School 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…
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…
Perhaps the best part of this time of are all of the baby animals that are born. After all, who can resist a tiny, fuzzy bunny or a clumsy fawn?
What’s an animal lover to do, though, when you find a baby animal that seems to be in need of help? The most important part of helping baby wildlife is understanding your role in the situation. Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic is happy to help those who care about animals as much as we do, to do a great job when it comes to looking out for critters of all shapes and sizes.
For many of us, cats are family. They are wonderful company, beautiful, and seemingly independent. We want to keep our cats safe, but for some of us it’s difficult to deprive our cats of the outdoors, especially if they are sitting at the door looking out and yowling.
So, what’s the solution? The outdoor cat enclosure, popularly known as the catio!
A catio could be the perfect solution to many dilemmas concerning cats, safety, and the outdoors. The team at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic gives you some of the reasons you need a catio or outdoor haven for your cat, as well as some ideas for different options.