Posts in Category: The Great Outdoors
There’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…
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…
Animals, especially dogs, are drawn to water. Be it a murky ditch, a puddle, or recreational lakes and rivers, many pets love to slurp, splash, and swim whenever water is around. Unfortunately, not all water sources are safe for fun. In fact, many water sources can shelter bacteria and parasites.
Before you head out to enjoy some splash time for your best friend, be on the lookout for the following risks so you can increase your awareness about pet water safety:
Parasites in the Murk
Some of the scariest pet-related water issues in Galveston County are a result of the water-borne parasitic infections, Enterococcus Bacteria and the ‘flesh-eating disease’ Vibrio vulnificus. Both are considered serious threats, are caused by fecal microbiota, and are often found in bracken water. Additional illnesses on the rise include giardia and leptospirosis (which is serious and can lead to liver failure). Scarier still, these are zoonotic illnesses, which means they can spread between animals and people.
We pay a great deal of attention to the possibility of a lost or missing pet during Halloween and New Year’s, but Independence Day is actually the worst holiday in this respect. It’s terrifying to lose a pet during one of the most chaotic days of the year, but that’s not the only reason July 4th pet safety is so important. Backyard BBQ’s, parades, and firework displays can all create hazardous conditions for your pet.
Because of the escape risk, microchipping your pet is one of the best things you can do this summer. If your pet already has a chip but you’ve moved or changed phone numbers, be sure to update your contact information with the chip manufacturer.
Having a pet go missing isn’t one of the most pleasant things to consider, but an estimated one in three pets go missing in their lifetimes. The reasons for this are varied; some pets are prone to wandering (especially outdoor cats and dogs) while others may just see an opportunity when a gate is left open.
The point is that escapes happen even when you take all the right precautions. This is why microchipping your pet is so important. Microchipping is one of the most effective ways you can ensure a reunion with a pet who is lost or stolen. Even better, it’s a quick and cost effective procedure that is safe for all pets.
Gardening season is in full swing, the best time of year for those of us who enjoy enhancing our surroundings with beautiful plants and flowers. Because curiosity often leads outdoor-loving pets to nibble on the flowers and foliage of ornamental plants, care must be taken to ensure that your greenery is safe for pets.
Fortunately, there are plenty of options for creating a lush and lovely pet-safe garden, and with a little planning you and your pets will soon be safely enjoying nature’s bounty!
Poisonous Plants and Bulbs
As you flip through the seed catalog or scout out your local garden center, it’s important to keep in mind which plants pose a threat to your pets. The following list includes common plants, bulbs, and flowers that can be toxic to your pet:
Mosquitos, fleas, and ticks, oh my! Besides being annoying and just plain gross, these little critters can pose some serious risks to our pets. Many parasites carry diseases that can sicken or even kill pets, and, in some instances, human members of the family can also be affected.
Thanks to our temperate winters here in the Houston area, these troublesome pests are never far from our minds, or our pets’ bodies, making year-round parasite prevention of the utmost importance. Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital is committed to helping you find the right parasite prevention products to meet your pet’s needs all year long.
Prevention is the single most important step you can take in protecting your pet from parasites. During your pet’s wellness exam, your veterinarian will work with you to determine the correct parasite prevention protocol based on your pet’s health, lifestyle, and other factors.