Heartworm Infections Increasing Across the United States

Studies by the American Heartworm Society have found that heartworm infections are increasing across the United States. What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm disease is caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis, a type of worm that lives inside the pulmonary arteries (blood vessels in the lungs) and heart. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. When a mosquito […]

What Pet Owners Need to Know About the Dog Flu

  There have been 5 recent confirmed cases of the dog flu, or canine influenza, in Texas.  This article has information that pet owners need to know about the dog flu to prevent the infection in pets.   The Spread of Canine Influenza Canine influenza, or the dog flu, is a highly contagious viral infection […]

Take These Steps to Prevent Heatstroke in Pets

It is important to take these steps to prevent heatstroke in pets.  Heatstroke (Hyperthermia) occurs when the body’s mechanisms cannot keep the body temperature in a safe range.   In general, hot conditions that cause a body temperature above 103 F is dangerous, and a body temperature above 106 can cause multiple organ failure and death. […]

Are You Missing These Signs That Your Pet Is In Pain?

It can be very easy to miss the signs that your pet is in pain or sick. Dogs and cats have a tendency to hide their pain, making it difficult to properly care for them when they need it the most. But if you know the signs to look for, you can recognize symptoms of […]

Avoiding Snake Bites in Pets

Venomous snakes pose a deadly threat to pets in Texas.  In the warmer months snakes become much more active so the risk of snake bites is much higher.  90% of snake bites occur between the months of April and October.  It is important for pet owners to be careful to safeguard their dogs and cats […]

Spring Pet Health Tips

Spring is in the air! Along with the warmer weather, springtime also means that fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests, are going to be more prevalent. Here are some spring pet care tips to help you manage a few of these pests. Mosquitos pose a DEADLY threat to dogs and cats! Mosquito bites transmit heartworm […]

February is Pet Dental Health Month

Can you imagine what your mouth would feel like if you stopped brushing your teeth? Good oral health is very important to your health and the same is true for your pets. Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy will help prevent periodontal disease. Up to 85% of pets over the age of 3 will have periodontal […]

Holiday Pet Safety Tips

  The holiday season is upon us, and as you gear up for festivities it is important to remember to keep these tips in mind to make sure your furry family members stay safe. Be Careful with Seasonal Plants and Decorations – Avoid having any mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, or lilies near your pets. These plants […]

Chagas Disease, A Deadly Threat to Texas Dogs

Overview of Chagas Disease Chagas disease is a very serious deadly and increasingly common disease in dogs in Texas. Chagas disease is caused by an infection by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. The infection is transmitted to dogs, people, and other mammals by the kissing bug. Kissing bugs are nocturnal, blood-feeding insects that are members of […]

Sago Palm: The Deadly Plant In Your Yard!

 Sago Palms Sago palms are very common ornamental yard plants in Texas and are extremely deadly to pets! All parts of sago palms are considered poisonous, with the seeds (nuts) being the most toxic part of the plant. Sago palms contain cycasin, which is the primary active toxic agent resulting in severe liver failure in […]