Staying Cool: Hot Weather Safety for Pets

Our winters may be mild in Texas, but it’s safe to say we’re all ready for some nicer weather. Most of us love to be outdoors with our pets in the spring and summer, but warm weather can pose risks to pets, even when it doesn’t feel that hot to you.

Awareness and preparation are what it takes to keep your pet safe this summer. Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center explores hot weather safety for pets.

Be Prepared

You can stay ahead of the game with a bit of pre-hot weather preparation. Visit us for a spring or early summer check up and we can discuss the following important hot weather safety topics:

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A Look at Disease Prevention and Indoor Cat Care

Most cat owners do a wonderful job at meeting the needs of their pet, and they go to great lengths to ensure their feline’s comfort and security. However, some owners of indoor-only cats believe their companions are protected from contagious diseases and parasites simply by virtue of keeping them inside.

Unfortunately, no pet is entirely safe from these threats, but with a proactive approach to indoor cat care, you can definitely lower your pet’s risk of contracting a harmful disease.

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My Pet Has Allergies, Now What?

If you’ve spent time around a pet with allergies, you probably know how miserable it is for them and for us. Allergies happen when a pet’s immune system becomes sensitive to substances present in their environment. These substances, called allergens, are irritating to your dog or cat and can result in all kinds of symptoms. Allergies in pets typically begin by age 3 and tend to worsen as your pet ages. Unfortunately, they cannot be cured, only controlled.

Luckily, your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center have some important information and resources to share about this topic. Here’s our solution if you’re wondering whether your pet has allergies and how to help them.

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Highest Level of Care: What It Means to be Treated by an AAHA Accredited Veterinarian

Accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) means a great deal to professionals in the industry striving for veterinary excellence. Known for upholding the highest standards in veterinary medicine, AAHA accredited hospitals keep up with the latest medical advances, continue to offer unparalleled customer service, and raise awareness in their communities.

When pet owners research veterinarians to care for their pets, the red AAHA logo carries a lot of weight. We’re proud to be ranked among them in order to deliver the best veterinary experience possible.

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A Little Bit Of Love: Chocolate Toxicity and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and what better time to celebrate the bond we share with our special pets? The joy and happiness they bring us is unconditional, and we’re so fortunate to have them in our lives.

Because we love them so much, we often want to show them in a special way that we care. Extra treats, walks, and belly rubs are all ways to spread the love at Valentine’s Day and everyday. But around this holiday, there is one particular danger that we want everyone to be aware of, and that’s the issue of chocolate toxicity.

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Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

At Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center, we proudly deliver what we call The 5 Pillars to our animal patients and their owners. Fundamental to our practice, The 5 Pillars value lifelong wellness care, a high level of comfort, supportive companionship, compassion, and  providing everything a pet might need under one roof (diagnostics, grooming, medication, etc.).

The 5 Pillars also provide direction for our pet care blogs. Whether you have a new pet or are a seasoned pet owner, we strive to educate and inform our growing community of readers. And we can all agree that things are easier with a little guidance from time to time!

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Tis’ the Season to Beware of Dangerous Holiday Decorations for Pets

Keep your pet safe by knowing about Dangerous Holiday Decorations for Pets

It’s the time of year again! For many of us, twinkling lights, cheery music, festive treats, and lots of time spent with family and friends defines the holiday season. While our pets may not understand or share our love for the holidays, the new baubles and trinkets that adorn our homes will certainly spark their interest.

Unfortunately, dangerous holiday decorations can pose a serious risk to our furry loved ones. As you haul out your boxes and bins this month, keep the following tips in mind to create a pet-friendly environment the whole family can enjoy.

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Turkey Talk: Thanksgiving Meal Safety for Pets

Thanksgiving meal safety for pets can protect against pancreatitis in pets

Are turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on your mind yet? For humans, Thanksgiving often means indulgence and delicious foods we splurge on once a year. But, as you think about what to fill your plate with, take a moment to consider your pets and Thanksgiving meal safety for them.

It’s fun to share with our pets at holiday time, but the Thanksgiving meal can pose a safety problem for them. Too much of a good thing, as well as specific foods common to the holiday, can cause problems from mild GI upset to nothing short of a life-threatening emergency. So before offering up your turkey dinner, let Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center give you the skinny on Thanksgiving meal safety for your pets.

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5 Ideas To Spice Up The Daily Dog Walk

Making your daily dog walk more fun will increase your odds of getting proper pet exerciseThere’s no question that dogs need to be walked. Not only do walks provide our canine companions with the exercise they need to stay healthy, it also serves as their main form of mental stimulation and socialization. Dogs that are walked daily tend to be happier and have a stronger bond with their owners.

It’s easy for the daily dog walk to become routine, but a little creativity is all that’s needed to change that. Check out our tips for making your trip around the neighborhood with Fido more interesting and exciting for both of you. Continue…

The Real Deal With Back to School? Pet Anxiety.

Pet anxiety can cause your dog to chew on shoesIt’s easy to assume that when we leave the house, our pets simply sleep, groom, eat, and wander around. In other words, they carry on with their day-to-day lives as though we were right there with them, right? Well, some pets have a hard time making the leap from being fine with their owners to being just as fine without them. With the back to school season looming, pet anxiety or can really come at you from left field.

Know the Signs

While every pet is unique, there are certain warning signs that precede the diagnosis of pet anxiety:

  • Urinating and/or defecating inside the house (sometimes followed by coprophagia, or eating their own waste)
  • Escape attempts
  • Clawing  at or chewing on woodwork
  • Constant vocalization
  • Digging
  • Destruction
  • Endless pacing by the door

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