Party Animal!

Summer is the season of parties – graduations, barbeques, family reunions.  Your pet is part of the family, and it is only natural to want to include him/her in the celebrations.  You probably know to keep your pet away from open flames, fireworks, chocolate, and bones.  Here are a few lesser known (but just as dangerous!) hazards to keep your party animal away from:

  • Corn cobs- These tasty castaways are very likely to become lodged in the intestine as they make their way through the digestive tract.
  • Fruit pits (like peaches)-  These are also likely to become lodged in the digestive tract.  Believe it or not, cats are as likely to be affected by this type of foreign body as dogs!
  • Skewers- These throwaways once held tasty treats, but now they are more likely to puncture your pet’s esophagus, stomach, or small intestine.
  • Foil, plastic wrap, and string- These may be garbage to you, but they taste like dinner to your pet.  Be sure your garbage is not accessible to Fido and Fluffy.
  • Gravel or dirt- Grease and/or meat drippings can make these normally non-edible items extra tasty.  Eating these in large amounts can cause your pet problems!

If you have any questions please give us a call.

The Dog Days of Summer

Summertime means long days and lots of sunshine, leading to spending some extra time outdoors.  This can be a great opportunity to spend some extra time with your pet, however we must not forget that animals can overheat much more quickly than us humans.  Signs that your pet may be becoming overheated include:

  • Heavy panting or very heavy, deep breathing
  • Weakness
  • Confusion or inability to pay attention
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • As things progress pets may have shallow or slowed breathing, pale gums, and even exhibit seizures

Overheating can quickly turn to a life-threatening situation.  When you are outside with your pets always provide access to fresh water and shade.  Do not expect pets who are not used to being outdoors to be able to spend long amounts of time in the heat.  If you suspect that your pet may be overheated, please call us immediately.