Monthly Archives: November 2017

Check Your Pet’s Poop

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cleaning up after a bad dog - english bulldog with spray bottle and spongeIt’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it: dealing with pet poop. Every pet owner knows the annoyance and disgust of dealing with a pet’s droppings. Dog owners take their dogs out and pick up after them. Sometimes, they pick it up off the floor in the home. Cat owners scoop it out of the litter box. Sometimes, people pay others to take care of it because it is such a gross hassle.

The fact is that it must be done. However, that disgusting pet’s poop could be more important than you think. There are many, many pet health concerns for which symptoms include changes in fecal matter. When vets run tests on pets, they often test the poop to check for abnormalities, or the make sure there are none.

When your pet has an upset stomach, for example, she or he may have a watery stool, or diarrhea. This loose stool may tell you a few things; if it is loose, but still brown, it may be a simple case that calls for some unsweetened pumpkin. If the poop is very, very watery and continues to be so, or there is blood, it may be more serious and in need of a trip to the vet.

Just a few of the diseases and infections your vet can detect in your pet’s fecal matter are:

  • Tapeworms
  • Parvo Virus
  • Roundworms
  • Salmonellosis
  • Other worm types
  • And more…

This is why city ordinances often demand that all pet owners pick up after their pets, or face fines if they fail to comply; many diseases found in poop can spread to humans. This potentially toxic waste can be a public safety hazard. So, never underestimate the power of your pet’s poop.

Remember to take a quick look at your pet’s poop. It could tell you something about your dog or cat’s health. If you see something amiss, talk to us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Continue Heartworm Prevention in Fall and Winter

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It’s often a relief when the mosquitoes seem to be fewer in numbers. The weather is cooling steadily and mosquitoes are less of a problem in many places. While it is a nice change, it does not mean that the threats these bugs carry are gone entirely.

labrador-380800_1920If you’re tempted to take a break from your pet’s heartworm prevention, don’t.

The fact remains that heartworms are still a very real possibility for your pet, even in fall and winter. First, it can take months for heartworm symptoms to appear in your pet. Thus, your pet could still be fighting that infection as you enter in the fall season and you may not know. It is best for your pet to continue the standard preventative treatment throughout, just in case.

Additionally, all it takes for your dog, or cat to contract heartworms is one single bite from one stray mosquito. Since mosquitoes do not disappear entirely during the cooler seasons, there is still risk. If you live in a place like Houston, you know that winter does not always bring that incredibly cold weather. While you may be able to leave that mosquito spray at home the next time you go out, your pet needs your help with protection. An outdoor dog, in particular, needs some extra help.

The best methods for preventing heartworms from hurting your pet are prevention and attention. Prevention, of course, it giving your pet the regular medication all year long, no matter the season. Attention is knowing the signs of a heartworm infection and seeking help immediately. With these two keys, you can prevent and control heartworms for your pet’s sake.

If your pet needs heartworm prevention, come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals. Don’t let the signs of an infection get past you, either. The moment you notice something may be wrong, bring your pet in to us.

Never Forget the Importance of Microchipping

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In the wake of recent hurricanes, homes and lives have been left in disarray. This is true of both humans and animals. Owners were separated from their beloved pets during the chaos and some pets were simply left behind to survive on their own. The stories are saddening. They are also why microchipping exists.

man saves his dog from a floodReuniting Pets and Their Families

Fortunately, there are many trying to make the best of terrible situations. Volunteers have traveled from across the country to the cities hit hardest to aid both humans and animals affected by these natural disasters. Some have gone to help find these animals, rescue them, and provide them with temporary shelters. Vets have gone to offer medical care. And, of course, there are efforts to reunite these pets with their owners. If the latter isn’t possible, these volunteers try to find new homes for the animals.

Of course, a great deal of the problems associated with losing a pet are made much better through microchipping. In fact, some cities and states require that all adoptable pets be microchipped. The tiny microchips that are implanted under a pet’s skin are not only safe for the pet in the long-term, they’re a great safety measure overall. They help ensure that you’ll be reunited with your pet under such circumstances as a natural disaster. They also help prevent your pet from being lost in general, taken, and reduce the chances of something terrible happening, in general. A vet, or person at a shelter can have the chip scanned. You can also perform a search using your pet’s chip ID number. As long as the information is valid, you can be reunited with your pet.

Microchipping has the potential to save you and your pet a great deal of trouble and pain. In addition to your pet’s regular vaccinations and checkups, have your pet microchipped, if he or she is not already. Talk to you vet about how. Make sure to take care of the information, too, in case anything happens. At Pet Vet Hospitals, we hate to see families and their pets torn apart. Take precautions with microchipping.