As you know holiday boarding here fills up early. We still have room for a few reservations! Please email or call as soon as possible to reserve you room.
The last of four kittens given away outside a Wal-Mart in McDonough — and spurred a rabies scare — has been turned in and will be tested for the disease, a Henry County health official said Sunday.
With temperatures supposed to leap past 100 degrees this weekend we conducted a short interview with Dr. Joey Fraser to find out what we should do for our pets.
Dr. Fraser, we know not to leave our pets in the car, but do we really have to be concerned about our dogs being outside at home?
Yes, when the temperatures are this hot outside we have to be very careful limiting how much time our dogs spend outside. Especially younger animals often play so hard they get dangerously overheated before they realize they are in trouble.
What can happen when they get overheated like that?
Heat stress, heat stroke, and even death. Sadly we’ve already seen several cases this year of young healthy dogs that were outside playing happily before being overcome by the heat. Several of them didn’t make it and died of complications from the heat stroke.
Is there anything I can do to make sure that my pets are safe?
Yes. When they are outside make sure they have access to lots of fresh water. Ensure that there is plenty of shade available. With young or active dogs you might have to force them to calm down or come inside after a brief exercise period. With this kind of heat I’d recommend no more than 10 minutes of exercise followed by a lengthy break.
What if the pet is an outside dog that isn’t allowed in the house?
I strongly recommend making arrangements to allow the pet into the garage, crawl space, or other cool area during this extreme heat wave. Remember temperatures like this are just as dangerous as extreme cold temperatures, but much harder for our pets to escape. They can’t simply cuddle up together in a warm shelter like they might be able to in extreme cold.
Are all pets equally susceptible to the dangers of this extreme heat?
No. While all pets are in danger when exposed to heat of this sort, brachycephalic animals, especially dogs, are at the greatest risk. Brachycephalic means short faced breeds like pugs, bulldogs, Pekingese etc. If you have any short nosed breed you should exercise extreme care to make sure they are not exposed to this heat. Because of their short noses they are unable to cool themselves as well as most dogs and can quickly succumb to the heat.
How can I tell if my pet is overheating?
If you pet begins panting excessively or has vomiting or diarrhea immediately restrict activity and begin cooling him or her off. If they collapse or have difficulty rising take them immediately to your veterinarian.
What should I do if I think my pet is overheated?
Don’t drench them in ice water! That actually makes things worse. Use room temperature or luke warm water and thoroughly soak their coat. Then seek veterinary care immediately. We can often help heat stroke patients, but they require immediate care to avoid complications.
Any final words?
Please be very careful with all of your pets in this extreme heat. Even a few minutes exposure can be life threatening for the wrong animal in the wrong situation. If you are unsure then be cautious or call your vet and ask if the situation will be safe for your pet.
I'm proud to announce that we have extended hours!
We know how hard it can be to find time around work and family obligations to get your pets to the vet.
It can also be EXPEN$IVE if you have an emergency and your vet is closed.
To better serve you and your pets we have extended our hours.
We are now Open:
Monday, Friday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 8am - 4:30pm
We also offer attended overnight care for patients who are hospitalized during business hours. This means when your pets require hospitalization you don't have to drive to an emergency hospital in the morning and evenings for the care they need.