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We both want healthy animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and strong.

Posted on Wednesday, February 26 '14

Pet Pointer: Broken or Chipped Teeth in Pets

Dog with bandage around head because of broken tooth Common objects that can cause broken teeth in dogs include bones, cow hooves, ice cubes, hard dental chews, hard rubber bones or nylon bones. It is important to do what you can to prevent broken or chipped teeth in your dog. Anything that is HARD and thicker than a pencil in diameter can cause a broken or cracked tooth. Broken teeth often become abscessed causing chronic pain and infections in your pet. Broken teeth should always be treated before they become infected. Because of advances in veterinary dentistry, composites and other treatments can be used to repair broken teeth- so that these fractured teeth rarely need to be extracted. Be sure that your doctor examines the teeth when doing your pet's examination (since your pet can't tell you when they hurt).


Posted on Thursday, February 13 '14

Pet Pointer: Artificial Sweetener (Xylitol) Toxicity in Dogs

Dog eating chocolate cake Keep chewing gum and other products containing the artificial sweetner xylitol out of reach from your pets since eating these products can result in low blood sugar and potential liver damage. Sugar-free gum is the most common item, but xylitol can also be found in jam, syrups, candy, chocolate, mints and many dental products such as toothpaste (why you should not use human toothpaste on your dog). New products and medications with xylitol have been introduced to markets, including baking goods, ice cream products, Jell-O sugar-free pudding snacks, energy drinks mixes, chewable vitamins, antacids and some prescription drugs. One stick and a half of sugar free gum containing xylitol can poison a 10 lb dog. Seek emergency care immediately (remember to take the box or container with you).


Posted on Tuesday, October 08 '13

Pet Pointer: Yes, There Is A Vaccination For Rattlesnake Bites

Texas and rattlesnakes go hand in hand. We see dozens of rattlesnake and copperhead bites each year in our animal ER.
rattlesnake

You can get your canine vaccinated to combat the effects rattlesnake venom. The vaccine helps to develop antibodies to neutralize rattlesnake venom (and copperhead venom). The vaccination allows for the dog to ward off and slow the effects of the venom, buying time. But, even when vaccinated, it's still imperative to take your dog to the vet immediately.


Posted on Thursday, May 30 '13

Pet Pointer: Symptoms of Heat Stroke

dog cooling off in kid’s pool
Don*t think that just because your pet won’t be outside for long, there isn’t a risk for heat stroke. With changing temperatures, cool one day, hot the next, dogs are even more prone to heat stroke. Surprisingly, because dogs are not acclimated to heat, even days that seem relatively mild can put your dog at risk.

Symptoms of heat stroke may include:

*  Excessive panting or labored breathing
*  Extreme drooling
*  Reddened gums
*  Wobbly or drunken gait or movement
*  Weakness
*  Vomiting or diarrhea (often with blood)
*  Rectal temperature over 103

If you suspect your dog may have heat stroke, seek emergency care immediately! The sooner your dog is treated the greater chance your dog has for recovery.


Posted on Thursday, May 09 '13

Pet Pointer: The Truth About The Deadly Disease- Heartworm Infestation

There is only one drug that is approved for treatment of heartworm disease. The drug is expensive and only produced in limited quantities. The disease is life threatening and dogs in Texas not on heartworm prevention are at high risk of contracting the disease. dog looking at mosquito

  • Indoor pets are just as at risk as outdoor pets
  • Pets may not show signs until late in the course of heartworm disease.
  • Heartworms in dogs are easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure
  • Dogs are infected only by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no other way dogs get heartworms.
  • There is no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. Testing your dog annually is the only way to detect if your pet is infected with the deadly disease!
  • Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states.
  • The bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease.
  • Pets that live in Texas should be on heartworm preventive Spring, Summer, Fall and WINTER- not just in the summer.
  • For less than the cost of going to Starbucks for a weekly coffee, you can prevent heartworm disease in your dog.

Posted on Thursday, April 11 '13

Pet Pointer: Keep Rat/mouse Baits Out of the Reach of Pets

rat Rat bait toxicity is one of the most common forms of poisoning we see in our animal ER.

There are 3 different types of rat poison available for use. All 3 types are toxic to pets, so if you use them, please make sure you set them in a place that your pet can’t get to.

If your pet ingests any type of rat poison, contact us as soon as possible.

