Volume 4 – Issue 1
What’s New at CPVH
In 2012, we updated our reception and treatment areas in both painting and decorating. We added personal touches with script print on the tops of the wall and created a wall of staff photos. We started off this year by modernizing our exam rooms and front restroom, and added a new floor scale for pets. One that is closer to the ground to help those pets who don’t like stepping up onto a scale. And, who can blame them really?
We are continuing our focus on education as well as client appreciation events, such as Free Coffee, Free Snow Cones, or Ice Cream.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.cpvh.com/community. Here you will find links to each of these and other resources for our clients and the community.
3-Year Rabies Vaccine
Here at Claws & Paws, we now carry a three year Feline Purevax Rabies vaccine for our furry little friends! This vaccine is a bit more expensive than the one year vaccine – but it is well worth it!
The requirements for the three year vaccine for cats is the same as for our canine companions. They must have two Rabies vaccines within a 365 day timeframe, then they can go to a three year vaccine status once vaccinated with the three year vaccine.
The reason that we have chosen the Purevax vaccines for our kitties is because they are none-adjuvated vaccines. Over the years, adjuvated vaccines have been linked to an increase in vaccine reactions, including localized site reactions, chronic inflammation, and a rare, but serious type of cancer called Fibrosarcoma. Even though this vaccine related Fibrosarcoma is rare, it’s potential for serious, life threatening complications is a risk worth avoiding. By using a three year vaccine, we can reduce that risk even more.
Cold Weather Tips
Cats and Wildlife Under Your Hood
Be aware! With colder weather here, 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.
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.
Dental Polishing & Scaling (Dental Cleaning) Special Now Year-Round!
We are happy to announce that we are now offering our February dental special year-round!
This means that when you bring your pet in for a routine wellness visit, and one of our doctors recommends that your pet have their teeth cleaned, if you bring your pet back within 45 days of the recommendation, you will receive 20% off! This discount applies to the general anesthetic, dental cleaning and polishing, antibiotic injection, full mouth x-rays and laser treatment. Should your pet require extractions, tooth bonding, medications going home, etc, the discount does not apply to these items and/or procedures.
Claws & Paws does require pre-anesthetic blood work for all patients, but, you can now take part in our wellness panel discount as well. Since your pet will be here for a wellness visit prior to scheduling a dental cleaning, we can draw the blood at this visit and send it to our lab. Results are typically received the following business day. This will not only save time, but it will save money as well vs. trying to do everything the same day as the dental cleaning. If your pet is due for his or her annual Heartworm test, not only will you receive the blood panel at a lower cost, but you will also save additional money for completing the Heartworm test at the same time! We can use the results from this wellness panel for the dental pre-anesthetic, provided the dental cleaning is completed within 45 days.
Keeping your pet’s teeth free of buildup and tartar is much more than just helping them keep a pretty smile. Having a routine dental cleaning can help your pet live a healthier, happier and longer life. All pets are different, just as with humans. However, as a general rule of thumb, pets need to have their teeth cleaned every 1-2 years. Some pets may need the cleaning more frequently while others may be able to wait longer.
As we know, our four-legged friends age much, much quicker than us. Your dentist recommends a teeth cleaning for your teeth twice a year. During this same period of time, our pets “age” approximately seven years. So as you can see, this once-a-year teeth cleaning for your pet is the equivalent of having your own teeth cleaned once every seven years! As you can imagine with this logic, problems can arise much quicker in our pets’ mouths than with our own. These issues can range from abscessed or cracked teeth, tartar and plaque buildup, gingivitis and even teeth needing to be extracted. If these issues are not taken care of in a timely manner, it can lead to other health issues that can be detrimental to your pet’s overall health. Some issues could include Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Eye/Sight problems, your pet experiencing pain, damage to the jaw bone, abscessed teeth and/or losing teeth.
How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Your pet’s teeth are an important part of their overall healthcare. At-home dental care will help to keep your pet healthy and will decrease the need for costly dental cleanings.
- Make it part of your pet’s training.
Just like teaching your pet to sit and stay, you can also teach them to allow you to brush their teeth. Start brushing early, 8-12 weeks is best. Make a part of your daily routine using pet specific toothpaste and toothbrush of finger brush. Reward you pet with praise or a treat for a job well done!
- Set out with patience!
Getting your pet familiar with a very unfamiliar process is going to take time. While some pets readily accept and may even enjoy tooth brushing, others will be resistant. Begin by touching your pet’s muzzle area. Touch the mouth and lips; gently rub your finger across the teeth and gums. Using flavored pet toothpaste, broth, tuna or clam juice on your finger will help your pet view these sessions as favorable.
