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Fall 2014

Topics:

New Staff
Digital Radiography
Early Detection & Savings
Hurricane Supply Kit
July 4th Dangers
Referral Program
Client Appreciation Day

New Staff

Meghan Harris holding a tan terrier dog

Welcome Dr. Harris! Dr. Harris joined our practice on May 16, 2014. Dr. Meghan Harris was born in Williamsburg, Virginia. She began her career in veterinary medicine during a mentorship in high school and she has been dedicated to caring and treating animals ever since. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Virginia Tech before attending St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, and then spent a clinical year at NC State Veterinary School. After graduating in 2012, she worked at a practice in Virginia before moving to Houston in 2014.

Dr. Harris’ professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine and ophthalmology. In her spare time, Dr. Harris enjoys staying active, whether biking, rock climbing or hiking. Additionally she loves cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Harris is very excited to be a part of the Claws and Paws team and looks forward to developing a relationship with you and your pet.

Digital Radiography

VD abdominal view of dog

We are so incredibly excited to announce (so excited that we can barely contain ourselves) that as of the end of July, we will now be offering digital radiographs! We now have a State of the Art Digital Radiograph machine which allows us to take a much clearer picture and a much easier way of diagnosing your pet. These images are able to be manipulated in a way that the film radiographs are not. Digital radiographs are another way of us advancing in veterinary medicine and we could not be happier that we now have this capability. We are now able to copy your pet’s radiographs onto a CD or USB drive and we are also able to email radiographs as well!

Early Detection & Savings

Hand reaching for lab samples on sample tray

We believe so strongly about detecting any issues your pet may have prior to problems showing any signs or symptoms, we have instituted an automatic discount for you! We are hoping this discount will allow many more pets to participate in our early detection program.

Did you know that 1 in 14 pets, under the age of 5 years old, who seem perfectly happy and healthy, have an underlying problem that shows up on blood work, which would have not otherwise been known because the pet has not yet shown any signs or symptoms of being sick or having an issue? For pets 7 years or older, 1 in 4 of these pets have an underlying issue showing up on their blood work. If these problems are caught early, before any symptoms begin, your baby has a much better chance of recovery, and even REVERSING the disease!

63% of common diseases in dogs and 45% of common diseases in cats can be treated and even reversed, by simply changing your pet’s diet over the course of one year! But, in order to do this, we have to know there is a problem, and we must detect the problem early.

As of June 1st, 2014, we have changed our outside laboratory. This laboratory has given us some amazing pricing and we have passed these savings on to you! Now, not only are most of our lab work prices cheaper than before, we are now giving an extra automatic discount to you when you have your pet’s annual heartworm test and early detection blood work done on the same visit, and we send this lab work to our outside lab. If your pet is sick, we are still able to run the blood work in house, but we recommend all lab work (excluding sick pets) to be ran at our outside laboratory because it will save you more money and we receive more information on the blood panels. Most results are in the following business day. Some exceptions with more extensive blood panels can take a few days, but in general, results are in the next business day.

Another part of our early detection program is checking your pet’s eye pressure. This is something that is painless to your pet and is incredibly important. By checking your pet’s eye pressure, we can see if there are any changes over the course of your pet’s life and we can see if your pet has an underlying issue, such as glaucoma, that hasn’t surfaced yet. If any changes or problems are seen, early treatment can help your pet’s vision and the overall health of their eyes. An eye tonometry test usually takes less than 5 minutes, is painless, and costs just $10.00!

Having blood work and eye pressure tests done annually on your pet is the equivalent of you having blood work and your eyes checked once every 7 years!

So, how can you take advantage of this amazing early detection program and the pricing? Simply schedule your pet’s wellness visit with us, and let us know that you’d like your pet’s eye pressure checked and that you’d like to have your pet’s blood work ran with their heartworm test. That’s it! Your pet’s eye tonometry test (eye pressure check) is only $10.00 and you will also receive a $25.00 discount on your pet’s blood work when it is done at the same time as their annual heartworm test and is sent to our outside lab. Sorry, the $25.00 discount cannot be applied to blood work ran in-house.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one! There is no expiration date on these prices and discounts. Because we have seen so many wonderful pets live a longer and healthier life, by a simple early detection test, and because we have seen so many babies be able to completely overcome a disease when caught early, we are truly wanting to focus on detecting any issues your pet may have before your baby is in any discomfort and before any problems start showing. Most of you know the real importance of catching health issues in humans early – we want everyone to know that it works the same for pets. The quicker we learn of an issue, the quicker we can start treatment. What happens if your pet’s blood work comes back within normal range? That’s wonderful!! This is what we are wanting. Of course we are wanting your pet’s early detection tests to come back perfect, and when your pet’s blood work and eye pressure tests come back within normal ranges, we now have a baseline to compare future years’ wellness tests to as well as any tests that may be done when your pet is sick. We need a baseline (when your pet is young and healthy) to compare blood work to when your pet becomes a senior. We know this is the best way to allow and afford you the opportunity of you living the most and best years with your four legged baby!

