There’s nothing quite like the holidays. Entire days at a time are devoted to seasonal revelry as we dine, dance, and dash through December. We all roll with it the best that we can, but the individuals that tend to be negatively affected by constant activity usually have four feet. Undoubtedly, pets have more stress and anxiety than we know sometimes, which is why even a modicum of holiday pet safety strategies go a long way.
It’s possible that your pet has previously demonstrated an absolute distrust of all things holiday. Many pets run and hide as soon as the tree is installed and the lights go up. Creatures of habit, pets do not like their routines to be disrupted at all. The best way to soothe any frayed nerves before and during the holidays is to uphold their sense of security via strict adherence to meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for exercise.Continue…
This time of year it’s increasingly common to have an encounter with a snake. Whether they’re swimming through the lake directly towards you and your pet, or you encounter one while out for a walk together, the fact is you have to be on your guard. Many pets are downright intrigued when it comes to a slithering serpent, while others may get struck in a surprise attack. Water moccasins, or cottonmouths, have a reputation for being rather aggressive, so it’s best to have a proactive approach to pet safety around snakes.
A Lay of the Land
There are many – venomous and non-venomous – water snakes. While you may teach and train your pet to leave all snakes alone, we recommend at least a fundamental, working knowledge of what a water moccasin looks like:
- Heavy-looking or thick body shape
- Tan to brown coloring with darker cross bands
- Rough-looking scales
- Thick or blocky head shape
- A visibly narrow-looking neck
- Dark eye stripe or facial band
- Vertical pupil
- Heat-detecting facial pits between the eye and nostril
These snakes will not retreat before attacking a perceived threat, increasing the need for pet safety around snakes.
Avoidance Is Key
Most pet owners are highly tuned into possible dangers facing their pets while out and about. Taking it an extra step further, we offer the following helpful measures for pet safety around snakes:
- Keep your pet’s off-leash time to a minimum
- Discourage exploration near tall grasses, overgrown areas, or thick underbrush
- Do not play catch the stick with your dog in bodies of water known for cottonmouths (they may inadvertently get ahold of one in the mouth, but rattlesnakes and copperheads can swim, too!)
- Do not pick up or turn over large stones
- Do not reach into crevices or holes
You’ll Know When It Happens
Pet safety around snakes must also include knowing the signs of a snake bite, and what to do to help your pet. Water moccasins are venomous and can cause:
- Extreme pain at the bite site
- Redness and swelling
- Nausea and vomiting
- Breathing difficulty
- Blurry vision or vision loss
- Numbness in the face and limbs
- Increased salivation
Inspect the bites marks closely if if your pet allows you to. Attempt to wash the wound with clean, soapy water and then wrap the area in sterile dressing. Seek emergency care immediately and on the way be sure to:
- Remove the collar from the neck if there’s swelling
- Keep the bite mark below your pet’s heart level
- Calm your pet as much as possible, taking care to keep them as stationary as possible
Pet Safety Around Snakes
Pet safety around snakes is so critical because of the terrible consequences of a venomous bite. Low blood pressure, kidney damage, and blood clotting disorders are among them.
Once your pet is examined, we’ll test their blood. Pain medication, antihistamines, IV fluids, and more may be necessary. Sometimes, effects of snake bites aren’t exactly clear until later, increasing the importance of monitoring and repeated lab work.
If you need our assistance with pet safety around snakes, please let us know at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital. Stay safe out there!
One of the biggest trends among children is slime, although people of all ages find it intriguing. This gooey, stretchy, globby stuff has infiltrated craft and art supply stores, toy stores, schools, and Facebook feeds detailing quality recipes. While it’s definitely fun, pets and slime don’t mix. The worst part? Most animals are fascinated with whatever children are into, making an already dangerous situation even worse.
The use of essential oils to soothe common ailments such as pain, anxiety, and cold symptoms dates back to biblical times. Although essential oils have been around for thousands of years, the industry is currently enjoying a resurgence in interest, and many people are incorporating the oils into their daily lives in a variety of ways.
Essential oil diffusers, which release oil particles into the air, are growing in popularity. Concern over whether diffusers put pets at risk is also growing, leading many owners to wonder if essential oil diffusers and pets is a bad combination altogether.
As a pet owner, you strive to provide your pet with protection against illness and injury. Preventing them from coming into contact with disease-spreading organisms, such as fleas and ticks, is a top priority. In today’s world of Google, Pinterest, and an ever-increasing focus on natural cures, it can be easy to assume you could cure or prevent pet parasites at home.
Pet home remedies can come in handy in a variety of instances, but flea and tick prevention is not one of them. Many of the ideas and recipes commonly touted as effective parasite control can have serious implications for your pet’s well-being.
Most of us have some experience with tummy troubles, and we know how miserable it can be. It’s hard not to feel a mix of empathy and concern when your pet is suffering from digestive issues, and many pet parents wonder when or if they should call a veterinarian.
Although an upset stomach in pets is never normal, it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Knowing what to do to help your pet, and when you should seek veterinary care, is key to a quick recovery for your furry friend.
It’s that time of year again; witches, ghosts, bats, and pumpkins are making their appearances in preparation for the scariest night of the year, Halloween!
It’s natural to want to include your pet in the festivities, and for many pet owners this means finding the perfect costume for their four-legged pal. Before you load up your cart with the latest and greatest pet costumes, check out our ideas for some fun and creative ways to celebrate the spookiest season with your pet.
By now, many of us are aware that each new season, event, or holiday comes with a list of potential risks to our pets. The start of a new school year is no different, and being alert to the very real threat of backpack and lunchbox pet toxins is the first step toward protecting our four-legged family members.
Lunchbox Pet Toxins?
Yes, you read that right. While we would certainly never pack our children’s lunchboxes full of toxic foods for them to eat, that doesn’t mean that some of the most common lunch items aren’t poisonous to our pets. Take the following, for example:
Mice, rats, voles, and other rodents are notorious for finding their way into our homes, yards, and garages. Cracks or holes in our existing structures make the perfect entrances for these critters and chances are good that if you’ve seen one rodent on your property, there are plenty more where that came from.
There’s no doubt that rodents can cause considerable property damage. Besides digging holes, chewing wires, and causing other structural damage, rodents can contaminate human food and water, and spread pathogens and parasites.
Many people turn to rodenticides to control these pests, but if you are a pet owner you may be putting your dog or cat at risk. To put it bluntly, pets and rat poison simply don’t mix.
Although we’ve been experiencing summerlike temperatures here in Alabama, Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer for most Americans. Pets can enjoy the fun too, as long as we keep their safety and comfort in mind. Get your best pal’s summer started off on the right paw with our Memorial Day pet safety tips!