Star Spangled Safety: Pets and the Fourth of July

So Cool!While we may love the fun and festivities of the Fourth of July, the day tends to be a pet’s worst nightmare. Sure, there are delicious smells wafting over from the grill, but these exciting scents aren’t exactly coming from dog-friendly food. And there are plenty of friends and family to play fetch with, but what if one of them leaves the gate open or accidentally steps on a tail? And then, of course, there’s the deluge of fireworks, which are fabulous for us, but feel more like an aerial assault to our pets. You know how loud fireworks are, and I’m sure you know how well your puppy’s ears work.

Add in crowds and hot weather (especially if you’re planning on taking your dog out for the day), and the Fourth of July quickly becomes a pet safety nightmare. But never fear! There is plenty you can do to keep your four-legged friend safe and happy on Independence Day! Continue…

Summer Pet Safety: Schertz Animal Hospital’s Guide To Fun in the Sun

Doberman pantingWhen the weather forecast calls for high temps and flash floods, you know that summer has finally arrived; and with it, the need to review the ins and outs of summer pet safety. Hot days coupled with high humidity create uncomfortable conditions for everyone, but this combination can be deadly for our furry friends, if we aren’t prepared. Even seemingly ordinary summer activities like playing on the beach, strolling around town, or chasing pop fly balls can turn ugly if your pet becomes overheated.

Dogs don’t have sweat glands like humans, so they “perspire” through their paw pads and panting. Unfortunately, when the humidity is high, very little evaporation can take place; so panting  doesn’t cool your pet down the way it’s supposed to. If your pet isn’t given the opportunity needed to keep cool, or is placed in situations that are physically taxing, he or she is likely to become overheated, which can lead to a potentially fatal condition called heatstroke. Continue…

Dog on the Run: Dealing with Pets Who Like to Escape

Schertz_iStock_000004202082_LargeSo, this time you think you’ve fortified the backyard enough to keep out an army (or, rather, keep them in). And yet, come morning, your dog has managed to slip through a gap in the fence only a contortionist should be able to manage.

Pets who like to escape can be a major source of stress and worry for their understandably concerned guardians. Whether they are high jumpers or diggers, or simply have a knack for stealth escapes through a cracked door, there are ways to address the problem of escape artist pets. Continue…

Be Wary of Scary Bugs: Preventing Pet Parasites All Year ‘Round

Schertz_iStock_000014993047_LargeIt’s not the kind of thing that inspires warm, fuzzy thoughts in pet owners, but preventing pet parasites is one of our major concerns. With the hottest days of the year on the rise, parasites like fleas, ticks, and heartworms are just waiting in the wings, ready for the next blood meal. If it makes your skin crawl to think of your pet becoming the next victim of vector-borne disease, Continue…