Snake Safety for Pets

iStock_000012601705_SmallAlthough summer is a great time to be outdoors with your pet, snake bites can be a very real danger to be careful of. Snake bites can become life threatening to your pet (and you) if not taken seriously or if not treated immediately.

Snake bites usually occur in the months from April through October, when snakes are most active. The majority of bites occur on the extremities (paws, tail, neck and nose for pets; or hands, feet and ankles for humans). Snakes can be found in homes, yards and garages, as well as in wilder areas like lakes, woods and hiking trails.

Dangerous Snakes

While there are a number of venomous snakes throughout Alabama and the U.S., the three most common snake bites are from Copperheads, Cottonmouth moccasins, and Rattlesnakes. Continue…

Springtime Safety Tips for Pets: Your Yard

Labrador Dog in a WheelbarrowOh the glory of spring! At long last the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining! If you’re like us, you and your pets can’t get enough of this glorious weather and are spending as much time as possible outdoors. You may have also started tending to your lawns, flower beds, and vegetable gardens, too. But, with all the springtime hustle and bustle comes certain concerns for our pets – especially when it comes to our yards.

It is easy to forget that many springtime activities can be dangerous for our dogs and cats. As you start to enjoy the weather this year, keep the following springtime safety tips for pets in mind.

Lawn Care

Our dogs and cats are much more susceptible to the ill effects of pesticides, weed killers, and fertilizers than people. This has to do with their smaller body size and their willingness to trudge through chemical laden areas (although they probably wouldn’t if they knew what we do). Often, pets will lick or groom Continue…