Most of us know that we should strive to feel grateful each day for the things that give meaning to our lives, but the daily grind can easily get in the way of our attempts at good cheer. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are given the perfect opportunity to sit back and reflect on what is truly important in life: family, friends, and our pets!
Being thankful for pets is a no-brainer. After all, they provide endless joy, devotion, humor, and richness to our lives. We’ve outlined the various reasons to be overflowing with gratefulness for your furry pal this holiday season, and all year long.
Most of us think our pets – no matter if they’re furry, slinky, or feathered – are the most adorable animals out there. What’s even cuter? Your pet decked out in their very own Halloween costume!
These days, pet costume sales are beginning to rival costume sales for kids, with more creative and high quality outfits being offered to not only dogs and cats, but to our exotic animal companions as well. From geckos to guinea pigs, you can be sure your unusual pet also has their fair share of costumes from which to choose.
Since there are so many amazing options, your friends at BEEVET have listed a few of our favorite costume ideas for pets. Check them out!
Much has changed about pet ownership over the last few generations. Today’s pets are enjoying substantially better health and longevity thanks to advances in veterinary care and a deeper concern for the wellbeing of animals in our society. Instead of focusing solely on healing injuries and extending the life of pets, veterinarians and veterinary staff are now committed to preserving the quality of life through pet pain management strategies.
Arguably, 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?
The 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.
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.