Volume 2 – Issue 4 – October 1, 2013
What’s new at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®?
- Appointment Reminders via Text—How would you like to be reminded of your upcoming appointment? If so, let us know the next time you are here or click here to sign up.
- ePetHealth Portal – In keeping with our commitment to provide excellent patient care, we are excited to introduce to you a User Friendly online service, ePet Health. This service replaces our previous Pet Portals. ePetHealth technology offers you 24/7 online access to your pet’s medical information. You can then view or print the necessary information needed in an emergency, when traveling, boarding or taking classes. In addition, you have the ability to request an appointment and/or boarding reservations, request medication refills, ask a general question, and upload a picture of your four-footed family member and print out a Pet ID Card to carry with you. Click here to go directly to the ePetHealth Portal website to sign up and begin utilizing this wonderful system.
Sample of Pet ID Card
- Online Store—Our online store feature allows you to request medications and other products that we may not carry in house. We have chosen this particular home delivery service because the manufacturers of the heartworm preventatives guarantee their products the same as if you purchased it at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®. After you make your request, an employee will check with one of our veterinarians to obtain approval prior to your item being shipped. This ensures your pet remains safe. Click here to place your first order.
Top 10 Human Medications Poisonous to Pets
As pet owners, we should all be aware of the common medications found in our homes that are poisonous to our four-footed family members. Below is a list of the top 10 human medications most frequently ingested by pets.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
- ADD/ADHD medications
- Sleep aids and benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Ambien, and Lunesta
- Birth control medications
- ACE inhibitors such as Zestril and Altace which are blood pressure medications
- Beta-blockers such as Tenormin, Toprol, and Coreg (also blood pressure medications)
- Thyroid replacement hormones
- Cholesterol lowering agents such as Lipitor, Zocor, and Crestor
Click here for more in-depth information on these types of medications that pose a threat to our four-footed family members and some tips to help decrease the accidental ingestion of medications.
Pets Have Teeth Too!
By Gerry Thornton
It is part of our daily routine to take care of our teeth by brushing twice daily or using mouthwash and even flossing. Our pet’s teeth have similar needs. It is a known fact that by the time our pets reach three years of age, 85% of them have some form of dental disease. If left untreated, oral disease can lead to serious consequences for your pet including severe pain, bad breath, and tooth loss. Chronic infection in the mouth can spread to other major organs which can seriously compromise your pet’s health.
You can reduce tartar buildup and the possibility of dental disease with some simple home care measures. Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® carries CET home dental care products that contain an enzyme that inhibits plaque. All of the CET products are available for both cats and dogs. Just as daily brushing of our teeth is the best possible means to prevent tartar buildup, so is brushing our pets’ teeth. However, please note that although we as humans know not to swallow toothpaste our four-legged pets do not. Human toothpaste is TOXIC to pets, so a pet friendly toothpaste is a must.
We carry four different specially formulated CET dental home care products available to help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. All of them contain the patented dual-enzyme system to inhibit plaque.
- CET Toothpaste –specially formulated for pets
- CET Tartar control chews
- CET Drinking water additives
- CET Gel rinse
Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® Doctors recommend beginning the brushing regimen while your pet is a puppy and/or kitten. Make the brushing a special bonding/treat time with your four-legged family member. You should start slowly with getting the pet used to having his mouth touched. Use your finger, an infant toothbrush or a little finger brush or even a gauze pad to get started.
Place a little toothpaste on your finger or brush to get your pet used to the taste. Once you have them familiar with this, you can begin daily care for your pet’s teeth. For brushing to be effective, it needs to occur at least every other day. However, daily brushing will be the most effective. It is important when brushing that you brush the gums as well as the teeth like you would your own. The only difference is that you don’t have to brush the tongue side of the teeth. By doing this daily you can greatly reduce the amount of professional cleaning your pet may need, not to mention reduce tooth loss. Click here for more in-depth information on the dental needs of our pets.
Smaller breed dogs tend to have tartar build up faster than our larger breeds. Therefore, they usually need to have their teeth cleaned more often. However, the amount of home care given and the breed of dog are also strong factors in how often your pet may need to have his teeth professionally cleaned.
“Coco” Camille is a great example of how daily brushing can make a profound difference in the need for a professional teeth cleaning. Mr. Sy Camille (a client of Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®) has a ten-year old toy poodle named “Coco.” He has been diligent in brushing her teeth daily since she was a puppy. Because of Mr. Camille’s consistent at home health care for “Coco’s” teeth, she has never needed a professional teeth cleaning. Although, we can’t guarantee that this will happen with every pet whose owner brushes daily, “Coco” is a sterling example of how consistent quality dental home health care can impact a pet’s health. Mr. Sy Camille is to be commended for his loving care of “Coco.”
Our Four-Footed Family Members Have Birthdays Too!
by Christina Strickland
Until I had a child, I never fully realized the importance of a pet’s birthday. Sure, we would acknowledge our pet’s big day with a new toy or a treat but that was about the extent of it. When my daughter became old enough to realize what birthdays can entail, I soon learned that pet birthdays were about to change in a big way! We now celebrate with homemade “Birthday Bones”, decorations, doggie friends, presents, and of course the Happy Birthday song.
