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When Should My Cat Get Spayed?

As a dedicated cat owner, you might be asking, ‘When to spay my cat?’ This is a crucial decision for your feline friend’s health. Spaying is a responsible and essential step in preventing unwanted litters and promoting the overall health of your cat. In this blog post, we’ll explore the question that often crosses the minds of cat parents: When should my cat get spayed? Understanding the optimal time for this procedure is crucial for the long-term health and happiness of your beloved kitty. Choosing the right time to spay your cat is not only about preventing unwanted litters but also about ensuring their long-term health and wellness.

Understanding the Procedure

Before delving into the timing, it’s essential to grasp the spaying procedure. Spaying involves the surgical removal of a female cat’s ovaries and often the uterus, preventing her from going into heat and eliminating the possibility of pregnancy.

Determining the Best Age to Spay Your Cat

  • Early Spaying: Traditionally, cats were spayed around six months of age. However, recent veterinary guidelines support early spaying, typically between eight to sixteen weeks.
  • Preventing Heat Cycles: Spaying before the first heat cycle significantly reduces the risk of certain health issues and prevents unwanted pregnancies.

Health Benefits of Early Spaying

  • Preventing Undesirable Behaviors: Knowing when to spay your cat is crucial, as early spaying can prevent undesirable behaviors associated with heat cycles, such as yowling, restlessness, and marking territory with urine.
  • Cat Health: By spaying your cat early, you significantly reduce their risk of developing certain cancers and health issues.

Affordable Spaying Services at TCAP

  • Access to Quality Care: At TCAP, we understand the importance of affordable and high-quality spaying services. Our experienced veterinary team is committed to providing accessible care for your cat.

Ensuring a Healthy and Happy Future for Your Cat

Deciding when to spay your cat is a crucial aspect of responsible pet ownership. The health and behavioral benefits of early spaying contribute to a longer, healthier life for your feline friend. If you’re pondering the question, “When to spay my cat?” reach out to the compassionate team at TCAP. We’re here to provide guidance, affordable spaying services, and support to ensure the well-being and happiness of your beloved cat for years to come.

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Texas Coalition for Animal Protection Launches Veterinary Surgical Externship Program

The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) is proud to announce the launch of its best-in-class Veterinary Student Surgical Externship Program. This initiative aims to invest in the next generation of veterinary doctors – providing hands-on experience and inspiring more veterinarians to take an interest in shelter medicine.

As a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing low-cost spay/neuter, vaccine, and essential wellness services, TCAP recognizes the importance of fostering the next generation of compassionate and skilled veterinary professionals.

"We are thrilled to launch our Veterinary Student Surgical Externship Program, as it embodies our mission to end pet overpopulation and improve community animal welfare. By providing aspiring veterinarians with an immersive, hands-on surgical experience, we empower them to positively impact animal health and welfare in our community."

TCAP’s five-day Veterinary Student Surgical Externship offers participants a unique opportunity to work alongside highly qualified and experienced veterinary surgeons in TCAP’s state-of-the-art surgical training facility. Under the guidance of these seasoned professionals, externs will gain practical experience in various high-quality, high-volume procedures, including spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, basic wellness care, and more.

The program, open to fourth-year veterinary students, is designed to enhance participants’ technical skills, increase their confidence in the operating room, and deepen their understanding of sterilization surgical techniques.

During the program, externs will also have access to educational resources, engage in lectures and discussions surrounding various animal welfare topics, participate in case discussions, and learn from elite instructors specializing in HQHV community animal care.

Interested individuals can find more information about the TCAP’s Veterinary Student Surgical Externship Program, including application details and requirements, by visiting the externship information page.

Vacunas asequibles para mascotas en Texas: una guía para mantener a su mascota sana con un presupuesto ajustado

En TCAP, entendemos la importancia de mantener a tu amigo peludo sano y feliz. Una de las formas más esenciales de garantizar su bienestar es a través de las vacunas periódicas. Vacunar a su mascota no solo la protege de enfermedades, sino que también ayuda a prevenir la propagación de enfermedades a otros animales e incluso a humanos. Las vacunas son vitales para las mascotas de todas las edades, ya que ayudan a desarrollar inmunidad contra enfermedades potencialmente mortales. En este artículo, proporcionaremos una guía de vacunas accesibles para mascotas en Texas, para que pueda mantener a su mascota saludable sin gastar mucho dinero.

¿Por qué debe vacunar a su mascota?

