Volume 3 – Issue 4
Amanda Driscoll is now Amanda Hillhouse! Amanda married her longtime boyfriend, Richard, on September 20th in Angleton. They had a beautiful ceremony and then honeymooned in the Dominican Republic!
Congratulations, Amanda! We couldn’t be happier for you and Richard!
Kimberly Solorio was born and raised in Houston, TX and is the youngest of three girls. She has been working as a veterinary technician since 2005. Her veterinary career began right after graduating high school when she began working at a specialty clinic in the Houston area.
Sierra Jackson was born in Bellaire, TX and lived there for five years before her family moved to Pearland in 2001. She grew up around small animals throughout her childhood. Perhaps, her favorite pets are pocket pets. Having a guinea pig was the furry creature that started her interested in learning about animals.
Niki Purtee was born in Antioch, California and moved to Texas in 2000 when being adopted at the age of two. She has always loved being around animals and caring for them. Niki has wanted to be a veterinarian as far back as she can remember. Currently, Niki attends Turner College and Career High School in Pearland.
Brooke LeCompte was born and raised in Pearland, TX. She is a senior at Turner College and Career High School and is an active member in the Pearland FFA. Brooke has raised two pigs and a steer in the past and is currently raising two pigs for the Houston and San Antonio Livestock Shows.
12 Weeks of Giving Back
Help make a difference in the life of someone you know by participating in the 12 Weeks of Giving Back event. Starting this Monday, September 29th and going all the way through Christmas week, we will be giving away thousands of dollars of gifts. There will be one deserving recipient each and every week. In order for us to give back to our community – we need YOUR help! We need you to nominate someone you know that may be a bit down on their luck who could use a bit of extra brightness and cheer… Or, nominate someone you know that has gone above and beyond to help you or your family, your church, school, etc. This is the perfect way to recognize this person and to say thank you.
We also need your help choosing the weekly recipients. Each Friday, beginning next Friday, October 3rd, three nomination stories will be posted to our Facebook page. We need you, our community, to vote for your favorite story. The nomination with the most votes the following Monday will be the recipient of that week’s gift. Please Like us on our Facebook page, and watch our page each. Friday for the nomination stories to be posted. Please vote for your favorite story and SHARE the story. Yes, by voting and sharing someone’s story, YOU are helping make a difference in someone’s life.
This give-back event is open to anyone in Pearland or immediate surrounding communities. There is no purchase necessary and there are no fees to participate.
Please help us get the word out about this wonderful event. The more people who know about this event, the more people who can truly benefit. We have a flyer posted on our Facebook page that we ask you to share on Facebook. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know. Together, we can truly make a difference in many lives.
We have some phenomenal gifts to give back to our community. Some of these gifts can literally change someone’s life… forever!
You will find information below about the weekly gifts and the generous businesses who have come together to make the 12 Weeks of Giving Back possible for our community. Detailed information regarding the gifts, deadlines, rules and more can be found at CPVH.com/GiveBack.
If you have any questions about the 12 Weeks of Giving Back, please feel free to contact us at GiveBack@cpvh.com.
Yellow Dog Project
There is a new movement across the U.S. and the world, but you may not have heard of it. The Yellow Dog Project is aimed at helping owners identify their dogs as needing space. The idea is that if you tie a yellow ribbon to your dog’s leash or collar, you are identifying your dog, or yourself, as one that is in need of a little space. There are a variety of reasons why you or your dog may need a little more space, or it may just be that others should approach with caution.
Most pet owners understand how to properly approach a dog. Unfortunately, there are many who don’t. The Yellow Dog Project aims to educate the public about the importance of approaching dogs in a proper manner. Always start by asking the owner of the dog for permission to do so. Make sure to move slowly, and start by offering the back of your hand for the pet to smell. Once the pet is comfortable and believes that you mean no harm, slowly begin to pet him or her gently.
It is very important to teach children how to properly greet a dog, whether they have a pet of their own or not, because they will likely come in contact with many pets in their young lives. It is very important to teach children to be gentle when petting and to never allow them to pull on the pet’s ears or tail. And, teach children that they should never approach a pet that is eating a meal or even chewing on a treat, such as a doggie cookie, rawhide, etc.
When interacting with pets, using these basic guidelines will help minimize the chance of injury to you or your children. A Yellow Dog requires extra caution when approaching or dealing with him or her. It may be that he or she should only be interacted with from a distance and not up close, so be sure to pay attention to dog’s collars, leashes, and their owners.
In order for the Yellow Dog Project to be successful, the Yellow Dog owner and the public must do their part. Proper care and attention to dogs with a yellow ribbon are crucial.
Whether you have a Yellow Dog or have seen one, please help expand this project by sharing the Yellow Dog message.
For more information regarding the Yellow Dog Project, please visit www.TheYellowDogProject.com.
Emergency Clinics on Mobile App
Houston Emergency Clinics
We’re all familiar with Murphy’s Law. Murphy’s Law says “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Keeping this in mind, it’s not surprising to know that many times emergencies with our pets occur either during the overnight hours or on the weekend, when our regular veterinary clinic is closed. Many of us have had to visit the local animal emergency clinic at one time or another.
Below is a short video of how the GPS navigation works with your GPS-Enabled smartphone, using our app.
When we’re at home and an emergency happens, we generally can just call our local veterinarian and find a message informing us of the closest emergency clinic and even a phone number so we can call ahead. But, what do we do if we are away from home and don’t even know the local primary care veterinarians in the area?