- Start with a washcloth, rag, or gauze instead of a tooth brush.
Wrap the cloth or gauze around your finger and gently rub the teeth. Add a few drops of broth, tuna or clam juice to the cloth to make the experience pleasant for your pet.
- Tooth brush time!
Once your pet is used to your new daily routine, it’s time to add in the tooth brush. Finger brushes, pet-specific tooth brushes and soft-bristled human tooth brushes may be used. Apply a pea-sized amount of pet toothpaste to the brush (human toothpastes aren’t meant to be swallowed and can make your pet ill). Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth and gently brush in a circular motion from the gum to the tip of the tooth. The outer surfaces of the teeth (the cheek side) are most important, followed by the chewing surfaces and tongue side of the teeth. Be sure to praise and reward your pet!
- Remember brushing is best, but not the only choice.
Brushing your pet’s teeth may not be an option for every pet. If brushing proves to be unsuccessful, there are many other dental health products available. From water additives to dental chews, there is an option for nearly every pet. Please ask your veterinarian about which option would be best for your pet’s needs.
- Remember pets aren’t people!
There are many dental products available for people that must never be used on pets. Human toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed and can be harmful to your pet. Hydrogen peroxide can be too harsh for your pet’s gums and shouldn’t be swallowed either. Baking soda has a high sodium content and should be avoided in older pets. When in doubt, give us a call. We’re here to help!
Help Us Find Clawd (Facebook Contest)
Beginning January 5th we are going to post a weekly photo of the Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® mascot, Clawd. He has escaped from Claws & Paws and is on the loose, somewhere in the Greater Houston area. We’re not sure how far he will travel. What we do know, is that he got loose, and we need your help to find him.
While there are discrepancies in the number of pets lost each year (according to different reports), some estimates put the number in the millions. What is consistent in these different reports is that only about 15-20% of those pets reported lost, are actually returned to their owners.
While we can’t guarantee that our pet(s) won’t get lost, in the event it does happen, the best thing we can do is to search immediately, and start in the local area. Additionally, micro-chipping and wearing identification tags greatly increases the chances of pets being reunited with owners. Universal scanners, used by shelters and veterinary clinics across the country, help insure that micro-chipped pets are reunited with their families when other means of identification is not present or available. Tags sometimes fall off or are removed.
Please help us find our beloved Clawd!
Spread the word and keep an eye out for him each Monday evening on our Facebook page. Weekly sightings will be posted, and the first person to correctly identify Clawd’s location and post the answer on our Facebook page will receive a FREE Nano Microchip. Micro-chip identification is one of the best ways to insure that you and your pet are reunited, should he or she ever be lost or stolen. The best way is to quickly spread your lost pet’s photo and information to as many people as possible, by use of posters, Social Media and contacting all local veterinary clinics and animal shelters. Please share Clawd’s sightings on your Facebook page to help us get Clawd back!
Together, we can find Clawd!
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…..
My people insist on bathing me on a regular basis. I work hard all week; rolling in dead things, digging in the mud, getting leaves, sticks, and cockleburs perfectly placed in my fur. I smell and look delightful, if I do say so myself! But my people, they act as if I am disgusting! They insist on brushing out all of my hard work and bathing away my fabulous aroma. What do I do?
Washed out in Friendswood
Dear Washed Out,
I do appreciate your efforts to look and smell “delightful”, but eeewwww. Dead things??!! Really??!! You must be a canine. Sticks? Leaves? Ugh. My advice, take the BATH. Self-grooming is an art form and not to be taken on by amateurs. I, myself, am a skilled and expert self- groomer. Make no mistake, I wasn’t always this good. It takes practice, hours and hours of practice. For now, go to the pros. It’s for the best, really.
I am addicted to cardboard boxes. I have loved them ever since I was a kitten. I love little boxes, big boxes, all boxes. I like to sit in them, hide in them, pounce in them, etc. My obsession has gotten so extreme that I often find myself dreaming about them. I’ve tried to give them up, but it’s so difficult! What should I do to keep myself on track? Any tips?
Boxed In in Pearland
Dear Boxed In,
Cardboard box addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. I myself love to sink my teeth into the box flaps! I say blame your owner for depriving you of your basic cardboard box rights! It’s time to let him know that you’ve suffered in silence for long enough and that you’re not going to take it anymore! Begin by waking him at 4 am and insist on being fed. Then, don’t eat ANYTHING, and go back to bed. Wait until your owner has fallen back asleep and jump (claws extended) into the end of the bed and bite his feet. Follow this with endless yowling at the top of your lungs. Those tactics generally work well. If all else fails, a little cat vomit in his shoes is always a good option. Best of luck to you! And remember, a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a cardboard box for every cat!
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