Are Pet Allergies Real Health Threats?

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pet allergiesWhile symptoms vary between the species, seasonal allergies affect people and pets. While we’re mostly bothered by runny noses or watery eyes, pet allergies pop up as skin rashes and intense scratching. Indeed, there are scores of pet owners out there who are well acquainted with the misery of an itchy pet. Before you can truly battle this formidable foe, however, it’s important to understand what causes pet allergies.

What’s That Bug?

Fleas are a big culprit behind pet allergies. In fact, flea saliva is responsible for an intensely itchy allergic response. In addition to various diseases spread by parasites like fleas, maintaining parasite prevention is a comprehensive approach to combating flea allergic dermatitis. Without year-round prevention, it’s not possible to rule out a flea allergy when allergic reactions flare up.

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Fat Cats and Portly Pups: Why Pet Obesity is a Real Threat to Pet Health

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pet obesityIf the thought of a chunky pet is adorable to you, you’re not alone. Despite all we know about the impact of extra weight on our own health, the topic of overweight pets is often misunderstood. Some of this is fueled by all those cute memes of chubby fur pals, but some is also due to a lack of information and awareness about pet obesity.

Is My Pet Fat or Just Fluffy?

Your friends at Hallsville Veterinary Hospital understand all pets are the epitome of cuteness, so we get why it’s hard to take a critical look at your pet’s overall weight. Plus, it can be very confusing. After all, it’s very easy to overfeed a cat or dog without really knowing.

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Summer Sizzle: A Pet Owner’s Guide to Hot Weather Pet Safety

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pet weather safetyHot, humid days in the Gulf can be expected… just listen to the steady hum of air conditioners kicking on across the neighborhood. Our pets can also experience discomfort – and even some danger – during the scorching summer months. You may also be surprised to learn that many pets are quite prone to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration.

Take some time to learn more about hot weather pet safety and what you can do to keep your pet cool.

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Take Cover: Severe Weather Pet Safety

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Hurricanes, tornados, severe thunderstorms, hail, and flooding are just a part of life here in Texas. Most of us probably have a plan in place for our families and ourselves in the event of severe weather or natural disaster, but how many of us have included our pets as part of the plan?

Preparing for severe weather pet safety before it happens is essential for the protection of your furry loved one!

Planning Ahead for Severe Weather Pet Safety

Having the supplies you need and a plan at the ready will help you to keep calm during a potential emergency. Consider the following severe weather pet safety tips:

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Taking Excellent Care of Your Senior Pet

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From tiny youngsters to rambunctious adults to mellow seniors, pets go through many changes during their lives. So naturally, their care needs will also change. While it may be hard to believe how fast the time flies, the reality is that pets reach their senior years much faster than humans.

Taking good care of a senior pet means understanding the changes that will occur, as well as the supports your pet will likely need as he or she grows older. To meet your pet’s essential care needs, the team at Hallsville Veterinary Hospital has created some basic guidelines to better care for your sweet, older, senior pet.

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A Penny Saved: Why You Should Consider a Pet Wellness Plan

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Gone are the days when the average family pet had to earn his or her keep by herding sheep or killing rodents. A few generations ago, the lives of pets were a far cry from the comfort our four-legged family members enjoy today, a comfort that also extends to their medical care.

U.S. pet owners spend an estimated $15 billion on veterinary care each year. While it is truly wonderful that veterinary medicine has advanced so much in recent years, and that we value pets more than ever as a society, the combination of these things often winds up being a recipe for a potential financial struggle when a pet falls ill or is in an accident.

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Why it’s Important to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

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If we told you there was an insurance policy against dangerous cancers, would you take us up on the offer? When you spay or neuter your pet, not only are you reducing animal overpopulation, but you are also offering your pet benefits that stretch far into his or her future health.

A Decades-Long Discussion

In spite of the real and obvious advantages, spaying or neutering isn’t always the go-to choice for pet owners. While research from the last few decades proves how beneficial the procedure can be, perceived risks still run rampant among pet owners.

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More than Good Looks: The Importance of Regular Pet Grooming

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Pet grooming is about so much more than having a clean pet. Although our pets surely enjoy the extra snuggles they receive when they look and smell their best, regular brushing, bathing, and nail trims can also have a positive impact on their health and wellness.

Skin and Fur

Dogs and cats require regular brushing to remove debris and loose hairs, stimulate blood flow to the skin, and distribute oils evenly throughout the coat. Regular brushing keeps your pet’s fur free of tangles and mats, which could pull, tear, or restrict airflow to the skin. Brushing also cuts down on hairballs in cats.

Brushing and bathing give you or your groomer the chance to observe any issues with the skin related to allergies, disease or injury, or parasites, such as fleas or ticks.

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Feline Fun: Keeping Your Indoor Cat Active

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Although winters in Texas can be unpredictable, we do spend more time inside during this season than any other – particularly around the holidays. Naturally, this can lead to a more, shall we say, couch potato lifestyle.

The same can be true for indoor cats, as their natural instinct to hunt and roam can become secondary to snoozing on a window perch. While it’s true that feline friends who stay inside are safer and healthier, they also need a bit more help staying at a healthy weight.

To help keep your indoor cat active, we’ve compiled some tips for exercise and enrichment.

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Holly, Jolly, Folly: Don’t Forget About Holiday Pet Safety!

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Celebrating Christmas with my familyIt’s reasonable to think that once you pet-proof your home, you don’t really have to worry about it anymore. Fluffy stopped chewing on your laptop cord ages ago, and Fido hasn’t been interested in your kitchen scraps lately. You’re all good, right? Maybe, but with the holidays fast approaching, you might want to amp up your household vigilance.

While this is a time for spreading joy and goodwill, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are also overflowing with opportunities for danger, trouble, or both. That’s precisely why our team came up with the following guide to holiday pet safety.

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