La vacunación es una medida preventiva y no una cura. La administración de vacunas a su mascota mejora en gran medida su sistema inmunológico al estimularlo para que forme células y proteínas que combaten enfermedades (conocidas como anticuerpos) para proteger contra la enfermedad.

¿Qué vacunas necesita mi mascota?

Algunas vacunas se consideran vacunas básicas y deben administrarse a su mascota todos los años, mientras que otras vacunas pueden o no ser necesarias según el estilo de vida de su mascota. Nuestros paquetes de vacunas están diseñados para facilitar la compra de los servicios básicos de vacunación y bienestar que su mascota necesita.

Guía de vacunas para perros:

Cachorros (3 rondas de vacunas para cachorros)


6-8 Semanas: Vacunas DAPPv y desparasitante General 

9-11 semanas: DAPPv Booster, vacuna de Bordetella y desparasitante General 

12 a 15 semanas: vacuna contra la rabia, refuerzo de DAPPv, vacuna de Bordetella y desparasitante general


Perros adultos (cada año)

6 meses de edad (o más): vacuna contra la rabia, vacuna DAPPv y vacuna de Bordetella


Guía de vacunas para gatos:

Gatitos (2 rondas de vacunas para gatitos)


9-11 semanas: vacuna FeLV, vacuna FHCPCh y desparasitante general 

12 a 15 semanas: vacuna contra la rabia, refuerzo de FeLV, refuerzo de FHCPCh y desparasitante general


Gatos adultos (cada año)

6 meses de edad (o más): vacuna contra la rabia, vacuna FeLV y vacuna FHCPCh 


Como dueños de mascotas, es nuestra responsabilidad mantener a nuestros amigos peludos sanos y seguros.

Las vacunas son una de las formas más críticas de hacerlo, pero el costo de las vacunas para mascotas puede aumentar rápidamente. Afortunadamente, TCAP hace que vacunar a las mascotas sea fácil y accesible durante nuestro horario de vacunación sin cita previa. Durante las clínicas sin cita previa de TCAP, los pacientes son atendidos por orden de llegada.

Al aprovechar estos recursos y mantenerse al día con las vacunas de su mascota, puede protegerla de enfermedades potencialmente mortales y garantizar que tenga una vida larga y saludable. Con un poco de esfuerzo y planificación, puede mantener a su mascota saludable y feliz a un bajo costo.

Best in DFW: TCAP A Finalist for Best Animal Nonprofit

TCAP is a finalist for the Dallas Morning News People’s Choice Awards in the category Best Animal Nonprofit.

Your vote can help us secure this prestigious award, and contribute to the welfare of countless animals across the region. We’ve compiled a list of four reasons you should vote for TCAP!

1. TCAP Impact:

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection is dedicated to improving the lives of animals through its 8 DFW-area spay/neuter clinics. Since opening in 2002, TCAP has provided more than 700,000 low-cost, or free, spays and neuters to community pets in need. Reducing the number of unwanted litters helps prevent pet overpopulation and its associated challenges, such as overcrowded shelters, abandoned animals, and the unfortunate need for euthanasia. TCAP has also provided essential low-cost wellness services such as vaccinations, heartworm prevention, and more to pets in need.

2. Empowering the Community:

In addition to crucial spay/neuter services, actively engages with the community to promote responsible pet ownership. Utilizing educational programs, we equip pet owners with the knowledge and resources needed to provide proper care and create a loving environment for their furry companions. By empowering each other, we can foster a culture of compassion and ensure a brighter future for animals in DFW.

3. Uniting Animal Lovers:

TCAP has built a vibrant and supportive network of animal lovers who share their vision for a better world for animals. By voting for Texas Coalition for Animal Protection as the Best Animal Nonprofit in DFW, you not only help us gain recognition (which can help us win grant dollars for our programs) but also contribute to strengthening the animal welfare community. Together, we can raise awareness, inspire others, and create lasting change for animals in need.

4. It’s Easy:

Here’s how you can show your support for TCAP and help us win the title of the Best Animal Nonprofit in DFW:

  1. Visit the website before June 30, 2023
  2. Select “Texas Coalition for Animal Protection”
  3. Submit your ballot
  4. Return tomorrow and vote again (you can vote once each day).

Remember, every vote counts, and your support will directly impact the lives of animals in DFW.

Texas Pet Owners: Are You Properly Managing Your Pet’s Medications?

