Stop, Drop, and Roll (…Over)? Pet Fire Safety Tips You Can Count On

Old man in fire hat holding dog

While furry family members are responsible for over 1,000 house fires every year, emergencies can happen any time for any number of “reasons.” We cannot always predict when dangerous events or potentially life-threatening disasters will occur, but we can definitely do our best to prevent the worst possible scenarios. Having a plan for pet fire safety is always a good idea, but the summer presents a special opportunity to remind even the most prepared pet owners.

The Eventuality of Fire

By the time midsummer rolls around, wildfires have the potential to threaten people and animals in close proximity to brush, trees, and buildings. The eventuality of fire in and around our communities often leads owners to take extra precautions regarding pet fire safety. 


Learning Pet CPR Could Save a Life

Generally speaking, the more we know, the better off we are. Of course, being informed certainly makes Trivial Pursuit more fun, but knowing what to do in a crisis situation is priceless. In the case of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), it’s critical to not only know how to perform this procedure, but when it’s necessary, as well.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to learn pet CPR, you’ve come to the right place!


The 9-1-1 on Xylitol Dangers for Pets

Many of us know that chocolate is toxic to pets, especially to our dogs. But there is a relatively new ingredient in many products that you might not even know about. This sugar substitute, called Xylitol, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, and even death, if not treated aggressively and quickly.

Schertz Animal Hospital explores Xylitol dangers, how to recognize the signs of toxicity, and where to find Xylitol in your home.


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…