At first it seemed like a lot of extra work, and who has time for that? But it has become a family tradition that reminds us of how special our pets are to our family and how much a part of our lives they have become. As our family pets have grown older, I have come to appreciate those moments more and more.
Our pets age more quickly than we do. One common misconception is that pets age seven years for every one calendar year. The first year is equivalent to 15 years for our puppies and kittens. By the time our cats and dogs reach two years of age they are 24-25 pet years old. As our furry friends age, you can add 4-5 years for every calendar year to calculate their real age making physical exams every six months of critical importance in keeping a healthy and happy pet.
The physical exam is a nose to tail examination by the veterinarian to ensure that your pet is healthy. On our Educational Tracks video titled Veterinary Physical Exams, Dr. Julie Wickel explains the steps that our veterinarians take each time your baby comes in to Claws and Paws for a physical exam. Our veterinarians look for clues to underlying disease or conditions that may be affecting your pet’s health. Catching these things early can make a big difference in treatment and disease prevention for your pet.
Many owners enjoy making homemade treats for their special four-footed family members. Just make sure your pet is not allergic to or sensitive to any of the ingredients. Celebrate your pet’s birthday in a big way! After all, they have aged at least 4-5 years since the last one. Have fun!
For a copy of “Simple Simon’s Birthday Bones” click here.
Do you know where your dog is right at this moment?
Tagg™ Pet Tracking System
The Tagg™ pet tracking system allows you to track your pet’s location and activity from your computer or mobile device. You can see where your dog is or monitor his activity levels in real time 24/7. The lightweight pet tracker attaches to your dog’s existing collar, and is designed to be worn at all times, even while swimming.
Tagg™ Location Tracking puts you in control of finding your pet. Unlike a microchip, Tagg™ is a GPS tracker that sends you a text and email when your pet gets out so you can find him NOW.
Where’s your pet? Now you’ll always know with
Tagg™-The Pet Tracker!
Is your pet getting enough exercise? Tagg™ can help!
Tagg™ is more than just a pet tracker. With Activity Tracking, you can monitor your pet’s activity levels and spot long-term trends. Did you know that veterinarians recommend that dogs get 30-60 minutes of daily exercise? Tagg™ allows you to find out if your dog is getting enough, so you can be proactive about his health. Start tracking now. Don’t let your pet become a statistic. Detailed, easy-to-use charts give you a complete picture that you can share with your pet’s veterinarian. Whether there is a problem or everything is fine, you’ll know. Having this data, your veterinarian can give recommendations on exercise and/or food choices. Just as we watch our weight, it is important for our pets to maintain a healthy weight.
Your dog cannot text you, but Tagg™ can!
Whether it’s a text message about your dog leaving the Tagg™ zone or an email reminding you it’s time to charge your tracker, Tagg™ notifications make it the most efficient dog tracker on the market.
Attaches easily to your dog’s collar
Putting the Tagg™ tracker on your dog’s existing collar is a snap. The GPS device securely attaches to your dog’s collar with the included two-piece clip. The battery inside lasts for 30 days. Then you need to remove it and recharge it over night; quick and easy to do.
Three easy steps and you’re ready to go
Once you get your GPS pet tracker, it’s simple to get it up and running. First, create your account. The cost is about $10.00 per month. This is a small fee for the services you are receiving with the Tagg™ Pet Collar. Then activate your Tagg™ Pet Tracker. Finally, set up your Tagg™ zone, a “geofence” around the area where your dog spends most of his time. Start tracking your dog’s location and activity now.
The Tagg™ Pet Tracker has not been out long enough for a study. However, a microchip study performed by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2009, showed more than 7,700 stray pets at animal shelters. Results showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners only 21.9 % of the time, whereas microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2 % of the time.
Cats without microchips were reunited with their owners only 1.8% of the time, but microchipped cats went back home 38.5 % of the time. It was reported that any microchipped pets that were not returned home was due to incorrect owner information or no owner information in the microchip registry database–so it is very important to register and keep the information updated. The microchip used at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital® is inserted on the back of the head between the shoulder blades.
The microchip is a tool. However, just think about the increased percentage of returned pets when you KNOW where your pet is and you KNOW the moment he/she goes missing. The Tagg™ Pet Tracker gives a text alert when your pet goes beyond the boundary that you set up.
Best of all, you can now get Tagg™ Pet Tracker at Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital®. Click here for more information on Tagg™ Pet Tracker.
Important Holiday Safety Tips and Potential Dangers for our Pets
The holidays are a wonderful time for family, friends, and yes, our four-footed family members. Each holiday brings with it a variety of potential dangers for our pets. Whether it is food, decorations, plants, cold weather, or loud noises, we can decrease the potential hazards just by being aware of them and planning accordingly.
To read more information on how to keep the holidays safe for the entire family, click here. We all want to enjoy the holidays but need to keep our four-footed family members safe and healthy. With Halloween approaching, then Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is better to be prepared and knowledgeable than wait for something hazardous to happen to our pets.
Pearland City Christmas Parade
We are looking forward to once again sponsoring the Pearland City Christmas Parade. Look for “Clawd” and our fabulous employees. We will be passing out goodies. Click here for photos of last year’s parade.