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Summertime Pet Care Tips

As the weather heats up, many of us will cool off on hot days by going for a swim or, perhaps, enjoying a cold treat. Pets can also get miserably hot on sweltering days! Read on for some great summer pet care tips from a local vet.

Water

First things first: make sure that your furry buddy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. We also recommend washing your pet’s bowl every day, to make sure that bacteria doesn’t build up in it. If you have a kitty, you may find that Fluffy enjoys drinking out of a pet fountain. You can also drop an ice cube into your pet’s bowl on hot days.

Climate Control

As a general rule of thumb, if you find it’s just too hot, then your pet will also be uncomfortable. Keep your furry friend cool and comfy indoors, in rooms that have fans or air conditioners. When temperatures rise, limit your four-legged pal’s outdoor time. If you have a dog, walk Fido in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. As for Fluffy, we recommend keeping her indoors.

Beds

Your pet may sleep even more than usual in hot weather. If you have a cat, make Fluffy a kitty hammock. All you need is a piece of material and a table or end table with four legs. Cut the material so that it’s a little smaller than the tabletop, and attach the corners of the fabric to the legs. Your four-legged buddy may also enjoy having a fan pointed at their bed.

Heat Exhaustion

Get to know the signs of heat exhaustion in pets. Some common ones to watch for in dogs are panting; red or pale gums; weakness; dizziness; and vomiting. Cats may also pant or drool. They may meow in an unusual way, or pace. If you know or suspect that your pet is too hot, immediately give your little (or not so little buddy) some cool water, and take steps to lower their temperature, such as wrapping them in a wet towel. Call your vet immediately for specific care instructions.

Cold Treats

Who says pets can’t also enjoy a cold snack? Fido may enjoy some cold, sodium-free beef, chicken, or fish broth. Look online for more recipe ideas.

Please contact us, your pet clinic, for all your pet’s summer veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Pet Owners

It’s no fun to think about a disaster situation affecting you, your family, or your pets, and we certainly hope that you never have to face one. With that being said, your best course of action in the event of an emergency is to be prepared ahead of time! Below, learn about some tips on disaster preparedness that can help your pet stay safe.

Identify Your Pet

Geological events, wildfires, severe storms, chemical accidents or toxic spills, disease epidemics, and other emergencies may force you to evacuate your home. It’s all too easy for pets to run away or get lost during hectic times like these—as a precaution, it’s important that your animal friend is properly identified. Have your pet outfitted with a microchip, make sure they’re wearing ID tags on their collar, or use both methods in tandem. These techniques greatly increase the chance that a lost pet will be returned to the rightful owner.

Build an Emergency Kit

Keep an on-the-go first-aid kit packed in your car with pet-specific medical supplies like gauze, bandages, medical tape, nail trimmers, a styptic powder, a pet thermometer, a disinfectant solution, and soft towels. You can also store the first-aid kit within a larger emergency pack designed for evacuations—you may need a leash and collar, a pet bed, soft blankets, brushes, litter and a litter box, water bottles, food and water dishes, canned pet food, and a can opener.

Have a Plan

Having a plan is essential for taking quick, decisive action in the event of a disaster. Do some research to find out about shelter facilities, veterinary clinics, and pet-friendly hotels outside of town that you may be able to go to if an evacuation is warranted. Check with family or friends who live elsewhere to find out if they would have space for you and your pets in such a situation.

In the event that you need to take shelter at home because of a natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake, you’ll want to choose an interior room of the house—one without windows if at all possible—in which to secure yourself and your pets. Select this room in advance so you know exactly where to go when disaster strikes.

Your veterinarian can offer even more great tips for preparing your pet ahead of time to face a disaster situation. Call the office today!

Crate Training Your Dog

Is your canine buddy crate trained? If not, you may want to work on this. Fido will likely need to be crated at some point, either at the vet’s or kennel, or during travel. This will be much easier for him if he thinks of his crate as a cozy den. A Georgetown, IN vet offers tips on crate training your pet in this article.

Choosing A Crate

You’ll want to make sure that your pet’s crate is sturdy, but still easy to move for travel. Dogs are much safer traveling in crates! If you have a puppy, choose a crate that will fit Fido’s adult size, Otherwise, you’ll just end up replacing it when your canine pal is full grown. Use a luggage tag to put your contact information on the crate. This will come in handy if you ever fly with your pooch.

Making It Comfy

Make sure your pup’s crate is nice and comfy for him. Add some soft bedding, and some cozy toys and treats. Location is also important. Don’t put Fido’s crate in a quiet back bedroom. Dogs are very sociable, and get lonely and depressed if they are left alone too much. A living room or family room is a great option.

