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).Continue…
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.Continue…
We share our modern lives with special animals whose ancestors successfully adapted over the course of hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Sure, our pets are now highly accustomed to regular meals, affection, and comfort, but that doesn’t mean they don’t often answer to some of their inherited instincts.
With winter paw care, you can make sure your pet’s impulses get in the way of their comfort.
It’s easy to assume that your pet’s feet have evolved to withstand loads of environmental challenges. And that’s true, to a point. Sure, their paw pads are designed to handle daily action, such as running, walking, playing and hiking. But the seasonal dip in outdoor temperatures means that overworked, unprotected paws can be at risk of serious, painful injuries.Continue…
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.Continue…
The days are getting shorter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog wants to hunker down for the rest of the year. Instead, there’s so much more to see, smell, and do outdoors than there was just a few weeks ago. Even though some parasites seem like they’re fading to the background, the scary truth is that ticks always abound. Maintaining monthly parasite prevention medication is a big part of their defense, but there’s more to protecting your pet from these bugs.
Year Round Protocol
Ticks lie in wait in areas of high grass, leaf litter, and dense tree cover. As bloodsucking ectoparasites, ticks pick up bacteria or other pathogens from their hosts. When they feed off another human or animal host, they pass along digestive fluids, anticoagulants, and infectious diseases. Continue…
As 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…
Ask any veterinary clinic, shelter, or pet supply store and they’ll tell you that on any given day, one or more lost pets are brought in. No matter our best intentions, pets do manage to slip out, and it only takes a few minutes for a pet to go missing.
That’s why microchipping is so important. Whether you have a kitten/puppy or you care for an adult pet, microchips play a crucial role in reuniting lost pets with their owners.
The Fantastic World of the Microchip
Microchips may seem super high tech, but in reality, they’re a basic, passive device that doesn’t even require batteries. Microchips are tiny radio transponders that work much like a credit card chip. They’re about the size of a grain of rice and emit a signal when a corresponding scanner is placed over them.
The microchip is enclosed in a biocompatible capsule that’s placed between the shoulder blades using a syringe. Many pet owners worry this procedure is painful, but it’s actually similar to receiving a vaccine. The microchip is permanent, and your pet will be associated with a unique ID number for the rest of their life.
Each microchip can be read by a scanner that detects its radio frequency, identifying the number assigned to your pet. Continue…
Responsible 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.
We 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: