Summer Thrills: What to do When Pet Anxiety Occurs

Pet anxiety can be caused noise, especially fireworks and thunder.When it comes to pet behavior, many owners know the exact triggers that affect their pets. It could be a siren, crying baby, or UPS truck; however, one thing is certain: a pet’s fear and stress levels can be so deeply experienced that it shakes them to their very core. It’s also not uncommon for pet anxiety to appear unexpectedly, especially if a pet is newly adopted or if a certain stimulus is very rare.

Summertime provides ample opportunities to gather and celebrate, but without a proactive approach to your pet’s emotional well-being, there could be problems facing them.

Rumble and Roar

Thunderstorm phobia is one of the leading causes of seasonal pet anxiety. Responsible for creating severe, panicked reactions in pets (like bolting away from the house or yard, relentless digging, hiding, vocalizing, and more), thunder and lightning are truly upsetting to some animals. Continue…

Toxic Algae in Texas: A Serious Threat to Pet Health

Toxic algae poses a serious threat to pet health.As summer sets in, many of you may be planning to take your dogs with you on vacation. However, if your vacation plans involve a visit to Texas’ waterways, you will want to bone up on the possible threat of toxic algae and how it can impact your pet’s health.

Understanding toxic algae is essential to pets and people safely co-existing with these primitive lifeforms, and Northpark Animal Hospital is here to help you do so.  

What Are the Odds?

Toxic algae has been harming humans and their animals for a long time. In fact, the first documentation of this occurrence was in Australia in 1878. When conditions are just right, algae can grow out of control, reaching toxic levels. While only about 200 of the thousands of species are toxic, it can be difficult to know which are dangerous until it is too late. Continue…

Pet Perils: The Disquieting Nature of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a serious condition.Caring for a pet is one of the easiest things to do because it’s so fun and rewarding. However, truly taking responsibility for an animal’s health and well-being isn’t without certain challenges or worries. In the case of heartworm disease, there are critical steps that need attention throughout the year.

What Is Heartworm Disease?

Diagnosed in all 50 states, heartworm disease is caused by internal parasites that live in the blood vessels of the lungs and heart. It is potentially life-threatening, and both outdoor and indoor-only pets are at risk.

How It’s Transmitted

The mosquito is responsible for transmitting heartworm disease. When an infected animal is bitten, the mosquito picks up microscopic baby worms (microfilaria) in the bloodstream. Over the next 10-14 days, the microscopic worms develop into infective larvae inside the mosquito. When it bites a vulnerable animal, the mosquito deposits larvae on the skin and the bite wound. Continue…

Parasite Prevention in Pets

Parasite Prevention in PetsParasites may be tiny, and some we’re even unable to see with the naked eye. But, they can cause big problems for your pet. From heartworm, to internal parasites, to external parasites like fleas and ticks, the threats to your pet’s health come from many directions. So, as the weather warms up (and parasites get more active), we’re focusing on parasite prevention and the steps you can take to protect your pet (and your family) this spring and all year round.

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More Than Meets the Eye: The Subtle Power of Routine Pet Dental Care

Pet owners are sometimes more familiar with their pet’s mouth than they might prefer. Among us, who hasn’t caught a whiff of kitty or puppy breath right in their face? Whether it’s a post-run pant or during a sweet snuggle session, dog and cat breath can be undeniably potent.

Pet dental care encompasses daily brushing at home and professional cleanings, but when it comes to what’s happening beneath the gums, digital radiographs hold the key.

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Christmas Pet Safety Tips That Really Hit Home

The prevention of an illness or injury is definitely the gift that keeps on giving, but during the holidays, this can be a major feat. Amidst a bursting social calendar, shopping sprees and cookie exchanges, a pet owner’s usual vigilance and presence might understandably be at a deficit. Don’t worry! Northpark Animal Hospital has some safety tips you can implement to help your pet remain safe and healthy throughout the holidays in our Christmas pet safety guide.

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Knowledge is Power: What You Need to Know About Canine Influenza

canine inlfuenzaLuckily, the flu hits people during certain months and takes a break that lasts through late spring to early fall. This allows us to mobilize quickly and protect ourselves with the flu vaccine before it begins to spread. Unfortunately, our dogs aren’t in the same boat. Canine influenza doesn’t have a “season” in which transmission is most likely. It’s a highly contagious respiratory virus, but with knowledge and awareness, you can protect your dog from it.

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The Future is Now: How Pet Microchips Change Lives

There are bicycles that pedal for us, trash cans that re-order food, phones that locate lost keys, and umbrellas that forecast the weather. Even if you’re not especially gadget or app-savvy, technology is present in most aspects of our busy modern lives. And if our lives are made easier, simpler, or faster via the latest development, well, maybe that’s a good thing.

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Common Pet Toxins Hiding in Plain Sight

pet toxinsA wide-angle lens of any pet’s surroundings would reveal a number of potentially dangerous objects, products, or plants. Indeed, pet toxins come in various packages, and many of them, such as antifreeze, fertilizer, and medications, keep modern life going. These necessities don’t have to go when sharing space with an animal, but managing indoor and outdoor environs is critical to safeguarding your pet’s health.

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With Summer Pet Safety Precautions in Place, the Livin’ Is Easy

summer pet safetyWe consider ourselves pretty lucky to live in a subtropical climate. Sure, we have an occasional cold snap in the winter, but we’d be hard-pressed to hear anybody complaining about it. The other side of this coin is a scorching-hot summer. Triple-digit temperatures and high humidity have the potential to dangerously impact pets. With our summer pet safety measures, you can prevent certain health hazards far past Labor Day.

First, the Obvious

When the sun is beating down, the car is no place for a pet. Internal temperatures can reach 120-degrees in no time, leaving unattended pets at risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke. If untreated, brain damage, organ failure, or even death can occur. Continue…