Pet Health Link

High Temps and Hot Pets

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  • High Temps and Hot Pets

Serious summer heat is coming and many animals—especially those outdoors—struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as effectively as we do. Here are some tips for keeping your fur-covered friend safe when the weather is warm:

  • Never leave your pet in the car on a sunny or warm, overcast summer day. Even with a window cracked on a 70o day, the interior of your car can reach 100in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch.
  • Do not shave or trim your pet. A pet’s coat is an important part of her natural cooling system, as it protects the skin from the sun.
  • Always provide shade and plenty of cool, fresh water

Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, increased heart rate and drooling, which can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, start immediate cooling with lukewarm (not cold) wet towels and call us at 503-850-6280 as soon as possible.

Is Your Dog’s Diet Heartbreaking?

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If you feed your pet a grain-free diet, home-cooked meals or food with exotic and atypical ingredients, you may want to reconsider. Veterinary cardiologists, nutritionists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating a possible link between those types of diets and the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. DCM can result in abnormal heart rhythms, congestive heart failure and even sudden death.

Leptospirosis: Is your dog at risk?

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Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease — carried by many wild and domestic animals — that can cause kidney and liver failure. Even urban chickens, although not a carrier of this disease, can attract rats or other small mammals that may increase the risk of your pet’s exposure to leptospirosis.

Coronary Disease and Recovery

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If you or a loved one has ever suffered from a coronary event like a stroke or heart attack, studies have shown that pet-ownership can decrease the chance of a fatal re-occurrence as much as fourfold! In another 20 year study, cat ownership was associated with a decrease in death resulting from all cardiovascular diseases! These are just 2 more examples how pets in our lives improves our health and happiness!!

High Cholesterol

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Did you know that if you suffer from high cholesterol, your pet can help you out alongside a proper diet and exercise? In studies with as many as 5,700 participants, pet owners had significantly lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides compared to those who were not pet owners.[1] A study with the elderly also demonstrated that pet owners had lower levels of triglycerides compared to those who did not own pets.[2]  These are further examples of how our pets not only make us feel good but make us healthier, too!