As a pet owner in Texas, it’s important to understand that managing your pet’s medication can be a crucial part of ensuring their health and wellbeing. Whether it’s giving them medication for a chronic condition or providing temporary relief for a short-term illness, proper medication management can make all the difference in your pet’s quality of life. Here are some tips to help you properly manage your pet’s medications:

  1. Follow The Instructions: The first and most important step in managing your pet’s medications is to follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. Make sure you understand how often to give the medication, how much to give, and how to administer it correctly. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for clarification.
  2. Keep Track of Doses: It’s important to keep track of when you give your pet their medication and how much you give them. You can use a calendar or a reminder app to help you remember when it’s time for the next dose. This is particularly important if your pet is on multiple medications or if you have a busy schedule.
  3. Store Medication Properly: Medications should be stored in a cool, dry place out of reach of pets and children. Make sure to follow the storage instructions provided by your veterinarian or on the container holding the medication. Please note, you should never store medication in a place that is not temperature-controlled (such as a car, garage, or storage shed) and some medications may even require being refrigerated. Never give your pet medication that has expired.
  4. Monitor for Side Effects: Some medications can have side effects that can be harmful to your pet. Be sure to monitor your pet for any changes in behavior or symptoms that could be related to their medication. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian right away.
  5. Don’t stop medication without consulting your veterinarian: It’s important to never stop giving your pet their medication without first consulting with your veterinarian. Even if your pet seems to be feeling better, stopping the medication too soon could lead to a relapse or other complications.

At Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP), we understand that managing your pet’s medication can be overwhelming at times. That’s why we offer low-cost veterinary services to help make it easier for you to keep your pets healthy and happy. From vaccinations to heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, deworming, microchipping, and high-quality dental cleanings, we’re here to help you give your pets the care they need. Contact us to learn more about our services 940-566-5551.

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Pet Allergy Testing: A Guide for Pet Owners in Texas

As a responsible and caring pet owner, you want to ensure that your furry friend is as comfortable and healthy as possible. One of the challenges many pet owners face is figuring out what is causing their pet’s allergic reactions, and how to manage them effectively. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, getting an allergy test can help you identify the underlying cause and take appropriate steps to manage it.

At TCAP, we do not diagnose or treat pet allergies, but we understand the importance of providing pet owners with information and resources to help them care for their pets. In this post, we will provide an overview of pet allergy testing and what you need to know as a pet owner in Texas.

Common Allergy Symptoms and Causes
There are several signs and symptoms that your pet may be experiencing allergies, including:

  • Itching and scratching
  • Red, irritated, or inflamed skin
  • Frequent licking or biting at paws or other areas of the body
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Sneezing, coughing, or wheezing
  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Allergies in pets can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Environmental factors such as pollen, dust, and mold
  • Flea bites
  • Food ingredients such as grains, dairy, and proteins
  • Chemicals and additives in grooming products and cleaning supplies

It is important to note that not all pets will have the same symptoms or react to the same allergens, so it is important to work with your veterinarian to properly diagnose and treat your pet’s allergies.

What is Pet Allergy Testing?
Pet allergy testing is a process that helps identify the specific allergens that trigger an allergic reaction in your pet. The test involves taking a blood sample or performing a skin test to expose your pet to a variety of potential allergens. The sample is then analyzed to determine which substances your pet has an allergic reaction to.

There are two primary types of pet allergy tests: blood tests and skin tests. Blood tests involve taking a small sample of your pet’s blood and analyzing it for antibodies to common allergens. Skin tests involve applying a small amount of a potential allergen to your pet’s skin and monitoring for a reaction.

Why Should You Consider Pet Allergy Testing?
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, it’s important to get them tested. Identifying the specific allergens that trigger your pet’s reactions can help you take steps to manage their symptoms effectively. With allergy testing, you can:

  • Pinpoint the exact allergens causing your pet’s reactions
  • Develop a targeted treatment plan to manage your pet’s allergies
  • Avoid unnecessary treatments and expenses by focusing on the specific allergens causing your pet’s reactions

Pet Allergy Testing in Texas
If you’re in Texas and interested in pet allergy testing, it’s important to work with a licensed veterinarian. TCAP does not provide allergy testing, but we recommend working with a reputable veterinarian who can provide this service. Your veterinarian can discuss your pet’s symptoms, perform the appropriate tests, and develop a customized treatment plan to manage your pet’s allergies.

In conclusion, pet allergy testing can be an essential tool for identifying and managing your pet’s allergies. If you’re in Texas and suspect that your pet is suffering from allergies, we recommend consulting with a licensed veterinarian who can perform the necessary tests and provide customized treatment options. And as always, TCAP is here to support you and your furry friends with our low-cost spays and neuters, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, deworming, microchipping, and high-quality dental cleanings.

