Dealing with Kids and Dogs in Close Quarters

There’s no doubt that kids and dogs make the cutest of buddies. Growing up with a dog is a wonderful experience for most kids, and the benefits far outweigh the work involved. Living with a dog promotes empathy, compassion, and self esteem, and can teach valuable lessons about responsibility.

But when kids and dogs are stuck together in the house all day, things can go awry without a game plan. Your team at Dickinson Animal Hospital & Pet Wellness Center wants to help you make the most out of cabin fever with our top tips for managing your two and four-legged crew!

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The Truth About Pets and Essential Oils

Candles, incense, and simmering potpourri have been available to consumers for a long time. In recent years, these products have had some steep competition in the personal wellness department: essential oils. 

Extracted via steam or cold-pressing, essential oils capture a plant’s essence (namely their scent and flavor), in an effort to promote health and well-being. Although this sounds like a safer alternative to the man made chemicals found in other scented products, pet owners need to be aware that pets and essential oils don’t really mix.

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The Guilt-Free Way to Leave Your Pet Home Alone

A Dalmatian sits behind a glass window, waiting for her people to come home.

For many pet lovers, leaving our pets behind as we head off to work for the day is difficult. But, like most, work and other obligations require that we go out in the world without our four-legged friends. This reality begs the question: how long can you leave your pet home alone?

Dogs, cats, and other pets can be left at home with some understanding of their needs. For each pet, this will vary based on species, breed, behavior and physical health, as well as other social factors. Because pets are much like kids, the pet parent guilt can come on strong. If you’ve been asking yourself, “How much time can I leave my pet home alone?” you’ve come to the right place!

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Perfect Match Or Never Let Your Guard Down? Staying Safe With Kids and Pets

A young child feeds a cat

Few childhoods seem complete without close, valuable, interactions with animals. Whether it’s a doggy stopping by the playground or the kitty featured in a favorite picture book, kids go bananas over pets. But while the family cat, dog, turtle, or hamster can easily become the best possible friend to a young child, kids and pets need constant supervision, ongoing education, and lots of training.

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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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On the Lookout: Common Pet Toxins in the Home

pet toxinsAs 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.

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Tinsel, Turkey, and Travel, Oh My! Holiday Pet Safety

‘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.

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All About Pet Water Safety

pet water safetyAnimals, 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.

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Preparing for July 4th Pet Safety Like a Pro

4th of july pet safetyWe 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.

The Obvious

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.

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Green Paws: Planting a Pet-Safe Garden

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:

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