BRING THE BOX OF RAT BAIT WITH YOU, so that it can be determined which type of toxicity we need to treat.


Posted on Thursday, March 07 '13

Pet Pointer: Avoiding Pet Medication Mistakes

If your pet is taking a prescription medication- mistakes can be made. It is important to talk to your veterinarian to make sure your pet receives the proper medication and dosage. Your doctor won’t mind at all if you ask lots of questions. It is important that there is not any confusion about your pet’s medications.giving a pill to a dog

When starting a new medication

    *  Find out the name of the drug, and how it works.

    *  How much and how often should you give the medication?

    *  Should it be given with food?

    *  Should it be refrigerated?

    *  What should you do if you miss a dose?

    *  What side effects should you watch for?

    *  Find out if you should give all the medication if your pet is better.

When storing your pet’s medication

    *  Keep separate from your own medication.

    *  Store in a cupboard away from your pet (you would be amazed how often 
       we hear that the bottle was chewed up).

    *  Keep the medication in its original container.

    *  Don’t give your pet human medication unless directed by your veterinarian.

Make sure your veterinarian knows

    *  Any medications your pet is allergic to.

    *  A list of medications, vitamins, supplements your pet is presently on.

Posted on Thursday, December 20 '12

Pet Pointer: 10 Subtle Signs of Sickness in Cats

Cats are unique in that they are masters at hiding illness. cat with sunglasses

Illness and physical pain may only be recognized as a change in behavior. It is important for you to be aware of your cat's normal routine and behavior, and identify even subtle changes in behavior. There are many illnesses that can be treated if caught in an early stage.

Subtle Signs of Illness in cats Include:

*Unexplained weight loss or gain

*Changes in grooming

*Changes in your cat's activity

*Inappropriate urination/ elimination behavior or litter box use

*Changes in sleeping habits

*Bad breath

*Changes in vocalization

*Signs of stress

*Changes in interaction

*Changes in food and/or water consumption

Posted on Wednesday, October 10 '12

Pet Pointer: Jerky Treats from China LInked with Canine Illness

The FDA has received more than 2000 complaints in the past 5 years for illnesses in dogs after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats made in China. There has been an increase number of complaints with 50% of the complaints occurring in 2012. Giving a snack to your dog Over half of the adverse effects seen after consumption include problems such as vomiting and diarrhea. About a third of the dogs developed kidney problems and the remainder developed more serious problems such as liver, neurologic and blood disorders.

In response to persistent complaints the FDA issued a preliminary animal health notification in late 2008, and a cautionary update in November 2011. The FDA has performed extensive testing to rule out contaminants, but so far no contamination has been discovered.

Two thousand complaints is a small number considering that over the past 5 years it has been estimated the treats have been fed to 15 million pets. But, If your dog experiences any problems after eating jerky treats from China, take your pet to the veterinarian and save the package of treats for potential testing. The FDA is looking for more information concerning any adverse reactions after eating the treats.


Posted on Friday, May 18 '12

Pet Pointer: Tips for Avoiding Heatstroke in Your Pet

  • Walk your dog early in the morning, evenings are too hot dog cooling off

  • Avoid walks and other outdoor activities for the overweight dog, older dog and bracheocephalic breeds (dogs with squashed in faces)

  • Don’t allow your dog to ride in the back of the pick-up truck

  • Never tie your dog up in the yard

  • Make sure your yard has shade and adequate water

  • Supply large amounts of water

  • Never leave your dog in the car, even for a few minutes

  • Remember that strictly Indoor dogs may not be able to tolerate any extended time outside, keep them indoors

  • Monitor your pet outdoors if your pet is a at risk breed or has conditions that put it at risk

  • Consider a wading pool filled with water for the outdoor dog


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Laura Roberts says...

I brought in a stray that had been hit by a car. The care was immediate and excellent. I was very impressed with the facility and quality of service. Thanks so much for the crate to transport him. It was very helpful!

Richard Jezek says...

High five kudos to Dr. Killman! She, with the help of the entire treating staff saved our TomTom’s life! Dr. Killman, Dr. Welch and Dr. Smith have renewed my faith in the caring veterinarian that we were looking for.

Brenda Rowland says...

Would like to thank the staff and doctors for the great care they gave our Tabby. The care given to Tabby was so kind and courteous. I am so grateful I chose I-20 Animal Medical Center.

Laura and Ricardo Grant & Nunook say...

