Volume 4 – Issue 3
What’s New at CPVH?
Signs – You spoke and we listened! We know that many of our clients, for years, have driven past our entrance, only to have to make a U-Turn in the ever-increasing traffic of F.M. 518 (Broadway). We have recently updated our monument sign to a brighter color (pictured at right) to make it easier to see. We have also asked our lawn maintenance company to keep a close eye on the trees that often grow to the point where the signs are obscured. They have assured us that they will keep the trees trimmed back so the sign is more easily seen. We believe the new look will make it easier to see us as you’re driving down the road, and we hope you’ll agree.
In addition to the new monument sign, we have updated the sign on the building above the door. It had become somewhat dingy and we felt, after 11 years, it was time to replace it.
Please continue to watch our monument sign for helpful information. We’ll try to share information important to that moment; birthdays, hot days, pet tips, upcoming events, etc. Of course, you can always be up-to-date if you follow us on Social Media.
Staff Changes – Some of you may have already notice, Sarah Mooty has left Claws & Paws for another veterinary practice closer to her home. She was with us just over three years, but in the past year, she had a child and is changing positions to be able to spend more time with her child. With the loss of staff, there is usually an addition or two as well, and this time is no exception. We have added a few new staff members and you can read about each of them, as well as our existing staff on the Staff Page of our website.
New Practice Management Software – The long awaited time for our new software has finally come. As of July 27, 2015, Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® will be a (we’d like to say paper-less, but in actually we’ll be a) “less paper” environment. You’ll now see computers in each exam room and soon you’ll be able to sign necessary paperwork via the same signature capture you use at your local bank. We ask that you bear with us during this time of transition as we move to a system that will streamline the way we assist our clients.
Fourth of July
by Christel Alevy
4th of July is this weekend and lots of you are going to be on vacation, traveling, or BBQ-ing with friends and family. While you are enjoying the celebrations with your pet, please make sure that everything is planned to keep your pets safe.
Some of you may already know that fireworks can indeed be scary, making lots of noise and light. Dogs, cats and other furry friends may need some support during the spectacle. To help your pet be at ease, you can turn the radio on in a small room to help hide the noise, and you can use natural anti-anxiety products such as Comfort Zone® products or Composure products, or in more severe cases, give anti-stress prescription medication (with prior veterinarian advice).
Remember, fireworks are not only dangerous to children, they are also dangerous if used around animals. Some pets may think the firework is a toy and result with a poisoning or severe burns.
If you plan on inviting people to your home, don’t forget to put the food and alcohol away from your pets, and alert your company to take the same precautions. Many foods are toxic for your pets. Alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, some fruits and nuts, fatty foods are some examples. If ingested, your furry friends might get diarrhea, vomiting, excessive panting or more seriously, seizures, respiratory failure, coma and even death.
Don’t forget that your pets are part of your family. Not only is your safety important, but your pet’s safety is important, too, and they are counting on you to look after them.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Have a great and safe 4th of July!
Why Chocolate is Toxic
by Sierra Jackson
It’s a normal day at home, one kid is crying, another is singing shrilly at the top of her lungs, the timer beeps, you put the chocolate chip cookies onto a cooling rack, out of the corner of your eye you see your dog trot into the kitchen as you turn away to stir a boiling pot of food, then suddenly you hear a rustling noise, and your dog has helped himself to some of those delicious chocolate chip cookies. From your informed knowledge, you know chocolate is the nightmare of all treats you don’t want your dog to get their paws on them, but what is it that makes chocolate dangerous?
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs because it contains Theobromine, a natural occurring chemical of the cacao plant. Theobromine isn’t able to be digested quickly in a dog’s liver, it takes 18 hours for a dog to digest chocolate, unlike humans who can do the same in 3-4 hours. As humans our liver metabolizes Theobromine, turns it into a harmless substance, and then expels it. While a dog’s liver takes more time to digest, the Theobromine affect the organs with the side effects of diarrhea, restlessness, increased urination (which leads to dehydration), and more, creating havoc in the body. The more concentrated the chocolate is with Theobromine, the more toxic it’ll be. Dark chocolate is the most toxic because the manufacturers didn’t process out the Theobromine to make the chocolate sweeter. With milk and white chocolate your dog can’t overdose as quickly because they’re less concentrated, but it is still possible. On the National Geographic website there is a chart that shows how much of each type of chocolate a dog eats to cause the side effects of vomiting and diarrhea, rapid heartbeat, seizure and tremors, and potential death. The bars on the graph shows how much chocolate it takes to cause those symptoms and the severity of a difference between how much white chocolate it takes vs. only a small amount of cacao to do the same damage on a dog.
Even though it’s the amount of Theobromine in the chocolate that makes chocolate toxic, both a small amount of concentrated chocolate and a large amount of unconcentrated chocolate can cause the same symptoms. Don’t let this lessen your fear in case your dog gets into your stash of white chocolate, because there’s still the potential of them eating the certain amount to cause problems.
Gift Card Promotion (limited time)
With the success of our Gift Cards, we have now given you the opportunity to get $225.00 of service for $200.00. From July 3rd through the “unofficial” last day of summer, August 23rd (school starts the 24th), if you purchase a Gift Card for $200.00, you automatically get an additional $25.00. You can give the gift of veterinary service, or get a card and use it for your own pet’s care. This is a limited time offer, so you’ll have to act soon. You can even purchase your card right here on our website.
