Pet Disaster Preparedness Can Help Ensure Pet Safety

Between 1950 and 2010, almost 2,400 extreme weather events were recorded within 50 miles of San Antonio. While it’s rare to see wildfire or heavy snow here, we endure high winds, thunderstorms, hail, and flooding from year to year. 

Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital is here to give you the rundown. Residents must take steps to secure their property and personal welfare from natural disasters. Pet owners have to take extra precautions to guarantee that their pets stay out of harm’s way. Cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and livestock all reap the benefits associated with a proactive approach to pet safety. 

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A Closer Look at Xylitol and Pet Poisoning

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.

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What You Need to Know About Snake Safety and Pets

Dog approaching snake on tree stumpA 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…