Posts in Category: Pet Safety
It’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
- Endless pacing by the door
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…
The heart’s primary function is to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. Because of this massive responsibility, it’s critical to maintain optimal heart health throughout life. Preventing heart disease is key, but many animals are also born with cardiac challenges, so it’s equally important to recognize symptoms and provide treatment. Without medical intervention and consistent support at home, pets with heart disease can experience organ and circulatory system failure.
As responsible pet owners, we do everything we can to protect our furry companions; we protect them from the elements, have them microchipped, and make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations and parasite preventives (among many other safety precautions). Even with all of the daily care and concern we show our pets, it’s easy to overlook the pet poisoning dangers lurking in our own homes.
Pet toxins can be found almost anywhere, and our kitchen cabinets, purses, backpacks, and garage shelves are no exception. Understanding what constitutes a pet toxin is essential to protecting our pets.
‘Tis the season for glittery holiday decorations, delicious food, and family gatherings. Many of the holiday delights we look forward to all year can pose problems for our pets, though. WIth a little careful planning and our holiday pet safety tips, you and your pets can have a safe and fun holiday season.
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.
Your pet may instinctively drink more water on a hot day – or not. There are several important elements that, when aligned, contribute to a fine balance of health. One of these is, of course, water consumption. As the days grow hotter, so does your pet’s internal temperature. Without paying close attention to how much water your pet is drinking, pet dehydration is a real risk.
How Much is Enough?
Water makes up 70-80% of your pet’s body mass and helps maintain cellular functions. The actual amount of water your pet needs depends on his her breed, weight, age, lifestyle, and exposure to outside elements.
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: