Xylitol looks just like white, granular table sugar, but with fewer calories, it’s a great alternative for some people. Popular with dentists, diabetics, and healthy trendsetters, this sugar substitute can be used in recipes and drinks just like regular sugar. What’s more, this plant alcohol derivative actually has many health benefits for humans.
However, while all this sounds great for us, xylitol can be extremely dangerous to dogs. Fortunately, all it takes is a little knowledge and awareness to keep your furry companion out of trouble and avoid a potentially deadly pet poisoning situation.Continue…
A snake is something we all hope our pets will never encounter, but, unfortunately in Texas, most of us have run across a snake or two. Snake bites are painful and some are also extremely harmful to our pets.
With over 105 snake species in Texas, it’s important to understand which snakes are a risk, where they tend to live, and how to help your pet avoid an encounter. That’s why Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital has compiled a list of things to watch for when it comes to snake safety and pets.
Friend or Foe?
What’s slithering around in our neck of the woods? In Texas, we really only need to know about the two types of venomous snakes that live here:
Pit vipers – Pit vipers are venomous snakes that have an opening on each side of the head, between the eye and the nostril. There are three types of pit vipers in Texas: copperheads, cottonmouths (water moccasins), and rattlesnakes (Texas has 8 subspecies of rattlesnake).
Coral snakes – Coral snakes are highly poisonous, but also shyer than pit vipers. You can recognize them by their red, yellow, and black bands (the yellow and red bands always touch). Continue…
Over the roughly 10,000 years of shared history between human and canine, dogs have helped to shape human evolution and vice versa. From the early days when they guarded and protected hunter-gatherer tribes, to the service and police dogs of today, and everything in between, it’s clear that life as we know it would be vastly different (and probably a lot worse) without dogs.
Among the many invaluable services that dogs provide to people, aiding soldiers during times of war is one of the more distinguished. As Veterans Day approaches, we’d like to turn our thoughts toward the often unsung heroes known as canine veterans.