Yes, They’re Covered In Fur, but Pet Sun Protection Is Key

A light-colored dog smiling in the sun

Pets used to be allowed to spend inordinate amounts of time in the direct sun. We now know that the consequences of overexposure include skin damage or worse for pets. That’s why pet sun protection is becoming a priority for all pet owners, regardless of how furry their pet is.

One More Thing to Do

Most of us wouldn’t think of spending hours on end in the blazing sun. We know it’s bad for us, and our skin pays the price. So, we don wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective clothing to help us combat ultraviolet rays. If we’re prone to sun damage, why wouldn’t our pets be?

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Is Car Sickness in Dogs a Real Thing?

A pug sitting in a car seat

It sounds like a cruel joke, but we can assure you, dogs get motion sickness all the time. Contrary to the plethora of images depicting happy dogs riding in cars, trucks, tractors, and everything in between, they simply don’t come equipped to handle the sensations associated with traveling. Instead, like most new things, they have to become acclimated to the experience. 

When it comes to preventing canine car sickness, or easing symptoms, we’ve got you covered!

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The Big Meow – Are You Ready for a Cat?

A kitten looking up at their owner with love

As the saying goes “a house is not a home without a cat”. This might not be true for everyone, but a home shared with one or more cats is definitely more cozy. This could be explained by their willingness to snuggle, or their engaged affection. Whatever the case may be, a warm, purring kitty is simply wonderful. 

With more than 90 million pet cats in homes nationwide, we are in full acknowledgment of all the amazement, joy, and contentment they bring. However, there is a difference between wanting one and being truly ready for a cat. 

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Get to the ER! Allergic Reaction or Pet Poisoning?

A cat and owner looking at a phone

There are many symptoms a pet can display when they are experiencing a serious or emergency situation. Sometimes an underlying illness or condition can mask something acute and critical, like pet poisoning. The likelihood of knowing every sign of all of the ways a health crisis can come into play is low to none. That is why having a plan to seek help promptly is the way to go whenever you are in doubt.

Both an allergic reaction and pet poisoning are emergency situations that require immediate care by your veterinarian or emergency hospital. But how can you know what’s occurring?

We’re here to help differentiate the two and tell you how to proceed.

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Drumroll, Please: Announcing Brodie Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

A cat wearing stylish shades

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital has had an amazing year with our wonderful pet patients (and their people) and offering them the very best care possible. We have also had a wonderful time educating our pet families on topics that appeal to them, from daily pet exercise to nutrition, the importance of wellness care to parasite control. It is our sincere hope you have enjoyed reading our blog and learning more about how to better care for your fur friend.

As we look ahead to 2020, we can reflect upon the many ways our animal companions enrich our lives with unconditional love, joy, and laughter. If you are like us, you may have prioritizing your pet’s health and bringing more wellbeing and happiness to their lives on your New Year’s resolutions. Pets are, after all, family, and they deserve the very best.

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Your Golden Oldie: Caring For Your Senior Pet

A tortoise-shell cat laying on a carpet

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

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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

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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

A grey kitten in a cat carrier

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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