To Our Dear Clients,
Over the last few days, our clinic took in about 2 feet of water. We're thankful that we were able to evacuate our patients and get them home to their owners, and we're thankful that our staff and their families are safe. But due to the damage sustained, our practice will be closed throughout the rest of this week and possibly the next. We will keep everyone posted and will be working our best to be able to open our doors again in order to help our beloved patients.
If your pet needs medical attention, consider these two practices for their care:
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
Routine Exam & Vaccination
Grant Road Animal Clinic
We are heartbroken to know that many people and friends in our community have lost so much, but are encouraged by the love and support we see all around us! We feel blessed to be part of this community and will continue to do our best and work hard to help rebuild. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dr. Rusty Tracy
Did you know that cancer is not just a human condition? It affects our pets as well. In fact, cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Just like with humans, the sooner the cancer is found the better. During a comprehensive exam, one of the main things we look for are lumps and bumps.
There are few things that will startle you more than discovering a lump or bump on your dog or cat. You may be snuggling or petting your pet to find that there is something there that wasn't there before. Now, not all lumps and bumps on or under your dog or cat’s skin will be cancerous, but there is no way to know for sure without getting your veterinarian involved – this is especially important if the lump is not resolving itself or is growing in size.
Many times the lumps can be “lipomas”, or fat deposits under the skin. They are soft, rounded, non-painful masses, and usually present just under the skin. They are common and usually present no problems. However, A needle aspirate is commonly done and a veterinarian can let you know if the cells are cancerous or not.
In most cases, lipomas do not have to be removed. However, there are occasions tumors grow to a very large size, or are in a location that is causing a pet an issue. In those cases, surgical removal may be recommended.
Types of Lumps and Bumps
Cysts, warts, infected hair follicles, hematomas (blood blisters) and others do cause concern and can create discomfort for the dog, though non-cancerous lumps have less health impact than cancerous growths.
Cancerous growths on dogs can be either malignant or benign. Malignant lumps tend to spread rapidly and can metastasize to other areas of the body. Benign growths tend to stay in the place of origin and do not metastasize; however they can grow quite large, and become difficult to remove (see such an example of inoperable tumor pictured on the right).
How is this diagnosed?
For superficial or subcutaneous lumps, a needle aspirate can be done. In some cases, further diagnostics are needed to determine if a mass has metastisized. Your pet may require ultrasound, CT scan, or radiographs.
Treatment can range from surgical removal to referral to a specialist for chemotherapy and radiation. Sadly, there are times where removal of a limb is necessary if the tumor is aggressive. Your veterinarian will be able to speak with you about the best option of care for your pet.
Take a good surface inventory of your dog or cat today, and take your pet to the veterinarian every year for their physical check- up. Your veterinarian is looking for many things, lumps or bumps just being one of many. If you are in Cypress, Texas, come visit our practice. New clients will get a free comprehensive exam for their pet! Give us a call at 281-970-0601.
What You Need To Know About Canine Influenza
There are many causes of Kennel Cough, both bacterial and viral. As of right now, there are 2 cases of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in Spring, TX. Know the facts and bring your pet to get treatment right away if you see symptoms of CIV.
Here is the story from Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Spring:
"There has been a report of an influenza outbreak in the Southeastern U.S. in the last couple of weeks at large dog shows in Florida and Georgia. It is believed to be the H3N2 variety previously thought to originate in Asia. Some of these dogs traveled from all over the country, so it is feasible that you could see cases.
We currently are treating 2 confirmed cases of influenza in our Spring hospital, and both of these cases were exposed to the Perry, Ga outbreak...."
What is CIV?
CIV is one of the viral causes of kennel cough. It is a highly contagious respiratory disease that has affected thousands of dogs in the US. Because it is a relatively new virus, the majority of dogs have not been exposed to it before.
How is CIV spread?
Dogs of any age, breed and vaccine status are susceptible to this infection. CIV is easily transmitted between dogs through a combination of aerosols, droplets and direct contact with respiratory secretions. The virus does not survive for a long time in the environment, so dogs usually get CIV when they are in close proximity to other infectious dogs.
What are the symptoms of CIV?
