What’s the Key to Cat Health and Happiness? A Catio, of Course!

catioIs your cat the kind of feline who takes lounging around the house to a whole different level? Is he or she profoundly interested in all the birds, flowers, and bugs offered up by Mother Nature? You can tell the difference between these two types fairly quickly…and if you hear a crackling sound made by your cat’s mouth at the sign of a bird or squirrel, you’re the proud owner of a cat who would love to be outside.

An integral component of cat health is environmental enrichment. Many cat owners solve this by allowing their cats outside, but that presents its own risks. So, are you ready to build a catio?


Everyone Wins With Summer Pet Safety

summer pet safety: dogSan Antonio’s average summer heat index ranks in the top 10 hottest U.S. cities, but we can handle it! In fact, we’re known to embrace (or at least happily tolerate) our sweltering conditions, but what about the pets we share our lives with? Here are the top summer pet safety tips to beat the Texas heat.

They may be just as tough as we are – until they’re not. Undoubtedly, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are very real threats to summer pet safety. Reduce risks to your pet with our tips that aim to keep your pet cool and comfortable this summer and all year long.


Avoid Common Thanksgiving Pet Risks

Autumn CatThanksgiving is a time for friends and loved ones to come together and share a meal, hugs, and memories. Because our pets are also important members of the family, it’s natural to want to include them in the fun.

However, there are some things that are better kept away from our pets in order to avoid a potential emergency. At Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital, we want to take a moment to remind all owners about these Thanksgiving pet risks.

Pass the Turkey: Foods That Can Harm Your Pet

For people, feasting on all the delectable foods is one of the best parts of the day, but many of these items can make your pet quite ill. Rich, fatty foods (such as turkey and gravy) can cause gastrointestinal upset and increase the risk of pancreatitis, a painful and potentially life-threatening condition.