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

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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Why Does My Pet Eat Other Animal Poop?

Question MarkAs pet owners, we’re always surprised by their personalities, habits and strange behaviors. But perhaps the most odd on our “Why do you DO that?” list is our pets’ habits of eating other animal poop. Yep – you can think AND say it: “Ewww.” But despite its “That’s so gross!” factor, there are reasons pets eat animal poop! Continue reading

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

With the holidays approaching and people looking for the “perfect gifts” for their friends and family members, it’s not uncommon for pets to become new additions to households. And why wouldn’t they? Pets give us unconditional love, loyalty and companionship that few humans can measure up too. So in the spirit of perfect gifts, here are some very important things to consider before you adopt or purchase a pet for you, or as a gift for someone else. Continue reading

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Dog for the Dog Flu

DogFluJust like their humans, dogs are susceptible to foreign contaminants, bacterial infections and viruses. And with increased travel, more viruses than ever are making their way into both human – and canine – bodies.

In addition to multiple strains of Kennel Cough, the Canine Influenza virus, or “Dog Flu,” is popping up all over the place and has been diagnosed in dogs in more than 30 states since 2003. Unfortunately, because the H3N8 Dog Flu is a relatively “new” virus, dogs haven’t yet developed the ability to build antibodies and immunity. Continue reading