Dr. Doherty and all of the vet techs that helped Nunook were so great. Words cannot convey how much we appreciate the great work everyone did for Nunook. He is our baby and he makes our family whole. Thank you for all that you do.

Marcia Marrow says...

Dr. Welch is amazing. She has a very calming nature, just what I needed when my Lhasa Apso was injured by a pit bull. She clearly explained everything in an understandable way. She also checked in with us (while we were there) to let us know what was going on. Thank you very much!

R. and B. Boone say...

The technical staff in the ICU is excellent and equally professional in providing the care, we feel, brought about Brandi’s recovery.

Don and Holly Michel say...

I20 is the greatest !! They gave us four extra years with our precious Yorkie, Cujo, and are helping us take care of our other precious Yorkie, Carrie, who is diabetic. They are deep in our hearts.

Alicia Patterson & Percy said...

I cannot thank you enough for everything the doctor and the rest of I-20 Animal Medical Center did to save my cat, Percy. Your care and compassion for my family during this emotional time was overwhelming.

Michelle & Greg Lacy say...

Greg and I could not be any more pleased with I20 Animal Medical Center for always being there for us when we need you most!

Yvonne Fiore says...

This was our first experience at I-20 Animal Medical Center. I was so impressed by Dr. Bloom, her real care, concern and understanding for my Cinnamon. My pets have been as loved as my children, thus, I expect excellent loving care and I and Cinnamon got this per Dr. Bloom and Jessica. Thank you!

Kristin Rush says...

The staff was wonderful and you can tell that they are real animal lovers. They were very thorough when checking out my dog and I didn’t feel at all like Jack was “just another dog”. They genuinely cared and explained everything very well. Loved them

Heather Matson says...

I have recommended I-20 to friends due to the compassionate and wonderful service we have received. Thank you for everything you have done for us. The doctors are wonderful as well as the techs and the rest of the staff. Thank you

Rhonda Holley says...

I have been to lots of vet clinics. Yours is the best in every way that I have ever seen! Thanks for restoring my faith in excellent veterinary care!

Matt Smoot says...

Dr. Bloom is wonderful! She put our mind at ease and alleviated all of our concerns about Spice’s surgery. We plan on using her for all of our pet’s needs in the future and will highly recommend her services to our friends and family! Thank you I-20 Animal Medical Center.

Staci Thomas says...

The service was amazing! I came in as a referral for a critical condition. I was extremely upset and concerned about my pet’s life. The staff quickly attended to us making efforts to stabilize Sebastian and provide me with a quiet and calm area. I really appreciated the service I received

Leah and Ron Bullard say...

We very much appreciate the skill and training you have and it was very evident in the procedures you performed on our dogs. Each of them had issues, some serious, and each of them are much better now, thanks to you and your staff.

Valerie Jordan says......

My family and I were so impressed by every contact we had with the staff. I have been to medical doctors for procedures and did not get such service. I have already called family members and recommended you guys, keep up the great work!

Maryann Livengood says....

The staff was extremely concerned and courteous- Dr. Stinson saved my cat's life! Also pricing extremely reasonable for a 24-hr care facility.

Paula Emmons says....

I-20 Animal Medical Center is amazing!! All the doctors, technicians and staff are the best. We had to take one of our dogs in for an emergency and everyone who helped us was great with our dog and with us. They encouraged us to call when we had to leave him and always answered and updated us on how he was doing through the nigh (even with many calls in a very short amount of time). The next morning Dr. Welch called and said that they had found something. She told us that Mikey was not going to make it and let us have hours to say goodbye. They answered all our questions and never once made us feel like we were imposing on her or her time. We have found a new clinic for all our dogs because of Dr. Welch and all the staff

Save A Mexican Mutt Rescue says...

I would like to thank the staff of I-20 for a great experience with one of our rescue dogs, Cuervo. Shortly after his rescue, we realized he had a broken canine tooth that would require a root canal. For sure we were not going to find a veterinary dentist in Mexico. So, I-20 Animal Medical Center came to the rescue! Dr. Bonnie Bloom and Dr. Ken Karger took great care of Cuervo upon our arrival. The staff at I-20 is always so friendly, professional, and socially in tune to rescue.

Jim and Kay Marshall say...

Excellent Care! I highly recommend you to our friends. Thanks to all the staff, especially Dr. Welch - we have a healthy dog once again. The love you and the girls showered on Rainey showed me how much you all love animals.

