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…

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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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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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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