Kristen has been working for Cypress Creek Animal Hospital since February 2015. She achieved her Veterinary Assistant license through Animal Behavior College. She was born and raised in Fort Worth but now resides in San Marcos. She has a border collie mix named Elsie and she enjoys being outdoors, yoga, and hanging out with friends.
Spring is here, beautiful weather and gorgeous flowers. The warmer weather entices all types of wildlife to roam and graze. Another species that becomes more active with warm temperatures are snakes. Most do not realize that snakes are not out to purposely harm anyone, however they do become afraid and many will bite. One of these types are rattlesnakes. In recent years, rattlesnakes in the Central Texas Region have become less audible and do not always hiss or rattle to alert one in harms way, thus making it very important for humans to be aware of their surroundings at all times. While pets do not always know to refrain from snakes, there are precautions that could assist in a potentially deadly situation. Canines and Equines do have a vaccination available to them that can prolong the effects of a rattlesnake bite. It is still VERY important to take your pet to your local vet immediately, however the vaccine can help the process in aiding your pet back to good health. Please view the link below to read more about the vaccine and the types of snake bites it supports……courtesy: www.southwesternherp.com
Many of us have been guilty of succumbing to our pets “sad face” or “puppy dog eyes” as they beg for our food when we are eating. While it can be difficult to resist, many of our foods are not healthy for our pets and can even be harmful to them. Another issue with table food can also be weight gain. It is important for we as owners, to limit the caloric intake of our pets. “An effective individualized weight loss program provides a consistent and healthy rate of weight loss to reduce risk of disease, prevent malnutrition, and improve quality of life. Weight loss is achieved with appropriate caloric restriction, diet selection, exercise, and strategies to help modify behavior of both the pet and client.” (Burns, 2014) When weight loss programs have not become successful, there is the possibility of other underlying issues and the pet should be examined by a Veterinarian.
Burns, 2014. AAHA develops guidelines for weight management. https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/140215g.aspx
There has recently been a widespread awareness of measle outbreaks in young children and the importance of vaccinating against this dangerous virus. Correlatively CDV, or Canine Distemper Virus, is considered just as detrimental in the canine world. The following article explains how significant vaccinating can be, however the exposure situation in Texas is much higher and it is recommended to vaccinate yearly. Please read the following….http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6634712