household by using tick and flea protection on your pets. To learn more about these products, contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals. Our professional staff can give you the information you need to keep ticks and fleas away from your animals.

How to Manage Your Cat’s Problem with Hairballs

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quality-surveyHair balls develop over time as cats instinctively groom themselves and swallow hair. Instead of passing through the intestinal tract, the hair comes out in a ball through the cat’s mouth. Hairballs are an unfortunate part of cat ownership, but there are a few things you can do to manage the issue for you and your kitty.

  1. Look for Hairball-Controlling Food
    Some cat food manufacturers market their products as efficient when it comes to controlling hairballs. They typically contain an ample amount of fiber, which keeps the cat’s gastrointestinal tract moving (thus, pushing out the hair).
  2. Limit Grain-Based Food
    Some experts believe that because cats did not evolve to eat grains, these types of food can alter the animal’s intestinal tract. In turn, this could potentially disrupt its ability to digest hair properly. A grain-free diet may be worth trying if you want to get your kitty’s digestive system back on track.
  3. Speak to Your Veterinarian
    If you have a specific concern about your cat’s hairball problem, such as an increase in vomiting, speak to your veterinarian as soon as possible. He or she can address concerns and check for underlying health issues.

Of course, any decision you make to control your cat’s hairball problem should be discussed beforehand with a veterinary professional. He or she can give you the best possible advice for your pet’s specific situation.

Pet Vet Animal Hospitals has four locations in the Greater Houston area to serve you, your cat and any other pets you may have. See how its compassionate staff can help you maintain the well-being of your furry friends by visiting www.PetVetHospitals.com.

3 Human Foods You Didn’t Know Your Dog Could Eat

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dog-237187_1280There’s plenty of information out there on the Web talks about what dogs shouldn’t eat, and your vet likely knows plenty of them. However, there are some human foods that may be safe for dogs to eat (on a limited basis, of course). Here are three human foods you might not have thought your pet could consume.

  1. Peanut Butter. Be mindful that natural peanut butter is safe – not the commercial varieties that contain ingredients such as xylinol. Peanut butter contains healthy fats, such as vitamin B and niacin. Maybe this is why it’s included in so many snacks manufactured for pups!
  2. Cheese. In small doses, cheese can be a great treat for your dog, as long as he or she isn’t lactose intolerant. Of course, cheese can be fatty, so make sure you monitor how much cheese your pup has on a regular basis.
  3. Pumpkin. When the holiday season rolls around, don’t keep the pumpkin away from your pup! Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene and fiber, which can be beneficial for dogs. In short, it may be able to help your dog keep his or her digestive tract moving and assist with any existing issues.

It’s important to remember that your pet’s digestive system doesn’t work like yours – some foods may be downright hazardous for your dog. If you have any questions, contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals. Our professional staff can answer any questions about your pet and address dietary concerns you may have.