Summer Safety for Pets

We all love spending time outdoors with our family and friends in the summer, and of course that includes our pets. Here are some simple precautions that you can take to keep your pets safe this summer. FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVES Make sure that all pets in your household are protected by flea and/or tick preventatives. Be sure to take advantage of our flea bundles, and save 15% on a one year supply of your flea preventatives. Dogs should also be protected from Heartworm, which is carried by mosquitoes, with a Heartworm preventative. HIGH TEMPERATURE PRECAUTIONS Pets can dehydrate very quickly. Be sure that they have access to clean, fresh water and plenty of shade. Be careful not to over-exercise them, and to keep them indoors and cool when temperatures are extremely high. Never leave your pet in a parked car! Even with the windows down, the temperature in the car will rise to well above the outside temperature within minutes. Remember that when the temperatures are high, concrete (and especially asphalt) get extremely hot. Your pet is much closer to these surfaces than you are, and will heat up quickly. Also, sensitive paw pads can burn very easily. If it's too hot for your bare feet, then it's also too hot for theirs. KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE IN PETS Symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rates, drooling, weakness, stupor, or even collapse. In more extreme cases you may also see vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Cool your pet immediately with cold towels, and by applying rubbing alcohol to the paw pads. Then bring him/her immediately to a veterinarian. WATER SAFETY Do not leave your pets unsupervised around pools. Make sure that they wear flotation devices if you take them out on a boat. After swimming, be sure to rinse your pet to remove chlorine or salt from his/her coat. OUTDOOR PARTIES WITH PETS Outdoor parties and BBQ's are fun, and we love to include our furry family members, but be very careful that they do not have access to people foods, trash cans, or alcoholic beverages. Also be cautious when a lot of people are coming and going. You don't want to end the evening scouring the neighborhood for a lost pet. Is your pet microchipped? If not, call our office to take advantage of our 20% microchip special!

We all love spending time outdoors with our family and friends in the summer, and of course that includes our pets. Here are some simple precautions that you can take to keep your pets safe this summer.

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVES

Make sure that all pets in your household are protected by flea and/or tick preventatives. Be sure to take advantage of our flea bundles, and save 15% on a one year supply of your flea preventatives. Dogs should also be protected from Heartworm, which is carried by mosquitoes, with a Heartworm preventative.

HIGH TEMPERATURE PRECAUTIONS

Pets can dehydrate very quickly. Be sure that they have access to clean, fresh water and plenty of shade. Be careful not to over-exercise them, and to keep them indoors and cool when temperatures are extremely high.

Never leave your pet in a parked car! Even with the windows down, the temperature in the car will rise to well above the outside temperature within minutes.

Remember that when the temperatures are high, concrete (and especially asphalt) get extremely hot. Your pet is much closer to these surfaces than you are, and will heat up quickly. Also, sensitive paw pads can burn very easily. If it's too hot for your bare feet, then it's also too hot for theirs.

KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE IN PETS

Symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rates, drooling, weakness, stupor, or even collapse. In more extreme cases you may also see vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Cool your pet immediately with cold towels, and by applying rubbing alcohol to the paw pads. Then bring him/her immediately to a veterinarian.

WATER SAFETY

Do not leave your pets unsupervised around pools. Make sure that they wear flotation devices if you take them out on a boat. After swimming, be sure to rinse your pet to remove chlorine or salt from his/her coat.

OUTDOOR PARTIES WITH PETS

Outdoor parties and BBQ's are fun, and we love to include our furry family members, but be very careful that they do not have access to people foods, trash cans, or alcoholic beverages. Also be cautious when a lot of people are coming and going. You don't want to end the evening scouring the neighborhood for a lost pet. Is your pet microchipped? If not, call our office to take advantage of our 20% microchip special!

Our Recommended Dental Care Products

We've extended our dental special to the end of March! If you make an appointment this month, you'll save 15% on all our dental services, including pre-anesthetic lab work. But what about after your pet's teeth cleaning? You'll want to follow up with a proper dental care routine to keep those teeth as squeaky clean as possible. 

Here are some of the dental products we recommend:

Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, Finger Brushes

Ideally your pet's teeth should be brushed daily using a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for pets only. We sell a variety of flavored toothpastes, including poultry, beef, and seafood. They're safe to ingest and can be used on both cats and dogs. After your pet's dental cleaning, you may want to wait two weeks before brushing your pet's teeth. If there are extractions, for example, they will need time to heal. Our veterinarians and staff will advise you on when is the best time to start.

C.E.T Oral Hygiene Rinse

If brushing your pet's teeth is too difficult, you may want to look into using an oral rinse. The one we sell at our clinic contains Chlorhexidine (an antiseptic), is safe to ingest, and will help to freshen breath and decrease bacteria in your pet's mouth.

C.E.T Dental Chews

Available at Good Sam for both cats and dogs, these treats are coated with enzymes and antiseptics to help prevent dental disease. Please take care to supervise your pet while chewing to prevent choking or obstruction. Remove the chew if you notice your pet trying to swallow a large portion.

Hill's Prescription Diet t/d

A prescription diet called t/d is available for purchase at Good Sam and may be recommended depending on your pet's degree of dental disease. Dental diets have been formulated to help minimize tartar build-up.

Signs of Dental Disease in your Pets

Periodontal disease is one of the most common disease in dogs and cats. Food particles along the gum line can turn to plaque within a few hours. If plaque continues to accumulate, it will mix with minerals in saliva to harden into calculus. When you look into your pet's mouth, calculus above the gum line is easy to see. It's hard and crusty and will appear yellow and/or brown. 

The real damage happens where you can't see it — beneath the gums. As the disease advances, calculus will travel down the teeth, creating pockets for bacteria growth. Tissue will be eaten away, teeth will loosen, and once the bacteria enters the blood stream, major organs can also be affected.

Since pets don't show pain the same way you do, you won't be able to tell just how bad your pet is feeling. Give us a call to set up an appointment if you notice your pet has bad breath, stained teeth, or inflamed gums. Other symptoms include drooling, swelling under one eye, and refusing to eat.

Better still, regular wellness exams allow us to monitor the condition of your pet's teeth. If caught early, many dental issues can be reversed, and we're always happy to talk to you if you have questions about your pet's dental care routine. But if your pet's dental disease has advanced to the point of no return, treatment will require anesthesia to clean under the gums and to extract any teeth that are too far gone to save.

If you suspect your pet has periodontal disease, set up an appointment this month to take advantage of our dental special. In honor of National Dental Hygiene Month, you'll get to save 15% on all our dental services.

Bonus Content: Check out our e-newsletter for tips on home dental care for your pets.