The Many Dangers of Summer
By: Sarah Boyd
We’ve all seen the demonstration where an egg is cracked on the sidewalk or street and we watch it fry on a hot summer day. Or, maybe you saw the one where an egg is left in a hot car and it is cooked completely in a matter of minutes. What we may not have ever really thought about, is just how hot the asphalt is on our pet’s feet, or how quickly your pet can overheat in a hot car. Here, we address both of this scenarios with suggestions as well.
Think back to the video of the egg frying on the sidewalk…
Now that you’re thinking about the hot pavement, think about how it would feel on your feet if you didn’t have shoes on. It doesn’t seem very appealing, does it? Now, think about your dog’s feet and how they must feel when you take him or her for a walk in the summer.
There is an easy way to check and see if the pavement/asphalt is too hot for your pet. Simply press the back of your hand to the ground for about seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s feet.
We would recommend you take your walks or runs early in the morning or late in the evening. If you really just like getting out in the heat of the day, you can always try doggie boots, or you can try walking your pet only in the grass and staying away from the streets and sidewalks altogether.
Now think about the egg in the hot car that got cooked in a matter of minutes…
Even though, it seems as though weather forecasters are wrong regarding rain 40-60% of the time, they are rarely wrong when forecasting high temperatures, after all, we are in Houston and it’s basically hot all the time.
So, keep the forecast in mind when taking your pet with you to “run a quick errand”. Remember, the temperature inside of your car can rise up to 20 degrees every 10 minutes, even with the windows “cracked”. After a-half-hour, the temperature inside your car can be well over 40 degrees above the outside temperature! As you know, Houston sometimes has temperatures consistently in the 80s, 90s and even 100s.
Leaving your little one at home in a cool, safe place could turn out to be the best thing for him or her. Not to mention, think about how happy they’ll be to see you when you return!
Regardless, of whether you’re going for a short trip, walk or weekend get-away, remember to plan ahead and bring items not just for yourself, but for your pet as well. A few suggestions and helpful items are to bring plenty of water for yourself and your pet, pay attention to where the shade is, or a cool place where you can take a break and get out of the direct heat, and to bring sunscreen for you and your pet. Be careful not to get it in your pet’s eyes, but be sure to get it on their nose, ears and any other area that may be exposed to the sunlight. A great sunscreen to use for your pet is Epi-Pet Sun Protector. But, if you must use your sunscreen, check with your veterinarian first to ensure it is safe for him or her, as many human sunscreens, are actually toxic to pets.
Have fun this summer, but make it a safe one for you and your pets.
Dear Abby, The Clinic Cat (Where Abby Answers Your Questions)
I need some advice. I am a cat who has been betrayed! It all started last Tuesday, when I was sleeping peacefully in my usual sunny spot on the dining room floor. There I was, sound asleep, when I was ambushed by my owners! They grabbed me, shoved me in what can only be described as a portable jail cell, and transported me…..to the veterinarian’s office. Upon arrival to the office, I was “examined” and found to be “overweight”. The doctor discussed placing me on something called a “diet”, which I have since found out is nothing more than a plot to kill me. They have begun to feed me portioned meals several times a day and have restricted my treaties down to three….THREE!! I can’t live on that! I am wasting away! I only weighed 21 pounds to start with, I’m practically skin and bones now. Help me; the dog is starting to look delicious.
Famished in Manvel, TX
Wow! You did the right thing by reaching out to me in this dark time. I know just what to do! Your owners are just misguided. They have forgotten that you, the cat, are not only the lord of the manor; but are also to be obeyed and feared!
First things first, we’ve got to get some food into you. I know your strength is diminished right now, but you’ve got to muster up enough strength to get some food into that belly! Start by quietly slinking into the eating area during the human’s meal time. Do not act hungry though, this may tip them off to your plan! Be strong, be quiet, and most of all, be aloof. Use your feline ninja skills, survey the area and determine what food item is most available to you. Don’t rush it; carefully wait for your opportunity to POUNCE! Steal what you can; I suggest something large and portable such as an entire fish, chicken breast, or slice of pizza. Sink your teeth in, get a good grip, and run! If they follow you, I suggest running out the cat door or under the bed.
Once you have a good meal in your belly, it’s time to start phase two, which I like to call the “You’ll Be Sorry” phase. Mostly it involves reminding them that you are to be feared and that they will obey your every command. I suggest things like; leaving small, dead, prey in their bed, or darting out from the shadows during their late night trips to the bathroom. Whatever you do, don’t vomit for a while. It may result in another trip to the vet’s office. I hope this helps! Good luck!
I adopted an adorable Maltese mix from the animal shelter. Since I’ve had her we have purchased her several charming little dresses, shirts, and other outfits for her. The only problem is, she hates them. She rolls around on her back and paws to get them off, every time we try to put them on her. I’d give up, be she’s just so cute in them! Any suggestions for convincing my dog to become the canine fashionista I’d hoped for?
Hopelessly Out of Style in Pearland
I don’t even know where to begin with you. I almost didn’t respond when I read that you adopted a dog instead of a cat, but to each her own, I suppose. That aside, who died and made you the doggie fashion goddess? I mean really, clothes on a dog? Not that I don’t fully support canine humiliation whenever possible, but you do like this dog, right??! Let me explain something, we animals are naturally adorned with fabulous furs, feathers, and scales. Unlike you humans, we do no not require clothes. Trust me, I get it. If I were a human, I’d cover myself too. They forced me into a shirt here once and I’d be willing to bet they’ll never do it again. I left several piles of vomit to show my displeasure, but those humans are lucky to have all of their fingers. My advice, don’t push it human. Dogs may not be as smart as cats, but it looks like you’ve got a pretty smart cookie on your hands. I say buy a cute collar and call it good.
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