Your Pet’s Cuts and Scrapes

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bulldog lying down pantingNo matter how much you protect your pets, you cannot stop everything. They will find ways to get into things they shouldn’t, or have accidents. A pet with a cut or scrape is common. This doesn’t necessarily warrant a trip to the vet, however. There are some tips to treating your pet’s cuts and scrapes at home, and know when it’s time to see the vet.

Examine the wound.

Start by being calm and speaking gently and soothingly to your pet. If necessary, ask someone to help you hold her. Inspect the wound carefully. It’s best if you use some gloves for this and it may help to have a cotton ball, or cloth to dab at blood so that you can see better. How deep is the wound? Is there anything inside it? If it is very deep and might need stitches, it’s best to see the vet. If there is something inside it, you might be able to extract it yourself gently with tweezers. If you’re very uncomfortable with that, there’s always the vet to help.

Wash and dry the area.

Clean debris and blood away gently with warm water and an antiseptic solution. Chlorhexidine is a common, easy-to-find solution that works well. Once you’ve rinsed the area clean, pat it dry.

Apply an ointment.

To help a wound heal, apply an antimicrobial ointment, just as you would on yourself. Something with neomycin is usually safe. If you’re unsure of what to use, ask your vet.

Dress it carefully.

Animals are known to chew at wounds. So, it’s important to make sure they’re covered. This can get a little difficult if the wound is in a hard-to-wrap place. If your pet is persistent about the licking and chewing, try a cone to prevent them from doing so. Leave the dressing on for a long while. You should change it at least once a day. Give the wound a chance to air out for a little while between changing bandages if you can.

Is it large and bleeding heavily?

If the wound is sizeable and bleeding significantly, don’t wait. Bandage it quickly—and safely—and head straight for the vet’s office. Whether your pet needs treatment for an injury, or need to know how to treat one at home, we’re here for you at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals.

When Bathing Your Pet

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wellness spa wash sponge dogThe internet is full of videos of pets relaxing in the bath. The truth is, however, that many a pet hates taking a bath. They fight and cry, and make the task a hated one for you, too. However, it is a necessary chore and there are better ways to get it done.

First, it’s important not to bathe too often. Your animal’s coat and skin have natural oils to keep them healthy. If you wash too much, you remove those healthy oils and your pet’s skin may become dry and itchy. Talk to your vet about precisely how often you should give your pet a bath.

When you choose a soap, select something gentle. If you’ve never really had trouble with your pet’s skin and fur—she’s never shown signs of allergies—then selecting a safe, natural wash should be easy. If your pet has a history of itchy skin, you may want to look into soaps formulated for pets with allergies. You can also talk to your vet about what you should use.

When it comes to the bath itself, try these tips:

  • Come bath time, start with a good brushing. This will reduce the amount of fur that comes off in the water.
  • Warm water—not hot or cold—is best.
  • Avoid getting your pet’s ears wet. Wet inner ears can get infected.
  • Stay calm if your pet resists. If you react to your pet’s fighting, it will only make the stress of the situation worse. Speak softly and soothingly, and be gentle. Sometimes holding him gently by the scruff will help still him.
  • Use a towel for dripping moisture, and then let them dry naturally. A hair dryer is often too hot and can cause excessively dry skin.

Hopefully, over time your pet will adjust to the process. If you have any questions about bathing your pet, or any other type of care, contact us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Healthy Spring in Your Pet’s Step: Spring Health

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Spring brings warmer weather. This means more time outside with your dog enjoying sunny days. Of course, a change in seasons also brings new things that could be concerns for you and your pet. This spring, prepare and leave yourself more time to enjoy the season.

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Allergies

People aren’t the only ones who experience sneezing, watery eyes, and sinus problems. The bloom and burst of pollen can cause much the same symptoms in dogs and cats. Your pets may exhibit signs like watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, licking, and excessive scratching. Some things can be treated at home. You can try a calming bath with special soap for itchiness. Some allergy symptoms can be treated at home with Benadryl—always be sure to ask a vet.

Growing Things

For outdoor pets, new plant life poses more than a risk for allergies. Some plants are poisonous if ingested. There are also insecticides and herbicides that, though they’re helpful for the lawn and garden, can be harmful for pets. Store these things away from your pets, and be aware of what your pet is doing when he’s outside. Avoid planting toxic things and try to use natural plant treatments.

Opening Doors and Windows

We like to let a fresh breeze cool the house on nice days, or days when it’s hot and we don’t want to overuse the air conditioner. Your cat or dog may enjoy this chance to smell the air, and see what’s happening outdoors. Make sure that you leave screens shut so that they don’t get out, and to prevent problems like mosquitoes from getting in.

Pest Control

The burst of spring brings bugs. It’s time to make sure your pets are up-to-date on all of their preventatives—heartworm, flea, tick, and mosquito. If your dog or cat lives outside most, or all of the time, consult with your veterinarian about the best protective plan for what lives in your area.

We’re ready for spring at Pet Vet Hospitals. Bring your furry family in for a spring health checkup and a plan to enjoy the season, while still remaining safe.

Pet Insurance for 2017

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Vet using technologyNearly every pet owner has been told to look into pet insurance. It’s a recommendation well worth repeating. As the year progresses forward, it is better to invest in pet insurance early and be ready for the unexpected throughout the year. Pets have the ability to make our lives better; trustworthy pet insurance is a way to reciprocate.

Pets are our family members. We wouldn’t let our family members go without the best health care, and the same goes for the family dog or cat. Yet, too many owners still go without pet insurance. Though it is an extra expense, it is not an exorbitant one. A monthly policy for one animal costs far less than the average health policy for a person, and it covers a full range of issues, depending upon which policy you choose.

The most important thing is that, when a medical emergency happens, you want to be financially prepared. Of course, there are some people who can afford the often-high costs of emergency veterinary care. However, many are not fully equipped to pay the full bill, and those bills can be very, very expensive. It is not unheard of for an owner to lose a pet prematurely because he or she couldn’t afford the necessary treatment. Though veterinarians always want to help, there is a limit to what they can do. That’s where pet insurance comes in.

If your pet is faced with a sudden injury or illness, and the bill is thousands of dollars that you simply don’t have, insurance like that offered by Nationwide can help. Like human health insurance, there are varying options for coverage. If your animal is young and unlikely to develop any illnesses, then an emergency-only plan may be appropriate. If your pet is aging and could develop issues associated with a long life, then a more comprehensive plan may be in order.

Be ready to save your pet in 2017. Look into pet insurance now. We recommend it at Pet Vet Hospitals. Call us today to find out what we recommend.

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.