To learn more about our low-cost preventative services, call
(940) 566-5551.

Navigating Pet Nutrition: What You Need to Know for Your Texas Pets

As a pet owner, you want to provide the best possible care for your furry friend, and nutrition is a crucial component of that care. Choosing the right food and feeding your pet a healthy diet can help prevent a range of health problems and ensure that your pet stays happy and energetic. But, with so many pet food options on the market, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you navigate pet nutrition.

Understand Your Pet’s Nutritional Needs
Before you start looking at pet food options, it’s important to understand your pet’s nutritional needs. Different pets have different requirements based on their age, breed, weight, and activity level. For example, a senior cat may need a different type of food than

Look for Quality Ingredients
When it comes to pet food, quality is key. Look for brands that use high-quality, whole food ingredients and avoid those that use fillers and artificial preservatives. Ideally, the first few ingredients on the label should be whole meats, fruits, and vegetables. You can also look for foods that are labeled “human grade” or “USDA certified organic” to ensure that the ingredients meet strict quality standards.

Consider Your Pet’s Lifestyle
In addition to age and breed, your pet’s lifestyle can also affect their nutritional needs. If your pet is highly active, they may require a food with a higher protein content. If they are more sedentary, they may need a food with fewer calories to prevent weight gain. Consider your pet’s lifestyle when selecting a food and look for options that are tailored to their needs.

Avoid Fad Diets and Trends
Just like in the human nutrition world, there are many pet food fads and trends that come and go. While some may have merit, many are not backed by scientific evidence and may not be appropriate for your pet’s nutritional needs. It’s important to stick with well-established brands and consult with your veterinarian before making any major changes to your pet’s diet.

Consult with Your Veterinarian
Speaking of veterinarians, they can be an invaluable resource when it comes to pet nutrition. They can help you understand your pet’s unique nutritional needs and make recommendations based on their health history and lifestyle. They can also offer guidance on choosing the right food and supplements for your pet.

At Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP), we offer a range of preventative care services to keep your pets healthy, but we do not sell food or provide nutritional counseling. However, we believe that proper nutrition is an essential component of preventive pet health care, and we hope this guide helps you make informed decisions about your pet’s diet.

Affordable Emergency Vet Care in Texas: Tips to Save on Unexpected Costs

Though TCAP does not provide emergency services or treatment for sick or injured pets, we recognize the importance of emergency vet care for pets in Texas. Unexpected pet emergencies can happen at any time, and they can be very costly. In this blog post, we would like to share some tips on how to save on emergency vet costs in Texas, while still ensuring that your pet receives the necessary care they need no matter what situation arises.

  1. Consider Pet Insurance: Pet insurance can help you cover the costs of unexpected vet visits, as well as routine care. There are many different pet insurance providers in Texas, and you can choose a plan that fits your budget and your pet’s needs.
  2. Be Prepared: Keep a pet emergency kit at home, including basic first aid supplies, contact information for your regular vet and an emergency vet, and any medications or special dietary needs your pet may have.
  3. Know the Signs of a Pet Emergency: Knowing the signs of a pet emergency can help you act quickly and potentially prevent further complications. Some signs of a pet emergency include difficulty breathing, seizures, bleeding, trauma, sudden changes in behavior or appetite, and vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours.
  4. Do Research Before An Emergency: Research what emergency providers are near your home. Make note of which vet you would prefer to use and which vets are open 24 hours a day.
  5. Consider a Low-Cost Preventative Clinic: While TCAP does not provide emergency services, we do offer low-cost services for routine care and preventative measures. Our low-cost spays and neuters, vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention, flea and tick prevention, deworming, microchipping, and dental cleanings can help prevent health issues that may lead to emergency situations.
  6. Create a Budget: Planning ahead and creating a budget for your pet’s care can help you be prepared for unexpected vet costs. Setting aside money each month specifically for your pet’s care can help alleviate financial stress in the event of an emergency.

At TCAP, we believe that every pet deserves access to affordable and quality veterinary care. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your pet receives the necessary care in the event of an emergency, without breaking the bank. If you have any questions about our low-cost preventative services, give us a call at (940) 566-5551.

What Texas Pet Owners Need to Know About Preventive Healthcare for Their Pets

Welcome to the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP), where we are dedicated to providing low-cost preventive healthcare services for pets throughout Texas. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of preventive care for pets and the services we offer to help keep your furry friends healthy and happy.

