Longenbaugh Veterinary Hospital 's
(an animal clinic in NW Houston)
We have concerns about low cost parking lot vaccination clinics. Standing in a line with an unvaccinated puppy with people whose pets may or may not be healthy is not a good idea. Standing out in the heat with your pet is never a good idea. Here are some questions you should ask when having your pet vaccinated. Is a veterinarian going to do an exam on your pet to make sure it is healthy? Vaccinating a sick pet can cause serious problems. Are the vaccines being stored at the right temperature or are they kept in a cooler all day with no one monitoring at what temperature they are being kept. Vaccines kept at the wrong temperature can lose their effectiveness. Where did they purchase these vaccines? Hopefully from the original manufacturer. Your pet’s record should reflect the vaccine serial number, expiration date, and manufacturer’s name. Do you get a copy of these records with all this information? You should! If your pet becomes ill with a disease it was vaccinated against and you don’t have this information and that parking lot clinic isn’t there what should you do? Please ask before you have your pet vaccinated. Do they use a new sterile needle and syringe per vaccine? Needles dull with each use. Many clinics reuse needles and syringes after they sterilize them. We don’t recommend this. If your pet has a reaction to a vaccine, please remember these parking lot clinics are just shot clinics. They do not treat for vaccine reactions. Please make sure you are getting quality care for your pet.
Alert!!!! Beware of HEAT!!! In hot and humid weather conditions a pet can over heat and suffer a heat stroke in a very short amount of time. Find more information about heat stress at www.longenbaughvet.com.
We had an unusually warm winter, therefore, we expect fleas to be particularly bad this spring. Act now to avoid a flea infestation by giving your pets a monthly flea and tick preventative. We have already seen many pets with skin problems due to fleas. We now have our on-line pharmacy that you can access at www.longenbaughvet.com. Nexgard is a tasty chewable treat that dogs love and a great flea and tick product.
Remember these flea facts: One female flea lays 50 eggs a day. They bite children and adults just as they do pets. Fleas don't care if they get food from a pet or a human, they love the blood of both and they feed off their hosts for 5 minutes. Houston has fleas all year long. A flea that finds its way to your pet or you, may have fed on the blood of a raccoon, opossum or even a rat. Now if that flea bites you or a pet, it can spread the same disease the rat or other animal was carrying. Fleas are the hosts of tapeworms, and dogs and cats that eat these fleas will get tapeworms. In a typical room, 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets, 10 percent flea cocoons in the carpets, 35 percent flea larvae and 50 percent flea eggs, again in the carpets. Monthly flea treatment is a necessity.
Dr. Keadle understands the emotional impact on a family when they must make the decision to euthanize their pet. We do offer in-home euthanasia services. Please call us if you would like more information.
Please remember that not all dogs are good dog park dogs! Seldom is there anyone at a dog park to enforce the posted rules. Unfortunately, the rule breakers tend to be the people with aggressive dogs. We treat the dogs that get attacked and what we see can break your heart. Please be very careful when visiting a dog park.
This is worth repeating! Do you know that heartworm preventative works by killing larvae that have infected your dog during the PREVIOUS 30 DAYS? Your pet is not protected for the next 30 days, but the preventative kills the larvae from the previous 30 days. Find out how the preventative really works, why your pet needs a yearly heartworm test, and why not all veterinarians have the same policy. Find more information at www.longenbaughvet.com.
Get ready for thunderstorms and hurricanes! Ask us about our Springtime Microchip Special! $37.00 for microchip and that includes the $19.99 registration with HomeAgain and we register your pet for you!!! Check out our website for more information about Micro-chipping/ Hurricane Preparedness.