Veterinary Resources

Helpful Resources for Pet Owners

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At Midtown Veterinary Hospital, we understand how difficult it can be to find reputable information about pet health. That’s why we have taken the time to gather trusted resources about various topics. You can find these resources by topic below.

Pet Loss

Pet Loss Grief Support

Fond Memories Pet Cemetery & Crematorium
8627 Windswept Ln, Houston, TX 77063

Rescue/Shelter Organizations

Friends for Life

CAP Shelter

Houston Humane Shelter

Houston SPCA


Grooming / Boarding

Demi’s Dog House
(daycare, boarding, grooming)
*cage free atmosphere
239 W. Gray St., Houston, TX 77019

Jackson’s Place
(daycare, boarding, bakery)
*cage free atmosphere
3511 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002

The Green Bone
(daycare, boarding, bakery)
2901 Rusk St., Houston, TX 77003

Best Friends Pet Hotel
(daycare, boarding, grooming)
5602 Royalton, Houston, TX 77081

Rover Oaks Pet Resort
(daycare, boarding, grooming)
2550 W. Bell Fort, Houston, TX 77054

Cat Vaccinations
Core Vaccinations:

  • Rabies: This is a state-required vaccine that helps with the prevention of the Rabies virus. This is a “core” vaccine that is done annually. We use the Purevax Rabies vaccine as it is safer for cats.

  • FVRCP: This is a combination vaccine that protects against Feline Viral Rhinotacheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia; three common viruses that could be very harmful to your pet. This is a “core” vaccine that, if boostered appropriately before, can be given every 3 years.

Lifestyle Vaccinations:

  • FeLV: This is a non-core vaccine that your pet may need depending on their lifestyle. If you cat will be going outdoors at all, or will be put into a situation where they will come into contact with strange cats (or live in the house with a cat that goes outside), then we recommend that they be vaccinated for Feline Leukemia. This vaccine does need a booster shot in 3-4 weeks, and then it is good for one year.

For Pet Owners – American Heartworm Society

Allergy Information

Helpful information about pet allergies

Pet Insurance

Below are some popular pet insurance companies, but we encourage you to visit Pawlicy Advisor to help you decide.



Healthy Paws:

Pet Poison Helpline
Behavior / Training

Texas Veterinary Behaviorist
Dr. Lore L. Haug (DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC)
2627 Cordes Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77479

Michael’s Dogs
Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA

Barker Canine Academy
Rosina Barker, LVT

Peace, Love, Dogs
9619 Yupondale Dr., Houston, TX 77080

Pet Food

There are many diets out there so it can be hard to choose the best diet for your pet! Below are our 3 favorite brands. These diets put money back into their research instead of marketing. They have an array of both dry and wet food that you can choose tailored to your pet’s needs, and are veterinary approved!

DOGS: We DO NOT recommend “Grain-Free” diets, as these can be associated with Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and can lead to congestive heart failure in dogs. For more information on why grain-free diets are not recommended for dogs, please visit:

CATS: We recommend wet food. Cats are carnivores, so they do better with a high protein and low carbohydrate diet. Also, they are not great water drinkers so the additional moisture in canned food helps keep them more hydrated as well.

Royal Canin
Order Royal Canin

Hill’s Science Diet
Order Hill’s

Purina Pro Plan
Order Purina

Dog Vaccinations
Core Vaccinations:

  • Rabies: This is a state required vaccine that helps with the prevention of the Rabies virus. This is a “core” vaccine that is done annually, or can be done every 3 years if it was boostered appropriately.

  • DHPP: This is a combination vaccine that protects against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parovirus, and Parainfluenza; four viruses that could be harmful to your pet. This is a “core” vaccine that is usually done every 3 years, if it was boostered appropriately.

Lifestyle Vaccinations:

These are non-core vaccines that your pet may need depending on their lifestyle. Some of these vaccines need a booster shot at 3-4 weeks for them to be considered effective for one year.

  • Bordetella: The “kennel cough” vaccination. This vaccine is usually required, and recommended, if your pet goes to grooming, daycare, boarding, or if they have nose-to-nose contact with strange dogs. This doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of your pet contracting it, but if your pet does get it then they will improve much faster than if they had not received this vaccine. The oral version of this vaccine is good for one year.

  • Leptospirosis: We have been seeing more Leptospirosis cases in the past few years. We suspect that this is due to the high rainfall we’ve had, as they can get this disease from stagnant puddles of water, or bodies of water, that have been infected with wildlife urine (or the urine of an infected animal). This disease is zoonotic, meaning that you can contract it from your pet. We recommend this for most dogs in the area, as they can even contract it from their backyard if there has been an infected animal there. This vaccine does need a booster shot in 3-4 weeks, and then it is good for one year.

  • Canine Influenza: The strain H3N2 (commonly referred to as the “new strain” of canine flu) and H3N8 (the “original” strain) are usually given together in a bivalent vaccine, but they can also be given separately depending on your pet’s needs. We have not seen many cases of either strain in recent years, so it is not a highly recommended vaccination for this area. We recommend checking with your boarding, daycare, or grooming facility to see if they require these vaccines. This vaccine does need a booster shot in 3-4 weeks, and then it is good for one year.

  • Rattlesnake: This vaccination is recommended if you take your pet on hikes or anywhere that they could be in danger of a rattlesnake bite. This vaccine DOES NOT mean that you don’t need to pursue medical treatment for your pet if they get bitten, but it does help give them more time while you find a veterinarian in the area. This vaccine does need a booster shot in 3-4 weeks, and then it becomes an annual vaccine.

For Pet Owners – External parasites

Dental Health

Helpful information about pet dental health 

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