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Hazardous Weather Prep & Hospital Hours

 

Greetings!

Here in Houston we are unfortunately under watch for a natural disaster; Tropical storm Harvey.

Whilst we are under cautionary advisement we would like to inform you that Central Houston Animal Hospital will be closed Saturday August 26, 2017 & Monday August 28, 2017.  We do have incredible staff members that will be staying here overnight and over the weekend to ensure all the animals currently staying here are safe and happy.

We are planning to be open for regular business hours on Tuesday August 29, 2017 (7a - 6p). However due to the current forecast this is tentative at best. If you have an appointment, surgical procedure or drop-off scheduled for Saturday or Monday August 28, 2017. PLEASE call us prior to your visit to ensure that we are present.

*IF YOUR PET IS IN NEED OF MEDICATION PLEASE CALL US IMMEDIATELY SO THAT WE MAY FILL THIS*

Above all, we want you and your pets to be happy, healthy and most of all safe! So we offer these flood preparedness tips for you in the following days:

If you live in an area that is prone to certain natural disasters, such as floods, you should plan accordingly.

  • Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear or hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
  • Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms and basements as safe zones
  • Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
  • In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.

Step 1: Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact us for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 2: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain their name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • Micro-chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
    • Pet first-aid kit (ask your vet what to include).
    • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
    • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
    • Litter or paper toweling
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
    • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
    • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires.
    • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet.
    • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet.
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
    • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
    • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

In the event of an emergency- Gulf Coast Urgent Care will be open weather permitting:

1111 West Loop S Ste 200
Houston, TX 77027
713-693-1100

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time, please stay safe and we will see you soon!

Best regards,

The Staff of Central Houston Animal Hospital

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

 

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