Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, and Protecting Your Pet

After a record-breaking wet and wild spring across Iowa, it seems as if we are on-track to see two dangerous pet illnesses become the rising stars of summer: Lyme disease and Leptospirosis.

But these are not the kind of stars your dog wants to dance with. Both Lyme and Lepto can pose a serious, if not fatal, risk to your pet’s health. Luckily, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your four-legged friend from contracting these illnesses.

What do you know about Lyme disease and Leptospirosis? Read on to find out more about what these diseases are and how you can protect your pet this season and in the years to come.

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Spring into Preventatives

Spring is here and along with the increasing warmth comes discomfort in the form of fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks. It doesn’t matter whether you live in town or out in the country these creepy crawlers summer plans include feasting on your pet. No wonder flea, tick, and heartworm prevention are a hot topic among pet owners and of course all of us here at Animal Family.

Unfortunately, parasites can bring more than just discomfort. They can cause serious illness in your pet as well as health risks for your family. These illnesses can include:

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Happy Tails: Pet Friendly Vacation Ideas

A pet friendly vacation is a great way to spend time with the family pet outdoors.Taking a trip is an essential part of summer for many families, but having to leave the family pet behind can put a damper on an otherwise fun and exciting adventure.

If you’re considering a pet friendly vacation, look no further! The team at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center has already done the research, and we’ve discovered some pretty paw-some ideas for vacationing with your pet. Continue…

Tips to Keep a Pet Cool All Summer Long

We begin each summer poised to have fun and maybe even get away for a bit. What’s not to love? However, sky-high temperatures, extreme humidity, and diminishing breezes can drain all of our collective can-do spirits. And we’re not alone. Our pets are right alongside us, enduring the ups and downs of the season. Luckily, there are many ways to keep a pet cool.

Avoid Heat Stroke

Dogs and cats pant and sweat through their paw pads in an attempt to regulate internal body temperature. While helpful, these methods aren’t entirely effective, and body temperature can quickly climb to dangerous degrees. Heatstroke is characterized by a temperature of 104 degrees or higher. With these ideas to keep a pet cool, you can protect against devastating consequences:

  • Provide ample shade.
  • Always have a fresh supply of cool, clean water inside and outside the home. Also be sure to bring water and a collapsible bowl along when out for a walk.
  • Reduce exposure to the heat by enforcing dawn and dusk exercise times.
  • Make ice packs that your pet can lick or lay down on.
  • Encourage your pet to walk on the grass instead of hot asphalt or concrete.
  • Install a shallow wading pool or sprinkler for your pet to test out throughout the day.
  • Airflow is just as important as shade. If your pet prefers an enclosure or pet house, be sure that air can flow over him or her. Likewise, setting up fans on the porch and throughout the house will help.

A Word on Fur

Perhaps counterintuitively, your pet’s fur actually helps protect him or her from the sun’s harsh rays. However, you should definitely keep a pet cool by grooming regularly. This will reduce the buildup of loose fur without exposing the skin to dangerous UV rays.

We are always here to offer your pet a refreshingly light summer trim. Pet grooming is just one of our specialties, and we’re happy to help.

Keep a Pet Cool

A critical component of summer pet safety is knowing that pets should never be left in a parked vehicle. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, temperatures inside the car can rise to lethal temps. Keep a pet cool by leaving him or her at home while you run your errands.

Know the Signs

Another way to keep your pet cool and safe this summer is to simply recognize the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Be on the outlook for dark red or dry gums, lethargy, depression, and odd behaviors.

Please give us a call if you suspect your pet needs immediate care or if you have additional questions about ways to keep a pet cool.

 

 

 

 

 

Helping Wildlife in Need: What You Can Do

Peek-a-BooAs animal lovers, few of us can just walk past the baby bird that has fallen from his nest or not worry about the tiny rabbits whose mother has not been around all day long. Wildlife is not the same as our pets, though, and it can be difficult to know how and when to help.

Keep reading to learn how you can go about helping wildlife the next time you find yourself with the opportunity. Continue…