Your Golden Oldie: Caring For Your Senior Pet

Are you the proud owner of a senior pet? It’s important to remember that while getting older isn’t optional, age is not a disease. Your senior pet may need a little more TLC than their younger counterparts, but they can still live an active, happy, and comfortable life for years to come. Your veterinarian can help make this happen. 

What is a Senior Pet?

Generally speaking, pets who have reached the age of 7 are considered senior, although this varies with breed and species. Your veterinarian can help you determine which life stages your pet has reached – one reason annual preventive care exams are so important. 

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Set the Scene and Prioritize Halloween Pet Safety

Two floofy dogs dressed in Halloween sweaters sit near Halloween decor

In life we are typically more successful when we plan ahead. Whether it’s preparing for a test or a trip, when our proverbial ducks are lined up mistakes are reduced, accidents abated. 

The same holds true for Halloween pet safety. Without a doubt, the more we anticipate potential calamity the more we can keep our animals out of danger. The best part? With an approach to seasonal events like this, we can all but guarantee a happy, fun-filled night.

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The Dangers of Lyme Disease And How To Protect Your Pet

Lyme disease has made national news in recent years, and for good reason. This debilitating disease affects pets as well as humans and can cause joint pain, fatigue, and other painful complications. What’s more, it’s tough to diagnose. 

The CDC estimates that over 300,000 people contract Lyme disease every year in the US and with warm weather and tick season continuing well into the autumn (and even our mild Texas winters), now is a great time to learn about how it is contracted, how to recognize it, and most importantly, how to prevent it from striking your pet or your family.

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Avoiding Heatstroke in Pets and How to Keep Pets Hydrated

A dog pants on a bench

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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