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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Meet sweet Delilah! She's a 10-year-old mix who is currently in a foster program with Austin Animal Center. Right now she is staying with the inmates of the Travis County Correctional Center. They provide her with daily care and give her lots of love. As much as they help, she's helping them by bolstering their spirits with never ending smiles and kisses. The inmates say she is very loving and is always there to comfort them. They even recently celebrated her 10th birthday by throwing her a party!

Delilah's time in the foster program is coming to an end and she will be headed back to the shelter soon, which is why we're trying to find her a furever home! She loves early morning walks and enjoys watching the sunrise. She loves to be rubbed and is a huge treat lover! She will always be there to comfort you and give lots of kisses.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in adopting Delilah, you can email lorian.epstein@austintexas.gov.

The Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion

The Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Summer is in full swing, which means temperatures are sweltering. If it’s too hot for us, imagine how your pets feel in their fur coats. Even though we want to enjoy the sunshine with our best friends, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion.

Some of the signs include:

  • Excessive panting

  • Collapse or convulsions

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Gums or tongue turning blue or bright red

  • Less responsive

  • Glazed eyes

  • Excessive drooling

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Dizziness or lack of coordination

  • Fever

  • Lethargy

If your dog exhibits any of these signs, here’s what you can do:

  • Immediately move him to a cooler area, either indoors with air conditioning or in the shade

  • Check his temperature. If his temperature is above 106, he’s at risk for heat stroke, and you should call your vet immediately.

  • Cool your dog down with cool, wet cloths, or let him go into a pool or lake.

  • Give your dog cool water but don't force it. If he can’t or won’t drink, wet his tongue with water.

  • Get him to the vet. Call ahead so they can provide immediate assistance.

It is important to note that certain dog breeds are more prone to heat exhaustion than others, though all dogs can suffer from it if the conditions are right. In high heats, pay special attention to brachycephalic breeds (dogs with short noses and flat faces: shih tzus, pugs, boxers and bulldogs), working and hunting breeds (shepherds, retrievers and spaniels), dogs with thick coats or long hair, very young or very old dogs, overweight dogs and dogs with medical conditions.

 

Happy 6th Birthday, Healthy Pet!

Happy 6th Birthday, Healthy Pet!

Come out to the Arbor Trails store on June 16 to celebrate with us!

DIY Dog Wash

DIY Dog Wash

We have two washes at our Downtown location, just 10 minutes away from Health Pet South! We offer 1-hour parking validation next to Trader Joe's in the Seaholm district.

*Coupon valid at Seaholm location ONLY

Rogue Pet Feed

Rogue Pet Feed

Rogue Pet Feed is a College Station-based company that is paving the way for nutritional dog food. Their Origins Canine Supplement is a 5-in-1 whole food supplement that adds nutrition and supports gut health. All you have to do is add it to your dog's dry food!

Find the food in all three stores today!

Dangers of Drinking River/Lake Water

Dangers of Drinking River/Lake Water

It’s officially Greenbelt season in Austin! While we love to get out and enjoy the warm days with our best friends, it’s important to not let them drink out of the Greenbelt (or any natural body of water). Your pup can contract many diseases from something that seems harmless! Here are some of the risks involved:

Bacteria. Natural bodies of water are often highly contaminated with animal or human waste, which means they often include various species of bacteria. This can cause leptospirosis. While there are vaccines for this disease, it can become deadly if left untreated.

Parasites. Natural water sources can also be breeding grounds for parasites. Some parasites can also affect us humans, but this isn’t always the case.

Chemicals. These can be from runoff from surrounding lands, or gasoline and oil from boaters.

Blue-green algae. These aren’t really a plant but are bacteria that forms blooms that float on the water’s surface. Your pup can swallow these while drinking or swimming. Some include toxins that lead to liver failure or affect the nervous system. Symptoms may appear right after ingestion, including vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, collapse and death.

If your dog starts exhibiting any symptoms after drinking lake water or swimming in it, you should take him to the vet ASAP.

The best way to keep your furry friend protected is to bring your own clean water! Be sure to pick up a collapsible water bowl or travel water bottle to have on hand whenever your pup may need a drink. We also recommend giving your pooch the Honest Kitchen Perfect Form herbal supplement to help with digestion after a visit to the Greenbelt.

 

Ziwi Peak Dog and Cat Food

Ziwi Peak Dog and Cat Food

Check out all the Ziwi Peak pet food and treats we carry at Healthy Pet!

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The Canine Center

We're happy to be having the Canine Center at Healthy Pet South, April 28th from 11 am-3 pm! Read more about the training center located in Austin.

The Canine Center has 30 years of experience with over 13,000 dogs successfully trained. They have a unique training methodology that is based on rewards and play without pain or intimidation. This represents the evolution of their team of trainers who worked with local dog-training legend, Lee Mannix, and the world-renowned dog behaviorist, John Rogerson.

They offer a variety of training and behavior consultation services, including beginner through advanced group classes, private lessons for your dog's specific needs, customized behavior modification programs, in-home and drop-off tutoring programs, nutrition consultations, special needs training, and more!

Flea Season is Upon Us

Flea Season is Upon Us

Spring is officially here! With the beautiful weather brings a downside: fleas. However, you shouldn't have to worry about these pests while enjoying the season. There are two main methods to fight fleas from bothering your pooch: treating your yard and using a product on your dog.

For treating your yard, we love the Wondercide Ecotreat Yard + Garden Spray. This is a completely natural, Austin-made product that kills and repels fleas, ticks and hundreds of other pests without harming bees or other beneficial insects.

For treating your pets, we love the Wondercide Evolv Flea & Tick Control. This is also a completely natural spray that kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitos. You can use this on dogs, cats and in your home. The spray even has aromatherapeutic benefits! This comes in four scents: Lemongrass, Cedar, Rosemary and Peppermint.

Check out a variety of Wondercide products sold at Healthy Pet, so you can enjoy the nice weather without worries!

Spring Break with Spot

Spring Break with Spot

Spring break is coming up! Even if you’re not in school anymore, you can still create your own spring break by visiting these dog-friendly locations in and around Austin. If you feel like visiting a new destination, we’re also sharing some nationwide spots.

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