Hello fellow pet lovers! Welcome to the site for virtual information about our veterinary practices, Animal Hospital Champions Northwest, located in Spring, and Animal Hospital Jones Road, situated in northwest Houston. We serve patients from all over Houston, Spring, Tomball and The Woodlands, and welcome everyone to our two practices. It’s an honor to care for pets, and we dedicate every day of the week to providing our best veterinary medicine to clients' dogs and cats. Through this site, we will profile our American Animal Hospital Association accredited practices and share information about veterinary medicine. Before moving on to the topics that interest you most, allow us to share these points about our operating philosophy, and how we define the care of your pet(s). Animal Hospital Champions Northwest (purchased in 1997) and Animal Hospital Jones Road (established in 1986), as privately-owned affiliates, are comprehensive veterinary hospitals with all the equipment, diagnostic tools, and trained staff necessary to provide quality medical care for the entire lives of our dog and cat patients. At all times our patients receive positive, nurturing care. In fact, we like to say, "only you know your pet better." Follow us on Facebook for updated pet news and fun facts. Link to Animal Hospital Champions Northest and Animal Hospital Jones Road's pages via the icons on the right. Also, check out our YouTube channel, HouVetCare4Pets.
Animal Hospital Champions NW
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Scale & Hydraulic Lift
Patients and Staff
Radiology & Ultrasound
Radiology & Ultrasound
Pet Styling Salon
Pet Boarding - Cats
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News & Events
Your Dog Too, Can Learn to be a Perfect, Obedient Canine Companion
There's no simple way to train your dog to be obedient at all times - it takes commitment and perseverance. Probably the best way to start on the road toward dog obedience is through an introductory class. The classes begnning on Wednesday, November, 28, at Animal Hospital Jones Road, and taught by professional trainer Bob Manning, are just the ticket to help you and your canine companion team up. Here's a link to the details about the class. Please note that Manning also teaches at Animal Hospital Champions Northwest, and there are more opportunities to enroll in the future.
Celebrate National Veterinary Technicians Week, October 14 Through October 20
We are celebrating National Veterinary Technicians Week by asking our clients to let us know if they have a favorite veterinary technician. Please read our latest blog post to learn how you can vote for your top veterinary technician. It only takes a moment learn about all the “candidates” and cast your vote. The staff member with the most votes wins a special prize. Thanks for helping to make National Veterinary Technician Week special for our staff.
We’re a Member of the American Kennel Club Veterinary Network
As a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Veterinary Network, we honor veterinary care certificates provided by the registry to new pet owners. Pet owners who register their dogs with the AKC receive a variety of benefits, one of which is a certificate for a complimentary well exam by a participating veterinary practice. Pet owners may find more information about the AKC Veterinary Network on the website, http://classic.akc.org/vetnet/index.cfm.
Do you Prepare for Battle When it is Time to Trim your Pet's Nails?
Please read our blog post, http://animalhospitalschampionsnorthwestjonesrd.
wordpress.com/2011/12/18/trim-the-nails-or-suffer-the-consequences/ on the importance of maintaining your pet's nails. While you are at it, become a follower of our blog to receive updates on all posts and pet healthcare news.
Zipper Spreads his Love
Click here, https://animalhospitalschampionsnorthwestjonesrd.
wordpress.com/2011/12/10/zipper-spreads-his-love/, to read our latest blog posted about how Zipper the cat's acts of caring for clients and patients.
Chocolate is Never a Treat for Pets
As veterinarians, we are of the opinion that no amount of chocolate is a safe treat for your pet. Chocolate, the stuff that some of us dream about, is toxic to pets, especially for dogs. The link to "The Chocolate Chart," published by National Geographic Magazine (ngm.com), is a fun, interactive tool that depicts the levels of toxicity among different types of chocolate. Again, the veterinarians and staff of Animal Hospital Champions Northwest and Animal Hospital Jones Road do NOT recommend letting pets have any chocolate at all. Different pets can have different reactions to this toxic substance. Here's the ngm.com link: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/10/pets/chocolate-chart-interactive.html.
Check Out Our Blog Post on FLUTDs!
Here's the link to the blog post: http://animalhospitalschampionsnorthwestjonesrd.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/flutd-misspelled-word-or-common-feline-ailment/.
July 1, 2011 - Pet owners, please be aware that through May 2011, there are five confirmed cases of rabid wildlife in the greater Houston area. In May 2011, Montgomery County reported a confirmed rabid fox, after a previous confirmation in January of a rabid skunk. Three additional positive cases occured in surrounding counties. Dogs and cats will develop rabies if bitten by rabid wildlife. It is critical to make sure your pets are current on their rabies vaccinations.
Clients who are unsure of their pets' vaccination status are welcome to call us for information. They may also check the vaccination status via their Pet Portals, using the link on the right. It is quite simple to establish a Pet Portal using this website.
Primal Pet Foods Recalls Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula Food
Thoughts on How to Fight Pet Obesity
When your pet arrives at our animal hospitals, the first order of business is to obtain a current weight for him/her. We weigh dogs on the scale in our lobby and record it. Since almost all cats arrive in a carrier, we usually take them out and weigh these patients in the peace and quiet of the exam room.
It is not uncommon at this point, to either hear groans from our clients about pets' weight gain, and even some pretty creative excuses. We absolutely understand how persuasive pets can be when begging for additional treats. However, obesity in pets is life threatening. Our doctors and staff truly want to consel pet owners about a healthy lifestyle for pets, so please ask us to help. Following is a link to an interview with Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser, and her success story with Boston Terrier, "Winky,"
http://www.familycircle.com/family-fun/pets/overweight/. Please share your tips for enjoying a healthy lifestyle with your dogs and cats on our Facebook pages for Animal Hospital Champions Northwest and/or Animal Hospital Jones Road (hint: the FB links are on the right).