Hurricane Supply Kits

Are your four legged family members ready for a disaster?

Hurricane Radar

The National Weather Service has predicted the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season to include 8-13 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes and 1-2 major hurricanes. Will these storms make landfall or will they stay out of land’s reach? Where will they land? Will one of these storms effect Pearland? No one knows. That’s the problem – it could happen to us, but we have no idea where or when it will. It only takes ONE storm for a natural disaster in our backyard to happen. Are you ready? The National Weather Service and FEMA urges EVERYONE who lives in a potential disaster area, such as Pearland, to prepare for a disaster BEFORE it happens.

If a disaster occurs, what will happen if you have no power for multiple days? Or no water? What will happen if you have the inability to purchase necessary items to survive, because there is no power, because you are unable to physically get to the store, or because all of the supplies at stores have already been purchased? What will happen if something happens to your pet and needs first aid? What would you do or where would you go? What would happen if you had to evacuate at the last minute with your pet?

… Are you ready?

We have done the work for you, and have put together a hurricane preparedness kit, both for cats and for dogs, to allow you peace of mind knowing that should a disaster occur – your pet will be able to be kept much safer and much more comfortable. These basic kits will help ensure your pet stays safe during the unthinkable. These kits are enclosed in a water resistant container and include a pet first aid kit which will allow you to do first aid for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, eye issues, sprains, and more. The first aid kit within the preparedness kit includes an instant cool pack, medical scissors, sterile gloves, various sizes of bandages, burn creams, gauze, alcohol wipes, wound cleansers, eye drops, materials to make a splint, remove splinters, and much more. These kits also include a large mylar thermal blanket, a hand crank flashlight (no batteries needed!), a can opener, a reflective collar for dogs, litter for kitties, water that has a five year shelf life and a portable bottle that turns into a bowl which will allow your pet to drink water anywhere, toys to help your pet feel more comfortable, whether you must evacuate or are riding the storm out at home, and much, much more!

For a complete kit, simply add a minimum of a three day supply of your pet’s food and any medication(s) that your pet regularly takes. We also recommend that you enclose your pet’s health and vaccination records within this kit. It is recommended that you have one kit per pet. These preparedness kits were put together with ensuring you have the essentials for your pet and while thinking about them needing to be kept in a container that is easily transported and water resistant. These kits can easily stack on top on each other and are in a container that is easily transported.

Ensure your pet is prepared and ensure that you have peace of mind should a disaster occur. We have a limited amount of hurricane preparedness kits for both cats and dogs. Each kit is only $31.99!

Don’t want a full disaster preparedness kit and would like just the pet first aid kit? We also have a limited number of pet first aid kits for $19.99. These first aid kits are enclosed in a water resistant container and include everything you need to do first aid for minor cuts, scrapes, burns, eye issues, sprains, and more. The kit includes an instant cool pack, medical scissors, sterile gloves, various sizes of bandages, burn creams, gauze, alcohol wipes, wound cleansers, eye drops, materials to make a splint, remove splinters, and much more.

July 4th Dangers

blue and white fireworks in the night sky

The loud whistles, the bright and fun colors, and the ecstatic booms and crackles of fireworks are an enjoyable way for us to celebrate America’s Independence. It, however, is not always the same fun and enjoyable time for your four legged family member.

Pets are not used to the flashes and noises associated with fireworks and even the calmest of pets can become easily spooked and panicked.

The best way to alleviate the most stress possible for your pet is to keep your pet at home, away from the fireworks, and keep your pet inside and in a comforting location for your pet. Usually, small rooms or crates provide the most comfort for your pet during times of stress. Ensure your pet has a comfortable place to lay and plenty of fresh water. Keeping your pet at home, and inside your home, can keep Independence Day from turning tragic. Fireworks can easily spook your pet, which can make them break their restraint or even jump over a fence, even when they are typically calm and laid back.

