When Summer Pet Safety Really Counts

The summer has a lot going for it, but for all the fun and good times there are an equal number of precautions to consider. For example, sustained rising temperatures are very risky to summer pet safety – but that’s just the beginning!

Summer block parties, fireworks displays, and even laid-back backyard BBQ’s can all pose threats to the pets we know and love.

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He Ate What? Pet Poisoning Prevention

If you have pets, you know how curious they can be. We love their adventurous natures, whether it’s rambling in the woods with our dog or watching our cats perch and then pounce on an imaginary foe. But their natural curiosity can also get them into trouble, if they ingest something that can make them sick, or worse, cause a pet emergency.

Hopefully your pets have never gotten into anything they shouldn’t, but there are many substances in our homes and yards that are quite toxic to them. With that in mind, Old Derby Animal Hospital is here to share some tips and information about pet poisoning prevention, and how to keep your home and yard safe from inquisitive noses and mouths.

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Counting Down Old Derby Animal Hospital’s Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2018

There is a certain joy in recapping the year at its close. Be it major world events, television finales, or celebrity mishaps, there seems to be a sort of thrill that comes with reveling in things passed. Join Old Derby Animal Hospital, then, in seeing 2018 off well by recapping our top five pet care blogs of the year.

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When it Comes to Holiday Pet Safety, Skip the Tinsel and Ribbon

The holidays are here, and guess who’s already noticed the change in seasons? Our pets, of course! Carefully tuned into even the subtlest changes, they know something’s up the second we bring something different into the home. Perhaps they see us lugging a great evergreen tree through the door, struggling with decor, or maybe they notice we’re eating a little more than usual.

Despite all this cheery chaos, the team at Old Derby Animal Hospital wants to help you and your pet relax and enjoy the season with these holiday pet safety tips.

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Fall into Fall, But Don’t Forget About Fall Pet Safety

Fall pet safety can protect your pet from spooky things

Autumn is on the horizon, one of our favorite times of year. Cooler weather, changing leaves, apple cider, and pumpkins in the market. Chances are, your pets love it too. They may love to roll in the leaves and cozy up on the couch, and the cooler weather means they may be able to be outdoors more without the risk of overheating.

But fall has its hazards, too – like any other season – some of which you may not be aware of. Here, Old Derby Animal Hospital shares how to keep your pet healthy and safe in the season of falling leaves.

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Homeward Bound: Why Microchipping Your Pet is so Important

Microchipping your pet helps a lost pet become a found pet.As pet owners, our number one priority is keeping our pets safe. Leashes, fenced yards, and of course a collar and ID tags are just some of the ways we provide the security our pets need to live long, happy lives.

While no pet owner ever intends to become separated from their pet, studies show that over 10 million pets are lost in the U.S. each year, and 1 in 3 pets will become lost at least once during their lifetime. Microchipping your pet provides an added layer of security should your pet go missing and offers the best chance at a happy reunion.

What is a Microchip Anyway?

A microchip is a tiny device (roughly the size of a grain of rice) that’s placed just under your pet’s skin, usually near the shoulder or back of the neck. Microchips do not track your pet’s whereabouts like a GPS – their only purpose is to store a unique ID number that can be used to retrieve your contact information should your pet go missing. Continue…

Is ‘Summer Pet Safety’ an Oxymoron? Not with Our Guidelines!

Summer pet safety is real, people!Pets sure do know how to find trouble, don’t they? Whether it’s toxins, foreign bodies, or injuries, they really can find themselves in veritable jams. Luckily, they are limited to an incident every once in awhile, but then comes summer. With it’s BBQ’s, block parties, parades, and more, an adherence to summer pet safety can get quickly relegated to the back burner.

Don’t fret! Old Derby Animal Hospital has some tips and tricks, so you and your pet can get through the hottest, busiest months of the year without a single worry.

First, the Heat

We couldn’t talk about summer pet safety without some information about the effects of heat on our furry friends. It is absolutely critical to keep pets cool and comfortable throughout the day. To that end, please be sure to follow these measures: Continue…

How to Tell if It’s a Pet Emergency

pet emergencyOur pets are fun-loving, adventurous, and playful. Unfortunately, these endearing characteristics can sometimes get them into trouble! Most of us will experience a pet emergency at some point in their lives, and so it’s a good idea to be prepared. But, how can you tell when it is an actual emergency?

It’s a difficult decision: Do we go in now, or wait until morning?

Old Derby Animal Hospital understands this dilemma, so we’re bringing you some information on how to tell if it’s a pet emergency.

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Get Excited About Pet Wellness!

Americans spend upwards of $70 billion on pet care in a single year. From veterinary care and food to toys and treats, there are endless opportunities to keep our pets well.

All that stuff can be a good thing, but how do we make sure we’re focusing on the RIGHT stuff? By focusing on the simple basics, we can cultivate and support true pet wellness and keep our furry family members happy and healthy.

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