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Spring 2015

What’s New at CPVH?

Clinton Scott will sadly be leaving Claws & Paws at the end of April. Clinton recently graduated from nursing school and is now a registered nurse. He was recently offered a nursing position at Texas Children’s Hospital. Although we are sad to see him leave, we couldn’t be happier for him or more proud! Good Luck Clinton! His last day with Claws & Paws will be Friday, April 24th.

Christel Alevy (pronounced Chris-tell) joined or team as a veterinary assistant in February 2015. She was born and raised in Paris, France. In late 2014, and she moved to the United States, after getting married. She and her husband then moved to his home town of Houston. While in Paris, Christel completed her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology & Environmental Studies and has since gained experience with animals through multiple internships. While in Toulouse, France, Christel was also an active volunteer at a local animal shelter.

Apart from working at Claws and Paws, Christel is also working on completing an internship at the Houston Zoo. She works in the Houston Toads Conservation Program in order to preserve and protect our beautiful earth and its endangered species.

In her spare time she likes horseback riding, going for walks and spending time with her husband. Christel has always had a passion for animals and is very excited to work at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® and is looking forward to getting to know our clients and patients.

Nathan Palmer joined our team as a kennel technician in February 2015. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Nathan Palmer moved to Alabama at the age of two. He grew up in a large family, with three brothers and one sister. He would often visit Texas on vacation and would visit family living in the state. Now, at the age of twenty, he has returned to the great state of Texas for good.

Since his mother is a veterinarian in Alabama, Nathan has spent most of his life in veterinary clinics. He loves all kinds of animals, from exotic pets to large animals to cats and dogs. It would only be natural for him to seek employment at Claws & Paws. Nathan looks forward to serving the citizens of Pearland and Brazoria County.

Despite working in veterinary clinics since the age of thirteen, he is pursuing a degree in anthropology. His dream is be an archaeologist that locates and digs up ancient artifacts in faraway lands. He graduated from Evangel Christian School in 2013 and is currently pursuing his degree online.

Nathan joined the Boy Scouts of America at an early age and he quickly learned to love the great outdoors. He loves to challenge himself in anything from white water kayaking to rock-climbing. Nathan enjoys backpacking in the wilderness and camping of any sorts.

In 2012, Nathan earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout with Bronze Palms. He was also a member of the service organization Order of the Arrow.

Nathan loves to read, write, and listen to his music. He enjoys reading everything from non-fiction works to historical novels, to epic fantasy series. His favorite, however, would have to be science fiction stories. In honor of his love for great science fiction, Nathan’s dog, who is a Bernese Mountain Dog/Australian Shepherd mix, is named Ka D’Argo.

Sierra Jackson has been recently hired as a part time receptionist. Sierra may look familiar to many, as she has been working as an Intern at Claws & Paws since September 2014. Since her High School Internship was complete, and she did such a phenomenal job, we have turned her Internship into a real job for her! We look forward to many more things that she will bring to the table here and we are looking forward to working with Sierra for years to come.

Clinic Updates

TV in Reception – After building our video library for the past two years, we have recently mounted a television in our reception area where we play all of our staff created video, including educational videos, such as an Introduction to Acupuncture, How to Clean Your Pets Ears, Introduction to Laser Therapy, Heartworm Disease, and more. In addition to these we also have several fun videos, such as our parity of “I Like to Move It”, our recent Christmas Parade recap, and of course video montages of pets we have seen over the years. We feel this is good and fun information to have while you’re in our reception area, but all of these videos can be viewed on our YouTube Channel as well.

New Veterinary Software – we will be updating our veterinary software to a brand new software over the next few months. We are very excited to replace our existing software and are happy that this new software will bring us many more options than we’ve had in the past.

Free Wi-Fi – we now have free wireless internet for you to enjoy while you are here with your baby. Next time you’re in, simply ask one of our fabulous receptionists and they will get you connected to our Wi-Fi at no cost to you!

We Now Have Gift Cards

Claws & Paws is proud to announce that we now have gift cards available. That’s right; you can now give the gift of veterinary care (to your favorite veterinarian of course) to a friend or family member that may be in need. Spring is the time of year, when people get new puppies and kittens, so why not give the gift of us?

Of course there are other reasons to get a gift card. If you know you have a recurring veterinary expenses or an upcoming procedure for your four-legged kiddo, consider getting a gift card. By adding a small amount of money to your gift card as you is able, you can spread out the expense. When the time comes, use your gift card to pay for services. Simply register your card on our website and add money as you can.

You may wonder why Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® continues to add different services and features, such as our Free App, Text Messaging, Educational Tracks (our YouTube Channel), a television playing educational info in our lobby, personalized client handouts and all the other things we offer, and now Gift Cards. It is because we strive to be Pearland’s Premier Veterinary Hospital, and to do so, we know we need to, not only stay up-to-date with technology, but stay one step ahead, offer things that are designed to improve patient care, and we feel this is a great way to do so.