Most dogs will have minor symptoms, but some could develop a more severe illness. For this reason it is very important to take them to your veterinarian right away. Be on the look out for the following symptoms:
How do you treat CIV?
If diagnosed and quickly treated, the fatality rate is very low. It is incredibly important that dogs with CIV receive proper veterinary care right away. Treatment includes supportive care and appropriate treatment of secondary infections. While your dog works through the virus, we recommend a few of the following tips:
It can take 10-30 days for most dogs to fight the infection. During that time, secondary infections may develop that require antibiotics and sometimes hospitalization. While the CIV vaccines helps reduce clinical signs of infection, it cannot prevent your dog from getting CIV. If you are concerned that your dog has CIV, contact our clinic at 281-970-0601 or make an appointment conveniently online.
Spaying and neutering is safe and the only permanent, 100% effective birth control for dogs and cats. In addition to helping control pet over-population, spaying or neutering your pet helps reduces the risk of other health problems and prolongs the life of your beloved pet.
Spay & Neuter - Help to control pet overpopulation
Sadly, millions of unwanted pets are euthanized in shelters every year.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, five out of 10 dogs and seven out of 10 cats in shelters go un-adopted and are eventually destroyed. In most cases these dogs are not born on the street. Actually, one in four of these dogs are purebred and many are the offspring of cherished family pets.
How Spays & Neuters Can Prevent Hormone-Driven Diseases
How Spays & Neuters Can Help With Behavioral Issues
If you have any concerns or questions about spaying or neutering your pet, contact your veterinarian. Many practices utilize medication and special techniques to help minimize pain and discomfort for your pet, and can also help improve recovery time. Ready to book an appointment to get your pet spayed or neutered or have questions regarding pricing? Give us a call! 281-970-0601
Every year, thousands of pets are taken to their local vet across the country because they ingested regular household items that are poisonous to them. With Poison Prevention Week coming up, we want to take a few moments to highlights some of the toxins that could hurt your precious four-legged family member.
HOUSEHOLD POISONS WARNING
Every year many dogs and cats suffer or die from accidental ingestion of everyday household items.
Ordinary home items that are toxic for pets include potpourri oils, mothballs, homemade modeling dough, batteries, and pennies.
Cleaning products, such as fabric softener sheets and dishwashing detergent, are dangerous for animals.
Alcoholic drinks, coffee grounds, chocolate, sugar-free gum and treats sweetened with xylitol, and cigarettes, are all hazardous, too.
Prescription and over-the-counter medicines like painkillers, cold medicines, anti-depressants, vitamins and diet pills can be lethal in small doses.
CAT ASPIRIN TOXICITY
Although your veterinarian may sometimes recommend aspirin for what ails your pet, please know that it can be very toxic for cats.
The wrong dose or accidental ingestion of aspirin or aspirin products can cause serious gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory and bleeding problems.
Cats cannot metabolize aspirin as quickly as dogs so they are more susceptible to the effects. And young pets are more sensitive to aspirin toxicity than adult animals.
Always keep aspirin products away from pets and never administer aspirin to pets, unless instructed to by your veterinarian.
POISONOUS PLANTS WARNING
Many beautiful flowers and plants in our homes, yards and gardens are very dangerous for our pets.
If ingested, azaleas, oleander, sago palms and yew plants can be fatal to dogs and cats. Many types of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.
Cocoa mulch in the garden contains theobromine, the same chemical in chocolate that is toxic to dogs and can be deadly when ingested even in small quantities.
Poinsettias, apple seeds, buttercups, English ivy and about 700 other plants are identified as having varying degrees of toxicity for pets. Fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides and other pest control poisons can also cause severe illness.
OTHER DOG AND CAT POISONS
In addition to the items listed above, other things that can prove poisonous for dogs and cats can include chocolate, vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Vitamin D3, caffeine pills, glow sticks, and mouse and rat poison among others.
If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these items or other questionable substances, call the Pet Poison hotline or your veterinarian for assistance right away. Make sure you let them know the information from the container, package or label. Acting quickly could save the life of your pet.
If you are in Cypress, TX, give our animal hospital a call at 281-970-0601 to get your dog or cat in right away.