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Holiday Hazards & Summer Travel Safety

4th of July:

Fireworks are a beautiful and festive display in celebration of a holiday or special event. Humans can love and appreciate what they represent, the lights and colors, but to some dogs the noise is more than they can bear. If your pet is unbearably fearful of fireworks or comes in contact with them, it could be a real concern requiring medical attention.

If you pet happens to get into your store of fireworks, they should be seen immediately.  Fireworks contain materials such as potassium nitrate and metals like mercury, antimony, copper, barium, strontium and phosphorus. Ingestion of these components can result in severe illness.

In addition to ingestion of dangerous toxins in the fireworks, sometimes the object can fly to inappropriate areas, subjecting the dog to being hit, causing burns and trauma.

We are more than happy to see your pet for any anxiety/fear issues that might be associated with the holiday festivities. Often times the issue can be fixed with anxiety assistance devices (i.e. thunder shirt, etc.)Or some light medication given prior to the fireworks and festivities beginning in combination with placing your pet in a safe, confined area.

Summer Travel:

Summer travel with your pet can be an amazing and memorable experience.

Let us help you keep it stress free by ensuring that you have everything you need for your pet to travel safely including but not limited to:

  • Properly sized kennel appropriate for your car, or airport specifications.
  • Health Certificates, both interstate and international.
  • Anti-Nausea medication for those pets that experience motion sickness
  • Anti-Anxiety medication for pets who experience travel anxiety both in vehicle or plane.
  • Medication refills to ensure that your pet is fully stocked for the duration of the trip.
We suggest that if you don’t want your pet to travel in a kennel while in the car, that you acquire a seatbelt harness. Sudden stops in the car or a vehicular accident can cause injury to your pet as well as yourself. 

Summer Haircuts!!

A word from our in-house groomer, Carrie:

Time for summer haircuts!

Most dogs benefit from shorter cuts to keep them cooler in the hot days of summer, however this is not true for all breeds of dog. 

There are two different coat types- Single coated & Double Coated.

A Single coat means there is only a top coat that grows all over the body with no different undercoat, examples of breeds with a single coat would be Shih-Tzu’s, poodles, bichons, pugs.  These breeds can be shaved without damaging the coat. They will be cooler, but be careful of sun exposure; they are prone to sunburn as well.

A Double coat means that there is both a top coat made of tougher guard hairs and a bottom or undercoat that is thick and soft.

Breeds with double coats such as Pomeranians, Shetland sheep dogs, Collies, Huskies and Samoyeds should never be shaved.  Their top coat protects them and keeps them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Shaving also damages the coat; this increases the risk of the coat never growing back properly.

These double coated dogs need to have a process done called de-shedding.  The coat becomes impacted and air cannot circulate between the skin and the top coat.

This airflow keeps the dog cool and the top coat protects from the sun.

Ask your groomer about our de-shedding packages available. 

Central Houston Now Requires Influenza Vaccine, the What and Why.

                                          

In light of recent events beginning June 28, 2017 Central Houston Animal Hospital will now require Influenza vaccination for pets that will be at our facility.

Here is a letter from our Chief of Staff:

Due to the recent outbreak of cases of H3N2, canine influenza, seen in Georgia and Florida, we at Central Houston Animal Hospital feel that it is in the best interest of our canine population to require the influenza vaccine on any dogs boarding or being groomed at our hospital.  This is an annual vaccination which requires a booster 3 weeks after the first vaccine your dog receives. We are recommending all dogs that are in contact with other dogs frequently, such as with boarding, grooming, doggy day care and dog parks, receive this vaccine.  After June 28th, we will require it here at CHAH for any dogs staying with us for the day or longer. We want to keep your pets as healthy as we can!

Thank you so much for your trust in us! Please let me know if you have any questions.

 
Sincerely,
Dr. Lucy Faulkner

Click on the link to get more information on the confirmed cases, and how to proceed:

http://hospitals.vetmed.ufl.edu/canine-influenza/

Click the link to see our facebook post:

https://www.facebook.com/CentralHoustonAnimalHospital/posts/1621684411177230

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a serious bacterial infection that can be transmitted to pets by contaminated standing water and is a definite concern in Houston and surrounding areas. I recently treated my very good friends dog which required days of hospitalization and a stay at  a 24 hour hospital.  It is a zoonotic disease which means humans can contract this bacteria from their pets.  It can cause serious and sometimes fatal damage to the liver and kidneys.  It is important that every dog receive an annual vaccine with the 4 serovars (types) most likely to cause disease.  If your dog has never had this vaccine before, we recommend getting it soon and boostering 3 weeks later. 

The newer technology has made these vaccines safer and reactions much less common than were seen 10 years ago. 

If you have any questions, please give us a call and we would be happy to answer them!
Lucy Faulkner, DVM
Central Houston Animal Hospital

Microchip Special

Microchip Special

It is our goal at Central Houston Animal Hospital to make sure every pet we see has a microchip.  Microchips can often be the only way we have to identify a "found" animal and it is sooooo important to check that your pet has one and that the registration is up to date.  Houston has a severe pet overpopulation problem and our shelters are overrun.  Microchipping is a way to insure that your beloved animal doesn't get lost in the crowd.

We are offering microchips at a discounted rate for the month of May--$25 per chip and no office visit required unless your pet has an issue you are concerned about.  Microchips are easy to place and the process is virtually painless for your dog or cat.  It does not require sedation and is similar to receiving a vaccination.

Please come by today and we will check your pet free of charge to make sure he/she has a readable chip.

Thank you!
Dr. Lucy Faulkner

 

Click below to watch an actual microchip procedure...

 

 

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