Get Ready for the Big Chill with Fall Pet Grooming

Fall pet grooming can help pets feel good!Preparing for cooler weather is a big part of saying goodbye to summer. While we may not have the cold, icy winters of northern states, that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done to prepare for a new season. Our furry friends also need extra attention this time of year. With our fall pet grooming tips, you’ll be ready for winter just in time!

The Need for Fall Pet Grooming

Severe thunderstorms and wind characterize autumn in Alabama, and these conditions can do a number on your pet’s skin, fur, and paws. Fall pet grooming is all about caring for these areas and making sure they’re protected no matter the weather. Continue…

Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe Around Pools

Pet pool safety keeps pets safe around poolsSchool is out, vacations are on, and it’s HOT out there! It’s no surprise that many of us have our eyes on swimming and lounging poolside during the warm summer months. For those with pets, however, there are some considerations to take when it comes to ensuring the safety of your furry friend. Each year, hundreds of accidental drownings occur among dogs (and other pets). To help prevent such tragedies, Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic wants to spotlight how to keep your pet safe around pools (and other bodies of water).

An Unfortunate Misconception

Contrary to popular belief, your pet may not be any better at swimming than you were when you first started. Not all pets are suited to the water, such as brachycephalic breeds (e.g., pugs and bulldogs), young pets, senior pets, and those will compromised health. In addition, certain pets may not like water, and all pets need some form of supervision and training in order to swim like a pro. Continue…

Promote Hydration This Summer with Cool Pet Treats

Cool pet treats can help keep pets cool and prevent heat stroke in petsSummer’s high heat and humidity spell trouble for pets and people alike. While it means different things to different folks, when we apply a healthy dose of prevention, we’re all better off. As far as animals are concerned, it’s vitally important that they stay out of direct heat and always have access to fresh, cool water. To promote their well-being during the season’s hottest days, we have a few ideas for deliciously cool pet treats. Bon(e) appetit!

Responding to Heat

Dogs and cats pant in reaction to climbing temperatures, but it’s not the most effective method of losing body heat. They can sort of perspire through their paw pads and skin surface, but not like humans can. As a result, heat is retained by the body and can lead to a dangerously elevated body temperature, or hyperthermia.

Flat-faced animals, young pets, seniors, those overweight, and ill pets are at greater risk due to their inability to regulate body temperature. Continue…

The Buzz About Dogs and Bee Stings

Dogs and bee stings don't always mix.There are so many things about the great outdoors that, if we really stopped to seriously fret over them, we might never leave the house again. While the endless possibility of outcomes shouldn’t inhibit our adventures, it is important to proceed with caution. That’s why we recommend parasite prevention, microchipping, vaccinations, and more. When it comes to dogs and bee stings, there are not only ways to prevent this potentially painful situation, but also options for treating allergic reactions.

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

Bees are really cool insects, and we owe them a lot for pollinating our plants and crops. Dogs don’t know that, of course, and just cannot resist their buzzing, flying coolness. Their curiosity and playfulness can truly get the best of dogs who have serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions to bee venom. Continue…