Think Twice About Leaving Dogs in Parked Cars

A floofy dog locked inside a car with the windows up

You’re driving in the car with your dog and realize you need to pick up a loaf of bread on your way home. Obviously you can’t bring your dog into the store, and you really don’t want to have to make another trip. 

It’s not too hot out” you reason. 

I’ll park in the shade.

I’ll leave the windows down-ish.

I’ll only be gone for a few minutes.”

Unfortunately for your pup, that quick errand can become a tragedy in as little as a few minutes. The team at Schertz Animal Hospital wants to shed some light on why leaving dogs in parked cars is never a good idea, regardless of the time of year.


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.