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Hot Asphalt Awareness

  • As a basic ‘rule of paw’-If the pavement feels too hot for your barefoot, it is too hot for Fido’s.
  • Pressing your own bare hands and feet on the pavement for at least 7-8 seconds is a recommended strategy to assess heat level.
  • If the 7-8 second test yields a comfortable temperature, it is still critical to consider other factors to assess safety accurately.
  • The air temperature is NOT an accurate reflection of ground temperature at all! 
  • Asphalt and other ground surfaces retain heat and this temperature rises exponentially as heat and sun exposure continues. (See chart above).
  • Furthermore, the time of day is very relevant!
  • Asphalt soaks up the heat all day and can only cool down at a certain rate and only when the sun retreats- so pavement that was deemed safe for a walk at 9 am may differ greatly at high noon and into the early evening.
  • If you want to take an outing with your dog in the summer think water! Even non water dogs still like to run along the edge and get their doggie tootsies wet and your feet will like it better too

Summertime Pet Safety Do’s and Don’ts

The hot, active days of summer can hold hazards for pets. Keep the following things in mind to ensure that your pets enjoy themselves as much as you do!

A few helpful guidelines to keep in mind this summer:

DO exercise your pets in the relative cool of morning or evening, and do not take them for long walks right after mealtime
If your pet must be outdoors during the day DO provide access to lots of consistent shade (not just a tree) and plenty of clean water. Pets that are older, overweight, or have heart or lung conditions should be kept indoors during the day.
DO make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing proper ID. Summer activity provides more opportunities for pets to become lost, and microchip identification is an easy and inexpensive way to help provide your pet’s “ticket home”.
DO keep screens on doors and windows and make sure they are in good repair. It just takes one bird, squirrel, or animal walking by for a cat or dog to leap out the window and fall.
DO use caution when letting your pet swim in lakes or romp in large puddles, as these bodies of water can be breeding grounds for zoonotic diseases such as giardia. A safe rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t let your family members swim there, neither should your pet.
DO remember that the pads of your friend’s feet are extremely sensitive and can easily burn on hot pavement and asphalt.
If your summer plans involve spending time outside with your pet, DO make sure your plants and gardening materials are safe for your pets. The ASPCA has a helpful list of toxic and non-toxic plants. Click here to access that list.
DO be aware of the signs of heatstroke: excessive panting, unsteadiness, weakness, rapid pulse, glazed eyes, red and/or purple tongue, non-responsive. Heatstroke is a life-threatening situation and requires immediate treatment.
DO always carry fresh water and a bowl in your vehicle.
DO NOT leave your pet in the car — even with the windows cracked! The greenhouse conditions of a car can create interior temperatures reaching up to 120 degrees even on a mild day in the 70s. Pets can suffer heatstroke and/or suffocation leading to brain damage and death within minutes.
DO NOT shave your pets all the way down to the skin! Instead of keeping your pet cool, a close shave removes protection from the sun. Without this protection, your pet is more likely to burn or to develop heatstroke.
You need a lifejacket when boating and so does your pet. DO NOT count on “instinct” to keep your pet safe if he leaps or falls overboard.
DO NOT forget the calendar. Keep your pet on monthly heartworm, parasite, and flea and tick preventive.

Most importantly, DO have fun with your pet this summer! A little forethought and common sense can keep your pet safe and happy through the summer months, so be sure to use both this summer!

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Fear of Fireworks

Authored by: Becky Lundgren, DVM

Summer is full of celebrations involving fireworks. Canada has Canada Day on July 1, the USA has Independence Day on July 4, and France has Bastille Day on July 14. Dogs and cats react to fireworks as individuals. Some aren’t upset by the explosions, and others get hurt by panicking and jumping through closed windows or bolting through doors to get away from the terrifying noise and lights.

