Play it Safe: Is Pet Water Safety a Big Concern?

pet water safetyWhile few pets seek to get wet when it’s cold, the majority of dogs crave time in and around the water all summer long. A powerful element, water has the capacity to excite and amuse pets, but it also plays a major role in reducing the risk of heat stroke. To be certain, water play is fun, but without pet water safety measures, it can quickly turn perilous.

An Obvious Choice

Swimming, splashing, running through the sprinkler, boating, and other water sports are perfect summer options – and they’re all more fun with a furry friend in tow. Many pets are bred for water recreation while others (like the typical feline) don’t take to it quite as naturally. Also, brachycephalic breeds, those with shorter legs, and big barrel chests are not designed for swimming.

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When the Mid-Atlantic “Muggies” Strike, Summer Pet Safety Takes the Stage

People unaccustomed to our weather can feel pretty droopy by the end of the day. It’s true, we have wilting humidity and occasional heat waves that make summers in Maryland challenging for some – pets included. If you’re looking for just one more reason to kick it in the AC, we’ve got some startling facts that place summer pet safety firmly in the spotlight.

Play it Safe

Instead of exposing your pet to the heat, play it safe and avoid the midday temps. Place the back of your hand against the sidewalk outside. If you pull it away within 5 seconds, the ground is too hot for your pet. Wait for it to cool off after dinner, or wake up early for a slightly cooler morning walk.

The Dangers of Heatstroke

A spike in body temperature can negatively impact the health of internal organs and impair breathing. Heatstroke is characterized by excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rates, drooling, weakness, stupor, and collapse. Left alone, bloody diarrhea and vomit, seizures, and even death can occur. Continue…

The Essentials: Year-Round Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention

flea tick and heartworm preventionParasite control is a must for every furry friend, and the foundation of this is flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. Unfortunately, some pet owners make the mistake of skipping a month of heartworm medication or assume that indoor kitty doesn’t need to be on any form of parasite prevention.

To highlight some of the reasons parasite control is so important, let’s take a look at what risks these pests can pose to your cherished pet and what you can do to stop them.

Terrible Ticks

The life cycle of a tick includes: egg, larvae, nymph, and adult – and each female can lay thousands of eggs at a time. Ticks thrive by feeding on the blood of a host mammal, most notably wildlife, but also humans and pets.

Most people are familiar with Lyme disease, especially in our region where diagnoses have skyrocketed over the past few decades. However, did you know this parasite can also pass vector-borne diseases onto our canine and feline friends?

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Preventive Care Exams: Helping Pets Live a Longer, Healthier Life

preventive careIn previous generations, veterinary care focused mainly on treating an animal’s illness or disease after it developed. Today’s veterinary professionals recognize the importance of preventive care for creating a better quality of life and increased longevity for our sweet pets.

At the core of preventive care lies the regularly scheduled check-up (once or twice per year, depending on your pet’s age and health status). More than just an opportunity to administer vaccines, the preventive care exam is the foundation of your pet’s long-term health care plan.

Prevention, Prevention, Prevention!

Taking a proactive approach to your pet’s health is what the preventive care exam is all about. When we see your pet on a regular basis, we’re able to screen for, diagnose, and treat potential health problems before they get out of hand. This not only leads to a better prognosis for your pet, it can save you money in medical bills down the road.

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Home Sweet Home: The Importance of Pet Microchipping

pet microchippingBecoming separated from a beloved pet is a scary thought for any pet owner. After all, we do everything we can to keep them safe, including leashed walks, fenced-in yards, vigilant supervision, and more. Accidents can and do happen, however, and even the most responsible pet owners can wind up facing the reality that a pet has gone missing.

Fortunately, there is much that can be done to find a lost pet nowadays, and pet microchipping may be one of the best ways to increase the chances of being reunited with your furry loved one.

The Wonderful World of Microchips

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and consists of a tiny computer chip encased inside a biocompatible glass capsule. The microchip is inserted just below the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades and is no more painful or complicated than a standard vaccination. Because the chip is read-only and doesn’t broadcast information, there are no batteries involved and it won’t have to be replaced during your pet’s lifetime. Continue…