Choosing a suitable boarding facility is crucial. It helps ensure your dog's safety and comfort throughout its stay. Look for a facility that is climate controlled. Ask them how long they leave the dogs outside? Are they supervised? Are they in direct contact with other pets? What time of day are they brought outside ? Is there shade or will they have to walk across hot surfaces? Dogs at high risk for heat stroke ( brachycephalic breeds, black dogs, old dogs, dogs with chronic illnesses such as heart problems , diabetes, and Cushing’s disease ) should NOT be left outside for more than 10 minutes if the outdoor temperature is over 80F.
By the time you see symptoms of heartworm disease at home, the worms have already done a lot of damage. That is why we require yearly heartworm testing. Preventatives will stop up to 98% of heartworm larvae, but there is always that small chance that your pet didn’t digest the medication well or spit it out when you were not looking.
Neutering is a surgery that removes the internal reproductive organs of our pets so that they cannot have kittens or puppies. In males this is called castration. In females it is called spaying. Pets who can still make puppies and kittens are called Intact because they have not had surgery to remove those parts.
Ticks are common parasites that attach themselves to a dog's skin. Ticks can affect both outdoor and indoor dogs. Ticks drink blood and transmit diseases that can cause life long medical problems for the dog and its family. They are more common in some regions than others.
Being a pet owner comes with a lot of different responsibilities. As a caring and compassionate owner, one of your top priorities will undoubtedly be making sure that your pet is as healthy and happy as possible. However, it can be difficult to tell just how healthy an animal is. After all, they can’t tell you if they are feeling unwell or experiencing problems. They may not even know themselves.
The holiday season is here, and that could mean it is time to travel. If you are a pet parent, making your holiday plans will include making the best arrangements for your pet. You need to determine the best option for your furry family member.
One of the things people tend to overlook when preparing for the hurricane season is what it means for pets. You need to remember that if a tropical storm is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for your pet as well. If you need to evacuate before the storm hits, then you should evacuate your pet as well.
Fleas are one of the most common parasites to affect household animals. However, this doesn’t mean that getting fleas is inevitable. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to prevent your pet from ever getting fleas during their lifetime. Here is what you need to know about fleas and the steps you can take to keep your pet safe from them.
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in the mouth beneath the gums in the bone and tissue around the teeth. Over time, the bacteria eat away the bone resulting in swelling, bleeding, pain, and loss of teeth. But Periodontal disease is not just for dogs.... cats get periodontal disease too.