American pet advocacy groups point out that the number of escapees is so high that Independence Day is the busiest day of the year in shelters — and that many pets get lost, injured, or killed. You should know which clinics or emergency hospitals will be open during fireworks season, in case you need one, as this will help you avoid time delays and stress. Continue reading Fear of Fireworks

Microchip Clinic Helps Safeguard Lost Pets

A microchip clinic will be held at Lanoka Oaks Veterinary Center from 5-7 pm where a veterinarian or veterinary technician will be inserting microchips for $34.99, which includes the microchip, insertion, and enrollment in a recovery service. Clinics will take place on the third Thursday of the month. Register for a clinic appointment by calling (609) 971-9669. Why? Tags alone can get lost or be removed and microchipping is an easy way to permanently I.D. your pet.

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Eeek! Halloween Can Be Scary Night for Pets

Halloween may be a barrel of laughs for those of us who love to dress up in costumes and party, but many pets aren’t quite as fond of the holiday as their owners are. The doorbell rings far too often and is usually accompanied by loud, tiny humans; there’s enough candy to make a pack of goblins sick; and the parties are typically high energy, noisy affairs. With all of these spooky happenings, even the bravest of pet souls may find Halloween a bit frightening, so it’s important to keep your pet’s peace of mind, health, and safety in mind when planning for the holiday.
Super cute internet images may have us all believing that pets and costumes go together like cereal and milk, but your pet may disagree. Much like Ralphie’s dreaded pink bunny costume in “A Christmas Story”, what may be adorable to the viewer can be just plain miserable for the wearer – in this case, our pets. But if your pet is game and enjoys being dressed up, great! Just keep a few key things in mind to help keep your pet safe and comfortable:
Beware of too-tight costume elastics, which can cause a body part to swell and feel painful, or grab too much hair so that it has the effect of a ponytail pulled painfully tight.
Bits and pieces of a costume can cause tripping hazards, so make sure your pet’s costume parts don’t dangle far.
The simple act of putting on and/or wearing a costume can annoy or frighten some dogs when stress is already a bit higher than usual.
Costumes should be comfy and nonrestrictive so your pet won’t be physically uncomfortable.
Do not use paint directly on your pet.
Some dogs will try to eat parts of their costumes, so watch your pets constantly while they are wearing one.
If the costume involves a mask, make sure your pet’s vision is unrestricted.
During trick-or-treating or Halloween parties, pets can get frightened and bolt out the open door, creating a very real risk for getting hit by a car or hopelessly lost. It’s often best to crate nervous or excitable dogs, or keep dogs and cats in a quiet, comfortable, closed room while trick-or-treaters or party-goers are likely to ring the bell. Make sure your pet is properly identified with an ID tag (and even better – a microchip, too!) in case of accidental escape. Outdoor cats are definitely safest inside on this night of bustling activity. If the activity makes your dog – well, out of his gourd – see what your veterinarian thinks about a sedative for the evening.
Poisoning is a big problem on Halloween. Cats aren’t generally interested in candy, but dogs can eat enough of it – and quickly – to get sick enough to need an ER. Gastrointestinal problems are a typical result, usually vomiting and diarrhea, but if enough chocolate is in the mix, or if something contains
xylitol, you could have some very scary, life-endangering issues.  Remind your children not to share any candy with pets, even though it’s sweet of them to want to share their bounty.
Emergency rooms see an increase in both poisoning and foreign object ingestion cases over Halloween. Some dogs will eat plastic parts, such as the stick that comes with lollipops, which may need to be removed surgically. Tin foil candy wrappers can be problematic as well.

Speaking of gastrointestinal problems, some pets can even get stress-related diarrhea as a result of all the noise and activity, so speak with your veterinarian before Halloween if you have big plans and you know your pet is sensitive to changes in his or her environment.

If you take your dog out treat-or-treating with your family, remember that other dogs and children are wound up with excitement. Keep your dog safe from sudden moves by children, and be aware of other dogs going with their families. Those adorable costumes on children can set off a territorial or fearful response in a dog, either of which could result in a bite (the nicest dogs in the world can bite if they feel threatened or frightened enough).

Also, consider using reflective gear on your dog if you’ll be out and about with the ghosts and ghouls in the dark of Halloween night together.

