Volume 5 – Issue 4
What’s new at CPVH?
Dr. Kurdziel Is Back!
Dr. Kurdziel has returned from maternity leave and now has appointments available for you and your pet.
Designated Surgery/Dental Days
Each of our Doctors now have a designated surgery/dental day. We have made this change to allow more hands-on time with our patients, as well as to help reduce appointment wait time for our clients.
On the Doctor’s designated day, she is available for surgeries, dental cleanings and drop off appointments. Unfortunately, due to our limited number of exam rooms, the Doctor will not be available to see regular appointments on their designated surgery/dental day.
Each Doctor’s designated surgery/dental day is:
- Mondays – Dr. Wickel
- Tuesdays – Dr. Lindsey
- Wednesdays – Dr. Harris
- Thursdays – Dr. Kurdziel
- Fridays – Dr. Brenk
We will be open normal business hours before and after each upcoming holiday, unless specified below:
- Thanksgiving Eve – Closing at 4:00pm
- Thanksgiving Day – Closed
- Christmas Eve Day – Closed
- Christmas Day – Closed
- New Year’s Eve – Open normal hours
- New Year’s Day – Closed
Should you have an emergency, please contact the Pearland 288 Animal Emergency Clinic at 713.482.4592, located at 10100 Broadway Street, Suite 102, Pearland, TX 77584. If you are traveling in the Houston area, please visit the Emergency Clinic page of our website at CPVH.com/Emergency to find the closest emergency clinic to you. You can also download our Free Mobile App and have this list at your fingertips.
Pearland Hometown Christmas Parade
Join us at the Pearland Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. This year’s parade theme is “12 Days of Christmas”. Make sure you look for us as we will be handing out our 2017 calendars at this event.
Autumn Is In The Air
by Robin Williams
The feeling of Fall and Autumn is in the air and cooler temperatures are on the way. This is the best time to of year to live on the Texas Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, with all of our family and work obligations, it’s very hard to find the time to enjoy our cooler weather. This also is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors with your dog and to get a little exercise, too.
You don’t have to plan an elaborate schedule to add in some exercise and fun for you and your dog. It’s as simple as the next time you take your dog outside to go potty, just keep on walking. That’s right, walk around the block, walk a few blocks or even walk a mile. You can start slow and build up until you reach your walking goal. They also make great little step counters to track your progress. It has been said that generally healthy people should shoot for at least 10,000 steps a day.
There is an added bonus to taking your pet for a walk; many behavioral issues can be helped by a little exercise. If your pet has excessive energy or exhibits destructive behaviors, taking him for a daily walk can burn off some of his energy and help improve his behavior. This can also be a great bonding time for you and your dog. Just relax and enjoy your walk and your dog will love you for it!
If you experience problems with your dog pulling at the leash, there are some great halter-type collars that can help. Here at Claws and Paws Veterinary Hospital®, we recommend using the Gentle Leader Head Collar. We are able to order it for you and one of our staff members can help you learn to use it. It’s a great training aid for dogs who pull on their leash.
Now, go out and enjoy this easy way of enjoying this awesome time of the year, all while enhancing your bond with your dog and increasing both of your fitness levels while doing it.
by Amanda Hillhouse
While we may have a while until we feel the temperatures drop, Fall is upon us! Soon we will have falling leaves, a cool breeze, and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes everywhere we go. Fall marks the beginning of the holiday season, with Halloween being the soonest holiday. While Halloween is fun for us humans, it can be not so pleasant for our furry babies. Strange visitors, toxic treats, and bizarre decorations can pose a hazard to pets.
While we might enjoy trick-or-treaters knocking on the door every 5 minutes or so, this can cause real anxiety in pets; especially if they are dressed like a space alien! It is best to take precautions to ensure your pet is safe and calm during this “haunted” evening. If your pet enjoys time in his/her crate, set up a safe space for them there. If they do not have a crate, you can do the same thing in a small space such as the bathroom, or bedroom. Give them their favorite treat, or toy to distract them. May I suggest a Kong-type toy with some delicious peanut butter? This is sure to help keep their mind off your spooky visitors. Another tip is to play some music to help drown out the excitement going on outdoors. If you anticipate your pet is going to be especially nervous, speak with one of our veterinarians about some additional options.
