How do Ticks Get on Pets?

The tick population in the U.S. has exploded in recent years, causing a drastic increase in cases of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne illnesses among people and pets.

Sometimes, it seems, that despite our best efforts to keep our pets close, we still wind up pulling ticks off them every spring, summer, and fall. Understanding how ticks get on pets (and people) and what you can do about it is crucial to winning the fight against tick-borne disease.

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How Pest Control Can Pester Your Pet: Spring Pest Control

Spring has almost sprung – and this is one time when many pet owners lavish lots of TLC on their gardens and lawns. Rodenticides, herbicides and mulch are on our minds, as are the pests that buzz and crawl about. But are the pesticides that exterminators and landscapers use really safe for our pets?  

Schertz Animal Hospital takes a look at the precautions you should take to keep pest control from pestering your pet.

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Protecting Your Dog’s Paws: Winter Paw Care

Winter paw care can prevent illness in pets.


Even though we don’t get much snow in Texas, winter can still be brutal on a dog’s paws. Exposed to the elements, paws are at risk for drying, cracking, trauma, and picking up toxic chemicals from the ground. Luckily, there are some tips and products that can ease these problems for paws.

Schertz Animal Hospital helps out with some thoughts on winter paw care, and how you can keep your dog’s pads healthy and happy throughout the winter.

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A Canopy of Colors and Danger: Fall Pet Safety You Can Count On

Fall pet safety is part of autumn outdoor fun with pets and pet exercise in the fall

When it comes to owning a pet, there are obvious dangers associated with each season. As we transition from summer into fall, the team at Schertz Animal Hospital wants to shift your attention from heat stroke and sun exposure to upcoming holiday hazards. With this review of fall pet safety, you and your best fur friend will be ready for whatever the season brings!

Leaf Piles are Dangerous?

While raking leaves isn’t exactly our idea of fun, it’s important to know what kind of risks are involved when it comes to your pet. Leaf piles can harbor all sorts of dangerous bugs, including spiders, ticks, centipedes, and even snakes. Dried leaves can also affect asthmatic pets, exposing them to high levels of mold. We recommend scooping up leaf piles as quickly as possible. Be sure to wear gloves, and store leaves securely until they can be disposed of properly.

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