Quarterly Prints (Summer) 2019
What’s New at CPVH?
Pet Barbeque Etiquette
by Hailey Miranda
Summer is here and with the heat and warm weather, people are getting outside and spending more time with friends and family. Backyard barbeques are a staple in the south and a lot will say that summer isn’t complete without one. Barbeques are fun for the whole family, even your furry companions. But, there are potential risks to their health and wellbeing during these events.
Here are some tips and tricks to help keep your pet healthy and happy while enjoying a fun day outside. An obvious factor of the day’s activities is the heat. Here in Houston, it gets really hot during these long summer days. Staying outside for an extended amount of time with no shade or water can be very harmful, or even deadly for your pet. Making sure your pet has adequate shade, shelter, and water or access inside a cool place, like your house, is the best way to keep them cool.
You can also provide your pets with fun treats to enjoy, such as dog-safe ice cream or popsicles. They can also take a splash in a kiddy pool or go for a swim to cool down. (Be sure to always watch them if they get in a pool).
Another possible hazard to our animal friends is the tasty barbeque food that we make and serve. Too much people food can cause digestive upset for pets and some foods are even toxic. Foods and drinks that are toxic or harmful to pets include: grapes and raisins, onions, meat bones, chocolate, garlic, spicy foods, alcohol, illegal substances, and Xylitol (sweetener used in gum, candy, and some medications). Pets should also be monitored to make sure they are not eating or chewing on any non-food objects or toys to avoid the possibility of stomach upset or blockage. We hope these precautions help make this summer season safe and fun.
It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Pet’s Hurricane Kit!
In years past we have recommended pet owners put together Hurricane Kits for each of their pets, but this year we’re making it easy. We have created some Hurricane Kits with some of the basics you need to be prepared for Hurricane Season.
These are available at our Hospital at 2556 E. Broadway Street, Pearland. We have a limited supply, and at only $30 per kit, they won’t last long. Get yours before they run out. These are specially designed for 2019.
Are you really protecting your pet from Heartworms?
by Julie Wickel, DVM
As clients utilize our services more and more, you will notice that we regularly ask you the specific name of the Heartworm Preventative you are giving your pet. This is because numerous times we have owners thinking that they are giving medication to prevent Heartworms when, in actuality, it is only a dewormer or a medication for flea/tick control.
We know this sounds crazy to think you may be doing the same, but with as many products are there are on the market, and with the fancy marketing used by many large companies, this is an easy mistake to make. Companies spend millions of dollars to promote their products, but sometimes the message gets lost in advertisement. It is after all, designed to sell product. We focus our efforts on education; education of pet owners whether they are clients of Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® or not.
In keeping with our efforts to educate, we thought we would provide a comprehensive list of the most common medications given that prevent heartworms:
- Heartgard/Heartgard Plus
- Sentinel/Sentinel Spectrum
- Advantage Multi
- Interceptor/Interceptor Plus
- Triheart Plus
- Revolution (we only recommend this product for cats)
If you have a concern or question about the product you are using, please do not hesitate to call us at 281.997.1426 and speak with one of our friendly staff.
by Emily Wallace
Your most-trusted veterinarian just referred you to go somewhere else. Your precious baby is sicker and in pain more than you have ever seen before. Your veterinarian is a doctor that has years of experience and you have brought Fluffy to them since he was just six weeks old. And, you just can’t imagine why you are being referred to go somewhere else.
In many cases, when you are referred to another veterinarian, it is because that veterinarian practices at a specialty hospital. Specialty veterinarians (a specialist) have the education, credentials, equipment, drugs, and experience in their particular specialty that a general practice veterinarian typically does not. Specialists focus on their area of expertise and see only patients who have a particular condition that they focus on.
To become a specialty veterinarian, most veterinarians complete a 2-year internship in general practice or in their specialty of interest. After their internship is complete, they continue their education in a residency for 2-3 more years before they are eligible to take a board-certified exam specific to their specialty. This veterinarian’s technicians who work with your pet may also obtain a specialty certification; requirements being a set number of hours dedicated to the specialty and cases studies written by the technician and reviewed by the State Board before they are eligible for their board-certified exam.
