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Cat Cinema: Films About Cats

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Depositphotos_18045079_m-2015We love animal films. They’re funny, sad, and remind us of the love we have for our feline friends. Sometimes it seems that dogs get all the love, but there are still many films about cats for you to watch while curled up with your kitty.

The Three Lives of Thomasina

Based on a novel, this film revolves around a single cat and her family in Scotland. As her human family struggles to cope with loss, Thomasina experiences death and reincarnation, both of which affect her and her life with her humans. It’s a strange, but moving story about learning to love and cope with loss.

Puss in Boots

This recent animated film’s story strays pretty far from the original fairy tale, but is fun nonetheless. Puss is essentially the feline version of Zorro, both a fugitive and a good cat, rushing to save the day with a fancy hat, stylish boots, and sword talent. This version of the character is an extension of the Shrek series, making it a fan favorite.

Hocus Pocus

This popular cult film doesn’t exactly focus on its kitty character 100%, but Thackery Binx plays a major part as a 17th century boy turned into an undying cat, Binx. When ancient witches are accidentally raised from the dead in the 20th century, Binx—who was turned into a cat the night that the witches were originally hung in Salem—must help the children who raised the witches defeat them. The movie has become a Halloween favorite for viewers of all ages.

Oliver and Company

Who could forget this Disney classic? An orphaned kitten finds friendship with a big dog, Dodger, other canine friends, and a human pickpocket. Together, they go on an adventure to help their human pay a debt. It’s a fun animated musical that remains a beloved Disney fan favorite.

There are many more films about cats for cat lovers out there. And for cat owners, we have all you need to keep your beloved feline friend healthy and happy. Come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Special Deal for National Pet Dental Health Month

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dental-slideDid you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? To encourage your participation this month, Pet Vet Hospitals are offering 20% off of all dental cleanings booked during the month of February. Just book your dental checkup and cleaning in February—even if it’s for a date in March—and get 20% off. This is by appointment only, and spots are filling fast, so don’t wait. Call 281-879-PETS to for the closest location and appointment availability, and book today.

Your pet’s dental health is so important that the AVMA sponsors a month dedicated to educating pet owners on teeth and oral health. So, if your dog or cat has gone far too long between dental checkups, or you’ve noticed that bad breath is harder and harder to kill, don’t wait any longer to see your vet.

Start by getting a checkup. Let your vet assess just where your pet stands in term of dental health. Periodontal disease is a very real, common potential problem. This is disturbing because it is also so preventable; it is easy to care for your pet’s teeth and gums. All you need to do is take some simple steps on a regular basis.

Hopefully you’re vet does not find anything about which you should be concerned and can give you some great tips on where you should go from here. Brushing your pet’s teeth regularly, perhaps even daily, is one such recommended step. It may take time and patience to get your pet to accept this new task. There are also vet-recommended treats you can add to your pet’s regular feeding schedule. These treats help keep your pet’s teeth strong, his breath fresh, and aid in the removal of tartar buildup.

Don’t let this month be the end of your concern over dental health. In order to truly prevent periodontal disease, you have to develop a habit of keeping your pet’s oral hygiene a priority. Keep up the brushing, give those treats, and get regular checkups as often as your vet sees fit.

Doggy Drama: Films About Dogs

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movie director dogPlenty of us love great films about dogs, our furry best friends. They often warm our hearts, and sometimes make us weep with sadness and joy. Here are just a few of the many dog film recommendations, both classic and new.

A Dog’s Purpose

In this tale—coming very soon in 2017—a dog examines his purpose in life as he lives through many of them. Each time, he is adopted, lives his life with his new human, and then passes on to be reborn in the form of a new companion. He finds out that his life is a cycle in more ways than one. This film has the potential to become a dog-lover classic.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Based on a Canadian novel, three pets—two dogs and a cat—travel hundreds of miles in a desperate attempt to reunited with their beloved humans. They encounter all sorts of dangers along the way, but are united in their love for one another and devotion to their owners. It has humor and heart, and continues to be a film loved by many.

