Volume 7 – Issue 2

Quarterly Prints (Spring) 2018

What’s new at Claws & Paws?

Changes Are Coming to Claws & Paws…

    • Website Re-Design with Awesome New Features (you’re going to love these changes)
    • How You Purchase Pet Diets From Us

Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® is excited to announce that we now have free home delivery of all veterinary prescription diets! And, we encourage you to take advantage of this service.

There are a few reasons we believe this is a great option for our clients.

Convenience – one of the problems with purchasing pet food is when you have to carry those heavy bags and cases of can food around. When you order these items from our online store, they are delivered right to your door. All you have to do is get them inside.

Availability – because we have limited shelf space, we are not able to carry as large a variety of food as we can in our online store. We have historically carried a line of Hills Prescription Diets and Purina Prescription Diets. However; in our online store we carry a larger variety of diets, including:

  • Hills Prescription Diets
  • Purina Veterinary Diets
  • Science Diet Formulas
  • Purina Pro Plan Formulas
  • Royal Canin Diets
  • Blue Buffalo Diets

Free Shipping – our online store offers free shipping for all food purchases. See our website for specifics.

Auto Ship OptionAuto Ship means that you can set up the delivery of your pet’s food on a schedule that matches your needs. Example: If it takes you six weeks to go through a bag of food, you can schedule your delivery to automatically arrive at six-week intervals. Basically, set it and…don’t think about it again. About the time you run out of food, your next one is there. You can make adjustments to this schedule at any time. You are in complete control.

All products you receive via Auto Ship method are also shipped free of charge. You’ll also receive a notification when it is being shipped so you can track your order.

Familiar Business – since you know and trust Claws & Paws, you can rest assured that we stand behind the products available through our online store. As usual with our diets, they carry a 100% manufacturer’s guarantee.

Space – we have limited space in our facility and as we continue to grow as Pearland grows, we need to make room to accommodate our client’s and patient’s needs.

Other Items – in addition to pet food, we carry a large variety of other veterinary products that you can order and have shipped directly to your home or office. Take a moment to view some of the other common items you normally stop by Claws & Paws to pick up from time-to-time.

While we love seeing our client’s smiling faces, we know that is it often easier to just have items shipped and save the hassle of having to take a trip to the hospital, especially for those with young children.

You’ll also receive free shipping on all orders over $49.00.

Beginning on July 1st, Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® will reduce the inventory of pet food we carry in our facility and will only offer larger bags of food through our online store at https://cpvh.com/store-on-line/. We will carry small bags to accommodate those emergency situations where you may not have enough to get through until your online order arrives.

When one of our doctors recommends a new diet for one of our patients, we will have a small bag of that food available for you to try with your pet and to hold you over until you are able to receive your online order. Keeping only smaller bags in our facility will also allow us to accommodate a larger variety of small bags on hand.

Shipping Charges

* The classes below ship separately: multiple rates may apply, one for each ship class in an order.

* Prescription items (Rx): Allow 1-2 days for veterinary approval.

* Please note order items may ship separately to deliver within shipping window.

The following rates apply to all Standard Pharmacy Orders:

* Exceptions include RemindMe Monthly Doses, Insulin, heavy item orders (items over 3 lbs) and diets

* All UPS options must be sent to a physical address – No PO Boxes for expedited orders.

* Federally controlled substances require an adult signature to receive the shipment and must be delivered to a physical address via an expedited shipping option

Pawsitive Planting with Pets! (a New Series)

Christina Strickland

Buttercup

Risk Level = MODERATE

Blue Bonnet

Risk Level = MODERATE to HIGH

It’s wildflower season in Texas! The wildflowers in Texas are second to none; and many of us enjoy taking our families out for this annual photo opportunity. Bluebonnets, our Texas darlings, are beautiful but highly toxic. All parts of this plant are problematic; but the seeds and pods are particularly toxic. Keeping a close eye on pets and small children is a must!

Signs of bluebonnet poisoning are primarily neurologic, making it very important to seek immediate medical attention if you suspect that your pet has eaten bluebonnets. The onset of symptoms can be rapid; and include tremors, seizures, loss of muscle control, difficulty swallowing, and respiratory problems. Severe toxicity can cause life-threatening respiratory paralysis, and in some cases the need for intubation, oxygen support, and assisted breathing are necessary.

Another common spring wildflower, Buttercups, are often seen speckling fields, parks, yards, and grassy highway medians across the state at this time of year. These petite yellow beauties can also pack a terrible punch!

