Monthly Archives: August 2017

Know the Signs: Heartworms

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Houston Vet with DogHeartworms are some of the great concerns for pet owners, particularly for dogs. They’re quiet killers; you may not know that your dog has them until the infection is widespread and difficult to treat. The best way to deal with heartworms is to get ahead of them; have your dog checked regularly and use medical prevention.

Yet, since the risk is always present, even if it’s low, it helps to know the signs.

Coughing and Difficulty Breathing: Heartworms don’t just attack the heart; they make their way into the lungs. They multiply there and in the veins. Any physical activity may cause coughing, or even fainting.

Weight Loss: Eating can become difficult and appetite may decrease. Thus, your pet may lose weight.

Lethargy: Your dog may seem tired more often. He may move slow and be less interested in the activities that he normally loves. Even small things suddenly become too much.

Because many of the symptoms associated with heartworms can resemble other common problems, diagnosing from home can be difficult. It is essential to see the vet if any of them appear. Other symptoms may include seizures, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, pneumonia, and more.

To diagnose, your vet will have to take blood samples to check for the antigens. Other blood tests may be necessary, as well as x-rays to view any swelling of the heart and lungs. Strange heart rhythms may be a sign, too. Your vet may want to perform multiple tests to be certain and to determine just how far the problem has progressed.

Treatment of heartworms can take a long time. Without it, they can kill. If your pet does not have protection, talk to your vet today. Come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals. Get your dog, or other pet tested, and put them on preventative medication now.

Easy Homemade Cat Treats

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beautiful small kittenSometimes cat treats are an extra expense. Sometimes, you just want or need something more for your cat. Whatever the reason, you can make wholesome treats that most cats will love at home.

Popsicles

When things get warm, it’s nice for your furry friend to have a cold treat, too. Making frozen goodies for your cat is easy. Just fill a small, freezable cup or ice tray with a mixture her favorite wet food and a little water, and then freeze. You can also try adding a little catnip, or other natural, edible goodies your cat loves.

Cookies

Cookies for cats are not quite like the cookies you eat. But, your cat may love a tuna-flavored, soft treat from once in a while. They’re as easy to make as the cookies you make for yourself. Just mix some tuna and egg with flour, water, and parsley or catnip. When you have a dough, dust it with flour and roll it out. Cut out bite-sized pieces and bake them at 350 degrees. You don’t have to use Tuna if your cat doesn’t like it. You can use almost any other meat she prefers.

Crunchy Treats

A good crunch is good for your cat’s teeth. With some flour, tuna (or other favorite meat), egg, catnip, and a little oil, you can bake some extra-crunchy treats your cat will love. Just mix in a processor, work into a dough, and bake at about 350 degrees until brown and crunchy.

The great thing about homemade treats is that you know precisely what your cat is eating. You can use the best of ingredients. Of course, it’s also great if you love baking in general.

We care about your pet’s health. If you want to know more about what sort of treats to feed your furry friend, contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Mosquito Proofing for Outdoor Dogs

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dogs, dog, petsMosquitoes are one of the worst parts of summer. Though they live year-round in most places, they appear most in the summer and everyone is searching for the perfect method to be rid of them. As you take precautions to avoid being biting this summer, don’t forget that your pets need some help, too.

Outdoor dogs, for example, are susceptible to mosquitoes all day long. While their topical medications can help prevent flea, tick, and heartworm infestations, nothing is completely foolproof. Plus, those medications don’t always stop the bites.

Protect your dog’s sleeping area.

There are plenty of options for deterring mosquitoes outside full-time. Flames and sprays are generally temporary, and there aren’t many sprays meant for dogs. There are some oil solutions, such as those with citronella, that will work in the longer term. They will still have to be replaced from time-to-time, however. But, they’re worth it if they save your dog from being bitten regularly. Remember to shield them from the rain if your dog’s main sleeping area is out in the open, and make sure your dog is not likely to chew or eat the source.

Try some natural deterrents.

If you’re a gardener, there are several plants known for deterring mosquitoes. Many of them are edible for you, too, and smell pleasant. Plant some citronella, basil, mint, and rosemary. Plant plenty of them so that they may make a difference. The effects may be mild, but some are better than none.

Remember, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. If your dog’s water bowl is outside, don’t overfill. It’s tempting to do so because the summer heat causes the water to evaporate quickly, which leaves you to refill the water more often. However, fresh water more often is better than stagnant water that breeds mosquitoes.

Add some air circulation.

Strong winds make it harder for the little bugs to fly. If your dog’s home has a plug nearby, try an outdoor fan. It will give your dog a breeze, and help reduce the amount of biting insects for a short time.

For help surviving the summer with your pets, come to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We can give you tips on protecting your dog.