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Holiday Hazards for Your Pet

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The holidays are upon us, and it’s time to get festive. While you pull out your decorations and make plans to celebrate, please keep your dog’s or cat’s safety and health front of mind, and beware of these holiday hazards for your pet:

Plants. Certain plants are synonymous with Christmas, like mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias. Though you may believe the latter to be poisonous, know that poinsettias only pose a minimal threat. On the other hand, definitely steer clear of mistletoe and holly because they can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and much more serious issues.

pets-962215_1280Foods and drinks. Forgo the urge to share your holiday meal with your pet, as human foods and drinks can wreak havoc on their bodies. Common holiday culprits include chocolate, bones found in turkey and ham, and alcohol, among others. Depending on what’s ingested, problems like vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death can occur, so stick to their regular diet and err on the side of caution.

Christmas tree. As soon as the Christmas tree is up, our four-legged friends are curious. Dogs love to sniff and chew, and cats love to climb. Help shield them from danger by securing the tree (to keep it from falling) and by using safe, shatter-proof ornaments in areas within their reach. For real trees, avoid fertilizer, and don’t allow pets to drink standing water in order to minimize risk of vomiting and diarrhea.

Lighting. Many pets love to chew on electrical cords, especially those that are new to the home, but this practice is a bad idea year round for many reasons. However, no one expects you to go without lighting on your tree or around your house, so keep an eye on your dogs and cats and unplug the lights when you’re not home.

In closing, know that if you’re introducing something new to your pet’s living space and it doesn’t fall on this list, it’s not necessarily okay. Contact our team at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals for the lowdown on the item in question, and help your pet to have a merry and safe holiday season.

Three Tips to Help Prevent Pet Cancer

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The last thing any of us want for our pets is for them to be sick, especially with cancer or another disease. Though keeping them from getting ill isn’t entirely possible, there are some steps we can take as responsible dog and cat owners to help prevent pet cancer and other diseases. Take note of these three tips:

  1. labrador-380800_1920Feed them good. Be mindful of what’s in your pet’s food, as many contain unnecessary fillers and empty calories. Do your homework and talk with your Pet Vet Animal Hospitals’ veterinarian to understand what nutrients your dog or cat needs in his or her diet.
  2. Watch their weight. Obesity breeds disease, so follow feeding recommendations as provided on your canned or bagged food, with your treats, or from your veterinarian. Also, skip the table scraps and instead exercise your dog with a walk or your cat with a toy.
  3. Try to be chemical free. It’s pretty impossible for your pet to live chemical free. However, try to use safe cleaners, prohibit cigarette smoke, know if plants are poisonous, and keep your pet away from chemicals when you can.

The key is to maintain your pet’s body in the most healthy state possible, so that they are not only kept from what hurts them but have the strength they need to fight whatever comes their way. Be sure to also make annual appointments with your Pet Vet Animal Hospital location, as our vets can check your pet’s health and offer additional tips to help prevent pet cancer for your particular breed.

Show Your Pet Thanks this Thanksgiving

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There’s so much to be thankful for this time of year, and for us pet owners, our pets rank high up on the list. However, with the holidays comes hustle and bustle that may cause us to place less focus on our pets’ needs. You can still show them thanks with little effort this Thanksgiving when you do these three things:

  1. cat-and-dog-775116_1920Keep it as routine as possible. Pets thrive on routine, and while you may need to rework your schedule to accommodate the day’s festivities, try to make sure you get in the things they enjoy on a daily basis – like exercise, play, and scratches, even if you have to shorten the time spent on each.
  2. Be mindful of their personalities. Some pets prefer to be surrounded by as many people as possible, while others would rather flee to a corner or under a bed as soon as the doorbell rings. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, make sure your cat or dog is where he or she wants to be.
  3. Plan for travel. If you’re traveling for the holiday and will be away from your pet, make sure he or she is well taken care of. If you can, have someone come over to care for your cat, rather than simply leaving a huge bowl of dry food for him or her to gobble up. This can help manage their weight and stress.

Lastly, we do love our pets like family, but that doesn’t mean they should partake in the family Thanksgiving meal. Avoid the desire to give them table scraps, and instead, give them a cat or dog treat or additional scratches. They’re sure to feel special either way.

On behalf of the Pet Vet Animal Hospitals team, Happy Thanksgiving!

Pet Diabetes: What You Need to Know

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With this month observed for pet diabetes awareness, your friends at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals want to help educate you on this growing disease in cats and dogs. Here are five key points to know about pet diabetes:

  1. Like diabetes in humans, pet diabetes is caused when there’s too much glucose (or sugar) in our dog’s or cat’s bloodstream.
  2. Also, like diabetes in humans, there are two types in our pets: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The majority of dogs with diabetes have type 1, while most cats have type 2 diabetes.
  3. There is no known cause for type 1 diabetes, though it’s widely believed to be related to genetics. However, type 2 diabetes is a result of pet obesity and may be a combination of excessive weight and other factors.
  4. Your best line of defense in preventing pet diabetes is to keep your cat or dog at a healthy weight. This means feeding them the right foods in appropriate amounts and helping them get exercise.
  5. Symptoms of pet diabetes include an increase in water consumption; an increase in food with no weight gain; and increased urination.

Should you suspect pet diabetes in your cat or dog, don’t delay in making an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she will perform a physical examination and run tests to get to the root of your pet’s problem.

If Pet Vet Animal Hospitals can help, please do not hesitate to contact us or to visit one of our four locations in the Houston area.

Three Tips for Caring for Your Senior Dog

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Oh, how we pet owners love, love, love our senior dogs. Whether they’ve been with us all of their life (and what feels like all of ours) or they’re a new addition to our home, a senior dog is loyal and loving. And though they may seem to need little care, the fact is that a senior dog requires more care than its younger model.