Another threat that Halloween poses to our pets is the abundance of delicious candy. While we may enjoy indulging in these sweet treats, they can be deadly to our pets. One of the most toxic candies is chocolate. Chocolate contains methylxanthine (theobromine). This substance is similar to caffeine and can cause severe health issues in pets if not treated right away. Not only does the candy itself pose a risk, but the wrapper can cause GI upset and other serious issues. The best treatment is prevention. Keep the candy bowl far away from your pooch’s reach. Better yet, if your pet is crated for the evening then the threat is even smaller. While chocolate is the most common toxic treat, many other candies pose a risk to our pets as well. If you suspect that your pet could have ingested any type of candy, please call your veterinarian or closest emergency clinic.
Yet another danger that Halloween can bring are the spooky decorations. These decorations can go either way for our pets. Some pets might be quite alarmed by the giant spiders and ghosts, while some may decide to have a hay-day with their new toys. Lights, cobwebs, and candles can be especially enticing to our kitty friends. Lights, cobwebs and other string-like decorations can pose a threat if ingested. They can become stuck in the intestines which can potentially be fatal. Since our pets are known to be sneaky we may not see them actually ingest these items. Signs to look for are decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. As always, if you see any of these signs or suspect your pet may have ingested something please call your veterinarian right away.
While Halloween can bring with it some scary hazards to our pets, most of these are quite preventable with some simple planning. We hope that you have a great Halloween and, as always, if you need us give us a call. If it is after business hours please contact the emergency clinic nearest to you. For a list of these clinics please visit the Emergency Clinic page of our website.
Pets and Thanksgiving Do Not Mix
by Wendy Hoppens
We all know how much preparation, cooking and baking comes with getting the best Thanksgiving meal together. I, as the owner of two dogs, also know that we may have four-legged helpers in the kitchen as well. My dogs like to race to the kitchen every time something is dropped on the floor. They really believe in that “five-second rule”.
That being said – there are many foods that our four-legged babies should not have. If these foods or bones are fed to your pet, then you may end up in the last place you want to be on a very busy holiday weekend, the emergency hospital with your pet.
The foods and seasonings used to prepare them not safe for pets are – turkey bones and fat from the turkey (can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea), grapes or raisins (can cause kidney damage/failure), chocolate, especially bakers chocolate (high in caffeine and theobromine), bread dough (can swell up in the stomach and cause a serious blockage), and cake batter (don’t let them lick the bowl). Also beware of sage with cats – this can cause tummy upset and, in some cases, a central nervous system depression.
Try to stick with their own food and treats that they are used to. Pets are use to a very bland diet and any sudden change in it can cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. Nobody has time for that, especially during Black Friday!
Toys for Tots
For the past several years, we have been proud to be a drop off location for the Toys for Tots toy drive. Because of you, our clients, we have tremendous success each year. We will again be a Toys for Tots drop off location this year. Our donation bin will be in our lobby starting at the beginning of November. Should you wish to donate prior to us having our donation bin, please feel free to drop a toy off at any time, and we will make sure your donation is given to Toys for Tots.
Help Us Give Back
by Haley Greenway
Providing Christmas for Pearland Families
For the past two years, the staff at Claws & Paws have anonymously adopted several families in need. Each of our staff have personally donated gifts on each family’s Christmas Wish List. This year, we are asking you to help us be able to provide to even more local families in need. With your help, we are hoping to adopt and provide Christmas for 3-5 families this year.
Each adopted family resides in Pearland and are adopted through the Pearland Neighborhood Center. The Pearland Neighborhood Center interviews each potential family and each family must meet certain requirements in order to qualify as a family in need for this program.
