Fire Safety and Your Pet

The recent fires in east San Diego County had us thinking about the need for all of us to update our fire safety plans and specifically make sure our pets would be safe in case of a fire related emergency.

Here are a few recommendations we have for you and your pet:

Follow these tips to ensure your pet is safe in a fire emergency.

  • Have a fire safety kit. This kit should include basic medical supplies (Benadryl and other medications that your pet requires), vaccination records, your pet’s medical history, pet food, water, dishes, and an extra leash. These supplies will get your pet through an emergency until you able to get to a safer more stable location.
  • If you are unable to get away from a fire fast enough and your pet sustains burns, you may have to apply first aid, call our hospital, and then bring your pet down. For first and second degree burns, the best immediate remedy is to submerge the area in cool, not cold, water, pat the area dry and place a layer of sterile gauze lightly over the affected area.
  • If your pet is outside and sustains cut or lesions, use a thick piece of gauze and apply pressure to the wound for at least three minutes. For most mild to moderate cuts this will stop the bleeding and give you time to get to the hospital.
  • If at any point your pet appears to have pale or white gums, a rapid heartbeat or rapid breathing your pet may have gone into shock. If this is the case or your pet’s heart rate is in excess of 180 beats per minute, keep the head level with the rest of the body, loosely cover the burns and seek veterinary care immediately.

Regardless of the injury sustained, our highest recommendation is always to bring your pet in after an emergency. The tips in this post are merely to triage immediately, your pet may also have internal injuries that need attention as well.

If at any point your family is faced with the devastating effects of a fire-related emergency, know we are here to help you and your pet in any way we can. Please always call us and let know how we can help your family through the scary and difficult time a fire can present. Our hearts go out to the families that have lost their homes and loved ones, both human and pet, in the recent Shockey fires.

Clean Dog Seeks Dirt laden Dog Park


If the title of this article describes your dog, Carlsbad has the dog park for you! Located just blocks from El Camino Real, the Ann D. L’Heureux dog park has all the dirt, dust, and open space your four legged friend requires for a good time.  The picturesque location on the tip of a ridge gives human visitors a great view while their dogs make new friends and play for hours. There is also a trail next to the dog park that takes you on a little nature walk down to the restrooms.


On a typical Sunday morning a good dozen dogs come and go from the park. Dogs range in size from large Golden Retrievers to small Chihuahua mixes, all looking to play catch, wrestle, or just lay under any of the several benches, basking in the shade.  With it’s long “L” shape the park is a great location for dogs of all personalities to mix and mingle. There is also a safety cage

entrance, so that your pet can safely enter and exit the park without risk of darting into the parking lot (yes, there is plenty of free parking) or worse getting loose onto the street nearby.

The park is also equipped with well-kept amenities. As mentioned, there are numerous benches for humans (and the occasional dog) to relax and take a seat. In addition, there is a water fountain for the pups. Many owners also bring their own water dishes so that arguments over sharing and germs are less of an issue. The park is also equipped with a

stationary doggie poop bag dispenser (which actually had free bags on all of our visits) and several trashcans for disposing of

waste. Throughout the park there was no visible poop left behind. The park is loved and respected by its visitors, which means with basic precautions your pet can have a fun and safe time at the Carlsbad dog park, just plan to give Spot a good bath after!

Be sure to get out this weekend and check out the Ann D. L’Heureux dog park!


Some Basic Park Etiquette and Safety tips from the Docs at PAH:

  • Obey all posted rules and regulations; The Ann D. L’Heureux dog park has a posted sign at the entrance to the park and also the city’s dog park related codes. These rules help to ensure the safety of all pets and humans at the park
  • Pay attention to your dog at all times; Just like children, not every two dogs are going to get along and there may also be toys or bits of toys left behind by others.
  • Don’t bring a puppy younger than four months old; As puppies are highly sensitive to their surroundings and may become ill if exposed to a virus in the area, it is always best to wait until your puppy is past 4 months and fully vaccinated before visiting a dog park.
  • Keep a collar on your dog; On the off chance you do need to catch your dog or break up a play session, it is best to always keep your dog’s collar on.
  • Look for signs of overheating; Being covered in fur can be tough in the sun, keep an out for signs that they are suffering from too much sun. Signs include profuse and rapid panting, a bright red tongue, thick drooling saliva, and lack of coordination. If this occurs, take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.

Helping your dog beat the back to school blues

School is getting ready to be back in session, and that means changes in your household.  Many pets suffer from anxiety or depression due to the drastic schedule changes that occur in many homes.  This may manifest itself as hiding, loss of energy, loss of appetite, excessive barking or whining, destructive behavior, or even loss of housebreaking.  Keep the following in mind as your family heads back to school:

  • Get in a routine prior to the first day of school.  Dogs need some structure, too!
  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise.  A morning walk can do wonders to head off destructive behavior during the day.  At the end of the day, your dog likely will have lots of energy and deserves some exercise.
  • Don’t make a big deal out of it when you leave or come home.  Dogs can pick up on your emotions.  Calmly greet or say goodbye.

If at all possible, have someone let your dog out or provide some exercise in the afternoon.  If a family member or neighbor can’t help out, consider a dog walker or a doggy daycare a few days a week.