• Highly trained, compassionate doctors & staff

    Highly trained, compassionate doctors & staff

  • Doctor-supervised boarding with covered, fresh air play yard

    Doctor-supervised boarding with covered, fresh air play yard

  • Texas and nationally registered heritage practice, opened in 1946

    Texas and nationally registered heritage practice, opened in 1946

  • Progressive medicine & old-fashioned service

    Progressive medicine & old-fashioned service

  • All of our doctors earn 50 hours of advanced training each year

    All of our doctors earn 50 hours of advanced training each year

  • Isolation ward keeps patients safe from exposure to infectious diseases

    Isolation ward keeps patients safe from exposure to infectious diseases

  • Trustworthy, competitively priced in-house and online pharmacies

    Trustworthy, competitively priced in-house and online pharmacies

  • Ashley Harrison Memorial Pet Fund for the rescue and treatment of animals in need

    Ashley Harrison Memorial Pet Fund for the rescue and treatment of animals in need

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Eating Grass not Unusual in Pets

Grass eating occurs frequently among dogs and cats and it is thought to be normal behaviour. Feral cats, (i.e. cats that roam free in the wild), eat grass almost daily and most domesticated cats, if given the opportunity, will eat grass and certain plants.

The reason for this activity is unknown, although some theories exist. Some experts feel that cats eat grass for nutritional reasons, such as adding fibre or bulk to the diet. Others feel that cats eat grass as a form of self-medication, called zoocognopharmacy. They theorize that cats eat broad-leafed grasses to take advantage of their laxative effects while narrow or sharp-leaved grasses or plants are ingested to act as emetics to make themselves vomit. Still others feel that cats eat grass as a tonic to settle their stomachs.

Whatever the reason, dogs and cats seem to enjoy this activity and owners can safely encourage this habit by providing sources of green vegetation.

Cat owners can consider growing a small plot of lawn grass or wild oats that their cat can access or, if this is not possible, they can provide an occasional side dish of green vegetables like string beans. Dogs can also be provided with various green vegetables.

Ask your veterinarian which vegetables and plants are safe to feed your pets and which are potentially harmful.

  • Pain Awareness Month!

    Pain Awareness Month!

    September is pain awareness month. So we want to know: how is your pet doing? As owners, we all want to make sure our pets are as comfortable as possible. How can you tell your pet is painful?Pain can be hard to recognize, so let’s go over some signs that Read More
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