Each family provides the Pearland Neighborhood Center with what is on their child’s Christmas Wish List. We are also provided with what each child’s hobbies are, their ages, clothing sizes, etc. These Wish List gifts have ranged anywhere from a bottle of nail polish to a remote controlled car to a bicycle. Oftentimes, these families state that they are in need of items such as school clothes, bed linens, kitchen utensils, bath towels, etc. Usually, mom and dad do not ask for anything for themselves, but, we feel that mom and dad deserve to have something to open on Christmas morning, too.
Beginning the first week of November, we will place a Christmas tree in our front lobby which will have tags listing the gifts needed for these families. We’d like to invite you to come choose one tag, or ten tags, it is up to you. Then, the next time you go shopping, please purchase the item on your tag, and bring the tag and your unwrapped gift back to us by Saturday, December 10th. We do ask that you do not take a tag unless you will follow through on your commitment.
Each tag includes whether the gift is for a boy or a girl, the age of the child, as well as any size information or other details. You are not limited to just what is on the tag. Feel free to get creative! Please make sure to bring the tag back with your gift so we can ensure the gift goes to the correct family.
Thank you for being a huge part of the Christmas Spirit and allowing these children and parents the Joy of Christmas who would otherwise not have a gift to open on Christmas morning.
by Abby, the Cat
Any tips on how to avoid getting into the cat carrier? My owner occasionally gets it out and it never ends up anyplace fun. That box is a dreadful portal of doom that generally leads to me getting groomed or vaccinated. They’re very sneaky about it and before I know it, I’m in the box with no way out. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
Dear Boxed In,
Aaahhh! The dreaded carrier! This is a conversation as old as time itself. As long as there have been cats, people have been trying to stuff us into carrying devices. I’m pretty sure Fred Flintstone even tried to put his saber-tooth tiger into a carrier once or twice! The issue here is the element of surprise. When the humans catch us off guard and unprepared, that’s when we get stuffed into the tiny cell they call a carrier. What you need to do is be prepared! I do regular cat-drills for just such an occasion. This may sound like a lot of work, but with just a little preparation, you can defeat your humans! Practice the following exercises a few times per week and you will be ready the next time your human tries to confine you to a carrier!
- Hiding – First and foremost, a good disappearing act can make all the difference if the world. If you see a carrier, smell a carrier, or hear the word “carrier”…..HIDE! Practice hiding regularly, be sure that you have several good spots in every area of your home.
- Liquification Technique– Cats can make themselves appear to have no bones, making themselves very difficult and slippery to handle. Go limp and into your “liquid” state a few times per week to keep yourself limber.
- The X Factor – Practice making a giant X with your body. The major flaw to many cat carriers is the tiny door. Make yourself physically unable to fit into the carrier by stretching all of your limbs outward and going stiff.
- Octo-Cat – If your owner has a top-loading or wide-door carrier, the X Factor may not work. In this case appearing to grow extra limbs may be helpful. Most owners are unaware of our ability to do this! Just when they think they’ve got you under control – Bam! Another leg pops out and keeps you from entering the carrier. (This is also a good skill to have in case they try to medicate you at some point.)
- Defy Gravity – All cats have the ability to defy earth’s gravity. With a little meditation and practice and you can control your earth weight and be able to appear significantly heavier than before. You can activate this power anytime someone attempts to pick you up. This skill is nearly unbeatable when combined with the liquification technique.
- Claws and Teeth –Do your best to avoid all nail trimming. Humans are quite aware that claws can be used as weapons and may try to trim them up in the days before a planned carrier excursion. If they do trim you nails, do your best to sharpen them quickly to be ready in case they are needed. In all of the above mentioned tactics, it will add an extra measure of defense if your claws are sharp and spread out. Practice sharpening and extending your claws as often as possible – leather sofas work nicely for this. If all else fails being a bit chompy is a nice defense, provided you don’t go overboard. Remember, these are the people responsible for feeding you.
- Vomiting – As you all know I am a big proponent of annoyed vomiting. A well-timed, projectile hairball can be quite effective when needed. Be sure to have an arsenal of hair wads just waiting to be fired from your belly at any given moment. I usually practice my projectile hairball routine when something displeases me. Two birds as they say!
I hope these tips help!