What’s In Your Teacup? Toy Dogs and Their Needs

A toy dog breed is sitting in a white teacup against a white and gray background

Teacup and toy dogs have exploded in popularity in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they absolutely adorable, it’s easy to think smaller dogs are ideal for apartments and other small homes. 

But while toy dogs have some unique needs, their care and keeping is similar to that of all dogs!

Caring for Toy Dogs

Exercise – Toy dogs may be small, but their exercise needs are not. These tiny friends need consistent daily exercise and play to keep them healthy, happy, and at an ideal weight. Talk with your veterinarian about how much exercise your toy dog should be getting each day. Avoid the temptation to carry your dog around in a purse or dog stroller – all dogs need the chance to move their bodies and experience the sights and smells of the world around them.

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What You Need to Know About Online Pet Health Advice

These days, turning to the internet for answers seems as normal as breathing. However, things can get a little tricky when it comes to finding reliable online pet health advice. There are so many sources of information, conflicting opinions, and tons of websites promoting “miracle cures” in the form of retail products or recipes for home remedies.

Seeking online pet health advice can range from helpful to dangerous or even deadly. Because isolated symptoms can be indicators of many different health problems and much of what we read isn’t written by veterinary professionals, it’s important to know where to find credible information.

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Home Alone: How Long Is Too Long?

Do you feel guilty when you head out the door in the morning, knowing your dog will be alone while you’re at work? Or maybe you dread coming home at the end of your workday, wondering what dog-related disaster awaits.  

Leaving your dog home alone does not make you a bad pet owner. Like most things, a little awareness and preparation can make these days easier on everyone. BEEVET Animal Hospital has some great ideas and tips to get you started!

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This Spring, Fight Pet Obesity and Get Active!

If you’ve noticed more people jogging, riding bikes, or simply walking around town, there’s a good reason: it’s spring! This is the best time to get moving and shave off some of those unnecessary pounds brought on by all the winter goodies. Before it gets too hot, we encourage all pet owners take advantage of the beautiful weather and longer days.

Picking up the pace this spring is not only great for your pet’s mental and physical health, but helps prevent obesity.

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What Is Xylitol and Can it Cause a Pet Poisoning?

The fact that pets love treats works to our advantage most of the time. It sure comes in handy when we want them to do something, or if they’ve earned a reward. Unfortunately, the same powerful drive for food can also land a pet in some pretty hot water.

Take Xylitol, for example. Found in a variety of sugar-free candy, medications, oral hygiene products, and food, this artificial sweetener can cause a severe pet poisoning.

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Digging Deep Into A Pet Dental Cleaning

Pet dental cleanings are vital to pet dental health and pet wellness.

We all know how important good dental care is for ourselves and our kids. We brush our teeth twice a day, floss, and see our dentist for professional cleanings twice a year. But did you know that the same kind of care for our pets is just as important?

It’s true! Besides controlling bad doggy (or kitty!) breath, regular dental care for pets can prevent a whole host of problems, including tooth loss, bacterial infection in the mouth, and even systemic diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys.

And with most pets experiencing dental disease by the time they are 3 years of age, it’s no surprise that BEEVET Animal Hospital recommends daily tooth brushing, regular pet dental exams, and regular professional dental cleanings to help keep our pets at their best.

Some owners are nervous when we recommend pet dental cleaning, so we thought this a good opportunity to delve into what happens during this very important procedure.

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Sharing is Caring: BEEVET’s Top Pet Care Blogs of 2018

At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we treat every pet like family. While we strive to offer exceptional veterinary care, the relationships we’ve built with our clients and their families are equally important to us. Building on the values of trust, respect, and communication, our team is honored to care for the animals of such dedicated pet owners.

One of the ways we provide support even after you leave our hospital is through our pet care blog. Sharing common issues and challenges is a wonderful way to increase awareness and help you protect your pet’s health and safety all year long.

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Pet-Friendly Holiday Fun in Austin

Pet-Friendly holiday fun in Austin abounds!

Even with our mild weather, winter can become a bit of a drag for people and pets alike. Sure, there are walks, hikes, and trips to the dog park, but even those can get boring after awhile. With the holidays approaching, it’s only natural to want to incorporate the fun of the season into your pet’s activities, but where to begin? Let the team at BEEVET help with some of our favorite pet-friendly Austin activities this time of year. Enjoy!

All of the Lights

Living in a pet-friendly city has its advantages and when it comes to finding unique opportunities for holiday bonding with your pet, we’ve got you covered. Check out these ideas for a memorable walk (or car ride) through one of Austin’s many beautifully lit neighborhood light displays:

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Why You Should Adopt a Senior Pet

You should totally adopt a senior pet.

There’s no denying the allure of an adorable kitten or puppy, but anyone who’s enjoyed many years with a pet knows that the “golden years” are some of the best. Young animals are certainly fun and raising them can be rewarding, but senior pets are equally (if not more) enjoyable to care for and be around.

Since November is Senior Pet Adoption Month, now is the perfect time to highlight all the wonderful benefits of adopting a senior pet. If you’ve been thinking about a new four-legged addition to the family, consider the following 10 reasons to adopt a senior pet!

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The Veterinary Technician: A Talented Professional De-Mystified

Veterinary technicians, or vet techs, are the backbone of veterinary care.

If you’ve come to BEEVET Animal Hospital with your pet, you’ve met our talented team. Veterinary technicians are an integral part of our staff, and it’s possible you even know some of them by name. But do you know what they do?

October 14th-20th is National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, and we couldn’t think of a better time to highlight the skills, expertise, and incredible value these individuals bring to our practice. We can’t wait to celebrate our veterinary technicians!

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