Janice Bunting with Tye says...

Our vet Dr. Litsey, referred us to you when Tye needed special boarding. We were very pleased with his care. We also really appreciated the staff's willingness to talk with us every time we called the ICU to check on him. It made it so much easier to be away from him. He came home a healthier and spunkier dog. Dr. Long was great with Tye and felt she took very good care to properly diagnose his condition and treatment.

Dave and Pamela Reitzel say….

“Cutie was a stray. When I took Cutie to I-20 Animal they were concerned for her health, and made arrangements to see her the next day. I-20 Animal set me at ease about Cutie after her exam. Now knowing that she is and was in good hands, I-20 Animal will be where I will take both my pets. VERY IMPRESSED!!.”

Nancy Schultz says…

“The doctor called the next day to check on Sophie and was genuinely interested in how she was doing. Very well done”

James Jacobs says...

“Huge thanks to the staff and doctors for the excellent care that Sasha received. The explanations about her care and pricing were first class. Thank you once again”

J. Headland says...

I cannot say enough how great Dr. Stinson and the staff were with Dirk and explaining the procedures. We have found a "new" place that I feel confident will take care of and actually care about Dirk. I have and will continue to tell our firends, family and co-workers how much we love I-20 Animal Medical Center.

LaTonya Thomas says...

"Shasha get's excited every time we exit the freeway to come to the I-20 Animal Clinic. Everyone there is so friendly and concerned about my pet's well being. Thank you all for such outstanding service."

J. Beed says...

"I just wanted to say thanks for your help yesterday! Mr. Fluffers had a great time getting his shots and I actually think he wanted to go back instead of driving home! :) Lauren and Kimberly were great! I'm sure Mr. Fluffers hopes to see them when he gets his booster in a few weeks. Thanks again!"

Laura Roberts says...

I brought in a stray that had been hit by a car. The care was immediate and excellent. I was very impressed with the facility and quality of service. Thanks so much for the crate to transport him. It was very helpful!

Richard Jezek says...

High five kudos to Dr. Killman! She, with the help of the entire treating staff saved our TomTom’s life! Dr. Killman, Dr. Welch and Dr. Smith have renewed my faith in the caring veterinarian that we were looking for.

Brenda Rowland says...

Would like to thank the staff and doctors for the great care they gave our Tabby. The care given to Tabby was so kind and courteous. I am so grateful I chose I-20 Animal Medical Center.

Laura and Ricardo Grant & Nunook say...

Dr. Doherty and all of the vet techs that helped Nunook were so great. Words cannot convey how much we appreciate the great work everyone did for Nunook. He is our baby and he makes our family whole. Thank you for all that you do.

Marcia Marrow says...

Dr. Welch is amazing. She has a very calming nature, just what I needed when my Lhasa Apso was injured by a pit bull. She clearly explained everything in an understandable way. She also checked in with us (while we were there) to let us know what was going on. Thank you very much!

R. and B. Boone say...

The technical staff in the ICU is excellent and equally professional in providing the care, we feel, brought about Brandi’s recovery.

Don and Holly Michel say...

I20 is the greatest !! They gave us four extra years with our precious Yorkie, Cujo, and are helping us take care of our other precious Yorkie, Carrie, who is diabetic. They are deep in our hearts.

Alicia Patterson & Percy said...

I cannot thank you enough for everything the doctor and the rest of I-20 Animal Medical Center did to save my cat, Percy. Your care and compassion for my family during this emotional time was overwhelming.

Michelle & Greg Lacy say...

Greg and I could not be any more pleased with I20 Animal Medical Center for always being there for us when we need you most!

Yvonne Fiore says...

This was our first experience at I-20 Animal Medical Center. I was so impressed by Dr. Bloom, her real care, concern and understanding for my Cinnamon. My pets have been as loved as my children, thus, I expect excellent loving care and I and Cinnamon got this per Dr. Bloom and Jessica. Thank you!

Kristin Rush says...

The staff was wonderful and you can tell that they are real animal lovers. They were very thorough when checking out my dog and I didn’t feel at all like Jack was “just another dog”. They genuinely cared and explained everything very well. Loved them

Heather Matson says...

I have recommended I-20 to friends due to the compassionate and wonderful service we have received. Thank you for everything you have done for us. The doctors are wonderful as well as the techs and the rest of the staff. Thank you

Rhonda Holley says...

