Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rabies is all around us in North Texas!

Please find attached the Texas Department of State Health Services, Region 2/3, Animal Rabies report for January through March 2016.

There were 38 laboratory confirmed positive animal rabies cases reported between January through March, 2016.

Of these 38 cases, there were 35 skunks, two cats and one dog reported.

For more information on Rabies prevention please go to http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Zoonosis control website is currently not available. If you have questions about rabies virus prevention, control or questions about other zoonotic disease, please call 817-264-4920.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Dryer Sheets Being Removed from Kitty

Check out our video on YouTube!  The doctors used our endoscope to see if there was an obstruction or problem with a kitty that presented with vomiting and lethargy.  

What we found when we put the scope in was pretty exciting!

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a oet's digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of their digestive tract on a color TV monitor.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pet visitation in progress

Pet visitation at hospitals is so therapeutic. There are many benefits to snuggling a pet - lower blood pressure and lower stress included. 

Consider bringing your pet to hospitals or retirement homes to visit with patients. 


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Cute kitty boarders

Hannah enjoying rubbing her head on anything she could find. 

Nova wanting to be up close and personal with the camera 

Allison snuggling in her hammock watching the fish 

Sally scarfing down her food and meds on the bird view window side. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Does Your Vet Practice Fear-Free Handling?

Animal Hospital of Rowlett was an early adopter of the "fear free movement". We've always used low stress handling techniques and methods to ensure our patients have the best experience possible when they come to our office. We have the opposite of a "get 'er done" attitude - it's not about quantity, but rather quality.

Here is a video of us working with a timid young patient of ours to ensure that she has a happy visit to our clinic. Any stressors as a young patient can make our break how they are able to be handled in the future. While we could just "hold her and vaccinate", we instead want to teach her that we are gentle and loving and will not hurt her. We allow her several minutes to get acclimated while in our treatment area. We give her treats and cheese, pats and sweet talk.

You can visibly see her relax as the video progresses and you'll notice she wags her tail throughout vaccinations. This is just a little something extra - a promise from us that we will always take it slow and give your pet the best experience possible. You're always welcome to be present for vaccinations and we can do the same thing with you in an exam room, though some patients are less protective away from mom and dad.

Thanks for trusting us with your baby! Come see/feel the AHR difference!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Travel Anxiety

Does your dog or cat get stressed out by car rides or trips to the vet's office?  At best the anxiety they feel in the car or hospital is unpleasant.  At worst, it can create a potentially dangerous situation for pet owners and veterinary staff alike.  Anxious or fearful pets can bite or scratch owners or staff members, even though they might never do this at home. 

The good news is there are things we can do.   We already have several methods of stress reduction in operation at the Animal Hospital of Rowlett, such as DAP and Feliway diffusers in all exam rooms that release comforting pheromones specific to species.  There is music in all exam rooms to block out background noise from other dogs, cats or people.  The dog and cat areas are on separate sides of the lobby, and the cat lobby is enclosed to further isolate cats from dogs.  The entrances for cats and dogs are separated.  The hospitalization areas for dogs and cats are separated as well.  We provide lots of treats to distract the food motivated pets from things like nail trims and vaccines.  We provide cats with thick soft blankets to lay on or hide in.  Sometimes, however, these things are not enough. 

The dogs and cats that are not comforted adequately by routine stress reduction methods need additional measures.  It's important to realize that not one size fits all when it comes to optimizing things for stress reduction, and it can take time and multiple visits to desensitize the pet to traveling or being at the vet's office.  We should never force anxious pets to accept procedures or restraint that obviously scares them.  It all the pet can handle is one vaccines without excessive restraint, we should try to perform other services at another time, if possible.   Some pets just need several visits where nothing happens except scritches and treats to relax.  Some pets need to have their visits only when it's quiet and calm in the building.  For cats, using crates that are left out all the times as beds at home can provide them some comfort.  Sleepypods are crates where the top half of the crates can be removed to be a comfy pet bed.  Cats, in general, do better in smaller crates, rather than large roomy crates.  Some pets do better with their housemates, some do better without.  Pets are frequently far more relaxed after exercise. So, play or walking prior to visits can help. 

In the car, motion sickness and pain should be addressed if present.  Many dogs suffer from motion sickness.  Most don't actually vomit.  Some may drool excessively.  A test dose of Cerenia can help determine if car anxiety is related to motion sickness.  Older dogs can be reluctant to get in cars if it aggravates osteoarthritis.  Pain control prior to getting in the car may help sort this out. 

Some dogs and cats are so stressed, that they need antianxiety medication to learn to accept the car or the hospital.  There isn't one medication that is perfect for every dog or cat, and the optimum dose may take some time to figure out.  We recommend that pet owners give their dog or cat a test dose of the antianxiety medication and then try to come to the hospital.  It will be readily apparent whether the dose given is enough.  If it's not, the pet goes right back home with nothing bad happening and the dose is increased by the veterinarian.  The process is repeated until a dose is given that provides enough anxiety relief that the pet can be handled without excessive fear.  The multiple trips while figuring out the dose also helps to desensitive. 

If your pet is overly stressed about cars or vet visits, we can help come up with a desensitization program to make it a much better experience.  Please contact us at 972-412-0101 to discuss a protocol that fits your pet's specific needs.

Animal Hospital of Rowlett