This month, we recognize service dogs for all they they do. There are many kinds of service animals, and they provide support, companionship and help to millions of people. Here are some of the different types of service dogs:
Guide dogs for the blind
Medical assistance dogs
Medical alert dogs
Psychiatric service dogs
Watch these three stories to learn more about different kinds of service dogs and the amazing things they do.
“My Diabetic Alert Dog alerting to a low blood sugar scent. Duncan is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He is alerting to the chemical scent that is released in our bodies when our blood glucose levels are low / high. He was trained by taking samples of this scent.”
Microchipping your dog, cat, rabbit, ferret or other pet is a great safety measure, especially in the summer. With outdoor parties, opening doors, vacations and fun day trips, there’s an increased likelihood of your pet escaping your supervision. Even if your pet loses its collar and tags, the microchip will still be there.
A microchip uses RFID technology to store a unique ID number that can be scanned at veterinarian offices and animal shelters around the world. Once scanned, the pet’s profile is displayed, along with contact information for returning the pet home.
If your pet doesn’t yet have a microchip, call us to make an appointment. Learn more about microchipping and watch the easy procedure in this video with Steve Dale’s Pet World:
Hyperthermia, known as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, is a dangerous condition for pets. Cats and dogs are not equipped to disperse heat by sweating, so their body temperatures can rise quickly.
If your pet is going to be outside on a warm day, provide plenty of shade and fresh water. Some animals are more susceptible to heat exhaustion, like senior or overweight pets, along with those who have flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats. Take special care to keep these pets in an air-conditioned environment during the summer heat.
Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Car!
Watch this time-lapse video where in just 15 minutes, the interior of a car heats up to 110 degrees.
Even on a mild day, car temperatures can soar. It only takes 10 minutes for a car to reach 100 degrees on a pleasant, 75-degree day. And opening the windows doesn’t help. Please, don’t leave your pet in a car alone!
Signs Your Pet May Suffer from Heat Exhaustion
If you witness any of these symptoms in your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.
Increased heart and respiratory rate
If you suspect your pet of suffering from hyperthermia, move them to an air-conditioned space, run them a cool (not cold) bath, provide plenty of water and call your veterinarian right away.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. Your furry loved one’s dental health is a very important part of their overall well-being. Dental problems can cause many health complications. Your pet needs to see their veterinarian at least annually to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. Stop in to get information for some at home options! Check out this video from the AVMA on how to brush your pet’s teeth!