Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to have my pet fixed? +

    There are many behavior and health reasons to spay (female) or neuter (male) your pet dog or cat. If you have no plans to breed your pet, it is highly recommended you fix him/her.

    Aside from the obvious contributions it makes in controlling the pet population, all animals that are fixed have less inclination to explore the world (i.e. run away), as well as decreased aggression and dominance issues. This means less dog fights and cat spraying for all of us.

  • What vaccinations are required for my pet? +

    All pets are required by law to have a current rabies vaccine.

    We recommend that all dogs be given the DHLPP (Distemper virus, Parvo virus, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza) vaccine annually, and any dogs that may be boarding, groomed or taken to dog parks given the Bordatella (Kennel Cough) vaccine.

    All cats should be given the FVRCP (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia) vaccine annually. Any cats that spend time outdoors should also be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia (FeLV).

  • Does my dog really need to be on heartworm prevention? +

    YES! Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. As all Texans know, mosquitoes are unfortunately a year-round menace.

    All dogs, even those that live primarily indoors should be kept on heartworm prevention year round.

  • Can I use over-the-counter pain medications on my pet? +

    Human pain medications are never safe to use in animals, and should NEVER be used in cats. Animals’ systems are not able to process these over-the-counter medications in the same way that humans do. The use of these medications, even in small doses, can cause serious gastrointestinal and liver damage.

    Cats are especially sensitive to ANY dose of Tylenol, or any acetaminophen containing product.

    There are multiple pain medications available through your veterinarian that are safe for animals. Please always use these instead of human medications.

  • Can I use Benadryl on my pet? +

    Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a common human antihistamine that may also be used in dogs. It is not recommended for use in cats except in extreme cases.

    If your pet has allergies or is suffering from an insect bite, benadryl is often enough to help alleviate the symptoms. Just like in people, some animals are hyper-sensitive to it and may become very drowsy.

    Please call your vet for directions and dosages so you may safely use it.

  • What are the small white rice-like specks in my pet’s feces? +

    These are most likely tapeworms (Diplydium caninum). These are worms that live in your pet’s intestinal tract.

    Your dog became infected with these by eating a flea, so you should also closely check your pet for fleas. If possible, a fecal sample should be brought into the vet clinic to confirm the infection.

    Your veterinarian can also help you rid your pet of both the fleas and the tapeworms!

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Emergency After-Hours Treatment

The Emergency Animal Clinic is the only emergency clinic that provides us with detailed, complete records of your pet’s treatment.

This continuity of care is critical.