Are Pets Good for Business?: Pets in the Office

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People have their opinions over current, popular trends in any area of life and work. Members of the elder generations sometimes poke fun at younger people for them. However, every generation and period of time has its trends; some stick and become more than trends, and others fade. Among the many trends happening in the workplace today is the attempt at changing the workplace to make it more comfortable, friendly, and seeking work-life balance. Part of that, for some offices, means allowing pets in the office.

Benefits of Pets in the Office

Pet-related businesses are not the only ones allowing pets in the office. Rather, many modern businesses are embracing pets at work, and primarily for the sake of employees. The idea is that pets bring comfort to the workplace, make it more inviting, and that resonates in employee satisfaction and efforts.

It is becoming common knowledge that pets can help relieve stress. Few places are more stressful for the everyday working person than their jobs. Having a pet nearby to love during a break could make that person feel better.

These pets also have a way of bringing people together. Employees are brought together by the mutual love of those animals and the ability to share that. Clients also often enjoy coming into business where they’re welcomed by friendly animals. It’s different from the normal shopping or business experiences, and a welcome change.

Potential Problems

Of course, having pets in the office can have some negative aspects. While you can have pet policies to help maintain cleanliness, even trained pets may have accidents. Those accidents can be a smelly distraction. Pets may cause distractions in other ways, too. they make noise, beg for attention and food, and many need some exercise during the day. Those things take away from work time.

Ultimately, whether or not pets are good for business by being in the office probably depends upon the type of office and work. Evidently, many business owners feel the pros greatly outweigh the cons. That does not mean that all other businesses will, or should do the same.

If you do plan on having pets in the office, make sure they’re in the best health. Bring them to us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

The Best Running Buddy: Dogs for Runners

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Woman and dog running on beach at sunsetDogs make great companions for a lot of activities. All dogs need walks, and most love to run if they have a reason, but not all dogs are suitable for regular, long runs. If you love running and you want to mix that love with the companionship of a dog, you need the right breed. There are plenty of great dogs for runners out there, ready and waiting to run alongside you.

Greyhounds

You probably already know that greyhounds are runners; they are members of a breed found often on the dog racing track. Their ability to do so well in that situation means they’re highly capable of being trained. Outside the track, they are also capable of loyalty and gentleness. Together, you could run a lot of miles.

Weimaraners

Weimaraners are generally lean, muscular dogs. They make for very energetic dogs, and need regular exercise to stay happy and healthy. They are also intelligent dogs and easily trained with the usual amount of patience and persistence. They can make excellent running partners.

Labradors

Of course, Labradors of any type are well-loved by many as energetic, playful, highly intelligent, loyal dogs. They are easily trained for any number of activities and would love nothing better than a good, long run by your side on a regular basis.

German Shepherds

Large, strong, and proud, German Shepherds are renown for their loyalty and protectiveness. They are also energetic dogs and need regular exercise to stay strong and content. They would love to run with their owners and protect them all along the way.

Huskies

Siberian huskies have served humans for centuries. In the coldest places, they run, hunt, and even pull sleds. That strength and stamina comes naturally, and means that these dogs need regular exercise to remain naturally healthy. They would make excellent running partners, and could go on as long as you, and even longer.

Running is great for your health. Let your dog share in that. Adopt your running buddy today and bring him into our office at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Hurricane Season Increases the Need for Pet Microchipping

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Identifying cat with microchip devicePet microchipping saves the lives of furry family members. This is why some cities in the U.S. are making pet microchipping mandatory. When there is less risk of losing a pet, there are fewer homeless and shelter pets. In Houston and other coastal areas, there may be no stronger reminder of all this than hurricane season. In recent years, people have lost loved ones, homes, important community locations, and even their beloved pets. Microchipping can help prevent the latter.

It’s Quick, Easy, and Affordable

The microchip that is inserted beneath the skin of your pet’s neck is very, very small—about the size of a small pin, or grain of rice. It is placed there via injection and your pet does not need to be asleep; it feels like little more than a normal needle injection. Once it’s inserted, the microchip remains there permanently so that, in the event your pet is found by someone, it can be scanned, and the information associated with it read. Then, your pet can be returned to you, safe and sound.

All this is simple, fast, painless for your pet, and affordable. In some cases, your pet may already have a microchip upon adoption; some shelters have this done and add the cost to the adoption fee. There are even some that offer it free as part of the adoption incentive.

