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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.

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.