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.
Leashes come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing you to select one that speaks to your pet’s personality. If you’re the owner of a curious pup, then you may be looking at getting a retractable leash to let them roam while still keeping your pet at hand. Here are some important things to know before getting a retractable leash:
Sometimes our beloved pets get into something they shouldn’t, or maybe you were just looking the other way while out for a walk. Emergencies happen, but they can be difficult to spot in pets. If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms in your pet, call us: (717) 423-6030.
If you didn’t see it happen…
Without knowing what might have caused a change in your pet, it can be difficult to assess the risk. The following signs can indicate that veterinary attention is needed: