Fleas live on your pet's body. Dogs and cats can get fleas from their mother (when they are young), from another dog, or from their environment. When infected, your pet might bite or scratch himself frequently. Severe allergic reactions from flea bites can include Flea Allergic Dermatitis, which can show up as encrusted lesions on the skin. Not only can fleas cause dermatitis, but they can also transmit diseases to other animals and humans, such as tapeworm.
If your pet has fleas, it is important to treat both your pet and his environment. Flea season can last several months and there are several ways to combat fleas. From washing your pet's bedding and deep cleaning, to utilizing a treatment and preventative that is veterinarian approved, you can help your dog or cat to get relief from fleas.
Pets are most likely to pick up ticks in wooded area in the summer and spring. Bites from certain types of ticks can cause irritation and infection at the point where the tick attaches to the pet's skin and can transmit diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Tick infestations can lead to anemia, weight loss, paralysis, and even death.
Parasite prevention products for fleas and ticks, like Bravecto, can work effectively to eliminate pests living on your dog or cat within hours. We recommend partnering with your veterinarian to determine the best course of treatment for your pet.
Mange Mites & Ear Mites
Mange mites are tiny organisms not visible to the naked eye. They live on your pet's skin or in hair follicles and they lay their eggs under the skin. As your pet scratches and rubs, the skin becomes dry and thickened leading to hair loss and hardened crusty patches. It is highly contagious to both animals and humans and must be treated by a veterinarian promptly.
Ear mites will cause your pet to scratch their ears or shake their head. You can tell if your pet has ear mites by checking the ears for dark earwas or specks resembling dried blood or coffee grounds. Ear mites can cause ear infections and are also highly contagious to other animals. Treatment will require veterinary care.
Ringworm is caused by a fungus and will appear on your dog's or cat's skin as round, bare patches on the skin. If your pet has ringworm, avoid contact with other animals as ringworm is highly contagious and can be transmitted to other animals and humans. Your veterinarian can treat ringworm with medication.
Seeking Veterinary Care
Even the best cared pet can get ill from time-to-time. Changes in behavior can be early indicators of illness. If your dog or cat exhibits changes, or other unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian for guidance and care:
Do you live in Cypress, Tx or the surrounding areas? We are happy to help! Give us a call at 281-970-0601 or make an appointment conveniently online.
Thank you for your continued support during these unprecedented times. Your unconditional support has been a blessing and meant everything to our family and our staff! We will continue to inform you of changes via email and through our social media pages.
NEW HOURS OF OPERATION
Starting May 4th, our hours of operation will change to the following:
Mon: 7:30am - 6pm
Tues: 7:30am - 6pm
Wed: 7:30am - 6pm
Thurs: 7:30am - 12pm
Fri: 7:30am - 6pm
Sat: 8:00am - 12pm (by appointment only until further notice)
EMERGENCY SERVICES UPDATE
We have been thankful to partner with Blue Pearl for after hours emergeny care. At this time, Blue Pearl will not be open to see patients. We have taken time and careful consideration to select a new facility to partner with in order for our patients to receive the same level of attention and care they deserve. Moving forward, we will be partnering with ANIMAL ER of NORTHWEST HOUSTON, located on 27104 HWY 290 in Cypress.
As the state lifts some of the COVID-19 restrictions, some people have cheered sighs of relief to be able to return to work, yet some are still hesitant to go out and are incredibly nervous. This is a sensitive time and we know that. Please be assured that we understand the importance of making sure your beloved pet receives the care they need with giving you all the peace of mind that we will continue to take every precaution to reduce the risk of spread to our clients and staff.
If you have any concerns, you may contact us by phone, email, or through our social media channels.
We thank you for your patience and all the love. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may do so by calling 281-970-0601 or going online. Please continue supporting local businesses and thank you for trusting us with your pet's care.
