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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.

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.

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.

What to Expect When Your Pet’s Expecting

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Depositphotos_2784082_m-2015As a pet owner, you’re responsible for a lot of your pet’s life. That means helping your cat or dog through pregnancy. If your pet is expecting, you should know what to expect and how to deal with it.

You’ll probably know that your pet is expecting, unless she spends a lot of time alone where males have access to her. Signs may be excessive weight gain, lethargy, loss of appetite, and swollen nipples. Once you know for certain that your furry friend will soon have little ones, there are some things you can do to make life easier for her and be prepared.

See the Vet

You want to make sure it’s a healthy pregnancy, so see your vet as often as may be necessary. There are potential problems, such as infections, and you want to avoid those at all costs.

Prepare Your Home

Your pet needs a clean, comfortable place to sleep throughout the pregnancy. And, of course, a safe place to give birth. This area should be protected from the weather and safe from any other potentially bothersome pets or children. There should be plenty of water and food, and any blankets should be kept as clean as reasonably possible.

When the Babies Come

Gently clean the new additions with just a bit of warm water and clean towel. Keep them warm and make sure that they’re not at risk of getting caught in blankets, or of their mother accidentally rolling over on them. Watch the mother carefully for a while to make sure she is taking to her brood. Keep the little family nice and warm, but not too hot, and out of the elements. Feed mommy good quality food, or anything suggested by your vet.

Of course, you should take everyone to see the vet as soon as possible after the birth to make sure they’re all okay. We love new puppies and kittens, and we’re happy to help you and your pets through the process of birth. Call us and Pet Vet Hospitals and let us meet the mom-to-be.

Give Thanks for Your Pets this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Pet CelebrationThanksgiving is important to different people for varying reasons. Currently, two of the most popular reasons for partaking in the holiday are to give thanks and eat great food. As family and friends gather around the table, so do the pets. While it’s natural to want to share all of Thanksgiving with your furry family, there are some things of which you want to be aware.

Turkey, Turkey, Turkey

Sure, there’s no real harm in letting your pet indulge in some of that turkey dinner. Remember, though, to be careful about what you allow, and how much. Too much of the wrong thing, like sugars and fats, can cause an upset tummy. Don’t feed your pets anything raw, and don’t feed them sweets. Also, turkey should be thoroughly cooked to avoid illness, and free of bones. Don’t let your pets chew cooked bones; they’re more brittle and shards can choke your pet, or cause internal tears. Keep anything you offer your pet simple; nothing too rich and nothing with bones.

A Nosy Nuisance

If your pet begins to be a problem by nosing around, whining, and seeking food from the table, then give them something special of their own to pass the dinner time. A special plate of goodies is nice, but may not occupy them long enough. Consider a long-lasting, tasty chew to keep them occupied while you enjoy your feast.

There’s no likely harm in sharing some Thanksgiving potatoes, a little stuffing, and some boneless turkey with your pets, as long as your pet doesn’t have a history of sensitive stomach issues. After all, they’re part of the family. Just proceed with caution. If you want to be sure, call your vet. At Pet Vet Hospitals, we’re ready to answer any questions so that you can rest easy and enjoy your holiday.

 

Pet Claw Clipping

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close up of dog nail trimmingMany of us have let our pets’ claws grow a bit too long, trimming them only when it clearly becomes a noticeable problem for us. Maybe we wait until we receive one too many scratches by accident, or their claws begin to catch on things. Yes, it’s not always so terrible; after all, we do get them trimmed, eventually. However, it could be more problematic than you may think.

Long, catching claws can be torn.

If your pet’s claws become too long, they’re more likely to be hooked on things. The more this happens, the more the chance that they’ll pull, break the claw, and injure the claw and the toe. They may even break a toe.

Long claws can cause foot pain and growth problems.

Over time, claws that are too long force your pet to walk differently. This can cause your pet foot pain and distort the foot’s shape. These results are particularly bad for older pets at risk of arthritis.

Scratches are a problem, too.

Claws get dirty, it’s natural. So, scratches from your pet’s claws can cause infections. Even if you keep things clean, there’s no way to be 100 percent certain you can prevent an infection, particularly in children.

Clip carefully.

It’s not always easy to clip a pet claw. Pets may struggle and increase the chance of clipping too close to the quick. Generally, you want to cut enough so that you cannot hear the pet’s claws on the floor. Where to cut, precisely, can be hard to see on pets with dark claws.

Talk to your vet. At Pet Vet Hospitals, we offer pet claw clipping services for those who struggle with the task. In fact, the service is free with some other services. Overall, it is quick and cheap, and well worth the money for some.