Archive for July, 2015

Summer Pet Care Tips

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

pet care tips

Regardless of the time of year, Summer Pet Care information is always useful as it can also pertain to some other special precautions to protect your pet. From heat, to bugs, and parties and picnics our furry friends can get sick or injured if not properly protected from some of the dangers summertime can present. Fortunately, being aware of these dangers and proactive in protecting your pet from them can ensure a fun, safe summer for all.

Some Summer Pet Care Tips:

  • Ticks are a parasitic danger that can affect outdoor cats and dogs. Make sure to frequently check your pets for ticks and promptly remove any you find. After removing a tick, observe your pet for any change in behavior. Talk to your veterinarian about preventative medication to protect your pet from ticks.
  • We are all aware about our own increased risk of dehydration in the summer, but our pets are also at risk. Make sure your pet always has access to clean water, and be aware of the signs of dehydration. Lethargy, not urinating, and other behavioral changes can indicate that your pet is dehydrated.
  • Summertime can mean lots of barbecues, picnics and parties, and with that comes lots of yummy foods. Pets also think of these foods as a tasty treat, but many foods pose a health threat to your pet. Your best bet is to make people food off-limits to your pets, but you can also contact us for a list of foods that are especially dangerous.
  • It should go without saying, but never leave your pet in a car, no matter how short the time. The interior of a car gets too hot very quickly and can easily cause heat stroke in your pet.
  • When the weather gets hot so does the pavement. When walking your dog, or allowing you cat to go outside be aware that paved surfaces, especially dark ones, can burn the pads of your pet’s feet.
  • It’s not something many people think of, but your pet may need sunscreen. Animals with short, thin fur or pink skin may need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Check with us to see if your pet should use sunscreen.

Remember these tips as we move through the rest of the summer and into the warm days of early fall. We hope you and you furry friends have a fun and safe summer season!

When Your Dog Needs An Emergency Vet

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

emergency vet for dogs

Dogs have medical emergencies just like us. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish from a true emergency or if the episode can wait till the morning. While it might be smart to err on the side of caution where our pets’ health is concerned, there are times when an emergency veterinarian should be contacted.

How to Decide it’s Time to Take Your Dog to the Emergency Vet

  1. Collapse or Extreme Fatigue: Anytime your dog is extremely lethargic and unresponsive to any of your cues medical treatment should be sought immediately. This is the same if your dog suddenly collapses. This can be a sign of organ failure, poisoning or many other conditions.
  2. Major Trauma: This one is pretty obvious. However, if your dog does seem ok without any warning signs, they still need to be evaluated. For example, if they are struck by a car, take a long fall or any other blunt force, seek urgent care. There could be internal damage or bleeding.
  3. Breathing Difficulty: If your dog is breathing very slowly, making funny noises or skipping breathes, emergency care is needed. You know your dog better than anyone, if you notice any “odd” breathing don’t hesitate to call.
  4. Pain: If your dog is experiencing severe pain, it is a good idea to take them in. Some examples include, limping, unable to lay down, sensitive to touch, and constant crying. Another thing to look for is any bloating. Some of these symptoms require immediate treatment.
  5. Poisons: If your dog is exposed to any type of poisonous household items seek treatment immediately. The potential poison list is extensive, but find the top 6 here. Many poisons will cause seizures. However, it is best to contact emergency services before this occurs.

There are several situations that require a trip to an emergency vet. These 5 are the most common and important times to seek immediate care. Anytime you notice an unusual behavior it is always best to contact us to discuss the need of treatment.