For many families, the thought of leaving Fido behind during a family vacation is unthinkable. Pets are such important members of our families that they go wherever we go; this includes vacations and other travel destinations. When it comes to flying, however, there are specific concerns that complicate the usual journey.
To address some of your questions about air travel with a pet, the team at BEEVET has some recommendations and tips to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your fur friend.
Allergies have affected most of us in one form or another. Whether we have an allergy to pollen, mold, latex, nuts, or something else entirely, or know someone who does, we are familiar with the uncomfortable, and sometimes even dangerous, symptoms.
Animals also suffer from allergies in various forms, but the symptoms are often markedly different from those in humans. Although allergies in pets can be tricky to diagnose and treat, there are plenty of ways you can help to keep your allergic pet comfortable.
Allergies in Pets
Allergies in both people and pets are the result of the immune system’s overreaction to foreign particles that enter the body. The particles (allergens) can vary widely from pet to pet, but the most common causes of allergies in pets are:
Used for thousands of years to stimulate healing and overall well-being, acupuncture has moved beyond its ancient Chinese origins to now being used in human and animal medicine around the world. Veterinary acupuncture or pet acupuncture is an exciting adjunct treatment commonly used for pain management and a myriad of conditions affecting pets.
As research continues to illustrate the benefits of pet acupuncture, clinics that are on the cusp of progressive medicine are offering this service (among other alternative therapies) to their clients. BEEVET is proud to be one such modern veterinary hospital.
What is Pet Acupuncture?
Acupuncture relies on proven tenets that suggest the stimulation of the central nervous system can prompt physiological responses that impact recovery. This is done through the use of very tiny, thin needles which are placed along various points of the body, depending on the conditions being treated and the desired outcomes.
Although many owners turn their attention to flea, tick, and other pest prevention once the temps start to rise, parasites thrive throughout the year, especially in temperate climates such as Austin’s. Like heartworm prevention, flea and tick control is necessary to keep your pet healthy and to prevent people in your home from contracting zoonotic illnesses.
Flea and Tick Risks
If you’ve ever had a flea infestation in the home or have been hiking in a wooded area where ticks thrive, you likely know that parasites can be problematic. However, besides the hassle of infestation, these pests carry many diseases that can harm both pets and people.
There’s no question that puppies and kittens are adorable. Who can resist “oohing and aahing” while watching a furry litter of youngsters tumbling about on the kitchen floor?
Allowing your pet to procreate comes with a significant responsibility, however. Before you consider leaving your new puppy or kitten intact, your friends at BEEVET encourage you to review the many compelling reasons to spay or neuter your pet early on in life.
Responsible Pet Ownership
One of the best reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered is to reduce pet overpopulation. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that between 6 to 8 million pets enter animal shelters each year, and of these, at least half are euthanized. By having your pet spayed or neutered, you are doing your part in combating this devastating situation.
Many of us include “lose weight” on our list of new year’s resolutions, but what about our pets? If your tabby is getting tubby, your Pomeranian getting plump, or your beagle getting beefy, you’ve come to the right place. Exercise for pets isn’t only important for weight loss, it’s also a vital component of a happy life!
Your friends at BEEVET want to help you make 2017 the best year yet for your pet, and our simple and effective ideas for pet weight loss can get you started.
It’s natural to want to share the meaningful gift of pet ownership with someone you care about. However, giving a pet as a gift must be carefully considered. To be sure, the idea of a sweet animal being adopted at Christmas conjures up all sorts of good feelings. However, this particular gift demands time, attention, and money – three things the recipient of your kindness and generosity must be able to provide.
Better to Wait?
While any time of year is great for bringing four little paws home, it’s not without certain inherent challenges. Some experts agree that because the holidays can be so chaotic, it’s better to wait until the new year to adopt. That way, all the needs of a newly adopted pet can be fully addressed and met. Continue…
Pass the turkey! Pass the gravy! Pass the pie! There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving is the time for food, family, and a few post-turkey naps on the couch. However, did you know it’s also the busiest day for veterinary emergencies due to pancreatitis in pets?
BEEVET Animal Hospital wants to stress the importance of having a pet-safe Thanksgiving. Keep reading to learn more about this common illness and what you can do to prevent it.
A Primer on Pancreatitis in Pets
The pancreas is an organ located near the stomach and small intestine. It’s responsible for producing insulin and digestive enzymes. Acute pancreatitis occurs when this important glandular organ becomes inflamed.
So much goes into preparing for Halloween that it’s easy to forget the very real dangers facing our pets. Of course, many of our furry friends embrace all the festive chaos, but some don’t enjoy the unpredictable nature of the holiday. How do you know where to draw the line? Keep reading for helpful Halloween pet safety tips.
By now, your pet has probably sensed all the anticipation in your household and surrounding neighborhood. Whether they match your enthusiasm or not, it’s important to keep the following hazards in mind:
School’s back in session, and while the old “dog ate your homework” excuse doesn’t apply as well to the world of tablets and clouds as it did in the past, that doesn’t mean Fido is sticking to dog food. Foreign bodies in pets are a common occurrence in the veterinary world and can have some very serious consequences. Do you know what you’d do if your pet ate something harmful?
When Dinner Isn’t Enough
Anything that doesn’t belong in the intestinal tract is considered a foreign body. Non-food objects can get stuck anywhere along the way, from the oral cavity to the esophagus, or even within the stomach or intestines. Some objects may simply be too large to pass through, while others cause abnormal motility of the digestive system. Continue…