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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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…