10 Facts Pet Owners Need to Know About Rabies

By |2020-07-01T19:52:51+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 |2020-03-26T20:32:25+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 [...]

How to Create a Stress-Free Holiday Season for Your Pets

By |2019-12-23T19:15:39+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Safety|

’Tis the season for parties, delicious feasts, and all things merry and bright. But, as holiday preparations get into full swing, don’t forget that your pets may not be so cheerful. From visitors, to package deliveries, and everything in between, this time of year can cause your pet undue stress and anxiety. Consider the following [...]

What’s the Scoop on Microchipping?

By |2019-12-05T18:42:33+00:00December 5th, 2019|Safety|

If you share your home with pets, you’ve likely heard of a microchip. Perhaps your pets have them. These minuscule electronic chips are simple, inexpensive, and increasingly popular among the pet population, and that’s a good thing. In a study by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), only 22% of non-microchipped dogs entering shelters were [...]

Is Your Pet Prepared for a Disaster?

By |2019-08-15T20:39:50+00:00August 15th, 2019|Safety|

Disaster can strike at a moment’s notice, forcing your family to shelter in your home or suddenly evacuate. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other unexpected emergencies can separate pets from their owners, and after a disaster, displaced pets may never make it back home. Include your pet in your disaster plan so you don’t risk losing [...]

First Aid in Pet Emergencies

By |2019-07-23T17:57:57+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Safety|

If your pet requires emergency first aid, you’ll feel much more confident about handling the problem if you’re prepared, so we have compiled a list of common situations you may encounter that require pet first aid. But, first, you should be familiar with these general protocols:  Be safe — Even the sweetest of pets can [...]

7 Tips to Help Your Pet Beat the Heat this Summer

By |2019-06-23T15:34:52+00:00June 23rd, 2019|Safety|

Sunny summer days entice people and pets to get out and enjoy the weather. But when temperatures soar, we need to take extra precautions to ensure pets are safe in the heat. Here are seven tips to keep your furry friend from overheating while out in the sizzling sun. 1: Protect your pet’s paws You [...]

Pet Poisons 101: Common Household and Garden Toxins

By |2019-03-18T18:04:59+00:00March 18th, 2019|Safety|

Spring is right around the corner, and that means deep cleaning, garden planting, and lawn maintenance. Hopefully, you’ll also be able to sneak in some play time with your four-legged friend. But, be sure your pet’s curious nose stays out of any toxic substances you use to clean, fertilize, and treat your home and yard. [...]

6 Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Healthy and Happy

By |2018-04-19T17:33:59+00:00April 12th, 2018|Cats, Safety|

“Even cats grow lonely and anxious.” —Mason Cooley   Does your cat crave the great outdoors? Does she spend her days looking longingly out the window, wishing she were out there doing what comes naturally to her: seeking, hunting, and pouncing? While many owners of indoor cats feel guilty depriving their feline friends of all [...]

Pet Safety tips for Halloween

By |2018-04-12T21:10:17+00:00October 27th, 2016|Halloween, Safety|

Halloween is usually known for fun, jack-o-lanterns, and happy trick-or-treaters. But many people don’t know that it is actually one of the most dangerous evenings for pets. In this article, you will learn the common threats that pets face during Halloween. You will also learn easy ways to prevent these threats from harming your pet, [...]