Dr. Rusty Tracy, Dr. Tanner Tracy, and the Tracy Animal Hospital Staff
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Have you ever wondered what a heartworm is or how it affects your pet's health? Heartworms are parasites transmitted by mosquitoes that attack a dog's lungs, heart, vascular system, and other organs. Heartworm disease caused by these heartworms can be devastating to a dog's health, and even fatal, if not caught and treated early.
Symptoms of Heartworm Disease
Signs of heartworm disease may include:
Dogs with large numbers of heartworms can develop a sudden blockage of blood flow within the heart leading to a life-threatening form of cardiovascular collapse. Without prompt heartworm treatment, few dogs survive.
The Cost of Treating Heartworm Disease
The cost of heartworm prevention ranges from $5-$15 per month. Compare this to the cost of treating heartworm which can range from $400-$1000. Treatment can also entail injections and oftentimes, hospitalization of your pet is required.
While heartworm medication is highly effective, i'ts not 100% effective. This is why we encourage our clients to bring their dogs in yearly to get tested.
We recommend following the American Heartworm Association's counsel that you give your dog their heartworm preventative medicine 12 months a year and bring them in every 12 months for their heartworm test.
If you've noticed any of these symptoms in your pet, contact your veterinarian right away. If you live in the Cypress, Northwest Houston, Spring, or Tomball area, call us at 281-970-0601 to schedule your dog's heartworm test right away.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. We look forward to sharing time with family and friends, decorating, eating extra special dishes, enjoying holiday music and festivities. Many people include their pets in the festivities as well! There are a just a few precautions that pet parents need to take to keep their pet's safe this holiday season. Dr. Rusty Tracy, D.V.M. lists the 5 most common things to watch out for.
Human foods that are high in fat can be especially harmful to your pets. Since dogs and cats are accustomed to normal to low fat diets, ingesting fatty foods can cause weakness and pain as well as severe stomach upset including throwing up, diarrhea, and severe pancreatitis which is potentially life-threatening. If your pet exhibits several of these symptoms repeatedly, contact your veterinarian right away. Avoid giving your dog ham, fatty table scraps and left overs, and dark turkey meat.
Bones & Other Choking Hazards
Ham bones & turkey bones are choking hazards for your pet. While you may not be directly giving your pet leftovers or bones, many dogs and cats get into the trash. For this reason we recommend that you take your trash out quickly. During this time of year we see an increase in dogs coming in for foreign body removals of disposable plates, silverware, or other items that had food remnants on them.
Chocolates & Sweets
Candy, chocolate, and other sweets that contain xylitol can be toxic for both dogs and cats. Xylitol is just a sugar substitute found in some sugar-free candies, gum and recipes. When ingested by pets, xylitol may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure. Make sure that you put your sweets far out of reach from your pets.
Certain foods like nuts & raisins can also cause stomach upset for your pets. In high quantities, these can be toxic. Keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food. It's also okay to set some house rules for your guests and ask your them to not feed your pets.
Tinsel & Holiday Decorations
Cats are notorious for eating tinsel. This sparkling decoration attracts cats like nothing else, so it's best to use a different decoration for your tree. Tinsel is thin and sharp and can easily wrap itself around the intestines or ball up in the stomach once ingested. Dr. Tracy has had to do several surgeries to remove balls of tinsel from cat intestines. Lights are another thing to watch out for.
Dr. Rusty Tracy states, "You've got to watch out for cats getting up into the tree and electrocuting themselves. They like to chew on those lights! You don't have to get rid of all your decorations; it's just a time of year to be cautious."
Be mindful of where you place your electrical outlets, and if possible, keep them out of reach from your pet.
What To Do If Your Pet Is Ill
If you suspect your pet is ill, contact your veterinarian right away. If you are in Cypress, Texas or the surrounding areas, you can call us at 281-970-0601. Dr. Rusty Tracy, Dr. Tanner Tracy, and the staff at Tracy Animal Hospital are here to help. For after hours help, we recommend contacting BluePearl Veterinary Partners.
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