A Message from Highway Veterinary Hospital

Dear Pet Parents, 

In response to Maryland’s Stay-At-Home Order, and in the very real interest of keeping everyone safe, we are changing our hospital hours. Beginning Monday April 6, we will be open the following days and times until further notice: 

Monday and Friday: 8am – 2pm 
Tuesday and Thursday: 8am – 7pm
Wednesday and Saturday: CLOSED

If you have an upcoming appointment during a time that we will be closed, and we haven’t contacted you already, please call us to reschedule.

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Get An A+ In Winter Pet Safety 

Residents of Bowie are all too familiar with the hazards and perils of the cold temperatures that bring snow, ice, and bitter wind. The harrowing cold of winter makes the safety of our family members a top priority in the winter months, and that includes our best fur pals, too. 

Review Highway Veterinary Hospital’s winter pet safety tips to keep your pet healthy and safe until the first signs of spring. 

Brighten Up The Night

If you’re walking your dog in the early morning or evening, consider a reflective harness, collar, and leash so that motorists have an easier time spotting her. You may also want to invest in a dog coat, sweater, or booties to protect your pet and keep her warm and dry when out and about. 

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The Wave of the Future: Say Goodbye to Pet Obesity

More than half of all American cats and dogs are considered overweight or obese. Perhaps even more shocking than the prevalence of pet obesity, however, is the fact that a majority of owners who care for overweight pets erroneously classify their pets in the normal weight range. What’s at the root of this disconnect, and how can we work together to reverse this harmful trend?

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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…