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January 25, 2018
As Valentine's Day approaches it's important that pet owners are aware of the danger that those adorable heart-shaped chocolate boxes and candies pose for our pets. Dogs are infamous for their less than discriminating taste in foods; with chocolate in particular they appear as powerless to resist as we are. And while most cats won't eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners or others who think they're giving the cat a treat. So it's important to keep chocolate and treats out of reach for our furry friends this Valentine's Day (and every day!). Read More


January 25, 2018
Temperatures have been dropping and snowstorms have been bringing feet of snow to the Sierras. If you have a trip planned to Tahoe or another snowy destination hand warmers may be one of the items you pack with you. What happens if your pet manages to find their way into your bag and pulls one of these out? Let's say they chew on it or ingest all of it in one big gulp? What should you do? ... Read More


January 25, 2018
As continued cases of canine influenza are reported in the Bay Area. We wanted to make sure all pet owners have the information they need so they can best protect their dogs from this virus. Canine influenza H3N2 was first reported in the Bay Area by veterinarians and kennels in the South Bay at the end of December, but now more cases are being reported throughout Northern California. Read More


December 21, 2017
We are so thrilled to announce our December's Employee of the Month is our incredible technician Ali! Read More


December 21, 2017
Late one evening new clients brought their pet Benzy into our hospital and saw Dr. Conor Hoff. Benzy had been having urinary accidents in the middle night and frequent trips outside throughout the day. The smell of her urine was also extremely pungent and they knew something was wrong.
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October 14, 2017
First hand account of our Technician Manager Chelsea's experience in volunteering helping pets in need after Harvey's devastation.


Hard times often reveal the true nature of people, for Houston, Hurricane Harvey defined the community. During my three days of volunteering, I saw firsthand what "Texas Strong" really means. Before my arrival at Houston Pets Alive! I read heartwarming stories of those who were lucky enough to be on high ground. They opened up their homes to their neighbors and loaned out their cars so others could get to work. Social media was full of encouraging words, prayers, and well wishes for the victims of the storm from people around the globe. On my way to and from HPA each day, I spoke with my Uber drivers about how Harvey had affected their lives. Some volunteered at the pop-up shelters while others needed the help themselves while piecing back together all they had lost. This natural disaster affected people in a variety of ways but the gratitude for the outpouring of support was the same.
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October 20, 2017
At 10 months, Rascal is still very much a kitten. He spends his time playing with the two children in the house and his rescue dog brother. When Rascal began vomiting and not acting like his normal energetic self his owner knew there was something wrong. She brought him to their normal veterinarian where they treated him for a GI upset and sent him home with medication to help stop the vomiting. They told his owner to monitor his symptoms and to give them a call if he worsens.

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September 27, 2017
Halloween is a time of spooky decorations, clever costumes, and delicious treats. It can also present hidden dangers for our favorite pets. Follow our safety tips to make sure your pet has a ghoulishly great Halloween! Read More


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