Lyme Disease In Dogs: What Every Owner Should Know

A dog in the forest.

In Austin, we see a lot of pests, including bed bugs, termites, ants, scorpions, spiders, and of course, ticks. These hard-shelled, ectoparasites are often grouped with fleas and mosquitoes because they each pose significant threats to pet health and well-being. As such, we recommend year-round parasite prevention for companion animals. Without a doubt, these bugs wreak havoc, but the fact that they spread harmful disease deserves attention. Lyme disease in dogs is just one of the dangerous effects of ticks, but there are ways to reduce exposure and prevent illness.

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The 5 Most Common Pet Birds

A human in a red sweater with a white pet bird.

At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we love animals of all species. Our team is excited when our feathered clients come to see us for veterinary visits, and we love interacting with their human families as well. Although we know there are plenty of different pet bird species sharing homes with human families in Austin, we have found that these are the most common:

  1. Parakeets 

The parakeet, or the budgerigar, is a fan favorite, especially when it comes to families with children. Since they are smaller than some other pet bird species, they do not require as much space. They do need the same care, however, which means regular visits to the bird veterinarian. Parakeets are known for their distinctive whistle, and some can even learn a handful of words and phrases.

  1. Cockatiel

The cockatiel is another pet bird that likes to participate in conversations. Like the parakeet, the cockatiel can learn words, but they usually prefer to mimic sounds like the doorbell. Cockatiels come in an array of beautiful colors and can live for up to 20 years.

  1. Finch

The finch is a tiny bird companion who prefers the company of birds to the constant attention of humans. That makes these tiny avians perfect for pet owners who love passively watching their feathered friends without having to spend a lot of time entertaining them. Unlike many of the other birds on this list, finches have softbills and only measure about 5 inches (or less). With regular wellness visits, they can live for about 10 years.

  1. Lovebirds

If you love parrots but don’t have a lot of space, you might want to bring a lovebird into your home. These tiny parrots are only 5-6 inches, which makes them the perfect companion for apartment or condo dwellers. With the proper care, lovebirds can live for up to 20 years.

  1. Dove

These sweet, calm birds are great for homes with older children or just adults who will not get too excited near the cage. Although they do well on their own, doves do need companionship, so be sure to give them plenty of time outside the cage. Placing mirrors nearby can also help them feel like they’re socializing. 

No matter what kind of bird you have, BEEVET Animal Hospital is here to offer them the veterinary care they need throughout their lives. We also see dogs, cats, and exotic pets. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call (512) 263-9292.

Pet Disaster Preparedness Makes All the Difference When You Need It the Most

Abandoned dog in the rain after natural disaster.

It is always better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it. This goes for so many aspects of modern living, but when it comes to natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires and floods, it is critical to have a plan in place. Unexpected situations are bound to happen and pet disaster preparedness is an essential component of responsible pet ownership.

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Is An Avian or Exotic Pet Right for You?

Avian pet care.

Various birds and other exotics—excluding cats, dogs, farm or wild animals—make terrific household pets. Each has unique care needs, so before bringing an avian or exotic home, you want to be sure they’re a good fit for your space and lifestyle. BEEVET Animal Hospital has put together this guide to help you determine if an avian or exotic pet is the right pet for your household. 

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The Best Avian and Exotic Pets for Kids

Family with exotic pet visit the veterinarian.

When it comes to a first pet for their children, many parents turn to options smaller than a cat or dog. Not all avian and exotic pets make good choices for kids, though. BEEVET Animal Hospital is here to help sort out how to make a smart choice for your family. 

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Last Resort: Things to Consider Before Surrendering a Pet

Things to consider before surrendering a pet.

When you bring a pet into your home, you make a commitment to that animal to care for it for the duration of its life. Sometimes, though, circumstances change and render us unable to properly care for the pets we love. There are lots of things to consider before surrendering a pet, though, and BEEVet Animal Hospital is here to help you think of them all.

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How To Maintain a Healthy Weight for Your Dog

Healthy weight for dogs.

It’s not easy for any of us to keep our weight in check. Waffles with syrup, whipped cream, and strawberries sound pretty good right now, right? Your dog agrees.

His soulful stare means to manipulate, and you’re about to slip him a tasty bite when you remember what the vet said; the fats in your breakfast could make your pup sick.

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Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

Senior cat.

Imagine an animal that knows exactly who they are and what they’re capable of. They are comfortable in their own fur, don’t make unreasonable demands on your time or attention, and appear out of nowhere to give you lots of love. Sounds like a tall order? Not for senior cats! They are among the most loving and lovable pets around, and they all deserve homes. If you’ve wondered if now was the time to adopt a senior cat, we’ve got some facts for the tipping point.

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What Are Some Safe Human Foods For Dogs

Two hungry dogs sitting at the table.

Pet owners love to share everything with their dogs, including food! As a pet parent, it can be tempting to give your dog a piece of the food off your plate as a small treat, or to show your love for them. Before you do, it’s important to know which foods are safe for your canine friends, and which could be potentially dangerous. 

Dogs metabolize and digest food differently than humans do, which is why some foods may be perfectly safe for them as an occasional treat, and some may be extremely toxic. The team at BEEVET Animal Hospital has put together this helpful list of human foods that are safe for your dogs, so you can give your pet a well-deserved treat and avoid a potential pet poisoning

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Common Bulldog Problems & Solutions For Summer

A bulldog with its tongue out on a dock near a lake.

Those cute faces mean unique challenges for this breed. At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we’ve got your go-to list of tips on how to make this summer a happy one for you and your furry friend by keeping common bulldog problems at bay!

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