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How to Keep Your Dog Cool When It's Hot Outside

Tips to help your dog keep their cool

When the temperatures rise, you may be able to stay cool by sweating or drinking a nice glass of iced tea, but your dog isn't so lucky. Not only should your dog not drink tea — or any caffeinated beverage, for that matter — they also really don't have the ability to sweat very well. Dogs mostly cool themselves off by panting.

So, how can you help keep your pup comfortable and safe when the mercury starts to rise? Fret not, this article contains some tips, tricks, and cool (pun intended) product suggestions that can help.

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Topics: pet safety tips, Summer Pet Safety Tips, Heat Stroke

Is It Legal to Break a Car Window to Save a Dog?

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Topics: Dog Safety, Summer Pet Safety Tips, Heat Exhaustion, Summer, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Dog, Signs of Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion in Dogs, Heat Stroke Risk Factors

Your Pet's Microchip... Is It Registered? Up-To-Date? Here's How To Do Both.

Microchips Reunite Families ... But They Need Your Help

You've taken the important step of having your pets microchipped, or they came already "chipped" from your local shelter... awesome!

But did you ever register their microchip? And do you know if your registration contact information is up-to-date in the registry?

Having your pets (including indoor-only cats) microchipped is a super important first step in increasing your chances that you'll be reunited with them should they run away, get lost, be stolen, or otherwise disappear in the blink of an eye from your life. Ever mistakenly leave a door open? 

While having the microchip implanted is a super important step, it's not the only one. It's equally as important that you (1) register your contact information in one (or multiple) of the pet microchip registries listed below, and (2) check regularly to ensure that your contact information is always up-to-date in case the worst happens.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, Summer Pet Safety Tips

Do Dogs Need Sunscreen?

Just like people, dogs can get skin cancers as the result of prolonged or repeated sun exposure

As with many questions though, the answer to "whether or not" to apply sunscreen on your dog may not be so straightforward. Whether or not your dog needs sunscreen can be influenced by many different factors. 

  • How much time your dog spends outside, and during what part of the day?

  • Where do you live? (factors: altitude; hours of daylight; etc.)

  • What color is your dog’s coat?

  • How thick and full is their coat?

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Topics: Summer Pet Safety Tips, Cancer in Dogs

High-Rise Syndrome: Keeping your pets safe from falls

Sunny skies and warm weather typically are important elements to a great day – for both people and pets. During an especially nice day, you may even be tempted to curl up in a sunbeam with your pet, soaking up the Vitamin D. But warm weather also encourages people to open their windows, and for pet owners that live in buildings with more than two stories, this can lead to a very sad and scary condition called High-Rise Syndrome.
High-Rise Syndrome is a term coined by veterinarians at The Animal Medical Center in New York City due to the number and nature of injuries they were seeing from pets – especially cats – falling out of windows or off of fire escapes.

When Cats Fall:

  1. They are likely to suffer injuries that extend well beyond broken bones.
  2. Cats often wind up in this predicament after having been startled off their perch.
  3. If your pet does fall out of a window, bring them immediately to your veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.
When cats fall, they are likely to suffer injuries that extend well beyond broken bones. This is particularly true when they fall from heights between two and seven stories. In such cases, it’s common for them to sustain bruising to their heart and lungs, fracture of their lower jaw and roof of their mouth, and experience swelling of their brain. Many of these cats will also suffer a rupture of their urinary bladder, internal bleeding, and fracture of their ribs.
Amazingly, many of these cats can still survive and do quite well. However, the treatment process is long, painful, and expensive. Costs for treating severe High-Rise Syndrome cases are often in the range of $2,000 to over $5,000, and these pets are typically in the hospital for several days. These poor guys require true intensive care, often requiring supplemental oxygen therapy and temporary feeding tubes. This should all serve to highlight the importance of taking steps to prevent this emergency, as well as to prepare you for what you might expect should it occur.
Interestingly, and likely because of their flexibility and their uncanny ability to right their body and relax during such falls, cats that fall from heights over 7 stories typically sustain fewer and less severe injuries. But that's not to say that you should let them do it! Even these cats can suffer painful or fatal injuries.
Here’s a great video about cats and High-Rise Syndrome from the folks at National Geographic, it’s well worth a few minutes of your time to watch…


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Topics: pet safety tips, Summer Pet Safety Tips, High Rise Syndrome, Feline High Rise Syndrome, Falling Cats, Cats Falling from Heights, Dogs Falling from Heights

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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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