I have been to lots of vet clinics. Yours is the best in every way that I have ever seen! Thanks for restoring my faith in excellent veterinary care!

Matt Smoot says...

Dr. Bloom is wonderful! She put our mind at ease and alleviated all of our concerns about Spice’s surgery. We plan on using her for all of our pet’s needs in the future and will highly recommend her services to our friends and family! Thank you I-20 Animal Medical Center.

Staci Thomas says...

The service was amazing! I came in as a referral for a critical condition. I was extremely upset and concerned about my pet’s life. The staff quickly attended to us making efforts to stabilize Sebastian and provide me with a quiet and calm area. I really appreciated the service I received

Leah and Ron Bullard say...

We very much appreciate the skill and training you have and it was very evident in the procedures you performed on our dogs. Each of them had issues, some serious, and each of them are much better now, thanks to you and your staff.

Valerie Jordan says......

My family and I were so impressed by every contact we had with the staff. I have been to medical doctors for procedures and did not get such service. I have already called family members and recommended you guys, keep up the great work!

Maryann Livengood says....

The staff was extremely concerned and courteous- Dr. Stinson saved my cat's life! Also pricing extremely reasonable for a 24-hr care facility.

Paula Emmons says....

I-20 Animal Medical Center is amazing!! All the doctors, technicians and staff are the best. We had to take one of our dogs in for an emergency and everyone who helped us was great with our dog and with us. They encouraged us to call when we had to leave him and always answered and updated us on how he was doing through the nigh (even with many calls in a very short amount of time). The next morning Dr. Welch called and said that they had found something. She told us that Mikey was not going to make it and let us have hours to say goodbye. They answered all our questions and never once made us feel like we were imposing on her or her time. We have found a new clinic for all our dogs because of Dr. Welch and all the staff

Save A Mexican Mutt Rescue says...

I would like to thank the staff of I-20 for a great experience with one of our rescue dogs, Cuervo. Shortly after his rescue, we realized he had a broken canine tooth that would require a root canal. For sure we were not going to find a veterinary dentist in Mexico. So, I-20 Animal Medical Center came to the rescue! Dr. Bonnie Bloom and Dr. Ken Karger took great care of Cuervo upon our arrival. The staff at I-20 is always so friendly, professional, and socially in tune to rescue.

Jim and Kay Marshall say...

Excellent Care! I highly recommend you to our friends. Thanks to all the staff, especially Dr. Welch - we have a healthy dog once again. The love you and the girls showered on Rainey showed me how much you all love animals.

Janice Bunting with Tye says...

Our vet Dr. Litsey, referred us to you when Tye needed special boarding. We were very pleased with his care. We also really appreciated the staff's willingness to talk with us every time we called the ICU to check on him. It made it so much easier to be away from him. He came home a healthier and spunkier dog. Dr. Long was great with Tye and felt she took very good care to properly diagnose his condition and treatment.

Dave and Pamela Reitzel say….

“Cutie was a stray. When I took Cutie to I-20 Animal they were concerned for her health, and made arrangements to see her the next day. I-20 Animal set me at ease about Cutie after her exam. Now knowing that she is and was in good hands, I-20 Animal will be where I will take both my pets. VERY IMPRESSED!!.”

Nancy Schultz says…

“The doctor called the next day to check on Sophie and was genuinely interested in how she was doing. Very well done”

James Jacobs says...

“Huge thanks to the staff and doctors for the excellent care that Sasha received. The explanations about her care and pricing were first class. Thank you once again”

J. Headland says...

I cannot say enough how great Dr. Stinson and the staff were with Dirk and explaining the procedures. We have found a "new" place that I feel confident will take care of and actually care about Dirk. I have and will continue to tell our firends, family and co-workers how much we love I-20 Animal Medical Center.

LaTonya Thomas says...

"Shasha get's excited every time we exit the freeway to come to the I-20 Animal Clinic. Everyone there is so friendly and concerned about my pet's well being. Thank you all for such outstanding service."

J. Beed says...

"I just wanted to say thanks for your help yesterday! Mr. Fluffers had a great time getting his shots and I actually think he wanted to go back instead of driving home! :) Lauren and Kimberly were great! I'm sure Mr. Fluffers hopes to see them when he gets his booster in a few weeks. Thanks again!"