Our beautiful summer is under way and with it brings family time, BBQ’S, summer fruits and such! Simple, discarded food items can cause serious gastrointestinal problems in our pets. Inedible objects attached to flavorful foods (skewers, string, foil, etc.) can also become tempting morsels for consumption. There are a number of summer hazards that can be easily prevented. The following are some tips to keep our pets safe, as we enjoy our summertime:
Corn Cobs and Peach Pits: Corn cobs flavored with butter are especially tempting and dangerous for our family K9. Once in the stomach, the cob segments are not properly digested and eventually pass into the small intestines. This could result in small bowel obstruction. Both dogs and cats are at risk for swallowing a peach pit, resulting in the same life-threatening condition.
Chicken, Beef and Pork Bones: If ingested could cause intestinal issues, choking and digestion issues. If you are cooking these items, ask your family and guests to take special precautions to not leave the bones around. Makes sure your pets can’t snatch them from the garbage cans, too! Be safe and wrap the bones before throwing them away. Perhaps the most dangerous foreign body related to food consumption are the wooden or bamboo skewers used for kabobs. Dogs in particular tend to chew on or swallow these pointed skewers. The skewers can punch a hole through the wall of the esophagus, stomach or small intestines! Prevention is simple.
Dips and Fruit Salad: Keep dips and fruit salads out of reach. Grapes and raisons are very toxic to dogs.
Desserts: Everyone has desserts at their get-togethers. Please keep in mind that these high fat and sugary items will cause havoc to your pet’s digestive tract. These desserts can cause diarrhea, vomiting and intestinal issues.
Remember that party foods are not for pets. Make sure you keep food and drink out of reach. Be aware of which human foods are dangerous to your pets, and make sure your guests know the rules too! Alcohol, corn on the cob and bones are very dangerous BBQ hazards for our furry friends. Establish boundaries. Sizzling sausages can be hard to resist and if swallowed whole they can cause burn injuries in the mouth. Hot grease drippings can be particularly dangerous too. Pro-safety is the best medicine. If your pets mingle with your party guests, make sure to secure the BBQ, trash bins, food tables and alcohol areas. In doing so, your pets can enjoy the festivities and avoid a trip to the veterinarian. Happy grilling!
With rising temperatures and thick humidity, things can get tough for our beloved pets. Help keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Practice summer safety! Follow our guideline for helping everyone in your family stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on:
Golden Rule: Never leave your pet in a parked car. Not even for a minute! You may think that with all the windows rolled down it would give your pet adequate air. It doesn’t. Please remember they have a coat. It is very dangerous leaving a pet in a car. You may be tempted to bring your pet along in nice weather but keep in mind that in warm weather, the temperature inside your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. For your pet’s safety, leave him/her at home. Also, your pet can jump out the window injuring itself or get hit by a car! Be safe and leave your pet home if you are running errands, etc.
Watch the humidity level: Humidity can also seriously affect our pets. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves. Our senior and over weight furry friends need to be watched closely. If you have a pet that loves sunning, make sure you keep an eye on the amount of time your pet is exposed to the sun.
Limit exercise on hot days: Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On those very hot days, exercise early in the morning or late in the evening with your pet. Once again, be cautious of the humidity outside. Be especially careful to avoid exposure to the hot sun if you have a pet with white-colored ears and coat. They are more susceptible to skin cancer. Short-nosed pets such as Pugs, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Boxers typically have difficulty breathing. Early morning walks or late evening walks would be best. However, the duration of exercise is important also. You are still dealing with the humidity. Talk to your veterinarian regarding exercising and hot weather for your smooshy lovable face friend!
Provide shade and water: Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from the heat and sun. They also need plenty of fresh, cool water. You can also purchase a little kids pool from Walmart for under $15. We have one here at PAH, and the size is perfect for all pets! This is a fun way for your pet to stay cool!
Asphalt awareness: Prevention is best! Be mindful of hot surfaces. Asphalt, metal, car, boat, truck surfaces and such are areas of concern. It’s an invitation to burns on sensitive paw pads. If you can’t walk on hot surfaces barefooted, then it is too hot for your pet also. Walk your dog on the cool side of the street or on the grass. When hosing your dog down, pour water on their paws as well.
If your pets are outside dogs, extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are:
- Glazed eyes
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive thirst
- Lack of coordination
- Profuse salivation
- Deep red or purple tongue
If you think your pet is suffering from heat exposure, get him out of the sun and immediately apply cold towels to his head, neck and chest. Run cool water on his feet. Let him drink small amounts of cool water. Then take him immediately to your veterinarian. The best rule of thumb is to never put your pet in a dangerous situation. Don’t take chances. If you have any further questions about helping your pet stay cool this summer, or are concerned that they may be experiencing heatstroke, give us a call! We are always happy to help you and answer any questions you have!
It’s heartbreaking when we get phone calls from clients asking us if someone brought in their pet to us. There are also the phone calls stating they lost or found a pet. The reasons why pets get lost are simple: door left open, gardener left gate in backyard open, pet ran down the street and owner thought companion would come back, natural disaster, etc. You just never know what can happen to our pets. Pets have been stolen right out of their own backyard. Enter the pet microchip! A pet microchip and enrollment in a pet recovery database brings lost pets home and provide peace of mind that your beloved friend will never wander unknown. The following are some basic questions we get from our clients regarding the microchip:
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small, electronic chip, enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. It is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radio waves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen.
How is a microchip implanted into my pet? Does it require surgery or anesthesia?
The microchip is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection, although the needle is slightly larger. No surgery or anesthesia is required. A microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit or if your pet is already under anesthesia for a procedure, such as neutering or spaying, the microchip can often be implanted while they’re still under anesthesia.
What kind of information is contained in the microchip?
The microchip presently used in pets only contains identification numbers. It is not a GPS device and cannot track your pet if it gets lost. Although with the present technology, the microchip itself does not contain your pet’s medical information, some microchip registration databases will allow you to store that information in the database for quick reference.
How does the microchip help reunite a lost pet with its owner?
When a pet is found and is taken to a shelter or veterinary hospital, one of the first things they do is scan the pet for a microchip. If they find a microchip, and if the microchip registry has accurate information, they can quickly find the pet’s owner. Here at PAH, we have seen many happy reunions with their owners, thanks to the pet having a microchip! Thumbs up!
Give your pet the protection of a 24hr microchip! Please keep in mind that microchips do not replace identification and rabies tags. Microchips are great for permanent identification, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags. As pet owners, it offers us the security and peace of mind knowing that our pets have a permanent pet identification with the best chance of recovering our pets. It is a quick and painless procedure and it lasts for our pet’s lifetime! Once your pet(s) get their microchip, all you have to do is make sure the microchip is registered, ask your veterinarian to scan your pets microchip at least once per year to make sure it is still functioning and can be detected, and last but not least: Please keep your registration information up to date! If you move or you change your phone number, you need to update your microchip registration as soon as possible.
Here at PAH, we are pro microchipping! Again, it is an easy, quick procedure. If you have any further questions on the microchip, please don’t hesitate to call us at (760) 757-2442 and we help you with any questions or concerns. We are passionate for our animals, and the safety and wellbeing are on the top of the list! Home