Most general practice veterinary hospitals do not have access to specialty machines that can aid in diagnoses, surgical or non-surgical interventions, or rehabilitation care. Multiple specialty hospitals in the Houston area have in-house CT scanners and MRI machines. These machines can aid in diagnoses and give the doctors a better view of internal structures than a regular ultrasound and radiograph. Specialty hospitals that have an oncology department have equipment and medications that general practice veterinary clinics do not and they perform various kinds of treatment for different cancers. Specialty veterinarians see pets from all over the state and country. The likelihood of your pet’s illness or injury being something that the doctor has never seen before is very low.
Specialty veterinarians also offer over the phone or email consultations with your veterinarian in some cases; like radiograph interpretation. They keep an open line of communication between their hospital and your regular vet to make sure your pet gets the best care possible.
Although we love to care for your pets, specialty hospitals are there when you and your pet need them most. If your veterinarian refers you to a specialist, in many cases, it is because they can provide a standard of care above what your regular veterinarian is able to provide for your pet’s particular condition. Veterinary specialties include, but are not limited to, ophthalmology, oncology, critical care, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, neurology and surgery and orthopedics.
Check the Chip Day is August 15th
During the month of August, come in and let us check your pet’s chip and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a Furbo. If your pet doesn’t already have a microchip, this is a great opportunity to get one. Either way, if you get a microchip for your pet or just get the one he already has checked by us, you’ll be entered into a drawing to be held on Tuesday, September 3rd where we’ll give away a Furbo, Smart Dog Camera.
The Cost of Medicine
by Julie Wickel, DVM
We want to thank all of our wonderful clients who have given us such raving reviews! It really makes us feel good when we read words such as “perfection”, “awesome”, “compassionate”, “caring” and “wonderful”. It really makes us feel good when we read the following, “I wish you were my Doctor!” You can read some of our reviews on Google Maps.
One question that’s commonly asked is about cost. Why is veterinary medicine so expensive, and in particular, why the cost can be different from on-line big box stores us buying at your vet? Let’s see if we can answer this for you.
To provide high-quality care, skilled employees and state-of-the-art equipment (digital x-rays, ultrasound, etc) takes money. We send our Doctors and staff to conferences and lectures to make sure that we stay up-to-date on the latest medical advances. On-line pharmacies/stores do not need skilled labor; they have a warehouse with various equipment such as pallet jacks and forklifts, and certainly, do not provide the level of service (and knowledge) that most veterinarians and their staff do. Likely the staff of these big box companies has little to no training in veterinary medicine. They are able to be paid less because they are unskilled labor. P.S. our on-line store medications are handled only by licensed pharmacists.
A lot of the time, these large on-line stores can sell their product for less than we can buy it! A major reason for this is that they have a warehouse to put it in so they can buy more product, resulting in a better discount. Another reason is that sometimes the product is not made in the USA and production costs are less.
Life-saving medication and heartworm preventatives are of particular concern to us as it is very important that these medications be safe and effective. Yet another major store has added an online service. We have serious reservations concerning the cost of their vaccinations – they are extremely cheap. This brings up concerns about the effectiveness and purity of the vaccines and many veterinarians are concerned that there may be an increase in vaccine reactions when these are given. There are about six major drug companies whose vaccines veterinarians use. They are made in the USA and we trust these vaccines as they are extremely effective and safe. While vaccine reactions are always possible, they are rare with the vaccines made by these companies.
If money is a major concern, there are shelters (low-cost clinics) available, who are run by the government (or government subsidies), that vaccinate pets, run certain tests such as for heartworms and intestinal parasites, and provide some medications.
What is important to us is that your baby is effectively and safely protected from diseases. Please take your pet to a licensed veterinarian for care and check with them about online products before you buy them.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this further.