It’s unfortunate that many people aren’t able to experience the camaraderie and companionship that comes with having a furry friend due to dog and cat allergies. For those who don’t have pet allergies and get to enjoy life with a furry friend, you can not forget about the possibility of your pet having allergies that need to be dealt with.
However great you are at being a pet-parent, it’s hard to tell if your pet has an allergy or if they are just being a little more weird than normal. (Dog allergy symptoms can range very common/subtle symptoms such as sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, or coughing. The more peculiar signs your dog might have an allergy are snoring, chewing their paws, or increased scratching. Cat allergy symptoms are just as tricky to pick up on.) Some things you should be aware of that may be triggering your pet’s allergies are the outdoors; trees, grass, and pollens. As the seasons change and our allergies start to act-up your pet might start to sneeze a little more than usual. If your cat ventures into the wilderness of your backyard after spending most of their time napping inside, they might come back inside with some cat allergy symptoms. Dog food allergies are important to watch out for when switching between new dog foods or giving them the coveted scrap of human food.
The most important thing you can do when trying to treat your pet’s allergies is to be vigilant. If you recognize that your pet has any of these symptoms don’t ignore them. As subtle as many of these symptoms can be, it is important to take note of what may be causing them. If the symptoms persist and your furry-friend isn’t doing well, you need to take them to a vet as quickly as you can. ZippiVet is the perfect place to take your pet when they may be experiencing allergies, whether it may be your dog’s skin allergies or your cat’s food allergy. Open 7 days a week with no long waits or extra hassle, ZippiVet gets to see your pet quickly and get them the allergy treatment and medicine they need.
Winter has finally arrived in Austin! While our city is better known for its dangerously hot summers, cold weather can also be a problem for dogs and cats. If it’s too cold for you to spend much time outside, it’s too cold for your pet! We’ve put together some helpful tips for keeping your pets safe as the temperatures drop.
Keep Pets Inside
As we approach freezing temperatures, you need to make sure you bring outside dogs and cats indoors. All pets are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite, even cold weather breeds like Huskies and St. Bernards. Consider it a chance to spend more time with your pet!
Check Under the Hood
If your neighbors don’t love their cats as much as you do, they may not bring them inside during the winter. Before you start your engine on a cold morning, knock on your hood and check under your car to make sure there aren’t any cats stowed away in a dangerous place seeking warmth.
Know Your Pet’s Limits
If you were on a walk with a human friend who was shivering and miserable, you’d probably go inside, right? Pets should be treated the same way. If you notice your pet shivering, whining or looking exhausted, it’s time to head home. Dogs with short coats aren’t going to be as cold weather hearty as dogs with longer coats. Likewise, short-legged dogs that scrape their bellies on the snow and cold ground are going to lose temperature more quickly than larger dogs. If you’ve got a Dachshund, it’s not a good idea to go on a long, snowy walk.
Pet sweaters aren’t just adorable, they’re also functional. If your pet is particularly susceptible to cold weather, be sure wrap him or her up in a coat or sweater. When you’re inside, make sure your pet has a cozy place to sleep with plenty of blankets.
Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Car
The dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car are well documented, but a cold car can be equally life-threatening. Unless your pet has to come with you, leave your furry friend at home.
Watch for Chemicals
We don’t get too much ice here in Austin, but deicers, antifreeze and other cold weather chemicals can pose a serious risk to pets. Be sure to store all of your chemicals carefully and clean up any spills. If you encounter something you don’t recognize on a walk, clean it off of your pet.
Get a Check Up!
We recommend comprehensive exams twice a year, and there’s no time like the present. Your ZippiVet veterinarian may identify problems with circulation, hormones or joints that could be exacerbated by cold weather if not treated correctly. Always remember that pet wellness is a year-round endeavor so come see your favorite pet hospital in Austin, TX!