Summer Safety Tips for Pets

summer dogWe all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our pets, but we have to be careful with our pets in the hot weather. Here are some summer safety tips to keep you pet safe this summer:
Provide fresh drinking water at all times, indoors and outdoors.
Safe outdoor temperatures for pets vary by breed and size.
Dogs with “stubby” noses or what’s known as brachealcephalic, can’t cool down as fast or as good as one with a longer snout.
Do not walk/ exercise your pet mid day. Heat from the sun not only beats down on you and your dog but also concrete or asphalt. If your hand cannot remain a few seconds on the pavement without you removing it, then your pet’s feet should not be on it!   Burns can occur and severely damage the bottom paw pads, this can be very painful and result in your pet’s inability to walk, or stand. Be aware that they cannot verbalize that they/ or their feet are too hot.


Differences in fleas and ticks

Fleas and ticks are both pains in the butt and most people assume that fleas and ticks are the are the same but, fleas and ticks are very different. To protect your pets from both of these parasites it’s important to know the differences between them. Here are some differences that separate these parasites.


Introducing NexGard!!

Fairgrounds Animal Hospital is now carrying NexGard!

NexGard is a new product by Merial, the makers of Frontline. It is the first chew that offers protection against both fleas and the American dog tick. It contains an active ingredient afoxolaner, in a palatable beef flavored chew, which kills fleas by over stimulating the nervous system. It is not unusual for fleas to become more visible on a pet after administering NexGard due to this overstimulation. NexGard provides 100% flea kill within 24 hours of administration and continues to work for a full 30 days.


Fireworks: Terrifying for Pets

Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets

Tips for keeping your dogs, cats and other pets safe and happy during summer celebrations. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sites and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. Continue…

Fear of Loud Noises

Help make sounds less scary to your dog

Dogs can develop anxiety or fear associated with sound even if they have no prior traumatic experience associated with loud noise or sound. Many fear related problems can be resolved, but if left untreated your dogs fearful behavior will probably get worse.