We also know one of the best ways to celebrate with friends and family is by having a BBQ and having a few beverages with all. Even though those beautiful and begging eyes will be staring at you – do not give in! Pets that eat human foods, even just one bite, can easily begin having gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. Pets who have kidney and liver problems, if given just one bite of the wrong human food, can have serious consequences to their already compromised organs. Human foods, especially fatty food, can also lead to serious issues in otherwise healthy pets, such as Pancreatitis, which if left untreated, can be deadly. Instead of giving table scraps, keep a baggie full of your pet’s regular dry kibble around and have your friends and family offer a piece of their kibble as a treat instead. If you “just have to” give your pet a piece of your barbeque, offer your pet a small piece of chicken. Make sure you remove the skin, fat and all bones prior to giving to your pet. Remember, any bones from beef, pork or chicken can be dangerous. They can easily splinter and/or get lodged in your pet’s intestines, requiring surgery to remove the chewed up bones.

Although your friends and family may be enjoying a few alcoholic beverages this 4th of July, remember, NEVER give your pets alcohol or leave your beverages unattended. If a spill occurs, clean it up so your pet does not lick it up. Alcohol is poisonous and toxic to both cats and dogs! Even a small amount can be dangerous and make your pet dangerously intoxicated resulting in a coma, or resulting in death due to respiratory failure. Yes! Even beer is toxic due to fermented hops and ethanol within the beer.

Ensure you alert any house guests that you have pets inside your home so they’re aware they need to take extra precaution when opening your door. Just a split second can be the difference between a safe pet and a pet who accidentally gets outside. Even though you may be taking extra precautions this year, ensure your pet is wearing proper identification tags on his or her collar at all times. Take a moment and get your pet microchipped, which is a permanent identification for your pet, and unlike tags on collars, it cannot fall off or become misplaced. We now have NanoChip microchips, which are one third of the size of a regular microchip! The procedure usually takes less than 5 minutes to complete and we do not require an examination prior to implanting the microchip. The cost to implant this NanoChip microchip is now just $15.00! We can also recommend a company to register your pet’s NanoChip (and any other microchips that you may already have for other pets, regardless of what type of microchip they are). To register your pets with FetchID, it is a one-time fee of $9.99 for the life of your pet! You no longer need to worry about yearly fees. Simply call us to schedule a time to have your pet microchipped and you can rest assured that should your pet accidentally get outside and lost, your pet has a permanent identification that is unable to fall off or get lost. This is the best way to help your pet make it home safely!

Another precaution to take around Independence Day is keeping glow jewelry away from your pets. Yes, your pup looks adorable wearing the jewelry, but it can come off and break very easily. Especially those curious pets who see something new, one bite into the glow jewelry can cause severe gastrointestinal problems and can also cause a blockage in the intestines if the jewelry itself is ingested.

If you have any children, make sure to educate your children on these dangers so your children can help protect your four legged family member. With your entire family working together, you can help ensure your Independence Day is spent celebrating America’s independence instead of having your celebration day turn into a tragic and stressful day.

Referral Program

claws and paws referral card free complete physical exam

Did you know that Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® has a Referral Program that pays you to refer your friends and family? In addition, your friend or family can try us out for FREE. That’s right, give one to your friend or family member (after writing your name on the bottom line), and when they come in for their first visit, their Complete Physical Exam is FREE.

We believe, as we hope you do, that after trying us out, they will be happy with the care and attention to detail you have come to expect from us. We welcome your referrals and appreciate the opportunity to deliver what we believe is the finest in total animal health care, and we’re encouraged that you are enthusiastic about our services as well.

We are confident that we can, and will, provide our new family member with the same compassion and care that you have come to expect from us.

To show our appreciation, we’ll send you a Referral Certificate in the amount of $20.00 to be used on your next visit with us. There is no limit to the number of Referral Certificates you can receive. If you send ten referrals, you can receive $200.00 in certificates to use at the Hospital. Referral Certificates are not for use in our on-line store; they can only be used in the hospital.

Client Appreciation Day

Over the past several months, we have been enjoying hosting our monthly Client Appreciation Days that we host just for you. These appreciation days and are completely free for everyone who attends! There is no catch, and we are not trying to sell you anything. These days are fun days that we look forward to in order to get to know our clients better and a way of giving back and thanking our wonderful clients for their continued support and loyalty. We are continuing our monthly Client Appreciation Days every month. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or any other social media outlet of your choice where we always announce when our next Client Appreciation Day is and what’s going on that day! At our last Client Appreciation Day, we served ice cream sundaes to our two legged friends and FrostyPaws Ice Cream to our four legged friends. Clawd, our mascot, even came out and said hello and was taking pictures with the kids and dancing on the side of the street! Our Client Appreciation Days are held just for you! Feel free to bring your friends, kids (both two legged and four legged), neighbors or co-workers to our next Client Appreciation Day. We are looking forward to fun and snow cones at our next Client Appreciation Day which will be held mid July and we hope to see you there!

claws and paws appreciation table set up on sidewalk
young golden retriever puppy standing is kiddie pool of water
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