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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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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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…

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…

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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Risky Business: Rattlesnakes and Pets

BEEVET_iStock_000055011114_LargeMost Texans are pretty used to being around snakes. While many of our native species here in the south are harmless, there are a few that we need to be on the lookout, for.

Texan rattlesnakes are nothing to mess with, especially when it comes to our pets. BeeVet Animal Hospital wants our clients to be sure to know all about the risks of rattlesnakes and what they need to do should their animal encounter one. Rattlesnakes and pets are not a good mix, and being prepared is half the battle.

Rattlesnake Risks

When a rattlesnake bites, it can have deadly consequences. If the snake injects its venom into the tissues of its victim during a strike, a chemical reaction can begin to occur. The venom causes disruption of the blood vessels in the area leading to severe swelling, blood loss, and shock. Continue…