<![CDATA[V.E.T. Care Hospital - Blog]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:02:43 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[World rabies day!!]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:02:58 GMThttp://vetcarehosp.com/blog/world-rabies-day
Happy World Rabies Day!  Seems like a weird thing to celebrate, but the point is to keep people aware to protect themselves and their pets from the disease. We want you to be educated and know the facts about rabies....
Rabies in humans can cause headaches, fever, insomnia, anxiety, hallucinations. In then advances to partial paralysis and difficulty swallowing. Once these symptoms become apparent DEATH usually occurs within a few days.  
Your pet will exhibit slightly different symptoms than if you contracted the disease. Dogs develop signs  of rabies within 21 to 80 days after exposure and in pets the disease has two main forms: paralytic and furious. Lets go over both:
Paralytic form will cause your pet to hypersalivate, lose their ability to swallow, and may exhibit a dropped jaw.  When animals get this type of rabies , they typically remain nonaggressive and will not try to bite you. Once these signs appear, paralysis rapidly progresses through your pets 's body, almost immediately followed by coma and death!
Furious form is often what you think of when you think of rabies (hence picture above). These animals viciously attack without warning . Wild animals lose their fear of humans. A change is vocal tone will become apparent as well as an obvious change in temperament. 
WE CAN PREVENT THIS!!! Rabies vaccinations are required for dogs and cats. Pets should receive their first shot at 16 weeks old and then get boosters in either one or three year intervals depending on the vaccination. Call you us to prevent your pet from contracting this deadly disease! 
<![CDATA[revolution of social order in mr. whisker's house]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:51:46 GMThttp://vetcarehosp.com/blog/revolution-of-social-order-in-mr-whiskers-house
Somewhere between 74 to 96 million cats are pets all over the world. That is at least 1 out of every 3 households.  If you are one of those households, I am almost positive you have caught your kitty intensely staring at you (I feel like in the most awkward positions most of the times with my cats). Why must they make such fierce eye contact with us? What does kitty want?!?!? Is Mr. Whiskers trying to mind control me into feeding him more?
Mr. Whiskers has adapted not to blink so much which helps him with hunting down his prey. Not that you are your cat's prey, but that just what makes it seem so intense. Some believe, they are staring at you protectively, as a sign of the bond between you and your beloved cat.  A steady, soft gaze means that kitty is relaxed and feels safe.
Cats interpret staring as intimidation rivalry .  As a cat owner, we encourage you to slowly blink or wink your eyes to tell them that you are not a threat to them , they should not be alarmed by you, and they should not pounce you like prey. Cats actually prefer their owners to use their peripheral vision when looking their way instead of direct eye contact. 
Now in some rare cases, the appearance of incessant staring can indicate a problem. Severe staring can indicate a problem with your cat's kidneys, heart, or thyroid. If you think your cat's stare is more than just trying to make you fill their kitty bowl to the brim, make sure you contact us because there is that possibility it may be something more. 
Next time your cat wants to play the stare game, let Mr. Whiskers win and slowly look away. ;)

<![CDATA[Better teeth, better health]]>Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:08:39 GMThttp://vetcarehosp.com/blog/better-teeth-better-health
Everyone has had a toothache one time or another. Do you know that your pet can also be suffering  from the same? Four out of five pets over three years of age are suffering from some sort of periodontal disease caused by plaque buildup.  Periodontal disease in your pet's mouth can damage their internal organs and lead to major health issues if not treated, just like you and me! "Disease starts in the mouth," says Dr. Gibbs, " certain types of heart disease, kidney disease, liver complications, pancreatic diseases can all be tied to the mouth."
One of the best things a pet owner can do to insure overall health, is to routinely check their teeth, gums, and oral cavity. Be sure to be looking for any fowl looking or smelling characteristics. I know Fido's breath is not minty fresh to begin with, but I mean an unusual bad odor. Look for any loose teeth, tumors on the gums, cysts beneath their tongues, just anything that does not look right. Call the clinic and let them know what is going on, we can help you and your pet! 
The American Animal Hospital Association recommends you start cleaning your cat's and small to medium sized dog's teeth at 1 year old.  If you have a larger dog, regular teeth cleanings should start at 2 years of age. You can get your pet's regular dental check-ups, brushed, scaled and polished, or even teeth extracted right here at our clinic. Dr. Gibbs is trained in animal dental health as well as overall health.  
You can also be helping from home. We do have dental care at the clinic (veterinarian made and approved pet toothpaste) . Consult with Dr. Gibbs about the best way to keep your pet's  teeth, mouth, and overall health in tip top condition, 

