Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Did you know that snakes often hide in underbrush around stream beds and fields? It’s important to keep an eye on your pet while they’re out exploring in the woods, fields, or even your backyard. Some snakes can be poisonous, causing injury, illness, or even paralysis or death, so it’s important to always thoroughly check your pet’s legs and body when they’ve been outside exploring, and bring them in for immediate treatment if you suspect your pet has incurred a snakebite. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Foxtails, Briars, and Burrs

When your pet spends time out in the woods, fields, or grassy areas, they can pick up all sorts of unpleasant things. You may see burrs, briars, or foxtails—seed pods with sticky or hooked parts on them—stuck in your pet’s fur, but have you checked to make sure they aren’t stuck anywhere else, such as in foot pads, ears, or pierced through skin? It’s important to always give your pet a thorough check when they come in from an adventure outside.