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Posts in Category: Pet Safety

Heat Exhaustion in Pets Is Nothing to Sneeze At

As is the case with most catastrophes, heat exhaustion in pets sneaks up on owners. By the time symptoms are noticeable, the situation can be barreling toward perilous at a frighteningly fast pace. 

The good news is that heat exhaustion in pets is entirely preventable! Minimizing your pet’s exposure to the heat is the best place to start, but there are additional strategies to keep them safe, comfortable, and healthy this summer.

The Wrong Kind of Hyper

Pets pant and sweat through their paw pads, but they aren’t able to effectively regulate their body temperature like we do. Hyperthermia occurs when excessive heat overtakes a pet’s inadequate cooling system, and can range from mild (heat exhaustion) to severe (heat stroke). 

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Tiptoe Through the (Toxic) Tulips: Keeping Your Pet Safe This Spring

Springtime is a wonderful season where we look at the arrival of blooms and warm weather. It is high time for spring cleaning, as well as getting the lawn and garden prepped for new growth. It’s no doubt those of us who abhor the chillier, darker months are celebrating the turning of the seasonal wheel where we can get outside with our pets.

Spring, though, brings with it some safety considerations for your furry loved one. There are many factors to consider before you plant, clean the garage, or enjoy the outdoors with your pet. The team at Town and Country Animal Hospital is here to tell you how to both enjoy the spring while keeping your pet safe.

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Sweater Weather: How To Practice Fall Pet Safety

If the autumn season has you thinking about football, crisp days, yummy soups, you’re not alone. Fall is a great time to be outdoors with your pet, too. For dogs, nothing beats a romp in the leaves or a sniff through the hay; and your kitty is probably relishing those midday sunbeams as the days get shorter and the nights longer. 

Keeping your pet healthy in the fall is something we are thinking about at Town & Country Animal Hospital. And with our tips, you and your pet can slow down and enjoy the season, safely.

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Prevent a Pet Poisoning: Limit Pesticides and Rodenticides

Rodents are never far from our houses, garbage bins, and picnic tables. They multiply, cause damage or destruction, and even have the potential to spread disease.

While a quick, easy application of rodenticide may help control their numbers, rodents can live between 12 hours and 2 days before the poison eventually kills them. In that time, they may be hunted and consumed by cats and dogs.

Pet poisoning cases that result from secondary exposure to rodenticides remain a serious threat to overall health and safety. Town & Country Animal Hospital wants to reduce the risks and help protect all pets from harm.

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Kids and Pets 101: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Kids and pets are BFFs

Displaying a love for animals, especially dogs and cats, seems to come naturally to most children. For the most part, having a pet (or interacting with one) can be a fun, positive experience for all involved. However, it’s important to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both kids and pets to build a lifelong foundation of love and respect.

Approaching an Animal

When approaching an unfamiliar dog, make sure your child knows to always ask the owner first before petting. If the owner gives permission, the child should offer their hand, palm up, to be sniffed. If the dog seems accepting, your child may stroke their shoulder or chest.

Cats can seem slightly less predictable than dogs, and their body language isn’t always readily obvious to humans. In general, kids should know to let a cat come to them for affection. A cat who’s hissing, lashing their tail, has ears flattened, or one who walks away should be left alone.

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Is it Safe to Run with Your Dog? It Can Be!

Running with your dog is a great form of pet exerciseAs a group, dogs are typically ecstatic to leash up and hit the pavement. Sure, many prefer a brisk walk to a full gallop, but a large portion of dogs really, really like to tear it up. If your pup initiates a run, chances are, they’re built for the activity and have the endurance to make it fun. If you’re thinking about taking a run with your dog, there are few things to consider before heading out.

Know Before You Go

Some dog owners learn of a dog’s proclivity for running through sheer chance, while others want to cultivate these skills in their dog. Either way, we encourage you to have your dog examined beforehand. We can help you understand possible challenges your dog might face, as well as how you can support them. For example, dogs with shorter legs or those with flat faces can overexert themselves, leading to injury or illness. Continue…

Summertime Blues: Common Causes of Summer Pet Anxiety

Summer pet anxiety affects thousands of petsDoes your pet hide in the bathroom when summertime thunderstorms hit? Or, do they try to get under the bed when the 4th of July fireworks start in your neighborhood? As many of us know, sometimes our pets suffer from fears and anxiety. In the summer, we have a few situations that we know are going to trigger these fearful behaviors.

Below, we tackle what possible situations could cause summer pet anxiety, what precautions to take, and if there are any steps to help alleviate anxiety for our pets.
  

Summer Storms

As we mentioned above, the loud booming thunder that we sometimes get with summertime storms can be genuinely frightening for our pets. Here are some tips to help pets during storms. Continue…

Does Veterinary Laser Therapy Work Like a Magic Wand?

veterinary laser therapyRemaining on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine creates opportunities for us to treat pets in new and effective ways. We’re proud to offer new modalities to support pet health, especially when an animal is suffering. In the case of veterinary laser therapy, we can work together to treat your pet’s symptoms and offer relief from pain.

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How to Prevent a Pet Poisoning

pet poisoningResponsible pet owners spend a lot of time and energy trying to keep their pets safe. Sometimes, however, a pet’s curiosity or boredom aligns with a rare opportunity, and before you know it, you’ve got a pet poisoning on your hands. Without a doubt, we bring lots of potentially dangerous items into our homes. Whether it’s plants, food, medications, or chemicals, your pet’s domain could be full of hazards.

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The Best Ways to Protect Your Pet From Dangerous Predators

pet safetyWe all know the feelings of frustration and futility when you call your pet inside only to be coolly ignored. This resistance tends to happen around dusk, when the opportunity to experience the emerging darkness is savored and shared by pets and predators alike. It’s easy to have a sense of security in our own backyards, but it’s important to know that your pet can be at risk anywhere.

Your companion’s safety is important to us, which is why we’re offering the following tips on how to protect your pet.

The Wild at Your Doorstep

Coyotes are arguably one of the biggest threats facing pets. You might have seen the recent effort in Decatur to reduce the number of coyotes in neighborhoods. Sure, we’re north of the river corridor, but the risk is still very real to our pets. Fierce, confident, and somewhat laissez-faire about their proximity to humans, coyotes will attack a pet left out at night. Some tips to keep in mind:

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