DIY Pet Remedies: Are They Safe?

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There is little doubt that it is the golden age of the internet, and for many of us, that means turning to a search engine or favorite website for answers is second nature. Using the internet to diagnose and even treat ailments in our pets is just as common, but the results aren’t always in our pet’s favor.

DIY pet remedies have their place, but only with guidance from your pet’s primary healthcare provider. And in some cases, certain treatments should never be home remedies! 

Let the team at BEEVET walk you through the pros and cons of DIY pet remedies, and how to make sure your pet gets the best possible care.

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

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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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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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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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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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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…

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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