Sugar-Free = Harm FULL to Pets: Understanding Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

By |2023-03-22T20:52:15+00:00March 22nd, 2023|Safety|

Xylitol (i.e., birch sugar) is a popular sugar substitute used in many foods and products. While many people have reaped xylitol’s benefits—40% fewer calories than cane sugar—if your dog ingests this natural sugar substitute, they can have a severely toxic reaction. Our Southwest Vet team takes a deep dive into this potentially deadly ingredient. Learn [...]

What Pet Owners Should Know About Anesthesia

By |2022-08-19T21:27:23+00:00August 19th, 2022|Safety|

Anesthesia is necessary in some cases to allow veterinarians to perform procedures on pets that otherwise would not be possible. Our Southwest Vet team goes to great lengths to ensure your pet receives care equivalent to human standards when they undergo anesthesia, and we would like to provide information about this subject to set your [...]

5 Pet-friendly Tips to Beat the Heat

By |2022-07-24T20:38:18+00:00July 24th, 2022|Safety|

Summer in Austin is H-O-T, not only for people, but for pets. Our furry friends can’t regulate their body temperature as well as we can, and can overheat easily in our scorching, Texas summer weather.  Why are pets so susceptible to overheating? They have fewer sweat glands and can’t cool off by sweating like humans [...]

Is My Pet’s Condition an Emergency?

By |2021-12-28T18:57:38+00:00December 21st, 2021|Safety|

Your pet is acting abnormally. Is this a one-off event, or do they need emergency care? To help you understand when to take immediate action, Southwest Vet has prepared a list of common pet emergencies.  #1: Pets with obvious trauma Obvious trauma should be obvious, right? Unconsciousness, bleeding, broken bones, and visible injury should immediately [...]

Fear, Anxiety, and Stress: How to Spot the Signs in Your Pet

By |2021-03-03T00:42:02+00:00December 8th, 2020|Safety|

As the busy holiday season approaches, your stress level likely rises through the roof with all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and entertaining needed to prepare for your celebrations. Your loyal furry companion will pick up on your stress and anxiety about the holiday season, and may become stressed themselves when faced with the chaos and [...]

10 Facts Pet Owners Need to Know About Rabies

By |2021-03-03T00:42:02+00:00July 1st, 2020|Safety|

Although rabies has been almost completely eradicated in the United States through a rigorous vaccination program and animal control, the disease can easily become a real threat again without proper prevention. Despite an intensive vaccination campaign, confusion remains about rabies, which can be fatal. The Southwest Vet team wants to clear up the misconceptions, so [...]

The 5 W’s of Coronavirus and Pets

By |2021-03-03T00:42:02+00:00March 26th, 2020|Safety|

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, we at Southwest Vet want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep you, your pets, and our staff healthy and safe. Part of that plan includes providing you with the latest information about coronaviruses, including how they affect pets, and what we are doing [...]

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