Flea Control on Your Pet?
A mistake seen all too often is the “more is better” approach that some people take when using flea products.
More is NOT better when it comes to chemicals or medications! Following package directions is essential when using over-the-counter products and medications. Only buy products that are labeled for use on the species you will be using them on (dog, cat, etc.). Cats, in particular, are very sensitive to drugs and chemicals – be sure to read all labels carefully.
My dog's nose is dry. Is he sick?
The “warm nose myth” has many pet owners feeling that their pet has a fever (or otherwise sick) if the nose is warm and dry.
A dog’s (or cat’s) nose may be very wet and cool one moment then be warmer and not-so-moist the next. All in the course of a day. All perfectly normal.
Changes in texture (crusty, flaky) and color (loss of pigmentation) of a pet’s nose should be looked at by your veterinarian. A prolonged dry, cracked nose, particularly with the loss of pigmentation, scabs or open sores should be examined by your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
An ill animal will often have a warm, dry nose in addition to other symptoms, such as lethargy, decreased or absent appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and so on. In the absence of other physical signs, there is a host of dermatological (skin) problems that can be seen in this area, such as Pemphigus Foliaceus.
10 Things People Do That Dogs Can't Stand
- Getting in a Dog’s Face and Personal Space
- Not Letting a Dog Sniff and Explore on Walks
- Lack of Routine and Rules
- Yelling and Harsh Punishment
- Dressing Them Up
- Strong Fragrances
- Being Left Alone or Ignored
- Forcing Them Into Uncomfortable Situations
- Being Upset
Is it really necessary to bring my dog and/or cat in for a yearly comprehensive exam?
Comprehensive examinations are recommended AT LEAST annually to check for health issues that may not be apparent to owners. During a comprehensive examination the veterinarian will examine your pet’s eyes, ears, skin and hair coat, listen to their heart, and discuss any concerns you may have.
When do I switch from puppy/kitten food to adult food?
Switching a puppy or kitten to adult food too early can cause obesity and gastro-intestinal issues. We recommend switching to adult dog or cat food between 10-12 months.
Where do I take my pet in case of emergency?
If there is an emergency during business hours, simply call our closest location ahead of time so we know what to expect and bring your pet in. If there is an emergency after hours, please take your pet to the North Houston Veterinary Specialist and 24 hour emergency clinic. Click here for a map to their location.
How often do I need to bathe my dog?
If no skin condition is present, you can bathe your dog every 4-6 weeks.
We just found a stray pet. What should we do?
Check the pet for collar/tags. If none present, feel free to drop by one of our offices to check the pet for a microchip. If no microchip is present, it is recommended that the pet be kept safe while you look for signs in the area found and post on/check websites such as woodlands online, Montgomery Country Animal Shelter, and Pet Harbor for lost pet listings that meet the description.
Do I need an appointment for my pet to see a veterinarian?
We see patients by appointment. Walk-in appointments are welcome, but kindly asked to wait until a time becomes available. Emergencies take priority, but a call ahead of time is appreciated to ensure we are equipped to management your pets needs immediately on arrival.