Care for the Ones You Love

 Did you know that obesity shortens lives and is a big (no pun intended) problem in many of our pets? An outstanding 58% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight or obese.

 There is no doubt that being overweight negatively impacts a pet’s health and longevity. A large, lifetime study was done by one of the major food companies. The study was made up of two large groups of Labrador retrievers. They found that being even moderately overweight can reduce canine life expectancy by nearly two years compared to their leaner counterparts. You read that right, TWO YEARS! On top of that, the overweight dogs also developed other signs of aging two years earlier in their life.

At Comal Pet Hospital, it is our policy to take every possible step to ensure that our patients receive the very best and safest pharmaceutical products available. This is especially important with life-threatening illnesses such as heartworm disease. However, we understand and empathize with the desire to find products that are less expensive. We know that several catalog houses and internet pharmacies presently sell these products at a price less than we are able to offer. We do, however, want your decision to be well informed.

Did you know that a snake bite is always an emergency?

It’s starting to get fairly hot outside and with hotter weather come rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes live in a variety of habitats, here in south Texas we are definitely one of those habitats. They can be found just about anywhere from your backyard, the doggie park or even your garage. Rattlesnakes can be found all year long, although they are most active during these warmer seasons.

Rattlesnake venom is a complex mixture of toxins that spread through a dog’s body following a bite. When an unprotected dog is bitten, the venom of the snake can have serious effects. If your dog survives the initial effects of the bite, he can still have permanent damage. Treatment of a rattlesnake bite can be very costly and can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the bite.

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