Do You Hear What I Hear? Rattlesnake Safety For Pets

Rattle snake poisedRattlesnakes are a fact of life around these parts. Most of us are aware of the dangers these reptiles pose to us as we hike and camp, or even while we putter around in our own backyards. Rattlesnakes and pets are a particularly disastrous combination, thanks to our pets’ curious nature and unpredictability.

Do you know what to do if you and your pet happen across a rattlesnake? Learning about rattlesnake safety for pets is key to protecting your furry loved one.

Rattlesnakes And Pets

A rattlesnake bite poses a serious risk to your pet. Once the venom is injected, it begins to act immediately. The blood vessels near the region of the bite are compromised, and an immune response causes severe swelling and pain. Because the venom also affects the blood’s ability to clot, large amounts of blood may be lost. The effects of the venom will lead to shock, and eventually death, if left untreated. Continue…

When Is It A Pet Emergency?

2 golden retriever puppy with a red phone and a stethoscopeIt’s late, but your pet is acting strangely. You’re concerned about your pet’s symptoms, but aren’t sure if it’s worth a trip to the veterinarian this late, or if it can wait until normal business hours the next day… What would you do?

Some emergencies, such as seizures or automobile accidents, are obvious. But pets are genetically wired to hide pain and illness, which can make it difficult for even the most conscientious pet owner to know when their dog or cat is in need of immediate medical attention. Learning how to recognize the signs of a pet emergency could make all the difference for your pet. Continue…