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Just Say No to Hot Dogs This Summer

Just Say No to Hot Dogs This Summer
No, we’re not talking about that favorite American grill food. The topic today is heat stroke, which is a really serious problem for dogs in our climate this time of year.

Heat stroke is when the body overheats, which can lead to damage to vital internal organs like the liver, kidneys, and even the brain. Body temperatures can range between 104 and 108 degrees. Heat stroke is treatable if addressed very early, but is often fatal. The key is recognizing the symptoms and acting quickly if you see any of the signs discussed below.

First of all, there are some dogs which are more prone to overheating. Brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, and Shih Tzus have a more difficult time regulating their body heat. Overweight dogs may also be more sensitive to temperature changes, as well.

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Holiday Safety for Pets

Holiday Safety for Pets
Well it’s that time of year again.  Stockings are being hung, Christmas trees are being lit.  We’re all getting ready to celebrate with friends and family.  In all the excitement, let’s not forget our furry friends.  Holidays pose many potential challenges.

The tree.  While so beautiful, trees can be potentially dangerous for our pets.  The pine needles can be very sharp and cause irritation to the GI tract or even worse could get stuck in the intestines (an obstruction) requiring surgery.  The stagnant tree water can be a source of bacteria that can also cause vomiting and diarrhea or other infections.  Anchor your tree well.  Christmas trees can be very inviting for our pets to explore.


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