Avoiding Heatstroke in Pets and How to Keep Pets Hydrated

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The heat is on here in Austin, and with it comes a concern for our animal friends. When it’s hot enough to fry the proverbial egg on the sidewalk, you have to wonder how the heat affects them. In fact, pets are susceptible to a progression of heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. 

This serious and potentially fatal condition is something we should all be aware of. Protecting your pet from extreme heat is a must. Come along with Brodie Animal Hospital as we navigate avoiding heatstroke in pets. 

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A Leg Up: Puppy and Kitten Vaccines

Giving your puppy or kitten a great start in life depends on many things. Keeping your pet healthy and well for the long term will depend on the care they receive from you and from their healthcare team.

Developing a health and wellness plan with your veterinarian, which includes the proper puppy and kitten vaccines, is a wonderful place to begin.

Why A Series?

The veterinary community has always balanced the number of vaccines a pet needs using  lifestyle as a guide – breed, age, and where and how pets are active. So why do we still recommend a series of vaccines for puppies and kittens?

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Pop-Bang-Boom! Understanding and Managing Noise Anxiety in Pets

When it comes to summer, there’s so much to look forward to: trips to the lake, lazy days by the pool, 4th of July celebrations, and even the occasional thunderstorm that rolls through.

Unfortunately, your pet probably doesn’t share your excitement about fireworks and storms. All the loud noise, flashing lights, strange smells, and changes in atmospheric pressure can send even the calmest pet into a frenzy of fear.

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital wants to help you calm your pet’s fears so you can both get the most out of our gorgeous Texas summers. To get started, check out these tips and tricks for managing noise anxiety in pets.  

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Reading & Respecting Dog Body Language

In human communication, it’s often what is unsaid between us that impacts us the most. Indeed, “reading between the lines” is a phrase applied to sentiments or directions that are not explicitly stated – rather, the meaning is hidden or implied, just waiting for us to discover it.

The same is true for dog body language. It’s there right in front of us, but it can be incredibly subtle or confusing. With a combination of curiosity and keen observation, we can decode what our best friends are trying to say.

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Oooohh My Heart: Heartworm Disease in Pets

Even with our mild Texas winters, we can feel the spring fever blooming all over Austin. People are out and about, pets are enjoying the warm sunshine, and everyone is ready for play and fun. But one of the things that no one finds fun is the sudden explosion of mosquitoes!

Annoying for us, mosquitoes carry a parasite that can cause serious and even deadly disease for our pets. Heartworm disease may be something you’ve heard of, but may not know much about. Brodie Animal Hospital explains, here.

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What’s Up, Weirdo? Examining Why Dogs Eat Grass and Other Strange Stuff

Did you adopt a dog or goat? There aren’t many behaviors shared between the two species, but eating grass is definitely one of them. Some dogs simply love to chew on anything they can get between their jaws. Others do it for… well, they must have good reasons, right?

Leaning on canine logic may be a stretch in this case, but yes, dogs eat grass in order to to arrive at a specific sensation. What other funky dog behaviors get you second-guessing?

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The Importance of Preventive Care for Cats

If you own a cat (or they own you), you know how fiercely independent they can be. Indeed, their curiosity and independence are some of the characteristics we love best about them. But behind their unique personalities lies an important secret: it can be sometimes hard to know if your cat is healthy or not.

Although it may seem as if our cats can and do take care of themselves, in reality, cats need our attention and care in order to thrive. Never is the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” more true than when considering preventive care for our pets. Preventing disease is not only easier on your cat, it is also easier on your wallet than treatment.

Here, Brodie Animal Hospital takes a look at the importance of preventive care for cats.

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Straight from the Pros: Dog Training Tips to Get You on Track

Dog training is important to pet safety and happiness.

Obedience training is one of the most important responsibilities we have as dog owners.

Making sure our pets are well socialized and teaching them how to behave properly not only makes them less of a danger to themselves and others, but it also allows them to enjoy many aspects of life with us.

Although dog training can seem daunting, the team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to support you every step of the way. Check out our tips to get started!  

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Is Pet Safety Possible During the Winter and Holidays?

Winter and holiday pet safety can happen!

It’s easy to focus on all things “yummy and gifty” this time of year, we tend to let slide the things that really matter the most. It’s only natural to want to indulge in events and activities that are festive and happy-go-lucky! However, without a proper nod to holiday pet safety, the season of lights can unfold in an entirely different way than planned.

Everyone Wins

When holiday pet safety measures are thoroughly examined and applied, your pet can truly enjoy all the season has to offer. And there’s nothing better than hanging out with friends and family knowing that your best buddy is safe and sound.

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Pancreatitis in Pets

Pancreatitis in pets is a serious health problem in pets

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes the promise of lots of cooking and enjoying delicious foods. Although we may tend to overindulge at this time of the year, affording the same opportunity for our pets can get them into big trouble. Besides adding unhealthy fat and calories to their diet, letting them sample the holiday fare can lead to a potentially fatal condition called pancreatitis.

It’s true that cases of pancreatitis in pets spike during the holidays each year, but in reality the condition can occur at any time. For that reason it is important to be aware of the risks, causes, and warning signs of pancreatitis year round.

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