Posts in Category: Seasonal Pet Care
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.
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:
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…
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.
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.