This procedure is so important, too, that many veterinary offices will offer specials and encourage their clients to have this quick, life-saving procedure performed. At Pet Vet Hospitals, we strongly urge microchipping. We want you to have every opportunity to get it done. That is why, with hurricane season closing in, we are offering a $10 discount on all pet microchipping, starting on June 1st. Bring your furry family member in and let’s keep him or her safe together. Call us today to schedule your appointment, or come see us.

And, never forget that we at Pet Vet Hospitals are always here for the general health of your beloved pet.

What You Need to Know About Dog Grooming

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Taking your dog to the groomer seems like it should be a simple task. After all, it is just a wash and trim for your pet, right? Unfortunately, recent dog deaths at groomers are worrying pet owners. It can be a little nerve-wracking anytime you leave your dog in someone else’s care, but you shouldn’t have to worry about your dog being injured when he’s getting cleaned up. So, how can you be as sure as possible that the dog grooming service is safe?

Do a Little Research

Grooming the yorkshire terrier isolated on whiteIt is easy to get information on a service these days. Almost every business out there has a website. Even private freelancers have a web presence they share with potential clients. This makes it easier to be sure that you are getting trustworthy service. You can find the positive and negative reviews. Remain aware that it is possible to fake good reviews, and that negative reviews can sometimes be matters of simple misunderstandings, or unreasonable clients; read the reviews and pay attention to signs of both.

When you research, watch for allegations of abuse. You can search local news and find out if any allegations have been made public. Small, local news sources may have that information. With all this information, you can make an informed choice.

Get to Know

It also may help to know what the best instruments and styles are so that you may understand what you see at the groomer’s better. If you see things that concern you, ask about them kindly. If it is your first time at the groomer, ask if you may sit in. It should not be a problem; after all, what would they have to hide? Plus, it is always better to know the people caring for your pet. Take some time to talk to the groomers.

Like any other service for someone or something you love, trust must be earned. Take the time to let your groomer earn your trust, and let us do the same at Pet Vet Hospitals. We want to care for your pet’s health.

Is Your Pet Getting Enough Sleep?

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You know that your cat spends a lot of time sleeping. You have heard the phrase, “let sleeping dogs lie.” Pets need sleep just like us, but in most cases, they need more. Regular sleep is an important part of your pet’s health. So, how can you make sure that your pet is getting enough sleep?

Understanding Your Pet’s Sleep Patterns

cat-and-dog-775116_1920On average, dogs need ten or more hours of sleep. The amount can vary from dog to dog, and things like age can be important factors, too. The important thing to know is that a lot of sleep is important for your dog, and you shouldn’t disrupt that sleep cycle, just like you shouldn’t disrupt your own.

Cats will sleep even longer, even near 20 hours per day. Despite this being true, sleeping for a cat is not the same as for a human. When cats sleep, they’re still somewhat alert, which is why you see them react suddenly to noises you didn’t hear, even when they’re supposedly asleep. Even though your housecat doesn’t hunt like his wild relatives, his genetics still dictate that he needs more sleep.

Help Your Pet Get Enough Sleep

How do you know your pet isn’t sleeping well? It’s not always easy to be sure, but there are a few signs. If your pet is disoriented, or has difficulty performing normal tasks, sleep might be a problem. This would be particularly true if you notice your pet waking often, or snoring loudly, which is a sign of breathing trouble.

The tips to help your pet sleep well are much like what you might do for yourself if you had trouble sleeping. Start by trying these natural sleep remedies if you suspect your pet isn’t sleeping enough:

Exercise Before Bedtime and Before Eating: Physical exhaustion is often a great way to help sleep. Your pet needs exercise to stay healthy, so try scheduling that exercise at the right times. After eating, most pets relax, ready to nap. Try walking your dog, or playing with him, or using toys with your cat just before feeding time. It may help sleep come easier. The same can be said if you get exercise near bedtime, but not too close; you don’t want to rile them up.

Keep to a Schedule: If you change a schedule too much, your dog’s entire day could be disrupted, which could affect sleep. Your pets know your routine, and they rely on it to maintain theirs. Whatever the routine, do your best to stick to it so that they know when it’s time to sleep and have less trouble with it.

Make a More Comfortable Space: there are all sorts of dog and cat beds. How does your pet sleep? Curled up, or stretched out? Consider some new bedding (have a look at this Tuck.com post on dog beds). Ask what vets recommend for pets and their sleeping positions. Your pet should feel safe, too; too much noise in an uncomfortable space will disrupt sleep. Make sure your pet seems content in his or her spot.

You can try edible sleep aids, but always speak to a vet beforehand. If you’re concerned about your pet’s sleeping habits, bring him into Pet Vet Hospitals today. We will help with any related health problems.

