The Mind-Body Connection: Is a Healthy Cat a Happy Cat?

Is a happy cat a healthy cat?Every cat is unique. As such, they deserve individualized care that’s tailored to their distinct lifestyle, personality, and potential. Looking at the whole patient, we see that the physical elements of a cat are paramount to longevity – but the emotional and mental health are just as important. In other words, a healthy cat is a happy one, and to celebrate Happy Cat Month this September, we’ve got some feline-centric tips for you.

The Foundation

A young kitten should be examined shortly after adoption. Most shelters will vaccinate, deworm, spay/neuter, and microchip, but we can ensure that a young cat is well on their way toward lifelong health in their first few months. Even indoor-only cats benefit from an up-to-date vaccination schedule.

Your cat’s yearly wellness examination consists of a nose-to-tail physical, and a lengthy discussion of: Continue…

Keep Cool with Pet Heat Safety Tips from BEEVET

Pet heat safety is still an important consideration, even in to fall.Summer may be halfway over, but Austin residents know that doesn’t mean much. The heat will stay with us for weeks to come, and keeping ourselves and our pets safe are top priorities as the high temps linger (and linger and linger).

Whether you love summer or not, our pet heat safety tips are sure to help you and your pet beat the heat!

Why Worry?

Our pets are much less efficient at releasing built up heat from their bodies. This means heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration and heat stroke, can sneak up on them quickly. It’s up to pet owners to monitor their pet’s exposure to heat and take the necessary precautions to protect them.

Although any pet can overheat, senior pets, very young pets, and brachycephalic breeds (e.g., pugs, Pekingese, bulldogs, Persian cats) are at an increased risk. These pets should be kept out of the heat as much as possible and monitored closely during warm weather. Continue…

Are Essential Oils a Threat to Pet Safety at Home?

Despite most people’s preference for a fragrance-free environment, there seems to be a candle, plug-in, or reed diffuser everywhere we go. Perhaps one of the most popular options these days are essential oil misters aimed at producing a specific effect. Sure, essential oils offer therapeutic benefits, but they can also threaten pet safety at home.

The Nose Knows

Like incense, essential oil diffusers fill the air with a fragrance. The difference is that a diffuser also sends a mist with the oil, adding to the overall humidity or moistness in any given space.

However, because animals have a faster metabolism than humans, these otherwise healing oils can actually prove dangerous to their delicate systems. In other words, they can be toxic to our furry and feathered friend Continue…

Pets with Jobs: The Amazing World of Therapy and Service Animals

Therapy pets and service animals provide tremendous help to those that need them.Humans have long relied on the help of animals to perform the meaningful work that was required to survive and thrive, and it’s arguable that we never could have progressed to the point we are at now without the invaluable assistance of dogs, cats, and other animals.

The jobs that animals perform for humans look a lot different than in bygone days, but they are no less essential. Service animals, therapy animals, and other types of working animals fill critical roles in human lives and society in general. At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we can’t imagine life without these incredible animals!

Types of Service Animals

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are technically not pets. The devotion and love they feel for their handlers is evident, however, and these animals and their humans tend to have an unbreakable bond. The types of service animals include: Continue…

A Walk in the Woods: Great Local Hikes With Dogs

local hikes with dogs are a great way to exercise your petEven with our mild Austin winters, we’re glad that spring has finally sprung! We’re all about getting outside with our pets, and we’re lucky Austin has so many different options when it comes to local hikes with dogs. Let our team suggest some of the best dog-friendly hikes and walks in the Austin area. We’ll also provide some safety tips to keep you both happily on the trail.

Local Hikes and Walks for You and Your Dog

Barton Creek Greenbelt – One of the most well known hikes in Texas, the Barton Creek Greenbelt is a 7.8 mile trail that will delight any outdoor enthusiast, human or dog. The trail has lots of shade, and there are multiple points to access waterfalls and Barton Creek. This park is on-leash only, and you’ll likely encounter hikers, bikers, kayakers, and climbers along the way. Continue…

The Best of Both Worlds: How to Engage Your Indoor Cat

engage your indoor catIndoor cats have a pretty good life. They’re safe from the elements and are protected from neighborhood predators and pesky cars. Still, the indoor cat life can be a bit…shall we say, boring? Of course, your cat loves to be with you, but our indoor kitties get far less activity than their outdoor counterparts.

Your cat’s health can actually be impacted by a lack of activity. Obesity, lack of social interaction, and overlooked health issues can all be side effects of an indoor lifestyle. With that in mind, your friends at BEEVET Animal Hospital want to provide some ideas for how to engage your indoor cat.

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Poison Awareness: Common Pet Poisons in the Home

common pet poisonsIn case you haven’t noticed, your pet’s safety is our top priority here at BEEVET! In the past, we’ve covered important topics relating to pet safety with boating, holidays, and even the dog park. In honor of National Poison Awareness Week, March 18-24, our goal is to raise awareness about the many common pet poisons lurking in our homes, and educate pet owners on how they can best protect their furry friends.

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A Formidable Foe: Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions

Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive LesionsCats have a habit of doing things their own way, and it is no different when it comes to dental disease. While they are subject to plaque, tartar, gingivitis, and periodontal disease just like their canine counterparts, they are also prone to a few conditions that are not quite so common in dogs.

Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions are a progressive condition that we see in our cat patients at BEEVET Animal Hospital. By educating pet owners about this condition, we hope we can encourage more proactive dental health care for all of our patients, feline or not.

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Better with Age: Caring for Senior Pets

senior petsThanks to significant advances in the field of veterinary medicine, along with a greater understanding of generalized pet care, our pets are living longer lives than ever before. Although senior pets may act and look the same as they did when they were young, the reality is that certain changes are inevitable during the aging process.

We know that making your pet’s life as wonderful as possible during their golden years is your top priority. With extra attention paid to the areas of diet, exercise, comfort, and mobility, you can ensure that your best pal is happy and healthy, and enjoying the best years of their life!

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New Year, New Pet Care Resolutions

There’s so much pressure to be the best. Luckily, pet owners can establish pet care resolutions for the new year that are actually attainable. We’re not talking about huge, life-changing goals. Instead, it’s the little things we can all commit to in order to provide the safest, healthiest lifestyles for our four-legged best friends.

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