Welcome to the first edition of the RVAH newsletter!

It seems we have a lot of things happening this summer. We thought a newsletter would be the way of keeping all of our RVAH friends and family up to date on the latest information and provide you all with some helpful seasonal pet tips.

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Rita Jou will be joining the RVAH team this July.

Dr. Rita Jou grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She left Texas to complete her undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she studied Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Upon graduating from MIT in 2004, she worked in the field of human neuroscience research in Boston and New York City, until she found her passion for veterinary medicine.

Dr. Jou attended the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts where she obtained both her Masters and Doctoral degrees. She has practiced as a small animal veterinarian in the Boston area for six years prior to her move to Texas in 2018. Dr. Jou’s clinical interests lie in preventative health, nutrition, and behavior.

In her time away from the hospital, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, which include her husband and young son, exploring all the attractions and great food that Houston has to offer.

Boarding at RVAH

You can take comfort in knowing your pet has immediate access to exceptional veterinary care.

  • Highly trained, friendly and passionate staff
  • Climate controlled environment
  • Outdoor areas, potty yards and an enclosed play area with Kennel Grass
  • Premium meals and treats
  • Spacious multi-level cat condos
  • Exclusive accommodation for puppies, seniors, and special needs pets
  • Customizable activity and amenity packages
  • Off-leash playtime for dogs
  • Cage-free playtime for cats
  • Bedtime snacks
  • Treat-filled Kongs
  • Extra potty breaks for dogs

We would love to answer any questions that you might have, give you a tour, or book your pet’s next staycation.

Boarding at RVAH gives your four-legged family members a special staycation that you and your pet want and deserve. Call today to reserve your pet’s staycation.

Keep ’em Cool and Watch for Signs of Heat Stroke

The dog days of Summer are here! Stay cool! Heat stroke can happen suddenly or hours after heat exposure.

It is so Hot! Keep ’em Cool!

  • All outdoor activities should be limited to the mornings and evenings.
  • Hot concrete will burn your pet’s paws. Take walks on grassy areas.
  • Never leave your pet in the car!
  • Always provide them with areas of shade when outdoors.
  • ALWAYS give them access to water

Signs of Heat Stroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Glazed eyes
  • Bright, dark red tongue or gums
  • Inability to walk (staggering)
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Unconsciousness

If you think your pet your pet is suffering from heat stroke: Get them to a cooler environment. Cool them off with tepid water (no cold water). Bring your pet to RVAH as soon as possible, call ahead so that we can prepare to treat your pet immediately upon arrival. 713-527-0489

Check the Chip Day is August 15.

Time to make sure your pet’s microchip is registered with all of your current contact information.

If you need assistance with this, call us, we can help.

If your pet is not microchipped, schedule an appointment today! Any of our pet nurses can implant a microchip in a matter of minutes.

Summer Fun

Let us treat you with free treats

Stop by and beat the heat with your pet. We are giving away lemonade, popsicles, and pup-sicles for everyone who stops in to say Hi (July 16th-August 16th). We wouldn’t want to leave out all of our favorite felines so kitty treats will be available as well.

Photo Contest

Starting July 16, take a photo with your pet at our Pup-sicle stand or Cool Cat Lemonade stand and post it in the comments of our Summertime Photo contest Facebook post. You could win a $100 Amazon gift certificate!

Going on Summer Vacation, Consider your pets!

  • Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations.
  • Keep medical records on hand. We will be happy to email whatever you need.
  • If you are traveling with your pet, you may need a veterinarian-issued health certificate for your pet. Please check with the airline or travel provider in advance to be sure.
  • If you are planning on boarding your pet, make their reservations when you make travel arrangements for yourself.
  • If your pet is taken care of by someone at your home during your vacation, be sure to leave them our contact information in case of emergencies.
Paint Your Pet!

We had a great time finding our inner artist at the RVAH team building event at Painting with a Twist in Midtown. Who knew that there were so many aspiring artists on the RVAH team? Stop by to the RVAH masterpieces in person! Click here to learn more about the RVAH team members.