Seasonal Pet Tips

The team at Affordable Pet Care NW understands that our pets have special needs. We provide helpful seasonal pet tips for San Antonio area pets, based on the particular dangers we are seeing in our region. Take a look at the tips we have below that will be useful for you and your pet no matter what time of year it is.

Spring Tips for Pets

Springtime in Texas is beautiful. The flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up, and everyone wants to get outside. The problem is… this is also the time of year when allergies begin to flare up. Not only do humans experience seasonal allergies, but our pets do too. Pets have different allergy symptoms than humans do. Instead of sinus trouble, pets experience skin irritation or inflammation, which is called allergic dermatitis.

Fortunately, there are treatments available for pets that suffer from seasonal allergies. At Affordable Pet Care NW, we have different ways to treat pets suffering from allergies. If you believe your pet has seasonal allergies, request an appointment and let one of our veterinarians work with you to help your pet find relief.

Summer Tips for Pets

The heat in Texas is nothing to mess with, especially in the summer. This should not keep you and your pet from enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some tips to beat the heat this summer.

  • Walk your dog in the early morning or evening when the temperature is milder.
  • Consider installing a doggie door for your pet. This way, they can go outside at their leisure and then come back inside when they get hot.
  • Hot asphalt can burn the pads of your pet’s paws. When walking your dog outside, let them walk on the grass when it’s available.
  • ALWAYS have fresh, cool water on hand for you and your pet to drink.
  • Let your dog run through the sprinkler with the kids. They will have fun and stay cool

Fall Tips for Pets

The fall holidays bring about fun, food-filled holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. One of the most prominent (and most delicious) foods we eat during this season is chocolate. Chocolate is safe for humans to consume, but it’s not safe for our pets. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine. Our pets are unable to metabolize theobromine quickly, so it can build up to toxic levels in their systems. The amount of chocolate it takes to cause fatal damage varies depending on the size of your pet, but really, you should just play it safe and keep all chocolate and cocoa products out of your pet’s reach.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested chocolate, contact our practice right away and let us assist you.

 Winter Tips for Pets

We know that antifreeze is poisonous, but our pets do not. What makes this substance poisonous is the chemical it contains called ethylene glycol, and it does not take much to do serious damage. Antifreeze has a sweet aroma and taste that is tempting to our pets, making them want to take a drink of it. So it is our job as pet owners to protect our pets from themselves. The signs of antifreeze poisoning include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drunken behavior
  • Euphoria
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Seizures

If left untreated, antifreeze poisoning can cause kidney failure, and even death. Fortunately, you can easily keep your pet safe by storing antifreeze in tightly sealed containers that are in a place your pet cannot access. Clean up any antifreeze puddles or spills, and properly dispose of any used containers that held antifreeze.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact our practice immediately. This is an emergency situation that cannot wait.