Pet Pointers

We both want healthy animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and strong.

Pet Pointer: Symptoms of Heat Stroke
Don’t think that just because your pet won’t be outside for long, there isn’t a risk for heat stroke. With changing temperatures, cool one day, hot the next, dogs are even more prone to heat stroke. Surprisingly, because dogs are not acclimated to heat, even days that seem relatively mild can put your dog at
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Pet Pointer: Yes, There Is A Vaccination For Rattlesnake Bites
Texas and rattlesnakes go hand in hand. We see dozens of rattlesnake and copperhead bites each year in our animal ER. You can get your canine vaccinated to combat the effects rattlesnake venom. The vaccine helps to develop antibodies to neutralize rattlesnake venom (and copperhead venom). The vaccination allows for the dog to ward off
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Pet Pointer: Artificial Sweetener (Xylitol) Toxicity in Dogs
Keep chewing gum and other products containing the artificial sweetner xylitol out of reach from your pets since eating these products can result in low blood sugar and potential liver damage. Sugar-free gum is the most common item, but xylitol can also be found in jam, syrups, candy, chocolate, mints and many dental products such
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Pet Pointer: Broken or Chipped Teeth in Pets
Common objects that can cause broken teeth in dogs include bones, cow hooves, ice cubes, hard dental chews, hard rubber bones or nylon bones. It is important to do what you can to prevent broken or chipped teeth in your dog. Anything that is HARD and thicker than a pencil in diameter can cause a
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Pet Pointer: Don’t Forget to Give Heartworm Prevention
A recent Gallup survey found that almost half of dog owning households are not taking preventive measures to protect their dogs from heartworm disease. An American Heartworm Society study also found that of those owners who opt for preventive pills given monthly, one in three missed a monthly dose. Pet owners should give heartworm preventive
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Pet Pointer: Osteoarthritis
You may have noticed that as your larger breed of dog gets beyond the age of 6 or so, he or she may start to have progressive difficulty standing, their back legs may start to look thinner, and they just aren’t as playful or active. Certain breeds of dogs (Retrievers, Rottweilers, and Shepards especially) can
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Pet Pointer: Removing Skunk Odor From Your Pet
If your pet is sprayed by a skunk, try this recipe for getting rid of skunk smell. 1 quart of 3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. Use fresh, unopened hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide eventually turns into water after it’s been opened for a while. ¼ cup BAKING SODA 1 teaspoon of LIQUID SOAP Combine ingredients in an OPEN
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Pet Pointer: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline Aids Virus)
The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) poses no public health threats because the virus is species-specific, affecting only cats. The major cause of transmission in cats is through bite wounds although there is evidence that FIV can be transmitted casually among cats who live together in close proximity. Queens that become infected during gestation may transmit
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