Don’t have time to come to the clinic to purchase a gift card? You can purchase any number of cards for any denomination on our website at CPVH.com/Giftcards, and even have them sent directly to the recipient. If you purchase a gift card for a friend, tell us what you want to say, and we’ll take care of the rest.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to complete our Client Inquiry form and someone will answer your questions as quickly as we are able.

Healthy Alternatives to Table Scraps

by Crystal Barton-Smith

Do you like to share your leftover table scraps with your pet? Some people may not realize that the snacks they feed their pets may not be the healthiest choice and can actually harm him or her. Even the law few bites of pizza that you may give to your pet can cause an upset stomach, and over time, even cause Pancreatitis. If the pizza has onions on it, you may unknowingly be feeding your pet food that is dangerous and toxic to your pet.

Some healthier and safer snack alternatives could be apples without seeds or cores, which has the added bonus of helping to clean residue off of your pets’ teeth. Also, baby carrots are good for their teeth and are low in calories and high in fiber. Green beans (if canned, ensure you rinse the beans off and always choose the low sodium variety), are also filling and low in calories. Other healthy options are strawberries, blueberries, seedless watermelon, and frozen bananas.

If you’re cuddled up on the couch watching a movie with your pet, you can even share unsalted and butter free popcorn and CheeriosTM as a snack.

You can give your pet a delicious treat of cooked chicken. Ensure you boil the chicken in water with no skin or bones and with no seasonings. Chicken is a good source of protein for your pets’ diet. Fully cooked salmon is another choice that is a good source of protein and a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can help your pet’s coat by healthier and shiny. Plain yogurt is a good snack as well. It’s high in calcium and can act as a probiotic, which can help your pet’s digestive system.

So, next time you have the urge and want to feed your leftover table scraps to your pet, think of some of these alternatives and give the healthier alternative a try. You never know, they may end up absolutely loving them.

The Importance of Wellness Blood Tests

By Julie Wickel, DVM
We are committed to providing the best medicine possible for your pet. Regular blood testing is important for us to help your pet live a long and happy life.
Here are a few medically documented facts:

  • Up to 13% of pets, less than 7 years of age can have abnormal values on regular wellness blood tests—even when they are apparently healthy.
  • For pets over 7 years of age, the percentage increases by up to 25%.
  • A significant number of young pets, especially purebreds, can have congenital liver, kidney, and heart problems.
  • If detected early, 63% of common diseases in cats and 75% of common diseases in dogs can be improved or reversed by a simple diet change over the course of one year.

Pets may be affected for months to years while appearing physically healthy. And even though our pets seem healthy, many do not develop clinical signs of disease until late in the disease process. For example, at least 2/3 of kidney function has to be affected before clinical signs are seen. A simple blood test can detect kidney disease early in the disease process. Advances in medical diagnostics and treatment enable us to help your pet be more comfortable and prolong his/her life. Obviously, treatment is more effective if started early in the disease process.

If the blood tests come back normal have you wasted your money? No. Not only will you and your veterinarian have peace of mind, but we now have a baseline for comparison against later tests and regular testing will help detect the disease early.

We strongly recommend that testing begin as early as one year of age and be continued on a yearly basis.

Standard blood testing includes a CBC (Comprehensive blood cell count) and a Comprehensive Serum Blood Chemistry. The CBC provides information about red and white blood cells and platelets. Abnormalities help to potentially detect low red blood cells (anemia), acute or chronic infection, bleeding disorders, blood parasites, dehydration and autoimmune diseases. The serum blood chemistry gives valuable information about the kidneys, liver, pancreas, intestinal tract, and endocrine diseases such as diabetes and hypo/hyperthyroidism (to name a few). Many times abnormalities on these tests will indicate the need for other diagnostics.

More information can be found on our Pre-anesthetic Blood Work and Diagnostics hand out which can be found on our website. You are also welcome to call and talk with any of our helpful staff.

Why To Spay or Neuter Your Pet

By Elizabeth Kurdziel, DVM

You have probably heard about spaying and neutering, but did you know that these procedures actually have benefits for your pet’s health? Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures that help prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, help reduce future health problems, and help make your dog or cat a better pet. Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of a female dog or cat’s reproductive organs (the ovaries and uterus). Neutering (castration) is the surgical removal of a male dog or cat’s testicles to prevent reproduction. Spaying and neutering reduce not only unwanted puppies and kittens, they also reduce problem behaviors such as running away and aggression, as well as behavioral changes and bloody vaginal discharge from females in heat, and urine marking in males.

Besides preventing reproduction and helping to reduce problematic behaviors, each of these surgeries provides additional health benefits to dogs and cats. Research studies have shown that spaying female dogs and cats at or before 6 months of age reduces the chance of breast cancer dramatically (to almost 0%). With each heat cycle, there is an increased risk of breast cancer. In dogs, about 50% of breast or mammary tumors are malignant and can spread throughout the body. In cats, mammary tumors are even more likely to be malignant. In addition, spaying removes the risk of life-threatening uterine infections (pyometra) or uterine cancer.

