Fireworks Phobias

Many dogs suffer from this malady. If yours does, call your veterinarian today. He or she can prescribe a sedative or anti-anxiety drug to get you and your pet through the 4th of July weekend in peace! 

Summer Festivals and Street Fairs

Heat stroke

By now, we should all know about the dangers of pets (and children) in hot cars. With this prolonged, extreme heat, where is the best place for you and your pet? In a cool, air-conditioned house!

What to watch for? A body temperature of >103 with extreme panting and salivation, fever and reddened gums; left untreated, it will progress to bloody vomiting and diarrhea, respiratory distress, seizures, and death.

How to treat at home? Spray with or immerse your pet in water (not the head!) and turn on the fans prior to seeking veterinary care. You can also squirt alcohol onto the foot pads, armpits and groin. Stop when the temperature returns to 103. If this is not achieved within 5 minutes – go immediately to a veterinary hospital. Your pet may need IV fluids and more supportive care.

Dietary Indiscretion

Summer festivals are great for us, but can be hazardous for our pets. They can eat dropped “people food,” which may cause gastritis or pancreatitis. If they pick up rocks or sticks with the food items, they can get a GI obstruction that would require surgery. Watch for any signs of vomiting, diarrhea or decreased appetite.


Face it – people are clumsy. As the day progresses, especially if alcohol is served, your pet is at risk of being stepped on or otherwise injured. Even if carried in a pet tote, your pet may bumped or even burned by a passing cigarette. Check your pet when you get home for any signs of injury. We know you are proud pet parents, but next time, bring a picture and leave them at home!

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