Our pets can get Heart Disease, too!

IAH Pet HeartsIn honor of American Heart Month, we wanted to remind our readers that Heart Disease not only affects people, but our pets, too. In fact, Heart Disease is common in dogs and cats and illnesses are either acquired – due to age, infection, and normal wear and tear on the heart – or they develop them from genetic disposition. Continue reading

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The undeniable importance of spaying and neutering pets

IAH SpayNeuter DogCatSpaying and neutering your pet is one of the most highly recommended and proactive steps pet owners should take to help control the unwanted pet population. According to the ASPCA, approximately 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are humanely euthanized every year simply because shelters cannot find homes for them. But are you aware pet sterilization provides multiple health benefits, too?

What is Spaying and Neutering?

Spaying and neutering refers to the surgical removal of the reproductive organs of your pet. Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus of your female pet; and neutering is the removal of the testicles of your male pet. The process involves minimal hospitalization time – in fact, pets are usually in and out of your veterinary clinic the same day!

1. Spaying and neutering reduces the unwanted pet population

Spaying and neutering your cat or dog helps control the number of unwanted pets in already overcrowded shelters. Each year, millions of unwanted cats and dogs suffer from horrible lives as strays or are euthanized in shelters. Spaying and neutering also controls unwanted litters and added stress mother animals.

2. Spaying and neutering help reduce Cancers

Spaying and neutering your cat or dog drastically reduces your pet’s likelihood of developing cancer later in their lives. In fact, having your female kitten spayed before her first heat cycle virtually eliminates the threat of mammary tumors and Ovarian and Uterine cancers. In males, neutering before six months of age actually prevents pet testicular cancer!

3. Spaying and neutering eliminates roaming, spraying and marking

Having pets spayed or neutered helps prevent female “marking” and male “spraying” around your home. In addition, typical “roaming” behaviors exhibited by males searching for females in heat are subdued, which results in fewer vehicle accidents and lost pets.

We’ve highlighted only a few benefits of spaying and neutering your pets. Have a question or comment? Please share with us below! And don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and “follow” our blog to get new posts delivered right to your inbox!

How do I care for a pregnant pet?

IAH-mother-and-kittenAhhh, babies! Puppies and kittens sure are sweet, aren’t they? And while it’s tempting to want to be surrounded by them, please remember prompt spaying and neutering of adult pets reduces the number of unwanted and surrendered pet babies, and reduces adult health issues later in life, too. But, if you find yourself caring for a pregnant pet, read on for important tips. Continue reading

January Vaccination Spotlight: Rabies

IAH Rabies AwarenessVaccinating pets for the Rabies virus is one of the most critical and proactive measures you can take to maintain the health and safety of your pet, family members and extended community. Rabies is a very contagious disease that can affect both domestic and wild animals as well as humans. Continue reading

Why does my cat vomit so much?

Sick KittyYou’ve probably seen – and heard – it before. The awful hacking sounds of a vomiting cat. And while a vomiting cat is not necessarily “normal,” cats do have sensitive tummies and this behavior is relatively common. But aside from the occasional hairball or a bad meal, your cat’s vomiting frequency should be minimized. However, here are some common vomiting causes and signs to watch out for: Continue reading

The Benefits of Microchipping Pets

lost dog imagePets are our best friends – they provide us hours of daily joy, unconditional love and lots of laughter with the silly things they do. Unfortunately, millions of pets are lost every year! To help reduce the chance your pet is permanently lost, we strongly recommend micro-chipping and offer the process right here at the clinic!

Why should I microchip my pet?

Traditional pet IDs – such as metal/plastic engraved tags – need to be replaced regularly and often fall off your pet’s collar, which makes it incredibly difficult to reunite lost pets with their owners. Pet microchips are permanent digital identification chips that send out signals recognized by pet ID scanners. One of the first steps animal shelters take when evaluating recovered pets is scanning for microchips! If one is discovered, shelters contact the chip manufacturer – or you directly – to arrange pet retrieval.

Will a microchip hurt my pet?

Pet microchips are small – about the size of a grain of rice. However, the chip must be inserted via a needle, so the process does pinch and can cause slight pain to your pet. While it’s quick – similar to a vaccination – it’s tricky to keep your pet in position. So we often recommend microchip insertion during scheduled surgeries – such as during spaying or neutering – which eliminates unnecessary pain and ensures proper chip insertion.

How much does it cost to microchip my pet?

Pet micro-chipping costs vary, but usually it’s a one-time office visit/procedure cost followed by a yearly membership or registration fees. Depending on the chip manufacturer, costs fall between $15 and $35.

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