DIY Pet Remedies: Are They Safe?

A black cat with golden eyes nibbles cat grass against a royal purple ackground

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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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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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…

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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Doing Your Part: Why It’s Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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.

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Pancreatitis in Pets: An Unfortunate Problem During the Holidays

DinnerPass the turkey! Pass the gravy! Pass the pie! There’s no doubt that Thanksgiving is the time for food, family, and a few post-turkey naps on the couch. However, did you know it’s also the busiest day for veterinary emergencies due to pancreatitis in pets?

BEEVET Animal Hospital wants to stress the importance of having a pet-safe Thanksgiving. Keep reading to learn more about this common illness and what you can do to prevent it.

A Primer on Pancreatitis in Pets

The pancreas is an organ located near the stomach and small intestine. It’s responsible for producing insulin and digestive enzymes. Acute pancreatitis occurs when this important glandular organ becomes inflamed.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night: Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Cute cat oudoorsSo much goes into preparing for Halloween that it’s easy to forget the very real dangers facing our pets. Of course, many of our furry friends embrace all the festive chaos, but some don’t enjoy the unpredictable nature of the holiday. How do you know where to draw the line? Keep reading for helpful Halloween pet safety tips.

Highly Tuned

By now, your pet has probably sensed all the anticipation in your household and surrounding neighborhood. Whether they match your enthusiasm or not, it’s important to keep the following hazards in mind:

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The Dog Ate My Homework! What to Know When Your Pet Ate Something Harmful

Bad dog sitting on the torn pieces of documentsSchool’s back in session, and while the old “dog ate your homework” excuse doesn’t apply as well to the world of tablets and clouds as it did in the past, that doesn’t mean Fido is sticking to dog food. Foreign bodies in pets are a common occurrence in the veterinary world and can have some very serious consequences. Do you know what you’d do if your pet ate something harmful?

When Dinner Isn’t Enough

Anything that doesn’t belong in the intestinal tract is considered a foreign body. Non-food objects can get stuck anywhere along the way, from the oral cavity to the esophagus, or even within the stomach or intestines. Some objects may simply be too large to pass through, while others cause abnormal motility of the digestive system. Continue…

Understanding and Caring for Your Exotic Pet

Green ParrotletFor people with a passion for the nonstandard, an exotic pet can be an appealing choice. However, exotic pets require a level of care that can be quite complex and specialized. Owner education and commitment play a significant role in the health of these unique companions.

The Basics of Exotic Pet Care

Whether your exotic pet is furry, feathered, or scaled, it’s important to recognize the same things that make exotics fascinating are also what make their care so unique. To provide the best for your pet, familiarize yourself with the following aspects of his or her health: Continue…