Check This Off Your List: How To Check Your Pet For Ticks

With the season of spring officially here, you may be thinking of all the fun outdoor activities that are hopefully coming up, from backyard BBQs to travel. One other thing that tends to come to the front of our minds in springtime are bugs – especially fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

We’re focusing on ticks with this blog, since they are found everywhere and can transmit serious and even deadly disease to pets and humans.  

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Frosty Paws: Protecting Pet Paws This Winter

Be sure to protect pet paws as part of pet winter safety

Here in Maryland, both people and their pets are used to harsh winters. That doesn’t mean that your pet’s paws need to suffer, however. Highway Veterinary Hospital has your back when it comes to protecting pet paws this season. Read on to learn what you can do.

Winter Woes for Furry Feet

The winter weather can wreak havoc on delicate pet paws. When allowing your pet to enjoy the northeastern weather, it is important to be on the lookout for some common problems.

Cold weather catastrophes for furry feet can include:

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Be Prepared With Your Winter Pet First Aid Kit

A winter pet first-aid kit is great for winter pet safety

As our winter season hits, we’re thinking about all things safety. A pet first aid kit is a great tool for making sure your pets can stay safe and get the help they need should an emergency happen. And in the wintertime, this kit should include a few extras.

You can purchase pet first aid kits online, however, building your own kit, or adding to a pre-made one may be your best bet for making sure you have everything customized for your pet’s lifestyle and needs. So, what to include? Here are our tips for a winter pet first aid kit.

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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…

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…