Why is preventive care important for pets?
Preventive care is the best way to keep your pets healthy and happy. It involves regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventative treatments that can detect and prevent health problems before they become serious or even life-threatening. By investing in preventive care, you can save money on costly treatments and ensure that your pet has a long and healthy life.

What preventive services does TCAP offer?
At TCAP, we offer a range of low-cost preventive healthcare services to keep your pets healthy and happy. Our services include:

  1. Low-Cost Spays and Neuters: Spaying and neutering are important procedures that can help prevent unwanted litters and reduce the risk of certain health problems, such as reproductive cancers.
  2. Low-Cost Vaccinations: Vaccines are essential for preventing infectious diseases in pets. We offer a range of vaccines for dogs and cats, including rabies, distemper, parvo, and more.
  3. Heartworm Testing and Prevention: Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that can affect dogs and cats. We offer heartworm testing and preventative treatments to help keep your pets safe from this disease.
  4. Flea and Tick Prevention: Fleas and ticks can cause a range of health problems in pets, including skin irritation, infections, and even disease transmission. We offer a range of flea and tick prevention products to keep your pets protected.
  5. Deworming: Parasites such as worms can cause a range of health problems in pets, including diarrhea, weight loss, and anemia. We offer deworming treatments to help keep your pets healthy and happy.
  6. Microchipping: Microchipping is a safe and easy way to help reunite lost pets with their owners. We offer low-cost microchipping services using Home Again brand microchips.
  7. High-Quality Dental Cleanings: Dental health is essential for overall health of pets. We offer high-quality dental cleanings for dogs and cats to help prevent dental disease and keep your pets’ teeth and gums healthy. Regular dental cleanings can even extend a pet’s life by 3-5 years.

How can I keep my pet happy and healthy with preventative care?
Here are some tips to help you keep your pet healthy and happy with preventive care:

  1. Schedule Regular Check-Ups: Regular check-ups can help detect and prevent health problems before they become more serious. Make appointments with your full-service veterinarian once a year to ensure that you catch and address major issues early.
  2. Stay Up-To-Date on Vaccinations: Vaccines can help protect your pet from infectious diseases.
  3. Use Preventative Treatments: Preventative treatments such as heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, and deworming can help keep your pets healthy from parasites that are common in Texas.
  4. Spay or Neuter Your Pet: Spaying or neutering can help prevent unwanted litters and reduce the risk of certain health problems.
  5. Microchip Your Pet: Animal shelters scan for a microchip as soon as the take in any pets they find. Microchipping can help ensure that your pet can be easily identified and reunited with you if they ever get lost.
  6. Feed Your Pet a Healthy Diet: A healthy diet is essential for overall health in pets. Be sure to feed your pet a balanced and nutritious diet.
  7. Provide Plenty of Exercise and Mental Stimulation: Exercise and mental stimulation are essential for your pet’s physical and mental health. Make sure your pet gets plenty of both.

At TCAP, we are committed to providing low-cost preventive healthcare services to help keep your pets healthy and happy. Contact us at 940-566-5551 to schedule an appointment for a spay/ neuter or dental cleaning or come in during TCAP’s walk-in vaccine hours for vaccines, microchipping, and preventative medications.

Pet Microchipping in Texas: How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Secure

Microchipping your pets is an important step in responsible pet ownership. A microchip is a small, rice-sized device that is inserted under your pet’s skin and contains a unique identification number. If your pet becomes lost or goes missing, a microchip can help reunite you with your furry friend by providing a way for a shelter or veterinarian to identify and contact you.

Lasting Protection

One of the main benefits of microchipping is that it provides a permanent form of identification. Unlike a collar and tags, which can easily be removed or lost, a microchip stays with your pet for their entire life. This can be particularly useful if your pet is prone to wandering or getting lost.

Bring Your Pet Home Faster

Another benefit of microchipping is that it can help speed up the reunification process. If your pet ends up in a shelter or with a veterinarian, they can quickly scan the microchip to determine your pet’s identity and contact you. This can save valuable time and help you and your pet be reunited more quickly.

The Process

Microchipping is a quick and simple procedure that is usually done during TCAP’s walk-in vaccine hours or at the same time as a sterilization or dental cleaning (for a discounted rate). The microchip is inserted under the skin using a needle, and the process is similar to getting a vaccine. Most pets do not experience any discomfort during the procedure.

Overall, microchipping is a simple and effective way to help ensure the safety and well-being of your furry friend. If you haven’t already done so, consider microchipping your pet to give them the best chance of being reunited with you if they ever become lost.

Visit TCAP during TCAP’s walk-in hours to give your pet enduring protection with a microchip!

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