Chemicals, many of them toxic, are a way of life in our modern world. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a home that doesn’t contain at least a few hazardous substances for use in the yard, garage, or indoors. Of the many chemicals that could attract a curious pet, antifreeze is arguably one of the most dangerous.
Dogs and cats tend to be exposed to this engine additive during summer and winter, when we flush out the engines in our cars. Antifreeze poisoning in pets is often fatal, making education and prevention critical to the safety of our furry companions.
Pets truly light up our lives with their cuteness, their antics, and their charm. It’s hard to imagine life without our furry best friends, and it’s understandable to want to spread that particular type of cheer during the holiday season. Besides, what could be more heartwarming than watching a loved one receive the gift of a new pet?
As it turns out, giving a pet as a gift may end up in heartbreak if the recipient isn’t prepared or doesn’t want a pet. Doing your homework in advance will help to prevent a sad situation, and may even help to create a happy new pet and pet owner.
Lumps and bumps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but their appearance doesn’t always give us the full picture. Undoubtedly, it’s unsettling for many pet owners to consider the possibility of cancer; however, lumps and bumps on your pet’s skin can be related to other things besides malignant tumors.
The good news is that we have the ability to test skin growths. Once we understand what’s going on beneath the surface, we can discuss the possible pathways forward.
Halloween has always been fun, but it’s no longer a holiday just for kids. These days, everyone in the family seems to spend inordinate amounts of time and money finding or creating just the right costume. However, the individuals who upstage everyone else are, of course, the family pets! Sure, not all animals get into this (some would rather get out of a pet costume quickly), but when a pet costume fits well and feels comfortable, the fun multiplies.
You’ll likely see all manner of creativity in various pet costumes fashioned by dedicated and imaginative owners. Of course, the traditional costumes always have a place (like ghosts, mummies, spiders, etc.), but it’s not uncommon to see pets dressed as pop culture icons, trending foods, or other original ideas. Time to get crafty!
When it comes to back to school time with the kiddos, there is often chaos to be found. From shopping for school supplies, to packing up lunches and after school activities, there is seemingly no rest for the season of schoolwork. But, where does the family pet factor in?
Along with all of the hub-bub, your curious pet can take advantage of this busy-ness by sneaking a peek at backpacks and lunches. After a race to the kitchen for some snacks, or to another activity, backpacks, sacks, and other items are often discarded on the floor by day’s end.
To keep your fur friend away from these pet emergency dangers, let’s take a look at the risks found in your student’s satchel and how to prevent them from coming into contact with your pet.
Pet Emergency: Ingesting Foreign Bodies
With the invention of online homework,it may be less likely that your dog has munched on your student’s math test, but there are other things that can entice a pet prowler from feasting something inedible. Take a look at any backpack or purse, and you will often find a cornucopia of items that Spot can spot!
Whether you’re lounging near Barton Springs’ pool, running or biking along the Lady Bird Lake trail, or enjoying one of the Blues On The Green concerts, Zilker Park seems to have something for everyone, after all, they don’t call it Austin’s most loved park for nothing!
Dog owners have much to love about Zilker as well, namely the nearly 46 acres dedicated entirely to dogs. Enjoying the Zilker dog park is a no-brainer as long as you and your pooch practice proper dog park etiquette.
Vaccines are modern marvels responsible for saving innumerable – human and animal – lives. Pet owners committed to the prevention of all sorts of various illnesses have many questions about immunity, severity, risk of exposure, and frequency of vaccinations. We’re always here to assist your dog with advanced care, diagnostics, and treatments, but prevention is the key. Of the infectious diseases, canine parvovirus can be effectively avoided.
Most commonly, canine parvovirus infects the digestive system and the immune system. In rare cases, however, the heart of a young puppy can be at risk of attack.
Dogs of all ages and breeds can contract the disease, which is shed in the vomit or stool of an infected dog (and who hasn’t seen a dog sniff or sample another dog’s poop?). Robust enough to survive in the environment for up to a year, canine parvovirus is difficult to eliminate.
Summer is high season for celebrations and nothing is more celebratory than the 4th of July. From backyard barbecues to brilliant fireworks, this is the holiday many Americans look forward to for fun, food, family, and, of course, festivities.
While the team at Heart of Texas agrees with the significance and excitement of the holiday, we also want to remind owners it’s also a time for extra precaution when it comes to our fur friends. Most pets are frightened by loud noises (you may have noticed this during one of our raucous storms). In fact, noise anxiety or phobia is so common that missing pet reports tend to spike during this holiday.
However, there’s no reason to sit this season out. Take some time to learn about 4th of July pet safety and how you can enjoy it while keeping your best fur pal in mind.
A Case for Caution
There are many reasons why loud holidays or thunderstorms are a concern for us here at Heart of Texas. We’ve seen many emergency cases due to pets being struck by a car or injured as they attempt to escape from the cacophony around them.
Unlike us, pets can perceive these noises as unpleasant or downright terrifying. In fact, noise phobia can create a very scary situation for both pets and their owners when it isn’t addressed. Even if you think your pet is only mildly bothered by the noise, exercise caution since it’s best to have peace of mind.
Austin residents are no strangers to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. You may have an idea of what to do in the event of severe weather, but have you considered pet safety?
Severe weather pet safety is an important part of responsible pet ownership. By planning ahead for our pets, we can help to reduce their anxiety and keep them from harm.
Prepare Your Shelter
Having a safe place to go in the event of a tornado is crucial for the safety of everyone in your home. Once you have identified your tornado-proof room or cellar, make sure it is animal friendly by removing dangerous items, such as tools or toxic products, that may be stored there.
Stock your tornado shelter with emergency pet supplies, including extra food, water, any medications your pet is taking, litter box and litter or puppy pads, a leash or carrier, and veterinary records. Practice getting your pet into the tornado-safe area quickly (this includes knowing your pet’s favorite hiding spots).
Severe weather may damage your home or surrounding area to the point where evacuation is necessary. Take the following precautions to keep your pet safe in the event of an evacuation:
Although we are fortunate to enjoy mild winters here in Round Rock, spring nevertheless brings out the urge to spruce up our lawns and gardens. Many of us consider our yards an extension of our homes, and appreciate our time spent enjoying nature and great weather with our families and pets.
Because many common ornamental plants and lawn care products are pet toxins, caution must be used to ensure that your pet will stay safe as you exercise your green thumb this spring. Your team at Heart of Texas is happy to offer you our top tips for pet safe gardening and lawn care!
Pet Safe Landscaping
Your neighbor’s hyacinths and tulips look beautiful this time of year, but did you know that both plants are toxic to pets if ingested?