Teaching Your Children to Take Care of a Pet

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All parents expect it, and some fear it—the day their children start asking for a pet. Ultimately, most parents will agree that the primary concern is whether or not a child will prove capable of handling the responsibility. No matter how many promises a child makes, a parent can never be entirely certain. Of course, some pet-loving parents don’t mind covering the extra responsibility, should a child get a pet and not handle the responsibility well. In any situation, there are things a parent can do to help the child prepare, and to guide them through the process of caring for a pet.

Practice

Adorable little girl feeding small kitten with kitten milk from the bottleMake a deal; if your children still want a pet, but you need proof of responsibility, tell them they can have one if they successfully care for something simple for a time. Plants can be good practice, or anything that requires regular, daily care. Then, if that goes well, try something like a goldfish. As long as you make it clear that the rule is they can only have a pet if you’re satisfied with their practice, it shouldn’t be too hard to refuse them a pet if they are clearly not ready.

Pet sitting makes great practice, too. Though a young child may not be able to pet sit for an official service, you can always ask your friends, family, and neighbors whom you trust, and who trust you. Start by joining your children for the first few visits. Then, if they show promise, let them take care of the job on their own.

Helping Out

Of course, if you, as a pet lover, don’t mind that your children may need more help with the chores of caring for a pet, then you can try a different approach. You could make a schedule for all of you. Plan turns for each, including yourself, and share the responsibility. Sometimes, all they need to learn the responsibility is to see you engaged in it, or get your support in the efforts.

We love animals, and want all children to learn that love and care, too. Bring your new pets and your children to us, and we’ll happily care for your animal’s health and offer any advice you may want on learning to care for it at home.

The Pros and Cons of Pets in Hospitals and Nursing Homes

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It is becoming more and more common for nursing homes and medical care facilities to allow pet visitations. Studies have shown that patients benefit from the comfort an animal can provide; showing affection to these animals has been known to help people lower blood pressure, and the endorphins associated with the pleasure of animal companionship can reduce some pain symptoms. In nursing homes, live-in pets are sometimes permitted, though visitations are more common. In addition to health benefits, loneliness and psychological concerns have been known to improve when residents have the comfort of pets. Even with all these potential benefits, however, there are both pros and cons of pets in hospitals and nursing homes.

Health and Wellness

Old man with dogThe primary concern for pets in facilities like these is health protocol. While the practice of allowing animals is increasingly common, health and safety changes are not always made to avoid possible health risks. It’s commonplace for dogs and cats, and some small animals like birds and rabbits to be brought into these care facilities. There are also less common animals, like reptiles. All of these pets can carry diseases that may wreak havoc on people with weak immune systems.

Hospitals are more likely to have strict guidelines to protect against the diseases and infections pets can carry. Nursing homes rules are often not as strict. Most have policies that designate animals must have an appropriate caregiver and all vaccinations, and no recently-ill animals may be admitted. However, being prepared means having hygiene preparation, procedures for injuries and related illnesses, and staff trained to deal with animals. These preparations are often missing.

Why Have the Risk?

The growing interest in having animals in nursing homes and other care facilities is a direct result of the growing belief that animals aid in mental and emotional support. Positive interactions between humans and animals make people feel good at the very least. For an ill person, a lonely person, or someone struggling with some combination of the two, a good relationship with a pet may provide comfort, and may even impact health. While the notion that happiness and hope can help a person get better, or live longer, isn’t scientific, many doctors and scientists agree that the power of the human mind and will may make a significant differences in how well a patient recovers. That is why the risk of having pets in hospitals and nursing homes seems worth it to many.

If you’re thinking of bringing your pet to a nursing home, or a health facility, first, make sure it’s allowed. Look into any health-related regulations. If there aren’t any and you’re concerned, you might consider suggesting some changes politely. And, of course, make sure your pet is in the best health and general condition. Bring him or her to us at Pet Vet Hospitals.

Helping a Heartbroken Pet

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Losing a person in your life is heartbreaking, so much so that the feeling defies description for many. Losing a pet is also incredibly hard. If you have more than one pet and the two have lived together for many years, and particularly if they’re close, you might find yourself faced with more than human grief. Animals are sentient; they can grieve, too. That is why a book like Where the Red Fern Grows breaks so many hearts; we can all imagine the pain of losing beloved animals, and it’s made even worse when the animals left behind can’t survive the grief. Helping a heartbroken pet doesn’t necessarily mean ignoring your own pain. Rather, the two of you can come through it together.

