<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1289632567801214&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
New Call-to-action

3 Things You Need to Train If You Plan on Boating with Your Dog


Are you planning on bringing your pup on your next boating adventure? Boating with dogs can be tons of fun for both humans and canines. Take a little bit of time to teach your dog the following three things before going out on the water for a cruise to set everyone up for success. Practicing well before your first outing on the water will make the start of boating season that much easier and less stressful. By having these training skills in your toolbox, your trip will be safer and more enjoyable for everyone!

 Want to learn more about your dog's behavior and get some training tips? We've  got 101 more for you here!

Read More

Topics: Puppy, Dog, Swimming, Boating, Water, Pet Travel Safety, Water hazards

Stay Safe & Have Fun Boating with Your Dog


Ahoy, matey! Thinking about boating with your dog? It can be tons of fun to bring your dog along on a sailing excursion, fishing trip, or day out on the water. With some simple preparation and safety precautions, your dog can be a great first mate!

Read on for tips on how to introduce your dog to life on the high seas and a list of what doggy supplies you'll need for safety and fun.

Read More

Topics: Puppy, Dog, Swimming, Boating, Water, Pet Travel Safety, Water hazards

Dogs Swimming: Safety in Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans


Swimming is a great form of exercise and entertainment for your dog. And if you live near a body of water such as a river, lake, or ocean (or are visiting one), the water can provide hours of fun for you and your dog.

Does your dog know how to swim?

It’s a good idea to get your dog used to the water at an early age, since not every dog naturally knows how to swim. You can help your pup get comfortable with the water by introducing them to it early and safely — whether it be in the local lake, at the beach, or even a pool in your own backyard. Learn more about teaching your dog to swim.

Water can also carry its own share of significant hazards for dogs that you should be aware of and keep an eye out for to prevent problems. Below is a list of the most common and serious water and swimming-related hazards for pups swimming in rivers, lakes, and oceans. After all … knowing is half the battle!

Read More

Topics: Puppy Training, Puppy, Dog, Swimming, Water, new puppy, puppy tips, Water hazards

Does Your Doggie Paddle?


Swimming can be great exercise and entertainment for dogs that love to get in the water! From overweight or arthritic dogs that need some low-impact exercise to shed the pounds while protecting their painful joints, to high-energy dogs that benefit from the extra resistance of the water in helping to wear them out, water play can provide a lot of benefits for pooches.

Read More

Topics: Dog Safety, Swimming, Playing Fetch, Hot spots, Water hazards, Ear Infections, Dry Drowning, Dehydration

Blue-Green Algae in Water – Not Safe for Dogs or People


Avoid Water That Looks Like This

For many dogs, summer often means swimming in lakes, rivers, or ponds. Along with the standard water safety steps (close observation, doggie PFDs, etc) and post-swimming ear cleaning to avoid ear irritation and infections, there’s something else you need to be aware of when you take your dogs swimming (or hiking, or camping near water) … blue-green algae. 

These dangerous algal blooms are most common during periods of high heat.

Read More

Topics: Dog Safety, Dog, Swimming, Ataxia, Seizures, Diarrhea, Skin irritation, Dogs Outdoors

BBQs, Sun, Water, and Fun - Oh My! Summer Pet Safety for Your Dog.


Come summer, who 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.
Read More

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, Blog

Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

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.

Please share your experiences and stories, your opinions and feedback about this blog, or what you've learned that you'd like to share with others.