Here are some recommendations to help keep our pets safe as we deal with the unique challenges the warmer weather brings.
Summer months are when our pets are at the highest risk for overheating and heat stroke. We recommend being mindful of the heat, especially for short muzzled dogs like English Bulldogs and Pugs. Keep them inside where it’s cool, offer water, avoid walking your pet on pavement or asphalt during the hottest time of the day and use sunblock.
Summer vacation and holidays are a great time for the family to get together and have fun. Please remember that our pet’s don’t tolerate high fat foods and be mindful of common human foods that may be toxic to our pets. Avoid feeding them table scraps as that can lead to vomiting or diarrhea. Pet’s can also get into non-digestible items like corn cobs, foil and kebob skewers, which can lead to serious illness if ingested. Please make sure that all trash is promptly discarded and pet’s aren’t given access to them.
We also recommend taking some extra precautions for pets that spend time outdoors-whether it's in your own backyard or visiting the local dog park or going camping. Keep an eye out for wildlife that can pose potential threat to your pet-such as angry bees and venomous snakes. Micro-chipping, name tags, photos and other forms of pet ID can be helpful in reuniting you with your pet if they become lost. Prevention for fleas, ticks, and parasites will help keep your pet healthy as well as keep those creepy crawlers outside of your home! We wish everyone a happy and safe summer! ~Eugenia Tan, DVM
Links to Professional Resources
Below please find a list of both local and national organizations and businesses related to pet care and health. *listed in alphabetical order
American Heartworm Society Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, including wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. www.heartwormsociety.org
The Doggie Market Do you have a fashionista pooch? Check-out the Doggie Market on Etsy, where you’ll find a wide range of cute designer clothes for your dog! From very small dogs to large dogs to custom sizes, they do it all. Their collection features adorable doggie tutus, pleather jackets for dogs, dog sweaters, doggie bow ties and so much more – we have your dog covered! They will also do custom orders, so if you have a special design in mind for your dog, just ask! Also, you will be supporting a local business! www.etsy.com/shop/thedoggiemarket
Indoor Pet Initiative The Indoor Pet Initiative is here to help you make every day your pet’s best day! Our goal is to enhance the health and welfare of companion animals world-wide so that all pets and their caregivers can experience optimal well-being.Optimal well-being permits individuals to thrive in their environments. By giving caregivers the information and tools needed to recognize thriving in their pets, and to create an environment that permits them to thrive across the lifespan, we aim to sustain the highest quality relationship between pets and their owners possible. The Indoor Pet Initiative (IPI) provides a foundation for pet owners and veterinarians to create plans tailored to promote thriving that are based on the soundest, most up-to-date science available. www.indoorpet.osu.edu
NCVMA Home Page The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association is dedicated to promoting integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine; providing the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences; supporting its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials; and listening and lobbying on behalf of the interests to the entire profession and serve as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. www.ncvma.org
Trifexis 3 in one parasite prevention for your dog! Kills fleas and prevents infestation, prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls adult hookwork, roundworm and whipworm infections.www.trifexis.com
Walkin’ Wheels Providing an alternative to ending a pet’s life so that elderly, handicapped, and injured pets can continue to lead happy, healthy, high-quality lives. To offer products, services and information to enable owners to care for their pets. www.walkinwheels.com
Wildlife Rehabilitators of NC Wildlife Organizations in NC Ashboro NC Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Asheville WildforLife: Center for … Greensboro Wildlife Care Inc Greenville Eastern Wildlife Center … Wilmington Cape Fear Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation. www.ncwildliferehab.org
Monday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Thursday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm* *Sundays~ boarding services only