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Dr Brianna Armstrong has you covered with springtime tips to keep your pets healthy and happy.

We asked Dr Brianna Armstrong, Medical Director at Firehouse 183, to prep us for Springtime in Central Texas.

Keeping Pets Safe During the Eclipse

We’re all excited for the solar eclipse in Central Texas on Monday, April 8th. What should you know to keep your pet safe?

Dr Armstrong says the eclipse itself isn’t a concern for your pets.

Dogs and cats won’t “know that the eclipse is happening, even though it’s really exciting for us,” says Dr Armstrong. “…You just want to make sure that your pets are safe while you’re outside. Keep them leashed and in a safe area, just like you would for New Year’s Eve (or July 4th) fireworks.

Snake Bites: Act Fast

A snake bite can be a frightening experience for both you and your pet.

The first step? Get to a veterinary hospital ASAP. If it’s after hours, head to the emergency veterinarian. Dr Armstrong emphasizes the importance of quick action, as snake bites can be fatal to pets.

Call the hospital while en route so they can prepare to help you.

Avoid applying ice or tourniquets, as they may not be effective and could potentially worsen the situation.

Ms. Herd’s dog, Phoeve, survived a rattlesnake bite.

Spring Allergies: Stay Vigilant

As spring rolls around, so do seasonal allergies. I feel like “Austin is the allergy hub of the world,” says Dr Armstrong. “Allergies here are something that we see almost every single day, and in the springtime, things ramp up and get a lot worse.”

Keep an eye out for signs such as itchy paws, bodies, and ears in your pets. 

Prompt intervention is key to preventing allergies from escalating into more severe issues like infections.

Regular bathing can help alleviate symptoms, but if the itch persists, consult your veterinarian for additional treatment options.

Toxic Flowers: Know the Dangers

Lilies may be a beautiful addition to any bouquet, but they pose a severe threat to cats, causing organ damage and even death. Even brushing against a lily can be harmful if your cat ingests pollen while grooming. Keep lilies and other toxic flowers out of your home to ensure zero access to them.

When it comes to dogs, be wary of outdoor plants like sago palms, oleander, and lantana. These common plants are toxic

If your pet eats a toxin, call the ASPCA at (888) 426-4435. This hotline is open 24 hours a day.

Summer Heat: Keep Cool and Hydrated

As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to keep your pets cool and hydrated.

  • Always have water available, especially during outdoor activities.
  • Be mindful of hot surfaces like concrete, which can cause burns on your pet’s paw pads.
  • Avoid peak sun exposure and opt for walks during cooler times of the day.
  • Consider doggy sunscreen for extra protection, particularly on sensitive areas like the nose.

We have more tips for the summertime on our blog, where you can also find information to avoid heat exhaustion.

We’re here to help you prepare for any kind of situation that may arise when you are caring for pets.

When in doubt, call your veterinarian for guidance and assistance.

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