By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet health insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
The weather is warming up and everyone is headed out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air! However, before you take your dog outside, be aware that the heat can be dangerous, even deadly, for dogs. Heat is especially dangerous if your dog is a short or flat nose dog breed.
1. What Are The Symptoms of Heat Stroke in Dogs?
Panting is a normal physiologic response to heat, but if after taking a break your pet continues to pant heavily, it is possible he or she could be getting heat stroke, which can be a medical emergency. Take your pet to a shady cool area and provide access to water.
Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting or difficulty breathing, bright red gums, wobbliness, vomiting, diarrhea and collapse. Seek immediate veterinary medical help if this occurs.
2. What Should I Do If I Suspect Dog Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is a medical emergency and requires immediate veterinary attention. NEVER douse your pet in cold water if you think heat stroke is a possibility, instead move to a cool air-conditioned area and get to a veterinary clinic immediately.
3. Are Some Dog Breeds More Susceptible to Heat Stroke? (more…)
Veterinarian Dr. Fiona discusses dog health for the highly rated dog insurance provider, Pets Best.
Playing outside during the beautiful summer weather is great, however it exposes your dog to pesky bug bites and stings. Here are three common warm weather pests that may bite or sting your dog, and how to fight back.
Ticks can be gross, but it is important that they be removed from your dog to help prevent the spread of disease. If the tick is attached, use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick’s body as close to the head and the dog’s skin as possible. Gently twist and pull the tick off. It is important to not jerk or pull too quickly, as this can cause the tick’s body to separate, potentially leaving the head behind. Clean the area and apply triple antibiotic ointment.
2. Insect Bites
Using a canine safe bug spray to help prevent insect bites is best, but if your pet does get bitten by an insect there are some things you can do at home. If your dog will let you ice the area, you can use a cold compress to help ease swelling and inflammation. Hydrocortisone ointment can be helpful to ease the itching (just don’t let your dog lick if off!).
3. Bee Stings (more…)
By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden guest blogs for dog insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Recent surveys indicate about 29 million people travel with their pets each year and that number continues to grow.
When hitting the road with your pet, however, pay attention to the weather. Extreme hot or cold can impact your decision to have your dog join you. Never leave your dog alone in your vehicle during warm weather. Not even for just a few minutes. Even if you crack the windows a bit, the temperature inside your car climbs quickly and your dog can develop heat stroke and die.
When traveling with your dog in the hot weather, make sure the air conditioning is on. Consider attaching a small battery-operated fan to your dog’s crate for added ventilation. Bring extra water and look for the key sign of dehydration: your dog’s tongue is wide, red, and dry. (more…)
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Dog and cat toenails can bleed! When performing pet grooming, it can be disconcerting to accidentally trim a nail too short and cause it to bleed. But don’t despair if this happens to you, here’s how to help:
1. Apply corn starch or flour to help stop the bleeding.
2. Then apply pressure to the nail with a clean cloth for at least 3 to 5 minutes.
(No peeking underneath until the full time has passed). (more…)