Star of Texas Veterinary Hospital welcomes you to our website!
The doctors and team at Star of Texas believe you should be as much a part of your pet's care as you want. We have an open door policy; we allow and encourage you to come in and tour the hospital, meet our doctors, visit your boarding or sick pet, and even watch your pet's dental procedure. We welcome you to feel comfortable and at home in our hospital. Even if you are not a client of ours, please feel free to stop by for a tour and to meet our wonderful team!
Keep your pet safe during Halloween your idea of Halloween fun may be ducking trick-or-treaters at home with the lights off or parading your pet in costume up and down the neighborhood streets. Either way, here are some tips to keep your cat, dog, or other animal safe during this holiday.
DO protect pets from pranks. Don’t leave animals unattended outdoors on Halloween, the day before, or the day after. Cruel pranksters can hurt your animals, especially black cats.
DON’T feed candy to animals. Treats that are delicious for children and adults can be harmful or fatal to pets.
They can choke on the wrappers, and chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats.
Put Halloween candy in scent-proof baggies, and put a lid on your candy cauldron next to the door.
DO keep pets away from lit pumpkins. Spooky colored candles and jack o’ lanterns can singe pets’
noses and light fur on fire. Keep animals and lit objects apart.
DON’T put a reluctant pet in a Halloween costume. Some cats and dogs don’t mind a few Halloween accessories, but don’t force an anxious animal into a constricting outfit. Make sure any Halloween clothes let your pet breathe, hear, see, and move freely.
DO license your pet early. You can do your best to keep your pet indoors this Halloween, but your cat or dog may speed past a gaggle of candy-seeking kids into the night. Be sure you’ve registered your pet with the city and attached up-to-date identification tags to
your pet’s collar.
DON’T mix pets and trick-or-treaters at the front door. Cats and dogs can frighten children, and vice versa. Put your pets behind a closed door when costumed kids come knocking. This will also prevent your pet from bolting outside during the many times
the front door is opened and closed.
Last, if you won’t be home with the pets this Halloween, be sure they’re comfortable in the house. There may be a lot of doorbell ringing, screaming children, and noises that can spook pets. Consider keeping cats and dogs in rooms in the back of the house and turning on some background noise like a radio or TV.
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We are Cat Friendly Certified!
We are 1 of 5 hospitals in Austin and were one of the first in all of Texas to be certified! We love all our patients, but sometimes, our patients get a little stressed out when visiting us. This is especially true of some of our feline patients! So, in conjunction with the American Association of Feline Practitioners, we have followed the strict guidlines to become a certified Cat Friendly Practice! Here are a few details:
The Cat Friendly Practice program seeks to transform and elevate the delivery of feline veterinary care by:
- Laying the groundwork for the delivery of care to the under served feline population.
- Identifying trends and baseline species information essential for understanding cats.
- Acknowledging the essential role of the cat owner in the veterinary visit.
- Providing support to veterinarians and their teams to create a cat friendly practice environment.
- Outlining strategies for introducing changes in the delivery of care that incorporate a better understanding of the cat?s distinct needs and behaviors.
We have been working hard to make Star of Texas Veterinary Hospital comfortable for you and your cat. We have made one exam room "Cat Only". We have always had completely separate cat boarding area far away from the hustle and bustle of daily veterinary work. Please drop by and ask to see our cat room and boarding!
Cat Room and Cat Boarding includes: Zen music, scratching posts, Feliway Diffuser, comfy beds, rug, tree, and other furniture to have a more home-y feel, cushion on the table top, treats, and catnip. Cat boarding also includes plenty of peace and quiet!
We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.
At this site, you will find information about our practice philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an extensive Pet Medical Libraryfor you to search for additional pet health care information.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our veterinary practice and the services we offer. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us at (512)291-1600 for all your pet health care needs.