Lassie Come Home

Who could forget Lassie? Lassie Come Home is the first of a film series about a lovable, heroic border collie. The series began with books, as so many great ones do, and lives on as the classic tale of the love between a dog and its owner.

Beethoven

This saint bernard won the hearts of families everywhere. Two young children discover a puppy in need of a home. Though their stern father objects, they raise the puppy into a very loyal, and very large, loving mess of a dog. Beethoven’s adventures continued in other films, and the sound of Beethoven’s 5th took on new meaning.

Where the Red Fern Grows

Based on a classic novel, this story has warmed and broken hearts for generations. A young country boy goes through a lot to acquire his two beloved hounds. Together, they hunt, win prizes, and create a bond not soon to be forgotten by anyone watching the film. There are some heartbreaking moments in this story, but it continues to be a dog fan’s favorite.

Curl up with your pup and watch some great films about dogs. When your dog has drama of its own, bring it to us at Pet Vet Hospitals and let us help.

Pet Health Concerns in 2017

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petvet-img-01The year has started anew, and we’re all preparing for the good and the potentially bad. Our pets are included in these concerns, and so there are pet health issues for which we all must prepare in the coming year. Some are old and, for some pet owners, they’re new.

Joint Problems

It’s another year of life for your pet and aging brings complications. If your dog is entering later years, joint issues may pop up. Certain breeds are more likely to have ligament problems, and the heavier your pet is, the more chance there will be of this issue. Repairing this can get costly. So, check with your vet and ask about precautionary measure to keep joints healthy and lubricated.

Cancer

Cancer isn’t just a problem for us humans. Pets can get it, too, and it can be just as deadly. It is also expensive to treat. Losing a pet to this disease is painful for any loving owner. Do everything you can to prevent this. Get pet insurance to help prepare for costs, and talk to your vet about how to avoid potential causes.

Gastrointestinal Problems

This is one of the most common problems pet owners face. Pets can eat and swallow things they shouldn’t, become ill with infection or a virus, suddenly become sensitive to a food, and more. If you haven’t experienced this yet, you will. Every pet owner sees it at some time. So, take care with your pet’s diet this year.

Teeth Care

This is one of the most commonly-ignored pet care items. Many, many an owner ignores a pet’s teeth until periodontal disease kicks in. Taking care of teeth doesn’t necessarily require vet visits. There are special pastes, brushes, chews, and more to help prevent tooth decay, and your vet can tell you how often a professional cleaning may be needed.

We take care of all these and more at Pet Vet Hospitals. Make us your go-to for pet care this year. We’re happy to take the job.

Prepare for the Year with Pet Insurance

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Houston Vet with DogYou have heard of it before and have probably been told it’s a good idea—pet insurance is well-worth the expense. However, if you still don’t have it, whether you’re procrastinating, or you’re trying to decide whether you can afford it, here is a reminder of why this is an important thing to have.

Pet insurance works like most health insurance; it helps you with those vet bills that, as your pet ages, can become rather expensive. If your pet is ill or hurt, you want to be able to afford anything they need. Insurance protects you against not only not being able to afford the upfront costs of those procedures, but from causing you financial problems as a result of trying to pay for them.

You may be thinking you can wait until your pet really needs the insurance. This could be a problem. No pet insurance plan covers preexisting conditions. That means that, if you discover your pet has a problem, and then you try to get insurance, it won’t work. While most insurance programs don’t require an exam to get the insurance, the sooner you get it, the better off you’ll be. You’ll be prepared for the emergency, rather than stressing over more than just your pet’s health.

Even if your pet is healthy, he or she may not be at any time. She could eat something bad, catch a virus, develop heartworms, have an accident, and much more. These are all terrible things to deal with for anyone, but not having the funds to cover help makes them even worse. Cancer treatment, for example, can carry extreme costs.

Veterinary costs are not going to get better and your pet’s chances of getting sick are not going to go down with each day that passes. Don’t wait. Start your pet’s year with good pet insurance. If your pet is young, start with a basic plan. Then, as she or he gets older, you can upgrade. We can answer any questions you may have at Pet Vet Hospitals, including what type of insurance we recommend.

