Safe Travel with Pets

Many families travel with their pets for the holidays. Here are some holiday travel safety tips from Dr. Katie Cox, DVM.

The summer holidays are coming and that means many families will be traveling with their pets. This can be a stressful time for both pets and their families because of the change in day-to-day routine and new environments for the animal. Stress can manifest as many forms, such as fear and apprehension, which could make your pet hide, become nauseous, or show signs of aggression that are not normal for your pet. There are many ways to help decrease stress for our furry friends, whether it be for car or air travel.

Thundershirts can help decrease your pet’s travel anxiety.

Many over-the-counter options are available to help decrease anxiety in dogs and cats. The Thunder shirt is an effective tool that can help comfort your pet and decrease reactions to loud noises. This works by adding mild pressure to your animal’s body, like a hug, to decrease reaction to stimulus. Check your favorite pet store for Thunder shirts or look online at thundershirt.com.

There are a variety of supplements and medications on the market to help with fear and stress, so be sure to talk with your veterinarian about your method of travel. Medications used for sedation are not recommended for plane travel because they can upset the pressure in the brain and affect your animal’s balance. Continue…

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.

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Summer Pet Safety Tips

is your pet safe this summer - fairgorunds animal hospitalThere are many things to think about this summer in terms of keeping your pet safe. Here are some summer pet safety tips that we here at Fairgrounds Animal Hospital hope will keep your pets happy, healthy and having fun:

Do You Take Your Pet Camping or Hiking?

Great! Please make sure they are covered when it comes to ticks and heartworms. There are most likely mosquitoes where you are pitching your tent, and mosquitoes are the carrier for heartworm that can be life threatening for dogs and cats. Ticks have been seen in our area, and are certainly in the mountains and forests. If a tick is on your dog for more than 24 hours, it can transmit disease.  Continue…