Just Breathe: Understanding Cat Asthma and Other Feline Respiratory Problems

Cat with asthma laying down under blanket.

Breathing problems in our pets are one of the scarier animal emergencies that an owner can experience. While there are many causes for respiratory distress in cats, feline asthma is a common offender. Cat asthma can be a serious condition of which pet owners should be aware. 

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Scratch That: Alternatives To Declawing Your Cat

A vet places claw caps on a cat's claws.

When you are looking for the best in veterinary care in Texas, you know that you will get it at BEEVET Animal Hospital. Sometimes, though, what makes us the best lies not only in what we do, but also in what we don’t do.

As of June this year, we will no longer be offering feline declawing as an elective procedure. In accordance with AAFP guidelines, we have decided that this procedure is not in the best interest of our whiskered patients. So what’s a pet owner to do? Not to worry, there are so many things to consider before and as alternatives to declawing your cat:

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Straight To The Heart: Heartworm Disease And Your Pet

A dog looks over his shoulder at the camera.

At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we want to arm you with the information you need to ensure that your pets are healthy and happy throughout the year. Heartworm disease is a serious illness that affects both indoor and outdoor pets. Without the proper prevention, even animals who spend a majority of their time inside are susceptible to this health issue.

Knowing more about heartworm disease, what causes it, and how to prevent it is your best defense against this common, yet preventable health problem.

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When Your Cat Pees Outside the Box, It’s Time to Act

A cat licks its paw.

No one wants to live in a house that has been indiscriminately sprayed by cats. Their urine is concentrated with hormones, and packs a powerful punch of ammonia. And if they have a urinary tract infection, their urine can smell even worse. 

Certainly, not all cats that pee outside the box mean to. There could be various explanations why they do it, and an equal amount of possible solutions to this rather smelly problem.

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BEEVET’s Top 5 Pet Blogs of 2020

As most of us are acutely aware, 2020 was not the best of times. Not only have we had to navigate the pandemic but also the economic and political strife of the past several months. Never have we been more excited to see the coming of a new year. 

But 2020 hasn’t been all bad. For many families (and furry family members) there have been some wonderful moments and opportunities for greater bonding. The time spent together may have given you more time to look at your pet’s health and well-being, too.

We at BEEVET Animal Hospital have been thrilled with the readership and patronage of our pet families. This is why we are spotlighting the top 5 pet blogs of 2020 to encourage an ongoing focus on our wonderful pets.

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Putting a Healthy Spin on the Spoiling: Health Focused Ways to Pamper Your Pet

A pampered pet pug near a lake with its owner. The pug is wearing a red sweater and its owner is wearing a blue hat and yellow jacket.

When you think about spoiling your pet, what comes to mind first? If you are like most people, you probably thought of treats or toys. Those are always great ways to indulge your pet, but sometimes we rely too heavily on them. In fact, with the higher rates of pet obesity, our old standby of goodies may not be the best way to go. 

There are several healthy ways to pamper your pet that will be better for them in the long run. Your team at BEEVET Animal Hospital offers up some of the healthiest ideas for your best friend.

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From Purrrfect to Grumpy in 60 Seconds Flat: Breaking Down The (Many) Things Cats Hate:

An angry cat sits at a table.

Cats. We love them even when they give us dirty looks, swat away our hands when we try to pet them, and yell at us when we sit down next to them. Although sometimes it might seem like they simply tolerate us instead of fully returning our affections, there are many things that actually do rub them the wrong way. BEEVET Animal Hospital is here with a list of things cats hate so you can try to minimize their grievances and (hopefully) increase their moments of love and happiness:

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Cat Hairballs: Normal, Until They’re Not

A cat cleaning itself. Cat hairballs can result from this normal and routine behavior.

With their almost in-your-face tidiness, cats make excellent housemates. But perhaps one caveat to this meticulous self-grooming is that all that fluff and fur has to go someplace. Usually cats can digest any hair picked up by their sandpaper-like tongues, but cat hairballs (yuk!) are bound to happen from time to time. 

Without a doubt, hairballs come with the territory of cat ownership, but there is a point when they can signal that something’s not right. 

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Top 4 Things to Know About a Pet Emergency

2 chihuahuas dogs needing pet emergency care.

None of us wants to think about the possibility of our sweet pets experiencing a medical emergency, but the reality is that most pets will go through one at some point. Understanding what constitutes a pet emergency, and how to respond appropriately, will give you a leg up on the situation.

4 Essential Things to Know About a Veterinary Emergency

Bringing emergency education and awareness to pet owners is a great start in keeping pets safe and healthy. Here are some of the important things you should know about preparing for a pet emergency.

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Pets Need to Chew and Scratch: What You Can do About it!

Dog chewing his favorite toy.

A ripped up corner of the couch, a freshly-chewed pair of shoes, shredded tissues on the floor – these are all commonplace in the life of a pet owner, right?

We all know that dogs and cats love to chew and scratch, but these behaviors can quickly turn dangerous (and it’s annoying for owners). Learning the reasons behind these instincts is the first step toward finding a solution – and saving your home and property in the process!

The Need to Knead (and Scratch!)

Scratching is a deep need for all cats, and they do so for a variety of reasons. Scratching on a vertical surface is a way to stretch the muscles in their legs and paws. It also helps remove the outer nail sheaths, and it’s an important way to leave scent markings (cats have scent glands in between their paw pads). 

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