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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Best Local Summer Activities for You and Your Pet

In Dickinson, TX there are so many wonderful outdoor activities for you and your pet this summer! We hope you have been having an awesome summer so far, with the many holidays, baseball games, backyard barbeques, and all of the other things that this season brings. But sometimes we know that our pets cannot participate in the same festivities that we enjoy, whether it is out of safety concerns, or simply because the unfair rules of “No pets allowed.”

No matter what the cause, it is important to have many amazing memories with your fur friends this summer, and all year long. That is why your friends at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center are here to announce some great activities for you and your pet in our area. Continue…

The Ins and Outs of Vacationing with Pets  

Vacationing with pets can be a lot of fun if you plan ahead for pet travel and pet safety.Many of us are busy planning summer getaways, whether it’s to the beach, a new city, or a cabin in the mountains. For those of us with furry companions, it’s a no-brainer that our pets will also come along for the fun.

Vacationing with pets can be an incredible way to enjoy new experiences, see new places, and strengthen the bond between the two of you. However, like any good plan, preparation is needed in order to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one. Fortunately, the team at Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center is here to help!

Checklist for a Successful Trip with Your Pet

Before you hit the road, there are several things you’ll need to prepare for in advance. Here are some key things to consider a few weeks out: Continue…

What New Cat Owners Should Know Before Adopting

New cat owners have challenges and rewards to look forward to.One of the easiest things to do in life is fall for a cat’s charms. Even those that have never enjoyed living with felines, or folks with allergies, can see that cats are purr-fectly irresistible. People who have never owned a cat might not realize, however, that there’s much more to it than long, lazy blinks, happy scampers, cuddles, and playtime. New cat owners have some serious questions to ask before adopting, but if answered honestly, the results are 100% positive.

Strong Impulse

Many new cat owners dive in before truly looking at the big picture. A lack of planning, preparation, and foresight are typically the root causes that feline adoptions go awry, and the cats themselves are the ones who suffer, unfortunately.

To prevent the surrender of a cat who needs a good, dependable owner, it’s critical to consider the long view of caring for them over the course of their entire life (which could be as long as 20 years). Continue…

You Are What You Eat: Why Proper Pet Nutrition Matters

pet nutritionProviding our pets with the food they need to grow and sustain a healthy life is one of the more important aspects of responsible pet ownership. But with so many brands of pet food out there, along with new ideas about what pets should and shouldn’t be eating cropping up nearly every day, figuring out what to feed your pet can be confusing at best.

At Dickinson Animal Hospital and Pet Wellness Center, our goal is to find the right diet for each pet that walks through our doors. Deciphering pet nutrition can be tricky, but with the right tools in place (and a little help from us!), it’s possible to find the perfect diet for your four-legged, exotic, and avian friends.

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