Alvin Animal Clinic
Phone: (281) 585-5183
Anything that causes you major concern can constitute an emergency. Since you live with your pet, and we do not, what appears normal to us may not be to you. Beyond that, vomiting or diarrhea that has continued for longer than 24 hours, uncontrolled bleeding, sudden lethargy, hives or swelling all would be considered emergency situations.
Birds and reptiles do not generally show signs of distress until they are really ill. These animals may make very subtle changes in their diet or behavior which would indicate a problem. We do accept emergencies during our doctor’s hours, but any after hours emergencies should be directed to the emergency clinic.
Yes, there are several zoonotic diseases that your pets can pass to you, and you can pass to your pet. Ringworm, a fungal infection of the skin that is signified by circular raised areas is a disease that can be shared by both humans and animals. Sarcoptic mange, another itchy skin disorder, is something your dog can pass along to you. Sarcoptic mange is marked by itchiness and hair loss patterned almost all over the body of your pet.
Roundworms and hookworms are also intestinal parasites that can be passed from your cat or dog to you. Both of these worms are treatable and can be detected from a simple fecal test from your pet’s stool. Roundworms and hookworms in humans can migrate through the skin causing infections and can lodge themselves in other areas of the body such as the eye causing blindness.
As long as your pets are checked yearly for these parasites, treated when necessary, and their stool is cleaned up properly you should not have to worry about contracting anything. This list of zoonotic diseases should in no way be considered exhaustive. There are others not mentioned here.
At Alvin Animal Clinic, we recommend that all pets be spayed or neutered before 6 months of age.
There are several reasons.
Neutering (castration) greatly diminishes the following: roaming, aggression, urine marking, and prostate disease. Neutering prevents the following: testicular cancer, testicular torsion, and sexually transmitted diseases. Plus, you can be assured that your male is not the cause of any unwanted strays in your area.
We offer many products for flea and tick prevention that are safe, affordable, and have easy applications. Advantix is the topical product we sell for dogs and Advantage Multi is the topical product we sell for cats. Advantix protects your dog against fleas, ticks, and has a mosquitoe repellent. This is a dog only product because it contains an ingredient that is very harmful to cats. Advantage Multi protects your cat against fleas, heartworms, ear mites, and a few other parasites. It is a great mult-purpose product. We also carry Preventic collars for tick protection for hunting dogs or any dog that may be in heavily wooded areas for longer time periods.
We also offer Capstar, Trifexis, and Comfortis as oral flea preventions. Capstar kills the fleas on your pet within 24 hours, but has no lasting effects. Trifexis is a combination heartworm and flea prevention pill. Comfortis is our most popular flea prevention that gets rid of fleas on your dog within 4 hours and lasts about 30 days per each dose. Some people may find the need to use some combination of products in order to receive the best results. Just ask one of our veterinarians which medication is right for your pet.
We also offer sprays, yard, and home treatments. Depending on the severity of your flea problem, you may need again to combine some of the products. Fleas are difficult to get rid of at times. It is best to prevent them instead of treating them.
Researching any breed you are interested in before buying it is the best recommendation we can offer. Make sure you understand what your living environment is like.
It is important to research the size, the activity level, the inherited diseases, and over all personality of the dog you are interested in for your family. Remember also that purebreds are not your only option. Adopting a pound puppy can be just as rewarding, and often you can find purebreds at adoption shelters that have simply been abandoned.
Try to have every member of your family visit with the dog before buying it. If you already have other pets at home, make sure you consider what reactions they may have to a new addition. Don’t make your purchase based simply on the popular breeds of the time or those that seem fun in movies. Remember celebrity dogs have been highly trained. Your dog may not quite be the same as what you see on screen.
Serving the veterinary needs of: Alvin, Friendswood, Pearland, Dickinson, League City, Santa Fe, Manvel,