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Coco Harrell

Hi everyone, my name is Coco.  As you can see, I’m a pretty sweet looking 12 year old lab/something (maybe border collie?). And I’m very honored to be chosen as pet of the month.  (although truth be told, my ‘mom’ might have campaigned a little. She’s like that).

Anyway, I live with my two human parents, Lezli and Cole….and my 2 canine siblings Zoe, 11 (black lab) and Hershel, 2 (yellow lab).  But my journey to this family was a bit of a winding road.

When I was a puppy, my first home was with a family in the Houston area. They were actually from the same hometown as who would become my next human parent, and ultimately my current parents. After a couple of years, my Houston family realized that I might be happier elsewhere, and that is where this really amazing Dude, Charlie came into the picture in Austin. He was so cool and we were best buddies. He took me all kinds of places – California, Big Bend, his ranch, you name it.  When he would have to go out of town without me, he would ask his good friends, Lezli and Cole, to keep me. (you see where this is going?).

Well, Lezli and COLE LOVED me.  They even tried to get Charlie to give me to them to no availJ  Cole and Lezli then tried to find a dog of their own – they always told me they were trying to find one as good as me….and […]

2019-03-04T15:47:59-05:00

Marley Farley- August PoM

Say hello to our August Pet of the Month!

Marley Farley is a good girl who keeps the yard safe from squirrels, loves riding in cars, always welcomes a nap, begs for ice cubes and enjoys camping with her two two-legged brothers and parents. She’s never met a veggie she didn’t like…except lettuce. Although she isn’t great at showing her appreciation for the team at Highlands until AFTER her appointments, she is honored to be Highland Pet’s Medical Clinic Dog of the Month!

Remember to send in pictures of your furry family to highlandspet@yahoo.com to get the chance to be Highland’s Pet of the Month!

2018-08-13T15:36:32-05:00

Donnie Lupfer- July PoM

Say hello to our July Pet of the Month!

Donnie Lupfer-Davis is a tuxedo cat, but his dress code and attitude are casual. A Libra, he enjoys eating, napping, playing with sparkly toys, and greeting everyone he sees. His favorite Tarot card is the Dude of Dudes. His patron saint is Julian, champion of hospitality, though he has mixed feelings about the birds at the feeder outside the front window. A master of the long game, Donnie and his best friend BOBBI! are planning all sorts of schemes, but right now, they’re taking it slow with R&D and such. They’ll send Dr. Venghaus a business plan when it’s done. For now, Donnie thanks his friends at Highlands for this recognition. 

Don’t forget to send pictures of your furry family to highlandspet@yahoo.com.

Have a great July, y’all!

2018-07-06T11:32:32-05:00

Marley Farley- August PoM

Say hello to our August Pet of the Month!

Marley Farley is a good girl who keeps the yard safe from squirrels, loves riding in cars, always welcomes a nap, begs for ice cubes and enjoys camping with her two two-legged brothers and parents. She’s never met a veggie she didn’t like…except lettuce. Although she isn’t great at showing her appreciation for the team at Highlands until AFTER her appointments, she is honored to be Highland Pet’s Medical Clinic Dog of the Month!

Please let us know if you’d like to have your pets participate in our Pet of the Month by sending pictures to highlandspet@yahoo.com.

Have a great August, y’all!

2018-08-13T15:32:04-05:00

Miss Kitty- May PoM

Miss Kitty was a neighborhood stray, mostly lurking at a house across the street where food was placed outside for the strays. The summer of 2008 was very hot and dry and I found her frequently trying to keep cool in my flower beds. She always ran away when I appeared, so I assumed she was feral. We continued on in that way until August when my granddaughters and I returned to the house one day to find her lying in the grass panting. It struck me that she might be dehydrated, so I went inside to get a bowl of water while they loved on her. After that she began spending more and more time lazing about the yard. The squirrels took advantage of most of the food I placed out for her, so I started placing the food just inside the sliding glass door. Initially she would only come in to eat and then leave. Then she started to come in and eat, then check out the kitchen, then the dining room. Eventually she was satisfied it wasn’t a trap, I guess, so she would stay inside a little longer each time. By October, when I had shoulder surgery, my caretakers let her in to eat and she came into the bedroom to investigate. She then took up residence on the corner of my bed. When I was once again coherent, I told them she wasn’t my cat and asked why […]

2018-05-01T14:48:48-05:00

Cowgirl- April PoM

It’s that time again!
Say hello to the wonderful Cowgirl! April’s Pet of the Month!

Cowgirl and her brother (Cowboy) were rescued as just two week old kittens. APA! took them in and we bottle and syringe fed them in our neonatal nursery. Cowgirl was not thriving and had really bad diarrhea. We tried many medications and she wasn’t improving. At one point we thought she had a deadly virus. I brought her into Dr Venghaus and he assured me it was not FIP but she was still very sick. As they approached 5 weeks of age, it was time for the kittens to go to a foster home. By now, I was committed to the little girl so I took them home. She was so sweet and affectionate, purring all the while I was giving her nasty meds and even shots twice a day. But still no improvement of her condition. So I stopped all meds and started her on probiotics and pumpkin. That was the answer! By now, I could not bear the thought of her going to even the best forever home so after her brother got adopted, I made the decision to “foster fail”. She is now almost 6 months old and runs the house. She adores her BIG sister Georgia (Pyrenees mix) and is respectful (mostly) of her 20 yr old cat sibling.

