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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The Dog Ate My Homework: Is It a Pet Emergency?

pet emergenciesWhen 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!

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Practicing Dog Park Etiquette At Zilker Dog Park

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.

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Severe Weather Pet Safety: Are You Prepared?

severe weatherAustin 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).

Evacuation Concerns

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:

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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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I Heart You: Show Love With Proactive Pet Safety

When you share your life with animals, every day is full of love and happiness. But when Valentine’s Day rears its flowery, chocolate-scented head, an otherwise firm grip on pet safety can easily fly out the window.

This big-hearted holiday is a wonderful opportunity to show your nearest and dearest how much you care, but it also ranks toward the top for pet poisoning risks. With our tried and true tips, your pet will (safely) enjoy the extra doses of snuggles and kisses galore!

Presenting: V-Day Disasters!

Unfortunately, the same items that make Valentine’s Day special for us have the potential to place your pet in danger. In fact, the Pet Poison Helpline and emergency clinics (like our own 24-hour facility) repeatedly prepare for one of the busiest days of the year. Not surprisingly, the most common patients turn out to be curious (or hungry) family dogs. Continue…

Thanksgiving Blues: Preventing Pancreatitis in Pets

Puppy Dog Sniffing a Holiday Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, you are likely anticipating a big, mouthwatering meal, and hopefully a few days of leftovers afterward. Many pets look forward to the holiday season as well, as it affords them the opportunity to be given (or to sneak) some choice table scraps.

Unfortunately, those delicious morsels may wreak havoc on your pet. Pancreatitis in pets is a common problem around the holidays, and your friends at Heart of Texas want to help you learn how to spot, and prevent, this dangerous condition.

What is Pancreatitis in Pets?

The pancreas is an organ located near the stomach that is responsible for digestion and blood sugar regulation. Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen, inhibiting the secretion of important digestive enzymes and affecting the surrounding organs and tissue.

Pancreatitis in pets can be dangerous if left untreated. Bring your pet in to see us right away if he or she is experiencing any of the following symptoms of pancreatitis:

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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…