Dogs, Dogs Everywhere: Summer in Zilker Park (Are There Rules About Dogs?)

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rules about dogsArguably, the best feature of our fair city is the beautiful, green jewel tucked between the Colorado River and Barton Creek. Zilker Metropolitan Park is the place to enjoy the skyline, gather with friends, and take advantage of nature’s splendor. While most pets who accompany their outdoorsy owners are well-behaved, their presence in this shared, public space begs the questions: what are the rules about dogs, and how can you plan a successful trip with your fur friend?

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Slurp Up Summer with Our Summer Pet Treats Recipes!

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summer pet treatsThe heat and humidity of summer can do a number on our pets, putting them at risk for dehydration, heat stroke, and other heat-related problems. Chilled or frozen treats are a fun surprise for any dog or cat, and they can also help counteract the effects of a hot day.

Check out our ideas for tasty and healthy summer pet treats!

The Makings of a Good Summer Pet Treat

It’s important to make sure that anything you feed your pet is healthy and safe for him or her. Avoid using any foods that are toxic to pets, such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, coffee, alcohol, and anything sweetened with Xylitol.

With pet obesity on the rise, adding extra calories to your pet’s diet can be an issue. Our summer pet treat ideas are healthy, but care should be taken not to increase your pet’s daily caloric intake too much. Treats of any kind should also never replace your pet’s regular food.

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The Jet-Setting Pet: Air Travel With a Pet  

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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.

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Scratch that Itch: Managing Allergies in Pets

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allergiesAllergies 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:

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Pet Acupuncture: A Breakthrough Modality for Healing and Pain Management

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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.

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Keeping Your Pet (and Family) Healthy With Flea and Tick Control

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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.

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Doing Your Part: Why It’s Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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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.

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Exercise for Pets: Starting the New Year off on the Right Paw

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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.

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Holiday Considerations: Giving a Pet to Someone You Care About

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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…

Pancreatitis in Pets: An Unfortunate Problem During the Holidays

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DinnerPass 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.

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