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…

My Aching Belly: Recognizing Tummy Trouble in Pets

tummy trouble in petsA bad stomach ache can trump just about anything your body can throw your way. We know that pets can experience pain and digestive issues, just like people can, but they may not always be able to tell us when things hurt.

It is important for pet owners to be adept at recognizing tummy trouble in pets, and Schertz Animal Hospital is ready to help make you an expert at identifying gastrointestinal issues, from minor to serious.

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A Serious Threat: Cold Medications and Pets

Schertz_iStock_000019782336_LargeCold and flu season is settling in, and while we hope that your family is staying healthy, don’t forget to think about your family pets and the impact your illness may have on them. Oftentimes, while we are fighting off a sickness, we are taking cold and flu medications to help us do so. Many of these cold-type medicines contain multiple ingredients, several of which can be incredibly dangerous to our pets.

The trick is what to know and what to watch out for when it comes to cold medications and pets: Continue…