<![CDATA[SIGNS OF AGING OR IS IT SOMETHING ELSE? ]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:23:00 GMThttp://vetcarehosp.com/blog/signs-of-aging-or-is-it-something-else
In the last month, I have learned about Cushing's disease. We had three dogs that tested positive for it in that short amount of time. Could your dog be suffering from Cushing's disease right now?
First off, what is Cushing's? This disease is a chronic excess of blood cortisol. The animal is being poisoned with too much cortisol and cannot rely on its own feedback mechanisms to regulate its blood cortisol level.  Cushing's disease is most common in middle aged and older dogs and cats!  People do not realize their pet is suffering from it because most of the signs can be easily mistaken as signs  of aging. 
So what signs exactly are we looking for? Dr. Gibbs  says that basic signs would be an increase or excessive water consumption. "A big thing is a potbelly and thin skin." This disease progresses slowly and studies show most pets have at least one symptom 1 to 6 years before it is diagnosed.  85% of pets suffering from Cushing's disease show an increase in water consumption. They could be drinking 2 to 10 times more H2O than normal. You may notice this even more if your previously housebroken pet is now having accident. Your pet may also show an increase in appetite, they become food aggressive, begging excessively, stealing food and rummaging threw the garbage. A sign that you would be more likely to see is the enlarged abdomen, your pet will look like it has a pot belly. Fat shifts to the abdomen area and muscle mass in this area begins to weaken.  Another sign you will be more likely to notice is the thin skin. It can become easily damaged and is slow to heal. 
Not to worry though, we are here to help! Nonsurgical treatment is the  most common practice of dealing with this disease! If you think you have noticed ANY of these symptoms in your pet, don't just attribute it to aging. Be sure to call us and tell us! We can help keep your furbaby stay around as long as possible. 
<![CDATA[National parks and recreation month... get your pup outdoors!]]>Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:15:22 GMThttp://vetcarehosp.com/blog/national-parks-and-recreation-month-get-your-pup-outdoorsJuly is National Parks and Recreation Month! Time to get your pup outdoors and soak up some rays. But where in Fort Worth can you take your dog to roam freely in the city without being leashed to you?

If you live on my side of town,
Z-Bonz Dog Park is the it-spot for all city dogs. Located on 6930 Camp Bowie Blvd, this dog park is actually two separate parks in one.  They have  the main dog park, where dogs of all sizes roam and they also have another area for dogs under 40 lbs. Z-Bonz is literally a great time for your entire family to get out for a few hours.  It includes a fairly large pond for swimming and to cool off in this Texas heat. If you are training your dog, this dog park also has  an agility area with ramps and tunnels. There are water fountains and doggie stations throughout the park .  If the mid-day heat is too much for you , you can enjoy this park at dusk or at dawn, when the temperature starts to "cool" off just a little.  Your dog must have its city license and rabies vaccine to attend this hot spot! When interacting with multiple dogs in a place like this, Dr. Gibbs STRONGLY recommends  your pooch be up to date on all vaccinations, to prevent any illness! Call me at the office, 817-294-9798, before heading out to make sure they are  safe to play! 

If the dog park is just too much for you, have you checked out the Trinity Trail? For those of you unfamiliar the trail is 40 miles of riverside walking, curving through the city and suburbs of Fort Worth. When you do venture out on the trail, there is one spot you must check out. At the River Oaks end of the trail is a hidden waterfall that flows into the Trinity River. It is the perfect spot to picnic, catch some rays, and let your pet cool off in the water! Be sure that before hitting the trail, your pooch is on flea/tick prevention and heartworm prevention. Not only are the bugs biting you, they are biting your dog, too. Stop at the clinic on your way there to make sure they are potected!
​P.S. That is mine and Ralph’s secret spot so enjoy it!

<![CDATA[love is in the air]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:13:36 GMThttp://vetcarehosp.com/blog/love-is-in-the-airPicture
Welcome to V.E.T. Care Hospital in Fort 
Worth, TX! Here are V.E.T. Care, we provide animals with the love and nuture they need to live a healthy, long life! Meet Matt, our longest standing employee. Matt has been with the office going on 7 YEARS! If you have been here before you obviously know him, if you not you should bring your pet in to meet him, he is a "pet whisperer". 
Last week,  a man had found a baby bird is his hanging plant holder on his front porch. The mama bird had been injured and had left the baby going on three days! He brought the bird in our clinic, still in the hanging basket. Since the mother bird had left, poor baby hadn't eaten and was probably going to not make it much longer. Matt spent his entire morning syringe feeding baby. The man who brought the bird in said  he "could feel the love for animals coming out of his (Matt's) fingertips. "  Matt sent baby bird home with a full tummy and instructions on how to keep him eating. Matt is seriously the best! While, sometimes it is best to let nature take its course, sometimes special people can make a difference!
Have you ever saved a baby bird or any wild animal? Share your stories and photos below. And don't forget to bring your pet in to meet their new best frient, Matt.