Summer Pet Safety in San Antonio

San Antonio gets particularly hot weather in the summers, but that’s not news to you! What may be more interesting to learn is how this heat affects your pet. Dogs and cats can’t sweat like we do, so their capacity for heat is lower. While cats are typically indoors and can enjoy the AC just like you, your dog is a different matter. They require exercise, play time, and relieve themselves outside. For them, the heat is inescapable, but you can help them make it more bearable! Additionally, parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes (which carry heartworms) are more
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What Is Canine Influenza Virus?

What Is Canine Influenza Virus? There are many causes of kennel cough, both bacterial and viral. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is one of the viral causes of kennel cough. This highly contagious respiratory disease has affected thousands of dogs in the United States. Because CIV is a relatively new virus, most dogs have not been exposed to it before. Dogs of any age, breed, and vaccine status are susceptible to this infection. How Could My Dog Catch Canine Influenza Virus? CIV is easily transmitted between dogs through a combination of aerosols, droplets, and direct contact with respiratory secretions. The virus does not
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Easter Pet Poisons

The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.” In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop
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