If you have visited our facility and received a Handout, additional copies are available here. Even if you haven’t been in to see us, this is valuable information. Please feel free to print and share these with your fellow pet-loving friends. We believe the most important thing we can do for the pet-owning community is to educate, so you can make the best decision for the care of your pet. In addition to these handouts, we also offer online educations videos in the form or our Client Produced, Educational Tracks video series as well as in-house, educational seminars, free to the public.

Arthritis – About 20% of all dogs and cats in the U.S. suffer from arthritis. This disease develops gradually over time, causing your dog or cat pain and often preventing him from performing even the simplest of movements. Dogs and cats suffering from arthritis can show one or more of a number of signs, including stiffness getting up or lying down, sluggishness or tiredness, low activity, etc.

Acupuncture – So what is Acupuncture? With this handout, we discuss what Acupuncture is and how your pet can benefit from these ancient techniques. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body that have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiologic conditions to achieve the desired effect. In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory disease is an imbalance of energy in the body.

Congratulations On Your New Kitten – You have a new kitten, now what? This short handout discusses Diets, Feeding, What “People Food” is dangerous for your new kitten, The importance of adding vitamins or fats to your kitten’s diet. We also address the importance of Heartworm Prevention, Intestinal Parasites, Wellness Diagnostic Testing and Housetraining. We don’t go into great detail about vaccinations, but we do discuss vaccinations and possible reactions to them.

Congratulations On Your New Puppy – You have a new puppy, now what? This short handout discusses Diets, Feeding, the Hazards of Hypoglycemia, what “People Foods” to avoid and other hazards, such as foods, plants and other chemicals. We go into a little detail on Flea control, Intestinal Parasites and Vaccinations with Healthy Pet Exams. We discuss the importance of Spaying/Neutering your puppy, Dental Care, Socialization and Training and House-training.

Dentistry and the Cleaning Process – (Watch our video on Dental Process here) – So, what is involved in your pet’s dental cleaning? This handout discusses why your veterinarian thinks your pet’s dental health is so important. We further discuss why we believe pre-anesthetic blood work is so important, what exactly happens during the cleaning process and why every dental cleaning at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital includes x-Rays. You can learn about the stages of periodontal disease, your pet’s dental anatomy and what you can do at home with your pet to improve your pet’s dental health.

Dental Home Care (Watch our video on Dental Process here) – This handout discusses how to know if your pet is in need of dental treatment, what is involved with home care and a step-by-step discussion of what is involved in your pet’s cleaning while at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital. We discuss the reasons pet, dental cleanings cost what they do. We answer such questions as how often your pet will need to have his/her teeth cleaned and what involved in home care.

Euthanasia and End of Life Choices – This handout discusses the difficult subject of euthanasia, what it is and how it works. We answer the difficult questions regarding “end of life choices” we sometimes need to make with our pets. We also list resources regarding Grief Counseling and Support Groups. If you need additional counseling or if you just want to talk to someone, please contact us at 281.997.1426 to schedule and appointment.

Flea Control – Got Fleas? This handout goes into detail about how to rid your environment of these pesky creatures. Once you see fleas on your pet, you have an issue that needs to be addressed. Sometime medication (topical or oral) is not enough. If you have an infestation, you’ll need to treat the entire environment and this will walk you through the steps to do just that.

Heart Murmurs & Heart Disease – Different species will have different ranges of “normal” heart rates. A rapid heart rate (tachycardia) can be due to stress, fear, illness, or heart disease. Bradycardia (slow heart rate) is common when the animal is very athletic and in very good condition, or it can be related to specific heart problems.

Heartworm Disease in Dogs – What exactly is Heartworm disease, how can my pet contract the disease and what is involved in the treatment? These are all questions that are answered in this handout. We further discuss exactly how we test to see if your pet has the disease and what you can do to protect your pet from this potentially, deadly disease.

Heartworm Disease in Cats – Did you know that cats can get heartworms? All it takes is being bitten by an infected mosquito. The belief of a lot of cat owners it “Well, my cat doesn’t go outside, so he’s safe.”. Well, what about those mosquitos that happen to come into the house? It is impossible to keep all the bugs out, and all it takes is one bit.

How To Brush Your Pet’s Teeth – Your pet’s teeth are an important part of their overall health care. At-home dental care will help to keep your pet healthy and will decrease the need for costly dental cleanings. Getting your pet familiar with a very unfamiliar process is going to take time. Remember, brushing is best, but it’s not the only choice. For additional information, you can contact us at 281.997.1426.

Help Overweight Pets Lose Weight – Over 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight.  Overweight pets are at increased risk of several diseases, have a decreased life expectancy, and often experience chronic pain. Overweight pets often tire more easily and are less playful than if they were at a healthy weight, so your pet may be more fun to play with once he or she loses weight.

How to Keep Your Cat Healthy – We list specifics on each vaccine available for your pet, and our doctor will discuss this with you during your cat’s examination, so you can decide what is the best option(s) for your cat. If you have any questions regarding any vaccines or preventative, please don’t hesitate to speak with a staff member when you’re here.

How to Keep Your Dog Healthy – We list specifics on each vaccine available for your pet, and our doctor will discuss this with you during your dog’s examination, so you can decide what is the best option(s) for your dog. If you have any questions regarding any vaccines or preventative, please don’t hesitate to speak with a staff member when you’re here.

Lifetime Wellness – Through our LifeTime Wellness Preventative Care Program, there are two main ways we can improve the quality of your pet’s life. Routine, complete physical examinizations and diagnostic tests will help detect early problems before they become severe.

Laser Therapy – Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.

Microchip Registration – Here, we discuss not only the importance of a microchip for your pet, but the importance of registering your microchip. You can even register in multiple locations (multiple websites). Having a pet become lost is difficult to accept and taking some measures can help prevent a very uncomfortable situation.

Spay or Neuter? Should you and if so, when? – Two retrospective studies performed on Vizlas and Golden Retrievers have garnered a lot of attention in the veterinary profession. These studies looked at age of neuter/spay and potential benefits/consequences. Following is a short compilation of their findings.

Senior Pets – With recent advances in disease detection and treatment, your pet’s senior years can be a healthy and happy time. By sharing life and love with you, your pet has given you a priceless gift. Now that your pet has earned senior status, you have an opportunity to give something in return: the special love and care that can make the golden years happy and healthy.

Skunk Removal Recipe – from time to time it happens. Your four-legged friend gets sprayed by a skunk. This is an awful thing to have happen and it is difficult to remove. In 1995, Popular Science posted a recipe on how to remove this smell effectively. We hope you never need it, but if you do, it will likely come in very handy.

Which Prevention is Best? – All pets should be on Flea & Tick, Heartworm and Parasite Protection, but with so many options on the market, and at different costs, how can you know which one is right for your pet? We’ve put together a short infographic to help clarify what preventatives do what. Some control fleas while some also cover ticks. Some are intestinal parasites and some cover Heartworms. Each one last different lengths of time and take effect at different intervals.

All Handouts are in PDF Format and can be viewed with Adobe Reader DC.