November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month! Having you been noticing your pet is drinking more water or extra puddles in your house from your pet? If you didn’t know that your pet can develop Diabetes, you are not alone. Call us to set up an annual exam for your furbaby and we can do a Glucose test for $5.00 to prescreen your pet for Diabetes. (361) 573-6131.
Thanksgiving is almost here! Here are some turkey day tips to protect your furbabies:
Don’t Share Your Thanksgiving Meal !!!!!!
Pets should not have what’s on the Thanksgiving plate since a lot of the foods we eat are dangerous to them. Some of the ingredients including onions, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins are all hazardous to dogs’ health, can cause organ failure, and even death.
Other toxic and potentially fatal ingredients to pets are avocados, alcohol, and chocolate. Pets can suffer seizures, an increased heart rate, organ failure, etc. Candy, gum, mints; baked goods with the “sweetener” ingredient Xylitol or Sorbitol can cause hypoglycemia and liver failure in dogs. Some turkey leftovers can be dangerous if there are pieces of bones that can cause an interior obstruction or splinter if swallowed.
Tell Family and Friends the House Rules with Pets
Part of having a safe holiday season is remembering to keep the furry family members safe while encountering a large amount of family, friends and food. This means going out of the way to keep pets out of the way when the house is filled with guests, even getting a pet gate if necessary
Children and adults who are unfamiliar with your pets can pose unintentional dangers during the holiday with people coming and going from the house. Tell guests to close the doors when they arrive or leave so pets aren’t escaping without notice.
Limit or restrict children’s contact with the family pets so they aren’t harming them or getting harmed if the dog or cat scratches or bites out of fear. Make sure the visitors know not to feed the pets their table scraps because of the risks of pets getting pancreatitis.
Free spays and Neuters for those who qualify - we are a participating vet! (this was reposted from the Victoria Animal Control website)
Victoria County Public Health Department
Animal Control Division
Spay & Neuter Voucher Program
To receive a voucher you must come in and fill out an application.
1) Must be a resident of Victoria County and be able to prove residency ( via Texas Drivers License/ID Card and Utility bill)
2) Must be receiving Government Benefits ( Must have award letter with your name and address)
3) Monthly or Annual income must be 100% below the National Poverty Level. ( will need to bring the last 2 months transactions on a bank statement.) We will add all the deposits for each month and divide them to get the average monthly income. If we check annual income we will take the average monthly income a multiply it by 12.
Please Come on out and see us at Victoria Animal Control.
You do not need to bring your animal with you.