Spend More Time with Your Pet

Depositphotos_12962486_m-2015Sometimes, the best way we can deal with loss is to keep busy. This can be true for your grieving pet, too. If your pet shows signs of what could be grief like noticeable lethargy, start with a visit to the vet. Make sure that nothing is physically wrong. When you’re there, talk to the vet about the recent death. He or she may have some recommendations, too.

Then, start by spending more time with your pet. It could be the perfect antidote to grief for both of you. While it may not work wonders immediately, making more time to go for walks, play with toys, and even cuddling could work wonders. It could serve to distract you, and to remind you both, in your own ways, that life goes on. Exercise releases endorphins, which is also great for the depression that can sometimes accompany grief. As for the extra downtime spent together, it’s comforting; it helps remind you both that, though your loved one is gone, you’re not alone.

Consider Adoption

Adopting a new pet may not be an option for you when you’re grieving; it may simply be too soon. However, if you do find yourself open and willing, it could be what you and your pet need to move on. You don’t want to do it without considerable thought and preparation; do what you can to make sure that your current pet won’t react badly.

Grief is a difficult thing for both you and your pet. You can get through it together. Anytime you’re concerned about your pet’s well-being, bring him to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We can help.

In the News: Cannabis for Pets?

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sick ill dogCannabis—marijuana—is still the subject of very heated debates. Despite the resistance and opinions of many, the substance is legal, both medically and for recreation, in some states, and even more are considering making it so. Legal medicinal cannabis isn’t always something that is smoked; it is taken in oil and pill form, too. It is most often used as a milder treatment than other available medications for things like pain and anxiety. Since there are doctors and patients who insist cannabis works so well, and does so safely and naturally, of course there are those looking into the possibilities of cannabis for pets.

Cannabis Oil for Pets

Cannabis oil is the form of treatment that some veterinarians are recommending for dogs. The oil is made from the marijuana plants via extraction. According to vets who recommend and prescribe legal cannabis for treatment, this oil can treat pain, anxiety, seizures, stress, and more. In all these cases, the oil is meant to relieve the pain and calm the body. These vets argue that, unlike other prescription medications, marijuana doesn’t pose the same risks of kidney and liver damage, and doesn’t cause the same level of sedation.

Of course, that does not mean that cannabis has absolutely no side effects. Though it’s considered gentle, a pet can still overdose on it if given too much. That is why it is essential that any cannabis for pets be prescribed by a vet legally, and the dosage carefully administered to exact specifications. The vet must rule out any potential negative reactions.

Details like this are why the use of cannabis for treating pets is still debated; the research determining the right amount of cannabis oil for pets has not been confirmed, yet. And, as long as the use of marijuana in general continues to be so hotly debated, its use for treating pets will not be considered the most important part of the conversation.

For now, what you can do for your pets is reach out to your veterinarian for help. Bring your pets to Pet Vet Hospital for the best possible care.

What to Do When You Know Someone Moved and Left an Abandoned Pet

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Sad, abandoned dog in the middle of the road /high contrast imagPeople sometimes leave their pets. Despite the terrible feelings we may have about giving up a pet, and any instincts some may have to place blame on those who do it, there are times when letting an animal go is the best thing for both the pet and the owner. That is why there are shelters, pet foster homes, and resources for finding potential homes. What should never happen, however, is abandonment—leaving a pet in a location with no care, and telling no one who can help that animal. If you think someone has done this, the best things you can do is to take appropriate and legal steps to helping the animal and informing authorities.

Investigate Safely and Be Sure

Never make any assumptions; if you think that a pet has been abandoned somewhere, take a look as long as it is safe and legal. Does it look like the owners may return? Is the pet in distress, or a possible threat? Make note of the circumstances so that you can proceed with all possible information.

Make the Call

If you are fairly certain that you have found an abandoned pet, there are a few steps you can take to help the animal, depending upon the situation. If this has happened at a home, or on some property, you will need to call the local animal control services. If you’re not sure who to call, call the local shelter and they will help you get in touch with the right people. Never enter someone’s residence without legal permission. Instead, file a report with the proper authorities.

If the animal has been abandoned on public property, you should still call the shelter, at least. Be extremely cautious approaching an abandoned animal; they may be aggressive, or ill. It is best to let professionals handle it, but if the animal accepts your help, you can get it to a safe place. You can always offer to foster the animal until the situation is handled, or the owners are found, etc. You might even be able to adopt the abandoned pet.

If you have an animal in your care that was left behind, come to us at Pet Vet Hospitals, too. We can help make sure your new friend is in good health and ready for a new, forever home.