Care for the Ones You Love

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.

Did you know that May 23 is National Heat Awareness Day?
While you’re making your summer plans, don’t forget your pet. As you already know, this Texas heat can be hard to escape and can be especially hard on our furry friends.
Keep your pet inside as much as possible when the temperatures start to soar. When indoors, your pet should also have access to a cool room. Be careful of garages, though they are not “in the sun”, there is usually no ventilation and those areas can also get pretty hot.

Fresh, clean water should always be available. If your pet must stay outside, make sure that there is a cool, shady place that he/she can go when they get too hot, and again PLENTY of water. Providing a pool for them to get into is also a great idea, just remember to clean out the pool daily.

Have you ever lost or know someone who has ever lost a pet?

Each year over 3 million animals are euthanized in pet shelters. Many of these animals are someone's pet that either got lost or was found wandering through busy streets. Now with microchipping, lost and missing pets can be quickly reunited with their loving families!

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