Pets Weather Houston’s Big Freeze Better than Humans
February 2, 2011 – It’s a fact that most Houstonians just do not deal well with the extreme cold. The winter coat worn by Houston natives when the temperature drops below 70 degrees would probably be a summer jacket in places that have a “real winter.” Nonetheless, Houston is amidst one of the longest, coldest spells in years, and the weather (and electrical brownouts) has just about everyone worried. While stress levels run high, remarkably, Houston area pets seem to be taking the weather all in stride, seemingly unaffected.
However, there are some basic precautions of which all pet owners should be aware during these cold times. First of all, pets just do not belong outside for any length of time. While they do have nice fur coats to wear, temperatures are too cold for them to be without warm shelter and it is preferable inside.
Provide plenty of water at all times. Heaters tend to dry the air and can make pets thirsty. Some pets may develop dry skin irritation as a result of the drier air, and if it does not resolve itself or progresses beyond mild flaking, it is best to have a veterinarian examine the affected area.
Additionally, during cold weather, there are increased instances of relapses and obstructions among male neutered cats with a history of cystitis and urinary tract problems. For these patients and all dogs and cats, careful monitoring of water intake, as well as urination an defecation, will help identify situations requiring medical attention quickly.
As always, good nutrition is important to pets’ health, and this is especially so during the cold weather. It is a sensible idea to monitor pets’ eating and drinking habits to make sure they are healthy at all times.
The cold weather can cause pets' arthritis to flare and those patients should have soft warm bedding and appropriate medications as prescribed by a veterinarian. It is helpful to have a supply of arthritis medications on hand during the winter months. Remember to keep all pets dry, especially the older ones that suffer from arthritis.
Space heaters and fireplaces can help warm the house. They can also be quite novel and new to the curious pet. Establish boundaries and firmly warn the pet to maintain a safe distance from these hazards to avoid burned noses, singed hair or worse.
Despite the prediction Houston is on the verge of making extreme weather history (again) in the next few days, most pets appear as if they could just care less. Please stay warm, be safe and call Animal Hospital Champions Northwest or Animal Hospital Jones Road in the event of any problems with a pet. Before getting in the car to drive, be sure to check under the hood for stowaway kitties warming and sheltering themselves in the vehicle underbody.
New Year's Resolution for You and Your Pet
January 10, 2011 - There's no denying it now, the holidays are definitely over, and it is time to put New Year's Resolutions to work. For those millions of Americans who are working toward a fitter and healthier 2011, please be sure to include your pet in the resolution too. The American Veterinary Medical Association has some tips for cat and dog owners on how to pursue a healthier diet and lifestyle with your pet. Visit the link, and get fit this year with your pet.
Both Hospitals Offer Digital Radiography
May 2010 - Patients of Animal Hospital Champions Northwest and Animal Hospital Jones Road all benefit from the digital radiography capabilities offered by both animal hospitals. Although each provided digital dental radiography for several years, the hospitals recently purchased and installed digital radiography to evaluate bone, organ and soft tissues throughout patients' bodies.
The benefits of the technology are many. Clear, cristp results are available instantaneously and it is simple and quick to shoot a retake or alternate view of the patient. Digital technology allows the veterinarian to send the image to a veterinary radiologist or other specialist rapidly, and thus receive a diagnosis or more information in a more timely manner. Storage and accessing digital radiographs is also a better tool for the veterinarian. He/she can compare older images at the click of a mouse, rather than digging through files of heavy radiographs. For these reasons, digital radiography is better for the patient's health, and for animals requiring sedation to shoot radiographs (most all of them) it also allows the veterinary medical staff to complete the images and move the pet to recovery as soon as possible. Additionally, digital radiography is good for the environment, for it eliminates the need for chemical processing -- and that benefits everyone.
Microchip Implant Brings Pet Home to Animal Hospital Jones Road Employee
February 12, 2010 - A pet owner's worst fear came true when Animal Hospital Jones Road employee Jenna Grimley, Certified Veterinary Assistant II, looked outside to find her beloved border collie Cricket missing. In just 10 minutes, Cricket, an enterprising dog, used a crate propped against the fence to cover a hole to jump over the obstacle. Unfortunately, Cricket did not have on her identification tags, because this busy dog chewed up her dog collar when Jenna removed it for a recent bath.
That day, the Grimleys searched hours for Cricket, with no luck. Jenna returned home, contacted Home Again, the manufacturer of Cricket's microchip implant, to report her disappearance; and posted flyers with the dog's photo all over the neighborhood and nearby veterinary clinics. She also put an ad about the missing Cricket on Craig's List. While the Grimleys kept searching for their lost pet, two weeks went by and there was no word about Cricket, until one evening the phone rang with someone who saw the Craig's List ad and found a border collie. Jenna convinced the caller to take the dog to vet clinic and to check for a microchip implant. The microchip number for the stray dog matched up with Cricket, and she is back home now wearing a collar and tags.
It is important for all pets to wear collars with identification tags (including a rabies tag, which lists the pet's veterinarian) and have a microchip implant for identification. Accidents happen to the most reponsible owners and pets, these items can help bring them home.
Cricket at home in the back yard.
10 WAYS TO HELP AN ARTHRITIC DOG
Orthopedics Musculoskeletal Diseases
Arthritis refers to inflammation or swelling in a joint. The cause can be abnormal bone or joint development, instability of the surrounding ligaments and tendons, damage or injury to the joint, an infection, or injury caused by the immune system. While anti-inflammatory medicines are popular treatments for arthritis, another approach involves protecting the cartilage in the joint and “nourishing” the joint. Click Here To Read More