New Year for Your Dog: Sileo

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Happy New Year puppyThe New Year is coming. Around the world, fireworks will go off, people will shout and celebrate, and stressed-out dogs will shiver and hide. If your dog is afraid of loud noises like those made during New Year’s Eve, ask your Pet Vet veterinarian about Sileo®—a treatment with the ability to help dogs with noise-related anxiety.

Sileo® is an oral gel solution. The gel comes in a 3-mL syringe, and is administered by putting dots of the medication between the dog’s cheek and gum, where it is absorbed. The primary active ingredient is dexmedetomidine hydrochloride. This acts as a sedative that is mild enough to be safe, but strong enough to keep the dog calm.

Sileo® is a practical treatment; you can still interact normally with your dog because it is not pure sedation. Giving your dog the medication is also easy—you can do it at home. It acts quickly, allowing you and your dog to leave anxiety behind and enjoy yourselves, and your celebrations.

Ultimately, it is an easy solution to a difficult problem that is all too common. Noise-related anxiety is a well-known struggle for dogs and owners. Many pet parents and veterinarians work hard to find a way to manage it. Some owners get frustrated because it seems like there is no way to fix it, and a few even give up their animals because of it. This medication is a simple treatment for a complicated problem. It is also the only FDA-approved treatment for canine noise aversion. It has even been proven safe and effective in studies conducted during New Year’s Eve.

So, as the New Year approaches, keep Sileo® in mind if your pet suffers from canine noise aversion and other related anxieties. Everyone can enjoy their New Year’s Eve.

December and Winter Pet Adoptions

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dogs people connection adoptionHave you considered adopting, or been longing for a pet, but have been putting it off? This winter could be the perfect time to visit your local shelters in search of the dog or cat that’s right for you. Consider adopting from a shelter this season.

There are millions of animals in desperate need of care out there, and many of them are not in shelters. Even those in shelters may not last terribly long there if not adopted; shelters get overwhelmed by the amount of abandoned animals, and many will be put down. In these winter months, with cold temperatures and people on leave for holidays, the need for homes willing to take animals in is high.

Because of this need, some shelters offer significant discounts on all adoption fees. Those fees include important things like spaying and neutering, checkups, vaccinations, and more.

The Wisdom of Adoption as a Gift

A pet is a wonderful gift for a loving person who wants one. And, the experience of going to the shelter together with your family member or friend to select the animal is a likewise wonderful thing. You get all the benefits of giving a gift—the joy of watching your loved one happy and grateful—while also watching a lasting bond form between your friend and their new, long-term companion of their choice. What better holiday gift could there be?

Choosing a puppy or kitten, and bringing it home for someone is nice. However, for many reasons, this has resulted in pets being abandoned, eventually. Deciding together to give the gift of a new, furry family member, and then proceeding to the local shelters to find the perfect pet that will be with your loved one for as long as the pet lives is a much better way to assure that permanent connection. Plus, this method allows you to be certain that your friend or family member is ready, willing, and able to care for the animal from that point forward.

We always encourage those who want a pet to adopt from a shelter. If you know an adopted pet would be the perfect gift, we would be happy to help make your gift a great one by giving them the best veterinary care at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Christmas Gifts for Furry Family Members

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beautiful small kittenWe love giving gifts over the holidays. Some do it to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, or other holidays, and others do it because it’s enjoyable. Pets can get in on the fun, too. After all, they give us joy all year long. So, why not give a little back to them with some new stuff they enjoy?

Cats

There is a myriad of things you could get that your cat would love. If your cat is an avid scratcher, consider a new scratching post. There are many different designs and they’re made of different materials. You can get a scratch bed, too. You can even make one.

Beds also come in many interesting designs. They can be simple, square, and soft. Or they can be set in houses and modules. There are combinations of perches and hammocks, made so that cats can climb their away around and settle in a bed overlooking the room. Perches alone are also great gifts for your climbing kitty.

Of course, your cat will always appreciate some new treats to try, and a nicer place to relieve himself or herself.

