Summer Pet Safety: When the Sun is No Fun

DCAH_iStock_000035531114_LargeWhile it might sound perfect to us, when the forecast calls for sunshine, showers, and then more sunshine, it’s time to think seriously about summer safety for your pets. High humidity plus high temperatures often equals trouble for our pets. Even apparently safe summer activities like long walks, playing Frisbee in the park, running with the kids, and chasing fly balls can turn into life-threatening situations if your pet becomes overheated.

Dogs have limited self-cooling capacity – they can only sweat from their noses and toes-es (okay, their paws, but that doesn’t rhyme). Panting is the only way for a dog to effectively use evaporative cooling. If the humidity is high, evaporation doesn’t take place, so evaporative cooling doesn’t cool! Strenuous, or even moderate, exercise when it’s sweltering may result in serious overheating. If left untreated, overheating will progress to a far more serious condition called heat stroke.   Continue…

Pet Allergies: Spring is in the Air

Shelden_iStock_000041431386_DoubleIf you are one of the “lucky” ones that suffer from seasonal allergies, you may have noticed that the recent warmer weather has brought with it an onslaught of allergens… Without a doubt, pollen and other allergens are in the air once again.

Unfortunately people aren’t the only ones privileged enough to have seasonal allergies. Our pets can have problems as well. Learn what you need to know about spring pet allergies. Continue…