The good news is that if you’re in the Greater Houston Area, from Beaumont to Katy, from Humble to Angleton, we have you covered. You can visit our website at www.CPVH.com/Emergency and see a complete list of all Animal Emergency Clinics in the area. We have done the work for you. We have not only listed the clinics, but we have listed their general location, phone number and links to their website so you can get additional information if needed.
If you’d like all of this information at the touch of your fingers, you can download our Mobile App (available for Android or Apple phones) for FREE. From the home page, you simply tap the Emergency Tab on the bottom of the screen and you will be taken to an interactive map showing you the exact location of each facility. You can choose from Emergency Only clinics, Referral Practices or those that serve both purposes. Find the location closest to you and tap on it for additional information or for turn-by-turn navigation using your phone’s GPS (this must be activated on your smartphone).
If you need additional clinic information or if you need to call the closest clinic, tap the phone number or website address right on your screen. We’ve even listed the primary care veterinarians that see emergencies after hours in order to make sure you can get to the closest clinic for your pet’s emergency.
We hope you never need to use the services of an Animal Emergency Clinic, but isn’t nice to know all of the clinics in the area, where ever you may be, is in the palm of your hand?
Houston and the surrounding areas are adding emergency clinics all the time, and we are doing our best to stay on top of the constantly changing scenery of emergency clinics. If you find an emergency clinic in the area that we don’t have listed, please let us know by calling or emailing us and we’ll add it as soon as we can. We built our own app and any changes needed can be made instantly.
Believe it or not, Halloween is just four weeks away. Halloween is often times a fun holiday for the kids and entire family to enjoy. There are a few things to think about if you have a four-legged child.
Not all pets enjoy dressing up like their parents do. Oftentimes, putting clothing or costumes on your pet can raise their stress and anxiety level greatly. Make sure to watch your pet’s behavior. If the costume brings anxiety and stress, remove it. You want your four-legged kids to enjoy Halloween as much as you, and not be stressed all evening. If your pet doesn’t mind wearing the costume, ensure there are no parts, pieces, strings, buttons, etc. that can easily come off and be ingested.
Never put a glow stick on your pet. The glow jewelry is fun for humans and is oftentimes used as a safety precaution for children in the dark. It is typically non-toxic if ingested in humans, however, this is NOT the case for pets. Just one simple puncture of the glow stick can cause your pet profuse drooling, gagging, vomiting, eye irritations and skin irritations. The parts and pieces of the plastic stick itself can also cause harm by getting lodged within the intestinal track, oftentimes requiring surgery to remove.
Make sure to know your pet. If your pet does not enjoy the occasional door bell ringing, think about how your pet will act when the door bell is ringing over and over again on Halloween night. How your pet acts around children and strangers is also a concern. If your pet is frightened by them, to make the evening safer for your pet and for strangers and children, consider leaving your pet in a bedroom with the door closed until the trick-or-treaters have come for the evening. You can also do this if your pet does not enjoy the door bell or has a tendency of trying to dart out of an open door. Leaving a television or radio on in the room can help bring some normalcy for your pet and will also help drown out the noises of the door bell and the children. By taking a couple extra precautions this evening, your Halloween evening can be a safe and fun evening for everyone to enjoy without added stress.
We all enjoy Halloween candy, but this poses a big risk for your pets. Make sure to keep your bowl of candy out of your pet’s reach. Should you drop a candy, make sure to get it right away before your four-legged child does. Chocolate is toxic to your pets and your pets can have many reactions to the ingestion of chocolate. Some of the reactions include restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart rate, tremors, seizures, collapse and death. If you believe your pet has ingested any amount of chocolate, contact us at (281) 997-1426 immediately (if within regular business hours). If it is after hours, contact the Pearland 288 Animal Emergency Clinic at (713) 482-4592.
Cold Weather Dangers
Be aware! With colder weather just around the corner, cats and wildlife love to find warm places to seek shelter. Very common places they seek shelter is under the hood of your vehicles and on top of your vehicle tires. So, before you start your engine and get on the road, here are some quick tips to help alert any cats or wildlife that may be hiding:
- Knock on your hood
- Honk your horn a few times
- Open your hood and visually look for pets or wildlife
- Visually check the tops of your tires
The main concern of having a cat or wildlife under the hood of your vehicle is that it can be very fatal. They seem to love to crawl into the engine compartments, especially in those vehicles that have been recently driven. Unfortunately, there really isn’t any way to prevent this from happening, so please be cautious and aware of cats and wildlife seeking shelter in your vehicle during the colder times of the year.
Along with the colder weather, there are also other things to be cautious of.
Antifreeze is important especially in cold weather for our vehicles and house pipes. A lot of people are unaware of how deadly antifreeze can be for all pets and wildlife. Even with much caution, these animals can easily come in contact with antifreeze when leaks in your vehicle or household pipes occur. Antifreeze contains the toxin, ethylene glycol, which makes antifreeze deadly.
Ethylene glycol affects the brain, liver and kidneys.
Some signs of antifreeze poisoning are:
- Drunken behavior
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive urination
These are just a few signs of your pet ingesting antifreeze. If, for any reason, you believe there is any chance that your pet may have come into contact with antifreeze, seem immediate medical attention from your veterinarian.
If you have dogs who live in your backyard, ensure you keep them warm and safe throughout the colder months. Making sure they have adequate shelter and blankets to help them stay warm is essential. Also, make sure to provide them with plenty of fresh food and water. Dogs tend to burn more calories in cold weather to help regular their temperature, therefore, it may be of benefit for you to consult your veterinarian to see if giving your pup a little extra food during the colder months could be of benefit for him or her.
Taking a few extra precautions during the cold months can make your year a happier and brighter time for you and your pets.