Summer Time. The Heat Is On!

Summer Time. The Heat Is On!

By Dr. Julia Berger, DVM

Practice the “5 second rule” when walking outside with your dog. If you cannot keep the back of your hand on the asphalt or cement for at least 5 seconds, then it is too hot for your dog’s paws!

The Heat is On

We all love the warm summertime in central Florida but sometimes the heat can be a bit much for our furry friends. It’s important that we make sure our pets are staying plenty hydrated and aren’t spending too much time in the sun during the next several months. Here are some tips to keep in mind over the summer for our cats and dogs:

  1. Provide plenty of fresh, clean water throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
  2. Watch for signs of overheating; like excessive panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, and increased heart rate. If you notice that your pet has any of these symptoms, please seek a veterinarian immediately.
  3. Never leave your pet in a hot car! It is illegal in several states and can be fatal.
  4. Don’t shave your dog. Their coat layers help cool them down and prevent them from getting sunburned.
  5. Practice the “5 second rule” when walking outside with your dog. If you cannot keep the back of your hand on the asphalt or cement for at least 5 seconds, then it is too hot for your dog’s paws!
  6. Don’t walk/jog/run with your dog in the middle of the day when the sun is highest in the sky. Dogs get dehydrated and overheat much quicker than we do. If you think it’s hot outside, imagine how hot your dog thinks it is!

We at Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital want everyone, including our pets, to have a fun and safe summer! If you are worried about your pet having any issues dealing with the heat over the summer please give us a call so that we can help!

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Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bad Bugs Bite…

Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bad Bugs Bite…

By Dr. JEFF SPEICHER

They can cause discomfort by biting, which results in itchiness, and can also cause an allergic reaction in some pets.

Here in Florida, we have the great benefit of year-round sunshine, and a sub tropical climate.  Unfortunately, pests that like to bother our pets enjoy the area, also.  We need to be vigilant year round to protect our furry family members from these creepy crawlers!

Fleas: Fleas are the most common parasite found on dogs and cats.  They can cause discomfort by biting, which results in itchiness, and can also cause an allergic reaction in some pets.  They feed on blood after biting, so in severe infestations can cause anemia.  They can also transmit some diseases, including Bartonella and are a vector for Tapeworms. 

Ticks:  Ticks are parasites that also feed on blood. Tick bites are usually not painful, but ticks can transmit a number of diseases to our pets.  Ticks like motion and warm temperatures from body head, so they are attracted to dogs and cats.  We see a number of tick species in our area. 

Mites:  There are two main kinds of skin mites we see on dogs and cats, Demodex and Sarcops.  They cause severe skin irritation, hair loss, and itchiness.  These are the parasites that cause mange.  We also see ear mites in some patients.

While all of these pests can cause discomfort for our four legged friends, we have a good arsenal of weapons against them, especially with some of the newer products available. 

Please contact us if you have any concerns about parasites and your pets!

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Smiles Everyone!

By Dr. JEFF SPEICHER

“Some studies estimate that 70% of our dogs and cats have some degree of periodontal disease at 3 years of age.”

While most of our furry family members don’t worry about their smiles, we at Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital do!

Dental disease and periodontal disease is one of the most common problems that we see in our patients here.  Some studies estimate that 70% of our dogs and cats have some degree of periodontal disease at 3 years of age.  Dental and periodontal age can also increase the risk of developing heart problems or kidney problems.

Signs of dental disease in pets include bad breath and reluctance to eat.  Dental problems can also be very painful

Periodontal disease is something that we can treat and help prevent.  Most of our pets don’t enjoy having their teeth brushed, but it is an important part of their home oral care.

We also offer a range of dental services here at Loch Haven, including tooth cleaning and polishing, dental radiographs (that can show us what is going on below the gum line) and surgical extraction of diseased teeth if needed.

Please contact our office so that we can help you and your pet keep smiling and stay healthy!

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