She doesn’t meow and isn’t afraid of anything. She is snuggly and gives scratchy little kisses. She is […]

2018-05-01T14:44:07-05:00

The ins and outs of pet dentistry

 You bring your pet in for an annual exam and the doctor recommends a dental procedure. For most pet owners, several questions arise:
  • How important is this for my pet? Is it worth the cost?
  • Does my pet really need to be anesthetized for this procedure?
  • I give my pet dental treats every day, why does she still need a dental procedure?
  • My pet seems very healthy, why would we need to do lab work before the procedure?
Here are some basic facts that will hopefully take some of the mystery out of pet dentistry.
Our clinic and our doctors are proud members of AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and AVMA ( American Veterinary Medical Association). Both of these organizations oversee the veterinary medical profession, create guidelines for practices, and uphold a high standard of care that has the health and safety of the pet at it’s core. AAHA-AVMA preventative healthcare guidelines for both dogs and cats list a dental assessment as part of a comprehensive physical examination. This means that at your pet’s anuual and semi-annual exam, Dr. Venghaus and Dr. Hill will look inside of your pet’s mouth and evaluate the extent of periodontal disease that exists. If they see any signs of disease ( swollen, inflamed or bleeding gums, severe plaque build up,  loose or missing teeth, very bad breath) they will recommend that a dental procedure be performed.
This procedure will include:
  •  A full mouth exam by the doctor to determine if any teeth are fractured, loose, or otherwise […]
2017-08-21T18:05:03-05:00

Allergic skin disease in dogs and cats

The most common clinical condition that we see at our hospital is skin allergies.  Skin allergies can cause intense itchiness, hair loss, skin rashes, and therefore great discomfort.  Here we will explore the types of allergies, symptoms commonly seen, and available treatment options.

Type of allergies:  The types of allergies that dogs and cats can experience include: food allergies, flea allergies, and environmental allergies (called atopy) which are comprised of inhaled allergies and contact allergies.  In dogs, there is an even distribution of types of allergies, but the most common allergy in cats is flea allergy.  Dogs and cats may have multiple types of allergies at the same time, as is common in humans.

Symptoms:  Allergy symptoms differ between cats and dogs.  In cats, the most common presentation of the various types of allergies involves small scabs around the collar region.  Other less common symptoms can include hair loss or rashes on the abdomen and back legs.  In dogs, food allergy and inhaled/environmental/or contact allergies can present as redness and licking of the paws, recurrent ear infections, abdomen and chest redness and rashes, and rashes of the inner thigh and armpit areas.  Flea allergy dermatitis in dogs is unique in that it only usually causes rashes and hair loss on the base of the back near the tail or at the tail base.  Fleas may or may not be seen in patients with flea allergies. It is always helpful to tell your veterinarian the level of itchiness your pet is experiencing.  Think of […]

2019-03-06T14:54:18-05:00

Reasons your dog should see the vet

Maybe your dog’s appetite is not quite normal. Maybe he has some difficulty getting up. Maybe he is less interactive than normal.  When should you be concerned? It’s hard to know when it’s time to bring your pet to the vet, but, as a rule, it’s better to be safe than sorry. What may seem like a minor problem may be just that, but it could also be a signal of a bigger issue. Here are some symptoms that should prompt you to make an appointment for an exam:

  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Increase or decrease in water drinking
  • Drooling
  • Weight loss
  • Increase or decrease in activity level
  • Hiding (if normally interactive) or clingy (if normally independent)
  • Aggression or other behavioral changes
  • Limping
  • Stiffness or rising more slowly/”slowing down”
  • Suddenly unable to use back legs
  • Crying out when being touched or moved/picked up
  • Clumsy behavior or seeming disoriented
  • Seizures or involuntary muscle movements
  • Collapsing or any loss of consciousness
  • Coughing
  • Labored breathing
  • Gums that are purple, blue, or pale in color
  • Change in urination: location, frequency, amount, color, smell
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Sneezing excessively
  • Any bleeding, bloody discharge, or bruising anywhere on the body
  • Any pus-like discharge from anywhere on the body
  • Skin rashes, itchy skin, hair loss, dry skin
  • Unusual body odor
  • Eye discharge, redness, squinting, or rubbing at the eyes

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Remember, if you are ever unsure if your dog is not feeling well, it is always a good idea to bring him in for an exam. Early detection of illness can lead to more comfort for your dog and give him a better chance for quicker recovery.

2017-05-20T15:59:25-05:00

Reasons your cat should see the vet

Maybe your cat’s appetite is not quite normal, and she vomited once. Or maybe she is hiding more. When should you be concerned?  It’s hard to know when it’s time to bring your pet to the vet, but, as a rule, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Cats are experts at hiding illness, and what may seem like a minor problem may be a signal of a bigger problem. Here are some symptoms that should prompt you to make an appointment for your cat for an exam:

  •  Increased vocalizing/meowing
  • Panting or open-mouth breathing (bring in right away!)
  • Straining in litter box, going in and out of box, crying in the box
  • Avoiding litter box, urinating or defecating outside the box
  • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Increase or decrease in water drinking
  • Drooling
  • Weight loss
  • Increase or decrease in activity level
  • Hiding (if normally interactive) or clingy (if normally independent)
  • Aggression or other behavioral changes
  • Limping
  • Stiffness or rising more slowly/”slowing down”
  • Suddenly unable to use back legs
  • Crying out when being touched or moved/picked up
  • Clumsy behavior or seeming disoriented
  • Seizures or involuntary muscle movements
  • Collapsing or any loss of consciousness
  • Coughing
  • Labored breathing
  • Gums that are purple, blue, or pale in color
  • Change in urination: location, frequency, amount, color, smell
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Sneezing excessively
  • Any bleeding, bloody discharge, or bruising anywhere on the body
  • Any pus-like discharge from anywhere on the body
  • Skin rashes, itchy skin, hair loss, dry skin
  • Unusual body odor
  • Eye discharge, redness, […]
2017-05-20T15:59:26-05:00