tips for traveling with pets by car and plane

Pet Travel Safety Tips

Summer is upon us, and with that many people are traveling for vacation. Many times our furry friends get to come along with us. Whether you are traveling by car or plane, here are some tips to make sure the trip goes smoothly. Car Trip Tips Heat – The first thing to remember about car…

which pet insurance plan to choose

How to Choose a Pet Insurance Package

Pet Insurance has been around for a long time now, but it seems that many people don’t know about it. Insurance can be a great thing for your pet and your wallet, especially when it comes to emergencies. It can help cover the cost of those unseen circumstances, (say, for instance, your dog swallows a…

microchipping your dog or cat

Why Your Pet Should Be Microchipped

If you have not had your pet microchipped then you should strongly consider doing so. If you have had your pet microchipped then make certain the registration is up to date with your most current contact information. Our animal clinic is located in the Dallas area and the majority of our residents are quite good…

food allergy trial for dogs and cats

Food Allergy Trials for Dogs & Cats

Highlights It makes no difference if your dog has eaten the same food for the last 10 years. That does NOT stop them from developing food allergies (learn more about the 3 common allergies in pets). It tends to be the animal protein source that causes the allergy. Less commonly the carbohydrate sources can be…

flea myths and facts for dogs and cats

8 Flea Myths & Facts

Welcome to flea season. Fleas become more active as the weather gets warmer. They are the true meaning of the word pest and can be a real problem to get rid of. Here are some flea control myths, as well as tips to get rid of them. Myth 1: If I don’t see fleas, that…

how to get rid of fleas at home

6 Steps to Getting Rid of Fleas

1. Identify All the “Flea Hot Spots” Which will be your pet’s favorite resting and sleeping areas. Be careful to notice ALL the places your pets rest. If you do not treat them all then you will NOT gain control of the environmental infestation. Pay close attention to cats’ resting areas especially, which are often…

how to control fleas in dogs and cats

Flea Control for Dogs & Cats

Environmental Flea Control With a proper understanding of the flea life cycle and the types of flea control products available, you CAN win the fight against a flea infestation. When you see significant numbers of fleas on your pets then you are already BEHIND in the management of these parasites. If all your flea control…

ear infection symptoms causes and treatment for dogs and cats

Ear Infections in Dogs & Cats | Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Ear infections are very common in pets, especially in dogs. The ears become very itchy and painful, and the pet will scratch at the ears and shake their head excessively. If they have long ears, it may sound like a helicopter is landing on your house (we affectionately call my dog Chopper Sam). Ear infections…

cystitis symptoms causes and treatment for dogs and cats

Cystitis in Dogs and Cats | Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What is Cystitis? Cystitis means inflammation in the bladder. This inflammation makes the pet uncomfortable, and they feel like they have to go RIGHT NOW. This often leads to the most common sign of cystitis: urinary accidents. Symptoms The “right now” feeling means the pet does not think it can make it to the backyard…

common pet allergies in dogs and cats

3 Common Pet Allergies

Allergies There are 3 main allergies that dogs and cats are affected by: Flea allergies Food allergies Pollen allergies (inhaled and topical allergens that include dust and molds, also called Atopy) Allergic animals generally have an “itch threshold”. Once their allergic stimulants cross that threshold, then they itch, scratch, chew and break out with secondary…