Candles and jack-o’-lanterns are a fire hazard whether you have pets or not. Dogs and cats may knock over burning candles, or let curiosity get the better of them so that they stick their faces into a jack-o-lantern (a lucky cat will only singe his whiskers, not lose them entirely!). Other Halloween décor, such as fake cobwebs and dangling decorations, could create a tangling, suffocating, or choking hazard, so keep your pet safely away from them.
While Halloween isn’t as noisy or frightening as Independence Day in July (the busiest night of the year for shelters), for some pets, it’s likely in second place as Scariest Holiday of the Year. But don’t get spooked; simply keep your pet away from the frenetic and potentially hazardous parts of the celebration and you’re sure to enjoy a happy Howl-o-ween together!

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Integrative Veterinary Medicine The Best of Both Worlds

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April 26, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Speaker of the month:  Kendra Pope, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology), CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP

Are you searching for an alternative treatment for your pet?
Are you concerned about harmful side effects from traditional medication? Are you looking for more of an Eastern medicine approach? Continue reading Integrative Veterinary Medicine The Best of Both Worlds

The Eight Most Vital Things Pet Owners Need

“I found this article on Preventative Medicine and wanted to share it. Things so simple yet so important” ~ shared by Dr. Wyman, Lanoka Oaks, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734

November 16, 2015 (published)

Tony Johnson, DVM, DACVECC

Owning a pet isn’t all fun, games, and sloppy kisses. I mean, it mostly is, but there’s a downside.

Not like a deep, dark, tragic downside, or a secret government plot to have your hamster spy on you and report your activities to a secret agency. Nothing like that.

But pet ownership is both a big responsibility and (sometimes) a big challenge. Ask anyone who’s stepped in cat barf at 2 a.m., and they will confirm that while pet ownership can add years to your life and make those years better, you face some stains, expenses, and frustration when you decide to own a pet.  Continue reading The Eight Most Vital Things Pet Owners Need

What You Need To Know About Fleas

Know thy enemy—and make sure your pet, your family and your home are kept flea-free.

Utter the “F” word (fleas, that is) and you’ll likely inspire looks of horror. Fleas are every pet owner’s worst nightmare. Why? Because these bloodsucking bugs can wreak havoc on your be- loved pet and home.

It’s all about the life cycle

One adult female flea lays up to 50 eggs a day, which hatch and reproduce exponentially in a short time. Within the next two weeks, the eggs hatch into larvae, very small caterpillar-like creatures. The immature flea can remain in this stage for several days to a few weeks.

The larvae then spin a cocoon and enter the
pupae stage. Adults usually emerge from their cozy covering within 14 days but can survive in the cocoon for several months until vibration, pressure, heat, noise, or carbon dioxide jolts them from their deep sleep.

Once they emerge from the cocoon, adult fleas must find a warm-blooded host within a few days—or they’ll die. Once a flea finds your pet, it will live out its life happily feeding off your four-legged friend. In no time, these hungry parasites can become a persistent, itchy, and dangerous problem.

Signs of flea infestation include:

  • flea feces, or pepper-like specks, in your pet’s coat or on his bedding
  • flea eggs, or light-colored specks, in your pet’s coat or on his bedding
  • itchy skin (scratching)
  • biting at his fur or legs
  • patchy hair loss, especially near the tail or neck
  • lethargy (especially in severe cases)
  • tiny, dark brown insects scurrying around on your pet.

Fleas usually are more annoying than lethal, but they can spread tapeworms to your pet and other family members. Very small or young pets can develop ane- mia, a potentially life-threatening condition, because of blood loss from flea infestation. Call your veterinarian immediately if you find fleas on a puppy or kitten less than 12 weeks old or if your adult pet suddenly acts lethargic.

Intermittent flea exposure increases your pet’s risk for developing an allergic reaction called flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). Studies show that about 80 percent of allergic dogs also develop FAD.

Risk factors and detection

All pets are at risk for a flea infestation. Pets who spend time outdoors are particularly susceptible. Why? Many adult fleas live outside and on wildlife hosts until they find a happy home on your pet. Indoor dogs also are at risk because they can pick up fleas when they go outside to exercise or relieve themselves.

If you suspect your pet has fleas, it’s important to act right away.

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