Big Animals Require Big Plans: Preparing Herds And Large Animals For Disasters

Preparation is always key in any type of emergency response, but this is especially true when taking care of large animals in a disaster situation. Unlike household pets, which can usually be relatively quickly and easily transported, moving large animals can take time, which is usually in short supply during a disaster.  According to Dr. […]

Take Action Now To Prepare Pets For Evacuation

When a disaster strikes, there’s often not much time to prepare yourself, let alone your pets, to evacuate to a safe location, and the stress of the situation only compounds the likelihood of forgetting something important. That’s why the best way to deal with a disaster is to plan ahead as much as possible. In […]

How To Protect Your Pets From Heartworms

Heartworms is a term many pet owners hear but few really understand. When left untreated, these infections, transmitted through mosquito bites, can slowly spread to the heart or lungs, damaging vital organs and eventually leading to death.  Fortunately, preventative medications can allow owners to fight back. Dr. Ashley Saunders, a veterinary cardiologist and professor at […]

What You Need To Know About Protecting Dogs From Parvo

Pet owners know that their beloved furry companions are susceptible to various health problems, ranging from heart murmurs to parasites to contagious diseases. But for dogs and puppies, in particular, there is one diagnosis that is the last thing any pet parent wants to hear—that of parvovirus.  According to Dr. Michael Hung, a second-year internal […]

Unearthing The Truth About Scorpions: How To Prevent Stings

Our curious cats and daredevil dogs are always eager to investigate anything moving across the carpet or in the grass. If that object of your pets’ curiosity is a scorpion, your pet may find itself in a situation worse than just getting painfully stung—your animal can be in a potentially dangerous situation. Dr. Dalton Hindmarsh, […]

West Nile Virus Doesn’t Pose A Huge Threat, But Animal Owners Should Remain Cautious

This summer, mosquitos sampled as part of routine surveillance in Texas have tested positive for West Nile Virus, a disease commonly associated with humans but that can also affect birds, bats, horses, cats, dogs, and rabbits.  Although the summer months are waning, because mosquitos remain active during warm months, people and pets are not out […]

Getting To The Heart of the Matter: Canine Cardiac Murmurs

Dog owners do not need to be veterinarians to know that a healthy heart is as important for our furry friends as it is for humans. Yet there can be a lot of confusion surrounding cardiac issues in animals, especially when it comes to heart murmurs.  Dr. Sonya Wesselowski, an assistant professor of cardiology at […]

A Little Support Can Go A Long Way: Mobility Care And Rehabilitation

Veterinarians are making strides in learning more and more about man’s best friend, thanks to recent discoveries in the field of canine health, but a lot of questions still exist when it comes to mobility issues in our four-pawed friends. A dog’s mobility may be compromised because of age, injury, or birth defect, and animals […]

Being The Voice for The Voiceless: Rehabilitating Abused Animals

Rescued animals often come from difficult backgrounds of abuse, neglect, or both and, as a result, sometimes exhibit erratic behaviors in their new homes. These behaviors can come as a surprise to pet owners and can leave the animal’s adopted family feeling ill-equipped and unprepared. Dr. Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at the Texas […]

The Warning Signs Of Rabies In Cattle

Rabies is usually associated with dogs or bats, but it also can develop insidiously in a variety of mammals. Rabies in livestock, such as cattle, may be rare, but its ability to spread through the herd still poses a serious risk.  Recently, rabies in cattle has been increasing in Texas; cases this year have already […]

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