Decoding Dog Speak: Why Dogs Wag Their Tails

There are many reasons why dogs what their tailsThere isn’t much better than a sloppy puppy kiss and a wagging tail to bring a smile to your face, even on the worst of days.  While these actions bring us enjoyment, that isn’t their only purpose. Many of the things our canine companions do are actually an important part of dog speak.

A wag of the tail is no exception. While commonly interpreted as a friendly, happy gesture, the reasons why dogs wag their tails are much more complex than a simple expression of pleasure. Schertz Animal Hospital is here to help you learn what your dog is saying a little bit better. Continue…

Taking Flight: New Airline Rules for Pets

If you’ve traveled with your pets – whether by plane or by car, you know how important it is to be prepared and to travel safely. We routinely provide health certificates and counsel our clients on airplane and car travel for pets.

But recently, a series of pet deaths while flying has prompted United Airlines to make some changes to their policies for pet airline travel, which is why we are taking this opportunity to revisit pet travel safety as well as the new airline rules for pets.

First Things First

Airline travel for pets can be inherently dangerous. If you have plans to travel by plane with your pet, please come in for an exam well in advance so that we can talk about how to prepare. Continue…

Hiking Together? Don’t Forget a Pet First Aid Kit

Pet first aid is important when hiking with pets.Most dogs love the great outdoors, but sometimes their excitement can get them into trouble. Indeed, the smells, sights, and sounds are simply intoxicating to a dog’s finely-tuned senses, and the consequences of their experiential methods can range from minor to downright disastrous. What would do if your dog got hurt miles away from help? Having a pet first aid kit goes a long way, but it’s also critical to be well-versed in the art of backcountry preparation.

Before You Go

One of the best things you can do to ensure a safe hike with your dog is ascertain whether or not their health is up to it. We are happy to examine them and discuss possible issues they might experience while hiking, away from creature comforts, and fully exposed to the elements. Continue…

Essential Oils, a Leading Cause of Pet Poisoning Cases

Brown bottle of essential oil with dropperWhether it’s laundry detergent, air freshener, perfume, or cologne, we are exposed to various scents wherever we go. Some people really like it, others are allergic, and the same goes for our furry friends. Most fragrances aren’t toxic to pets, but products containing essential oils have a potent mix of dangerous substances. The public has widely embraced diffusers, but less is known about their potential place in the case of a pet poisoning.

Good for Health

Essential oils have long been touted for their healing properties. Anxiety, depression, and more can be relieved with some relaxing scents, while other oils can have a rejuvenating or energizing effect on people.

Derived from plants, these highly concentrated oils are either distilled or cold-pressed. As a result, certain essential oils can have negative effects on animals exposed to them. Continue…