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    What You Should Know About Heat Stroke in Cats


    Rising temperatures mean rising health and safety risks for our pets. You’re likely (hopefully) to be seeing lots of warnings regarding the dangers of heat and cars for dogs, but you may be wondering if your cats are at risk of heat stroke.

    The answer is a firm yes(ish).

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    Topics: Safety, Cats, Heat Exhaustion, Summer, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Danger, Pets, Prevention, Brachycephalic, Persian, British Shorthair

    Flat-Faced (Brachycephalic) Cats and Hot Weather


    There's a lot of talk in the summer months about the dangers of Heat Stroke in dogs, but as a cat person you may be wondering whether or not the heat can affect your cat in the same way. The short answer is, yes. Though it happens less frequently, cats can also suffer from heat-related illnesses such as Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke during these warmer days.

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat health problem, Summer Pet Safety Tips, cat health questions, cat health issues, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Brachycephalic, Blog, Heat Stroke in Cats, Cats and Hot Weather, Cats and Breathing Problems, Cat Tips, Feline Asthma, Heat Stroke Risk Factors

    Heat Stroke in Cats and Dogs: How To Treat My Pet’s Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke?


    In this article you’ll find an outline of the first aid steps you should take to treat a cat or dog suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    You’ll also find important warnings and principles of first aid for heat-related illnesses.

    Please keep in mind that while many of the more mild cases of heat exhaustion can be successfully staved off with the basic first aid steps provided below, all cases of heat stroke (and many of the more severe cases of heat exhaustion) will require veterinary care following your initial first aid. When in doubt, just bring your pet for veterinary evaluation, as heat-related illnesses are nothing to be trifled with. These are cases where it’s truly better to be safe than sorry. Read More

    Topics: Dogs, Safety, Cats, Heat Exhaustion, Summer, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Danger, Pets, Prevention

    Recognizing and Helping Overweight and Obese Cats


    What do you think about your pet's weight? Be honest. Do you think that they're an appropriate weight? Do you think they're too thin? Too heavy?

    Would it surprise you to learn that 56% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their 2017 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study. What is perhaps even sadder, and will make the problem that much more difficult to combat, is what they found in their landmark 2009 pet owner study... that many pet owners didn't recognize that their pets were at an unhealthy weight (and what that meant to their pet's health and comfort).

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Diet, Heat Stroke, Food, Exercise, Urethral Obstruction, How much should my cat eat, Calories, Hepatic Lipidosis, Pancreatitis, Ideal pet weight, Obesity, Diabetes, Diabetic

    An Overview of Summer Pet Safety

    Come June, who among you isn’t ready for the sunshine, BBQs, fireworks, trips to the river, lake, beach, and all the other joys that summer brings?

    Believe it or not, there is one group that likely isn’t ready…
    your pets!

    With a few simple steps you can help prepare your pets and keep them safe this summer. This article will serve as an overview of the summer hazards that commonly sicken, injure, and kill cats and dogs this time of year. Awareness is such an important part of prevention. So please, give this article a good read and be sure to share it with your pet-loving friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Here’s to a safe and wonderful summer for all – human and pet, alike!

    Summer Pet Safety Tips:

    1. Summer carries dangers from heat, water, toxins, and an increase in injuries.
    2. Always consider your pet’s safety and comfort.
    3. Sometimes it’s better to leave your pet safe in the home, rather than exposed to danger.

    HEAT

    Though that beautiful glowing orb in the sky improves our collective mood and helps to sustain life on our planet, it can lead to a few significant problems for our beloved pets, too.
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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, flea treatment, High Rise Syndrome, Dogs, Safety, Cats, Summer, Heat Stroke, Pets, Swimming, Boating, Barbeques, Sunburn, Blue Green Algae, Snails, Paw Pad Burns, Fireworks, Slugs, Antifreeze

    Pets in Cars: Debunking Five Dangerous Misconceptions

    Sadly there are still many erroneous myths and misconceptions out there surrounding the idea of leaving pets in parked cars. These contribute to dangerous practices that result in the heat stroke cases and deaths that my colleagues are seeing on a daily basis and that we’re all read about in the news and online all-too-frequently.

    This article should debunk these misconceptions and put a stop to these dangerous practices. Use it to educate yourself and protect your pets, and share it to help educate others. The more people we can get to recognize the inherent dangers of these misconceptions and practices, the more injuries and deaths from heat stroke we can all help to prevent.

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Dogs, Safety, Cats, Heat Exhaustion, Summer, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Danger, Pets, Prevention, Blog

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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