Training

To get Fido used to his crate, you’ll want to help him form a positive association with it. How do you do that? Food is the easiest way. Toss toys and yummy treats into the crate, until he gets used to going in and out. Then, start feeding your pet in his crate. The next stage is to start shutting the door. At first, just shut it for a few moments, give Fido treats and praise, and then let him out. Gradually increase the time your furry buddy is crated, until he is comfortable with it. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Tips

Crates can be great tools, but only if they are used properly. Never use Fido’s crate as punishment for him. Also, avoid leaving your pup crated too long. A few hours during the day is plenty. You can crate your dog overnight, however. If Fido is properly crate trained, he won’t mind his crate at all. You may not even have to shut the door at doggy bedtime!

Please call us, your Georgetown, IN pet clinic, anytime. We are dedicated to providing excellent care!

5 Things Your Cat Can’t Resist

If you have a kitty, you’ve probably noticed that our feline pals all have their own purrsonalities. Some cats are chatty and cuddly, while others are quiet and aloof. However, all of our furry friends do have some common likes and dislikes. Read on as a local Floyds Knob, IN vet lists some of the things that Fluffy just can’t resist.

Boxes

Fluffy’s box obsession may just be one of her most adorable quirks. If you put a box down in front of your feline friend, there’s a pretty good chance that she’ll immediately hop into it. The official explanation for this cute habit is that cats feel safe and secure in small spaces. However, kitties often hop into boxes that are really just squares of tape on the floor.

Sunbeams

We’re fairly certain that cats don’t actually run on solar power. However, they certainly do love to soak up some sun. There’s a pretty good chance that your furry little buddy takes at least some of her daily naps in her favorite sunbeam.

Sheet-Changing Time

Does your kitty lend you a helping paw when it’s time to change the sheets? Cats of all ages often try to help their owners out with this chore. Fluffy may not actually be all that useful, but this funny quirk is still super cute.

Knocking Things Off Counters

Cats often just can’t seem to stop themselves from smacking small objects off tables and counters with their paws. This may be Fluffy’s way of demanding attention. Or, maybe she thinks she’s helping with the housework. (Here’s an interesting note: if your feline overlord uses her right paw to do this, she’s right-pawed. If she uses her left, then your furry pal is a lefty.)

That Little Red Dot

Fluffy has been trying to catch this elusive prey for years, without much luck. You’d think that our feline buddy would get tired of trying, but that just hasn’t happened yet. Apparently, kitties think that mysterious red spot is a truly worthy adversary! In any case, holding a laser pointer for your furball to chase is a great way to help keep your frisky pet active, and spend some quality time with her.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your local Floyds Knob, IN pet hospital, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Spring Cleaning Tips for People With Pets

Spring is just around the corner! As you start stashing your winter goods away, and pulling your winter things out of storage, don’t forget about your pet! This is a great time to go through your furry pal’s things! A Georgetown, IN vet offers some spring cleaning tips below.

Bedding

Give your pet’s bed a good wash. Use the hottest washer cycle you have, and unscented detergent. If your furry friend’s bed isn’t washable, vacuum it thoroughly instead.

Shedding

Spring is a peak shedding time for pets. Brushing your four-legged pal regularly will help cut down on the amount of fur that gets stuck to your couch, as you’ll be trapping it in the brush before it gets everywhere. If you have a dog, take Fido outside on warm days to brush him, so the fur just blows away.

Fur Buster

To get pet hair off upholstery, use a squeegee, rubber dish gloves, or a damp sponge. We also recommend vacuuming daily, and perhaps getting some slipcovers.

Food/Treats

Go through your furry buddy’s food and treats, and throw away anything that’s expired. If you store your pet’s food or snacks in a specific container, give that a thorough washing as well.

Toys/Clothes

Inspect your pet’s toys and clothing. Toss and replace anything old or torn, and wash everything else. Stuffed animals and tennis balls can go right into the washer. Many plastic toys can be cleaned in the dishwasher, using just steam and hot water. For doggy clothes, check the label for instructions. Anything else can be put in a plastic bag and frozen for a few days to kill germs.

Fresh Air

A good air purifier is definitely a good investment for people with pets. Remember to change the filter! Nontoxic plants will also help keep your home smelling clean. Check the ASPCA website for suggestions.

Litterbox

As soon as it’s warm enough, take Fluffy’s litterbox outside and give it a good scrubbing. If it’s really worn, it may be best to just get your kitty a new one.

Muddy Paws

Does Fido leave muddy pawprints on the floor? Teach your canine friend that he’ll get a snack if he lets you wipe his furry feet off before coming inside!

Please contact us, your Georgetown, IN pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!