- Published on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:49
- Written by Super User
Carolina Beach Animal Hospital is at 1337 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach, for details, call 910-458-3000.
Hot weather is still facing us and our pets. Dr. Phillip Lanzi of College Road Animal Hospital shared some of the dangers that can happen to our pets during this time of the year. He has seen pets suffering from heat stroke, he reminds us that dogs and cats cannot tolerate the heat like a person can.
Pet owners should know their pets’ limits, remember if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your pet.
Cats and dogs do not have sweat glands like a person has; they pant to move air in and out and if your pet has short-nosed, flat-faced (brachycephalic) it is even harder for them.
The signs of a heat stroke is if the pet is panting a lot and rapid, diarrhea, staggering it is a heat related event and best thing to do is cool them down immerse the pet in cool water, not ice cold water, and get him to the veterinarian immediately.
Another point he brought up is when walking your dog on the asphalt or sidewalks, if it is hot weather, these surfaces become very hot, and can burn the pet’s pads.
Before walking your pet to check to see how hot the surface is take the palm of your hand and place it on the surface if it is hot to the touch then do not walk your dog. Cats are more tolerant of the heat they will seek shade. If you keep your pet outside during the day make sure they have plenty of water and shade. A dog will dig to lie in the cooler earth to help them stay cooler. And, please do not leave your pet in the car; even five minutes could cause a health issue.
Pets with light or white coats, or those without hair on its ears can get sunburned so use precautions.
Another issue is insect stings and snake bites. Have Benadryl on hand and contact your veteranarian to see how much should be given or if a visit is necessary.
Then with the upcoming fall season, ticks will be more prevalent and it will be wise to use tick control topical medicine or collars. Preventic tick collar will kill the tick before it even bits And a reminder, during the holidays, keeps the chocolate candies away from your dog and certain plants can be harmful if chewed so make sure your pets cannot get to them. Both animal hospitals, College Road and Carolina Beach offer preventative health care wellness plans for your pets; the plan enables you to take care of your pet. It costs $25 for the membership fee and then depending on the program you choose low monthly payments. The Pediatric Plan is $30 per month, Silver Plan is $20 and Gold Plan is $45. Each plan offers physical examines, parasite screening, all recommended vaccinations for your pet’s lifestyle and each plan has its own particulars for that plan. You will also get a 10 percent discount on all non-plan services. Both hospitals are full-service veterinary medical facilities, they offer surgery, internal medicine, bathing, boarding, behavioral medicine, digital radiology, emergency and critical care and dental care.
If you are not able to bring your pet to the clinic do they do make house calls. Advance scheduling is needed and availability is limited. Also offered is radioactive iodine treatment for cats, their coastal area thyroid treatment can administer radioactive iodine which is the only non-invasive treatment available and it can be performed right there in the College Road facility.
Carolina Beach Animal Hospital is at 1337 Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach, for details, call 910-458-3000, hours are: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday; and are closed on Sunday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.