Dogs

Dogs love to eat. Stuff a stocking with some new treats for your dog to try and see if any are new favorites. There are also many great toys that combine mental stimulation with food; as your dog plays, the toy releases treats. This can keep even a lazy dog going for quite some time.

Dog beds can be creative, too. You can combine your dog’s bed with a sofa table, a cabinet, and beyond. Or, you can get a simple upgrade that’s softer and more clean.

Gift Certificates

For a pet lover, and his or her animal, a gift certificate to a pet store is a great idea. So is a gift certificate to a vet to help with some of those costly vet bills. We offer such certificates at Pet Vet hospitals. Call us and let us help you give great pet care as Christmas gifts, or any type of gift, this holiday.

Holiday Pet Hazards

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pets-962215_1280Many of us are ready for winter holidays and their celebrations. We’ll eat, drink, share gifts and fun, and more. Your pets are always ready to join in the fun, too. So, it’s important to remember that things we enjoy during the holidays can be potential hazards for your pets, and to take some precautions to keep things cheerful.

Candles cause more than a glow.

Many of us love to light candles for many reasons. Sometimes they carry spiritual significance for holiday celebrations, and sometimes they just look lovely, smell good, and make us feel nice. However, pets don’t know the dangers of flame as you do. So, set candles up where pets cannot get to them and never leave them unattended.

Watch your pets around the tree.

If you set up a Christmas tree, don’t forget that those twinkling lights and strings are irresistible to many cats, and to other mischievous pets. Also, as dogs and other animals play, they may not be entirely aware of how easily a tree can fall, or stringed lights can become tangled. So, keep an eye on pets around the tree. Though watching your cat climb can be amusing, it’s ultimately not safe. It’s best not to allow it.

Keep other plants out of reach, too.

Some plants associated with the holidays are also dangerous for pets if ingested. Many of us have heard that poinsettias are poisonous, but so are holly and mistletoe. Keep them away from pets and get help immediately if the plants are ingested.

Don’t share the sweets.

Pets are definitely interested in sharing your family feast. Some foods are fine to share in small quantities. But, a large dose of sugar can be very bad for your dog or cat’s tummy. Only share small amounts of boneless, lean meat. Avoid giving them any sweets. Consider giving them their own, special, holiday pet-safe treat instead.

If you’re concerned your pet may have gotten into some trouble during the holiday celebrations, or you want to know more about how to keep them safe, just contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Pets and Cold Weather

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Dog dressed with hat, scarf and sweaterThe cold weather has arrived in much of the U.S. Some people in warmer states appreciate this weather and hope for some snow. They drink warm drinks, curl up in front of the fire, and enjoy the season. Your pets enjoy some of this, too, and it’s important to remember their well-being as the temperatures drop. Just like you, animals feel the cold and can be negatively affected by it. They rely on you to help them enjoy the winter, rather than be miserable.

How much cold can your pet handle?

Each animal handles weather differently. Some pets are bred to handle cold temperatures; they may have more fat and fur protecting them. So, providing them with some extra clean bedding inside a comfy, warm house outside might be enough. Even then, however, it’s important to keep up with just how low the temperatures are dropping, and to be willing to bring them indoors when it becomes too cold. Overall, when it’s cold, it’s best to let them inside.

Keep them warm and comfy.

Wherever they are, make sure they have access to a comfortable and warm place to rest. But, when the heaters are on indoors, they also need to be able to switch to a cooler spot to avoid overheating. So, make sure they are able to be as warm or as cool as they need.

Be safe when you go outdoors.

If it’s extremely cold outside, limit your trips outdoors. If your pet needs some extra protection, try a little sweater—if your pet will allow it. Watch for signs of ice to avoid slipping, and moisture that may cause icing on your pet’s feet.

Get your pet a check-up.

The end of the year is a great time for a checkup. Not only should your pet have at least one per year, but it can help make sure there are no issues that might be aggravated by winter. It helps your pet stay healthy.

We’re here for you at Pet Vet Hospitals during all seasons. Come see us for your pet’s checkup, ask us for advice on pets and cold weather, or purchase a gift certificate for a fellow pet owner for the holidays.