Dowlen Road Veterinary Center

Client Education

Dog getting X-ray

Pet Dental Care

Does my pet really need a dentist? Absolutely! Just like humans, dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall wellbeing. Dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by our veterinarians to identify any potential problems and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. This is generally done when your pet is already visiting us for their annual vaccinations and exam. However, some pets may become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to one of our veterinarians. What exactly can you do for my pet’s teeth? Veterinary dentistry includes cleaning, polishing, and/or extraction of your pets’ teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. At DRVC, we will perform radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate the health of the jaw and the

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Pet Safety and Natural Disasters​

Living in Southeast Texas, we are all familiar with how quickly a natural disaster can come upon us. When it’s time to shelter in place or evacuate, you don’t want is to be scrambling to manage your pets needs or having to choose between your family and your pets. The following are some tried and true tips that will help you stay sane and keep your pet safe. Create an emergency kit for your pets. Some items we recommend including are: A portable carrier for safe transport A sturdy leash or harness Food, drinking water, and bowls Medications and copies of medical records A current photo of you with your pet in case they get lost Information on the feeding schedules/amounts, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pet Any bedding or toys that are easily

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What are vaccines, and why do they matter? Vaccines are products designed to trigger protective immune responses and prepare the immune system to fight future infections from disease-causing agents. Vaccines stimulate the immune system’s production of antibodies that identify and destroy disease-causing organisms that enter the body.​ Vaccines provide immunity against one or several diseases that can lessen the severity or prevent certain diseases altogether. Studies show that widespread use of vaccinations within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Vaccinations protect your pet from highly contagious and deadly diseases and improve your pet’s overall quality of life. 4 reasons to vaccinate your pet Vaccinations prevent many pet illnesses. Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented. Vaccinations prevent diseases that can be passed between animals and also from animals to people. Diseases prevalent in wildlife, such as rabies and distemper,

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Heartworm Prevention

More than a million pets in the United States have a heartworm infestation. But heartworm disease is PREVENTABLE. Let that sink in, because it is one of the most horrible statistics regarding our furry friends. In companion animals, heartworm disease is diagnosed mainly in dogs and, less frequently, in cats and ferrets. However, heartworms also live in other wild animal hosts such as wolves, coyotes, foxes, and raccoons. Heartworms are only conveyed through the bite of an infected mosquito; therefore, an infected dog cannot transmit the disease to other pets. It will take these deposited larvae approximately 6 months to mature into adult heartworms. If untreated, these adults will mate and produce progeny, constantly increasing their numbers. Adult heartworms can live for 5 – 7 years in dogs. Thus, each mosquito season can potentially increase the number of worms in an already infected pet. Because infected mosquitoes can come inside,

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