Buttercups, also known as Butter Cress or Figwort, contain a chemical called ranunculin. When the plant when it is wounded (chewed, crushed, etc.) this chemical changes and becomes a highly irritating substance called protoanemonin. Protoanemonin causes itching, rashes, and blistering of the skin, especially to the more delicate skin around the nose and mouth. It has been known to cause oral and esophageal ulcers in pets that chew on or ingest buttercups. Buttercup ingestion can also cause pets to vomit, stop eating, and have diarrhea. Pets that ingest more than a few flowers can also exhibit neurologic signs; such as difficulty standing or walking, weakness, tremors, seizures, and while rare, even paralysis!

So what do we do about these troublesome plants?? Fortunately, protoanemonin is not very tasty. It is actually quite bitter, which deters many pets from making buttercups a snack of choice. However, not all pets take the hint, and will still eat these flowering beauties. Due to the bitter taste, most pets won’t eat more than a few buttercups making contact irritation the most common issue veterinarians see following buttercup ingestion. While blisters around the nose and lips as well as oral ulcers can be quite painful, they are not generally life threatening.

If you believe your pet has ingested buttercups or bluebonnets please contact your veterinarian right away. Prompt medical attention can greatly improve the outcome for your pet.

Check out these websites to see if the plants and flowers in your yard are safe for your pets.

www.PetPoisonHelpline.com or www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/

Leptospirosis

by Emily Renick, LVT

Your active baby is suddenly not feeling so well. His favorite things to do are to eat and chase squirrels. Your poor dog vomited twice last night, you thought it was just a fluke, he got into something. This morning you wake up and he doesn’t get up as quickly, he turns his nose up to breakfast (something he NEVER does) and then to top it all off you let him outside and he just lies down. You know there is something seriously wrong, so you take him to the vet…Now what?

You’ve heard of the “Lepto” (Leptospirosis) vaccine before, you just didn’t think it was for your pet. Your dog doesn’t even swim. Are squirrels even counted as wildlife? It’s not like Fido has even come close to catching one before. The Doctor brings up Leptospirosis up as a possible diagnosis. You are flabbergasted; you live in the suburbs. You thought the vaccine was just for hunting dogs or dogs that live on ranches in the middle of the country. You agree to the blood work. Suddenly, your veterinarian comes in to explain, your young healthy boy is in kidney failure and his best chance of survival is to stay in the hospital and have intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotics. He was just ruling the roost yesterday morning! You also learn that the disease is zoonotic and you may need to monitor yourself and your family for symptoms as well.

Leptospirosis is a disease that is caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. It is mostly spread through the urine of affected animals or by secondary exposure through a water source contaminated with fluids of affected animals. Your pet is more at risk for contracting Leptospirosis in warm wet areas of the world, where the bacteria can thrive, like the coastal regions of Texas. The Leptospira bacteria can live up to six months in stagnant water. Other risk factors include living in urban or densely populated areas where animals come into close contact with your pet. Yes, squirrels and rodents, such as rats, can carry the bacteria. Leptospirosis is significantly less likely to be found in cats.

There are a wide range of symptoms of Leptospirosis; Anything from mild lethargy and fever to DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation), where all the blood in the body clots. Other symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, drinking and urinating more than normal, weakness, anorexia, icterus (yellow skin) and even sudden death without symptoms. The most telling symptom is kidney failure or inefficiency, which can be seen on a blood test. There are a couple of ways to verify your pet has Leptospirosis. The most common is a Polymerase Chain Reaction and Fluorescent antibody test where a sample of blood or urine is sent to a laboratory.

It is important you verify your pet has leptospirosis so he can get proper treatment and you can protect your other pets and family from the infection. If Lepto is a potential diagnosis it is imperative you properly clean up your pet’s bodily fluids, especially urine. To kill the bacteria you will need to pour a properly concentrated bleach solution on the area. Your veterinarian can give you the recommended concentration. Do not spray bleach solution, it may cause some of the bacteria to come back at you. You should wear eye protection, mask, gloves, and a disposable gown when cleaning potentially contaminated areas. Your yard must also be treated.

Treatment of Leptosporosis requires a course of antibiotics to eliminate the infection. Antibiotic may be given by mouth or intravenously depending on the severity of the symptoms. Typically after 36 hours of antibiotics the pet is no longer shedding the virus and is not contagious to you or other animals. However, medications should be given to completion. Fluids via IV catheter are always recommended. Other treatment would include supportive care of the affected organs. Prognosis of the disease varies based upon presenting symptoms of the disease. An annual vaccination is the best preventative for Leptospirosis. The first time your dog receives the vaccine you’ll be asked to return 3-4 weeks later for booster vaccines for maximum protection. The vaccine covers the four most major strains of the bacteria: there are more strains. Keeping your pet away from stagnant water is also suggested. If you think this vaccine is for your pet, please come by and ask us about it.

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