Pets and Plants: Keeping Your Furry Loved Ones Safe

pets and plantsWhether you’re an avid gardener or simply enjoy keeping a houseplant or two, there’s good reason to be concerned about pets and plants. According to recent statistics, 25% of the total pet poisoning cases each year are caused by ingestion of a toxic plant.

There are currently more than 700 plants identified that produce compounds that can be toxic to pets, with effects ranging from mild stomach upset to death. Greenery can be tempting to dogs, cats, and other pets, making it of vital importance to identify and remove any potentially toxic plants from your pet’s environment.

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Preventing Antifreeze Poisoning in Pets

antifreezeChemicals, 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.

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Protecting Your Pet from Springtime Pet Toxins

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?

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A Refresher on Avoiding Snake Bites in Pets

HOT_iStock_000005681578_LargeIt’s that time of year again! Our slithering friends wake up and become more active, putting you and your pet at greater risk for an encounter. A situation can quickly turn into an emergency if precautions have not been taken.

From Coral Snakes to Western Diamondbacks, Texas (and many neighboring states) is rife with venomous and nonvenomous reptiles. Snake bites in pets are particularly common this time of year, which is why we’re offering a refresher on snake safety and pets.

Prevent Snake Bites in Pets

Thankfully, most snakes and other venomous reptiles hope to avoid us as much as we want to avoid them. Protecting you and your pet means being prepared and understanding the dangers. Below are some techniques to avoid snake bites in pets (and humans too!): Continue…

Steering Clear of Serpents: Snake Safety for Pets

2015.03.18-HOT_iStock_000015823910_Large (1)As a Texan, you’re no stranger to snakes. Texas snakes can be found across our state’s landscape; they’re in our backyards, on our trails, and in our picturesque bluebonnet fields. Whether you’re fascinated or reviled by these writhing reptiles, it’s important to recognize the risks they can pose for us and our four-legged family members. As a pet owner, it’s important to educate yourself about any potential dangers in your area, including venomous snakes.

Would you know what to do if you and your pet encountered a dangerous snake? Take this opportunity to arm yourself with knowledge about Texas snakes and how you can practice snake safety for pets. While many snakes are harmless, there are a certain few that we need to be on the lookout for. Continue…