Help your senior dog to be with you as long as he or she can when you do the following:

Feed healthy foods. You may want to show your senior dog love by feeding whatever table scrap he or she desires, but that’s not a wise decision. Instead, feed them nutritious food as recommended by your veterinarian because dogs need different or more nutrients as they age. After all, what you put into a body is what you get out of it.

Keep them appropriately active. Exercise is key to keeping your dog healthy. It helps them avoid becoming overweight, which can wreck havoc on their bones and joints and also cause disease. On the flip side, you’ll also want to monitor how much exercise your dog is getting to ensure he or she doesn’t overdo it.

Get them to the vet. Not only should you schedule regular check-ups for your senior dog to have his or her health assessed, you should also stay on top of dental cleanings, which help keep bacteria out of the bloodstream and prevent disease. Your dog’s well-being becomes even more critical with age.

Lastly, give your senior dog as much attention as possible. In doing so, you’ll be able to notice any changes in his or her long-engrained behavior, which could signal a health issue. Even if all is status quo, you’ll both enjoy the time together that neither one of you will ever forget.

Your Pet Safety Checklist

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cat-71494_1280In case you don’t know, October is dedicated as “National Animal Safety and Protection Month,” an initiative near and dear to all of our hearts as pet owners and animal lovers. To assist you in your pet safety efforts, your Pet Vet Animal Hospitals team has compiled the following checklist of three critical to do’s regarding your dog, cat, or other pet:

  1. Pet-proof your home. Our pets are curious creatures by nature and will nosy into anything they can. That’s why it’s important we pet-proof our homes, putting away anything toxic, like cleaners, insect sprays, and even some plants. Your “pet-proofing” should include any area your pet has access to, including the inside of your house, the garage, or your yard.
  2. Identify them. It’s highly likely that, at some point in their lives, your pets will escape your home or grasp. Don’t take any chances. Make sure he or she is wearing a collar with an identification tag and that its information includes an up-to-date phone number. A micro-chip is also a great idea.
  3. Keep them confined. If your pet does happen to get away from you, know that there are other bad things that can happen outside of them just being lost, including injury or theft. Therefore, when you’re unable to keep your watchful eye on them, while at work or school, make sure your pets are in a confined area, such as a fenced yard or inside your home, to help keep them safe.

With Halloween approaching, we also want to remind all of our customers of two important holiday safety tips for your pets. First, sadly, cat safety, especially for black cats, is at a heightened risk on Halloween. Therefore, we urge you to keep your cats inside or confined around this time to help keep them safe. Second, please know that candy is not good for your animals, and you should do your best to ensure it’s out of their reach at all times.

Should you run into an emergency regarding the health of your dog or cat, don’t hesitate to contact Pet Vet Animal Hospitals or bring them to one of our four locations for treatment. We’re also always happy to answer any questions you have on how to provide the best pet safety for your furry family members.

It’s National Veterinary Technician Week!

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At Pet Vet Animal Hospitals, we are very fortunate to have our great team of veterinary technicians, aka vet techs. However, if you’re one of our beloved customers, we don’t have to tell you that. They’re the friendly faces you see in the exam room first to provide the comfort your dog or cat needs to ease into the visit. (Several of their faces you’ve actually seen for more than 15 years!) They do so much, and with it being National Veterinary Technician Week, we want to recognize them for their everyday efforts.

Vet techs set the stage for our veterinarians to do their jobs. They ask questions, get vitals, take x-rays, and collect specimens to assist in getting to the root of an issue. They administer and monitor anesthesia and assist our doctors during procedures to help get your pet ok. They give scratches and hugs for anyone that may need them. In short, they do everything aside from making diagnoses, performing surgery, and prescribing meds – they do a lot for all of us.

Happy National Veterinary Technician Week to all of the vet techs out there, especially ours. You are family, and we appreciate all that you do to help keep our customers’ fur babies safe and healthy. We invite you to visit any of our four Pet Vet Animal Hospitals locations to experience the care of our wonderful vet techs.

Meet a few of our wonderful vet techs!
(Pictured clockwise: Jesse, Mariah, Joana, and Hannah)
                             Vet tech collage



Have you walked your dog today?

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dog-237187_1280Walking your dog offers many benefits for both you and your canine friend, and with it being “National Walk Your Dog Week,” we want to tell you all about them! Here are three big reasons you should walk your dog daily:

  1. Walking keeps them healthy. No surprise here, but it’s a great reminder that while you’re away at work or school all day, your dog is likely lying around. Therefore, it’s important to get in some exercise to keep him or her from becoming too sedentary and overweight. In turn, your dog will be better equipped to fight disease and stay healthy. (The same goes for you!)
  2. Walking keeps them occupied. A stroll through the neighborhood offers so much more than the scenery in your backyard and allows your dog to take in all sorts of sights and smells. By giving them this opportunity, you’ll help satisfy their need for adventure and keep them from creating trouble within your home or yard.
  3. Walking keeps them happy. If they’re healthy and occupied, they’re obviously going to be happier. Furthermore, there’s nothing a dog loves more than to spend quality time with its owner, and walking is a great way to bond with him or her.

We know it can be hard with all that life brings to carve out time to walk your dog. However, we encourage you to find a slot that works within your everyday schedule, whether substituting 15-20 minutes of tv or computer time, and make it a daily routine. Simply put the leash by the door as a reminder, and hit the streets at the point best for you. Trust us; you’ll enjoy the sunshine, exercise, and quality moments, just as much as your dog.

Should you need some advice on how much activity your dog needs, schedule an appointment with your Pet Vet Animal Hospitals location. We’re happy to provide an exam to assess his or her physical health, so that you two can safely get your walk on every day.