As warm weather approaches and the days become longer, we find ourselves becoming more active and spending more time outside with our animals. While this is a welcome change, it’s important to keep in mind that the changing seasons also bring with them some situations that pet parents should be cautious of, as we haven’t had to worry about the possibility of them arising during the colder months.
We all know that the holidays are an exciting, but also stressful, part of our year. It can be stressful for our pets as well with more food around than usual, unfamiliar decorations, and new people/faces visiting their home.
It is possible to make the holiday season a happy and safe time for everyone.
There are some things you can do to prevent an unexpected trip to the animal emergency room this year. Let’s keep the holidays happy and safe.
Fall is a beautiful time of year that is always welcome after enduring long hot summer months. It comes with many seasonal changes, lots of colorful decorations, and a very popular and highly celebrated holiday. It can also come with added stress for you and your pet due to some of these changes; but that doesn’t need to be the case. Being aware of potential stressors and toxicities could save you and your companions from unnecessary stress, as well as an unplanned amount of time and money spent at the ER.
Getting the kids ready to go back to school is always a hectic and exciting process. You must buy new clothes and supplies, change up your schedule, and help the kids prepare to go on a new journey. Unfortunately, among all of this, sometimes our pets don’t get as much attention as they did during the summer months.
It can be a scary situation whenever your beloved cat or dog suddenly begins acting unusual, especially in the middle of the night. But does it warrant an immediate visit to the ER, or is it fine to wait until you're able to get an appointment at your regular vet? There are many factors to take into consideration when you're considering a trip to the emergency vet, including necessity, wait times, and cost. Here's what you should look for to make sure you aren't causing undue stress for your pet and spending your time and money with a late-night trip to the ER.
It's been a year since large-scale coronavirus lockdowns came to the US, and we're all feeling the stress that comes with stay-at-home orders, business closures, and concern for the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. In order to deal with the stress, many of us are turning to our pets, or even welcoming new furry friends into our homes! While pets are a great source of support in these difficult times, it's important to recognize how your changed routine is impacting your animal.
Heat stroke is a term commonly used for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature. In general, if a pet's body temperature exceeds 103°F (39.4°C), it is considered abnormal or hyperthermic. Body temperatures above 106°F (41°F) without a history of illness are most commonly associated with exposure to excessive environmental heat and are often referred to as heat stroke. The critical temperature where multiple organ failure and impending death occurs is around 107°F to 109°F (41.2°C to 42.7°C).
The Fourth of July is one of the best parts of the summer, but while the fireworks and celebrations are exciting and fun for us pet parents, they can be quite scary and stressful for our pets. To avoid a trip to see us this July 4th, let’s talk about the best ways to prepare your pets for the holiday so that everyone can enjoy the celebrations and festivities.