Pets and Rattlesnakes: Avoiding an Unfortunate Meeting

Mojave Rattlesnake - Crotalus scutulatusSpring is just around the corner, and with the rise in temperatures and the sunny days ahead, rattlesnake and other venomous snake sightings are set to become more common. A few years ago, we blogged about the types of venomous snakes in the area and what happens – physiologically speaking – if your dog is bitten. However, an encounter between pets and rattlesnakes (or other venomous reptile) can be prevented with some simple precautions and a focus on avoiding these scenarios in which most bites occur. Continue…

Why Is Chocolate Bad For Pets?

Dog eating chocolates from heart shaped Valentine's boxWorldwide, people share a fondness for chocolate that spans a lifetime. From birthday cupcakes to fancy souffles, chocolate (and its strong temptations) surrounds and connects us. However, the prevalence of chocolate throughout the year – from Valentine’s Day to Halloween – creates harmful opportunities for curious pets, and should be never be shared.

Whether your pet has gotten into your secret stash, or you just want to be prepared for the future, knowing why chocolate is bad for pets, what to look for, and how to help, will not only save you time, but may even save your pet’s life. Continue…