Parasites at the Park: Dog Park Dangers

April may be the perfect month for checking out new dog parks, municipal parks, and other outdoor spots with Fido. While most pet parents know about the importance of training and socialization, parasite prevention, and vaccinations, there are other pests you may not have considered.

To ensure the greatest level of safety (and fun!) for your canine, take a moment to learn more about parasites, illnesses, and other hidden dog park dangers.

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In Texas, Heartworm Prevention Never Takes a Vacation   

The combination of mild winters and warm, humid summers make Texas a wonderful state to live in, but we’re not the only ones enjoying our climate. Mosquitoes absolutely love it here, spreading irritation and disease, such as West Nile, Zika virus, and heartworm disease.

Heartworm exists across the country, but Texas leads the nation as one of the most prevalent places for cats and dogs to contract these microscopic worms. At All Pets Animal Hospital, heartworms are a major concern for us, and we encourage all pet owners to practice heartworm prevention.

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Nipping It in the Bud: Discouraging Play Biting in Dogs and Cats

All puppies and kittens have a deep need to play. Playing allows young animals to develop physical coordination, social skills, and provides much needed mental stimulation. “Play biting” is a normal part of social development for both dogs and cats, but when it is directed toward humans it can become a serious problem.

Correcting play biting as early as possible is essential for the successful integration of a pet into a human family. With patience and consistency, you can help your pet learn to channel his energy and instincts in a positive, and less painful, direction.

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That Mangy Mutt! Your Guide to Mange in Pets

Your dog is itchy, miserable, and losing hair in clumps. While the word “mange” may make your skin crawl, it is often in important rule-out when pets are having dermatological issues. Mange in pets is something all animal owners should know about, and All Pets Animal Hospital is happy to help get you up to speed.

The Creepy Crawlies

Most people have heard of mange, but not everyone knows what it really is. When we say mange in pets, we are referring to a skin infestation caused by various species of mites. These tiny critters colonize the skin and can cause many issues for their host.

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Scoring the Best Pet Breeds for Senior Citizens

If we’re lucky, we’ll all reach our golden years with our pet-loving personalities intact. People can ‒ and should ‒ enjoy pet ownership well into the senior years, but as physical limitations become more obvious, the choice in breed can definitely shift a bit. Sure, it might be hard to imagine great aunt Lulu walking an active, field-bred dog, but that doesn’t mean her choice has to be a toy breed. To help you (and Lulu, of course) with this modern-day conundrum, we’ve brainstormed the best pet breeds for senior citizens.

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What Dog Owners Need to Know About Canine Distemper

Although most dog owners have probably heard the term “canine distemper”, especially when discussing vaccinations with their veterinarians, few know exactly what it is.

Canine distemper is a highly contagious, viral disease which affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and central nervous system. Canine distemper can affect dogs, ferrets, and certain species of wildlife, including raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks.

At All Pets Animal Hospital, we believe a combination of education and prevention is the pet owner’s best weapon against this extremely dangerous virus. We want to make sure our valued clients understand the symptoms of distemper, how it is contracted, and what can be done to prevent it from happening to your pet.

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Feeding Your Feline Friend: Cat Nutrition Basics

Cats are unique species, quite different from dogs, and this fact makes itself evident in many areas of pet care. Nutrition is no different. You simply cannot feed your kitty companion the same food as your Maltese and have a healthy outcome.

All Pets Animal Hospital understands the importance of proper cat nutrition and is happy to be your go-to resource for helping you feed your cat for success.

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Spring Break With Your Pet? Why Not!

Of the many opportunities you might have to make memories with your pet, the time spent together during spring break could top the list. While we’re not suggesting you hit up Cancun or Daytona Beach anytime soon, there are many other options to spend spring break with your pet. Ready? We thought so!

Planning Ahead

To prepare for any type of trip, you must have all your proverbial ducks in a row. Acquiring all the right paperwork, such as medical records (i.e., proof of vaccination, parasite prevention, etc.) and microchip information will help you achieve the ultimate goal of keeping your pet safe. Collecting any required medication will also be helpful.

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Close to Home: The Value of Local Animal Charities

The plight of neglected, abused, and homeless pets is deeply concerning to animal lovers everywhere. Many of us wonder what we can do to help, and how our small contributions could possibly make a difference in such an enormous problem.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to positively affect the lives of marginalized pets. Our gifts to local animal charities can have a tremendous impact on our lives, families, communities, and most importantly, on animals in need.

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The Ten Things You Need to Know About Pet Heart Health

Every part of your pet’s body is adorable and oh so important, but the heart is unarguably essential to his or her functioning and well-being. When it comes to such a vital organ, taking good care of it is important. All Pets Animal Hospital knows how important your pet is to you, and we want to share the top ten things we want our clients to understand about pet heart health.

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