Heatstroke Awareness

If you feel hot, imagine how hot your pet feels in their furry coat! Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke lower their body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water and contact us immediately!

Click the link below for more details about keeping your pet from overheating.

http://www.americanownews.com/story/16986151/keep-your-dog-from-overheating

What are some fun ways you keep your pet cool during the summer season?

Car Sickness In Pets

Does your dog throw up in the car when you go for rides? He may be experiencing typical motion sickness, just like some people do. Motion sickness usually begins very shortly after starting the car ride. The dog will begin to drool and then vomit. It’s not serious, but certainly not something that we like to clean up! To solve the problem, first try acclimating the dog to car rides. Do this by simply putting him in the car for a few minutes each day without going anywhere. Then try just going down the driveway and back, and the next day going around the block. Gradually build up the distance and time the dog rides in the car

Sometimes this will help to decrease the dog’s anxiety over riding in the car and may help to decrease vomiting. If that doesn’t work, there are some over-the-counter medications you can try. The medication will need to be given about an hour before the car ride. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation as to what drug to try and the dosage for your pet.

 

(Never give any medications to your pet without your veterinarian’s advice!) These drugs are safe, with drowsiness usually the only major side effect. But since your dog isn’t driving the car, that shouldn’t be a problem! If over-the-counter drugs don’t work, your veterinarian may be able to suggest another method for curing the car sickness.

 

Source: http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/dog_care/general_health/car_sickness.aspx

Dog House Repairs Month

July is National Dog House Repairs Month! Is your pet’s home due for some remodeling? Your pet’s home is their sanctuary, so remember to keep it insulated, waterproof, and portable so that you are able to move it to a shaded area during the hot summer months.

Be sure to check for any leaks, cracks or loose nails. Also make sure that you are able to move it during the changing seasons; under a shaded area during the summer and facing the sun during the winter.