How to Help a Reluctant Pet Take Medication

Feeding the dogAside from the dreaded task of tooth brushing, many pet owners struggle with administering medications. Most animals don’t like their mouths touched, and there are times when no amount of treats or promises will convince a pet to take medication. However,understanding your options and learning simple tips for pills and capsules can be useful.

What are Your Options?

Oral medications generally come as a pill, capsule, chewable tablet, or in liquid form. If your pet is particularly resistant when it comes to swallowing a pill, ask the team at Schertz Animal Hospital if a liquid alternative is available. Continue…

Trimming Pet Nails Like a Pro

Dog nails being cut and trimmed during groomingMany owners find the idea of trimming pet nails intimidating (if not downright terrifying!). That’s because the blood vessel that runs through the nail, referred to as the “quick,” can be accidentally grazed, causing pain in our fur friends.

However, trimming pet nails to the correct length is important for overall health. Nails that grow too long (often indicated by a clicking noise on hard surfaces) can impact balance and mobility, resulting in injury. Continue…

The Search is On: The Best Pets for Allergy Sufferers

VRVC_iStock_000025891371_LargeFor those who adore fur companions, there are few things more devastating than finding out you’re allergic to animals. In the United States, roughly 3 out of every 10 people suffer from pet allergies, begging the question: what are the options when it comes to pets for allergy sufferers?

The Hypoallergenic Pet: Fact or Fiction?

Before we go any further, it’s important to dispel the myth of the hypoallergenic pet. However, this label is often applied to animals who produce fewer allergens. Also, while pet hair is often pinned as the culprit for cat and dog allergies, it’s actually animal saliva, urine, and dander that are to blame. Continue…