For males, neutering decreases the incidence of prostate cancer and prostatitis (infection of the prostate gland), and eliminates the chance for testicular cancer. All of these conditions can be life-threatening. Neutering also helps prevent injuries in an indirect way – decreased aggression and decreased urge to roam (to search for mates) results in less chance of injuries from fighting with other males and less chance of being hit by a car in neutered males.

If you have any questions about spaying or neutering, please contact one of our Doctors. These are routine surgical procedures that will help your dog or cat stay healthy and be a better pet. However, we realize that what is routine for us is a once in a lifetime procedure for your pet, and we are here to answer any questions you may have.

Pearland Pets’ Wags to Riches Event

Claws & Paws is proud to be a sponsor once again to a great event, from a fantastic organization. Pearland Pets is holding their second annual Wags to Riches Gala & Casino Night on May 30th. This is an organization that is working very hard to bring awareness to the wonderful things our very own City of Pearland’s Animal Control and Adoption Center does for our community. In addition to them being the eyes and ears of animals in our community, they are also tasked with the responsibility of evacuating any animals that may need extra care throughout all of Brazoria County, should a natural disaster occur.

If a natural disaster were to occur, and animals anywhere in Brazoria that may be in need of evacuation, Pearland Animal Control would be responsible for doing so. Currently, there are small trucks that each officer drives and if there were a lot of animals in need of help, many vehicles would be used. This event is specifically to raise money to purchase a large, custom adoption vehicle. It will double as a triage, surgical and evacuation vehicle.

If you would like additional information on this organization and/or the Wags to Riches, Fundraising Event, please visit the Pearland Pets website. This event is an elegant, black tie optional, Vegas style evening and proceeds go to The Pearland Animal Control & Adoption Center.

If you would like to help through volunteering, donating an item, through sponsorship or even through a monetary donation, please visit their website.

Dear Abby (New Series)

Hello, I’m Abby. I am the resident feline, boss, and diva here at Claws & Paws. I’ve been supervising and giving free advice to the staff here for four years now. My job includes scattering paperwork across the countertops, stealing food from staff members, supervising the doctors while they work and sitting on patient charts while they attempt to write in them. I’ve finally decided to give in to the demands of my adoring fans and make my advice available to the public. I know what you’re thinking. How does such a busy cat find the time for all of this, celebrity status, and an advice column? I’m going to have to go from 22 hours of sleep to 21. I’m a giver, it’s what I do. So here goes…..

Dear Abby,

My family recently did something unbelievably dreadful. They brought home a tiny, fluffy, marshmallow puff, called a “kitten”! Everyone seems to think she’s so adorable! Well, I don’t see it. To be honest, I find her rather annoying. She is constantly disturbing my naps, stealing my toys, and she is incredibly uncoordinated. My humans think of me as royalty, but fear my killer ninja instincts. It has taken me YEARS to properly train these humans! She is ruining everything that I have worked so hard for. They will never look at cats the same way again! What should I do? I’m so desperate; I’m ready to ask the dog for help!

Desperate in Pearland

Dear Desperate,

Get a hold of yourself! Ask the dog for help??!! Rarely does a situation call for such drastic measures! First of all, take a moment to get a grip on reality. Yes, this is a bad situation. But, you are a cat. You’ve trained for this. Remember the code of all cats: Rule 1 –Never allow the humans to have control! This is where you went wrong. You need to take back the control ASAP! This “kitten” is being trained by humans. Go to her before it’s too late. It will be very challenging to undo the damage already done by her human mentors, but you can do it! You must teach her the ways of the cat! Teach her to be aloof, teach her to meow for no reason at 4am, teach her to vomit hairballs in the middle of the human’s bed! Make her your fluffy, marshmallow, minion of darkness!!!!! Muwahahahahah!!!!!!

Dear Abby,

I am in serious trouble. I am in love and my owners do not approve. I know it’s probably not the healthiest relationship, but it’s fun and it gives me something to do. My owners have scolded me about it and have gone as far as separating us, but it won’t work. Nothing will keep us apart! I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!

Anyway, how can I convince my owners that my relationship with the toilet paper isn’t hurting anyone and it is totally appropriate? Sure, some days I go through an entire roll in a matter of seconds, but it’s only because I love it so. It’s just so rolly and shreddy and fun, it’s cat confetti!!! Please help!


Dear T.P.,

Your love is a totally natural and beautiful thing! Sometimes parents just don’t understand. I say be persistent. Stand outside the bathroom door and yowl…loudly. Wear them down, unless they are hard of hearing this should work. However, if you want to take it up a notch, show them you won’t be stopped by starting an affair with the paper towels, napkins, and tissues in your house. It won’t be the same, but it will make a point. Hopefully this will work. If it does not, encourage them to pet you and then bite them when they do. It’s not exactly a solution, but it might make you feel better.

Do you have a question for Abby? Please submit your letters to me at dearabby@cpvh.com.