Avoiding Rattlesnakes

Avoiding Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes are out and about when you and your pet are – early mornings, late afternoons, and early evenings. Don’t let dogs get ahead on walks and explore places where snakes can hide. If your pet is bitten, get to a vet right away. Rattlesnake antivenin is very...
Desert Dangers: Toxic Toads

Desert Dangers: Toxic Toads

The large toads you see during monsoon season are Sonoran Desert toads. They excrete a substance through a gland behind the eye that acts as a neurotoxin. Dogs that put these toads in their mouths can exhibit neurological symptoms including difficulty walking,...
Desert Dangers: Scorpions and Spiders

Desert Dangers: Scorpions and Spiders

Scorpion stings or spider bites may cause a swelling at the site and some distress. They usually require no special medical attention. Watch pets for the first few hours in case they exhibit a bad reaction. Sometimes Benadryl is helpful in reducing symptoms. Use one...
Desert Dangers: Cool Pools and Hot Spots

Desert Dangers: Cool Pools and Hot Spots

Do you have a pool…and a pet? Many pets love the water but even good swimmers may be bad at finding their way out so teach them where the steps are. Dogs love to go for rides in the car but with this heat, if you can’t take the pet into the store with you, leave him...
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