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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Not For the Faint Of Heart: Heartworm Disease 101

The arrival of mosquitoes is an annoying, and potentially dangerous, reality of spring. These tiny pests can pose a serious risk to pets – heartworm disease. Once thought of as a southern state problem, heartworm is now prevalent in all 50 states and Canada, making protection critical for all pets.

What is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm is a type of roundworm, Dirofilaria immitis, which lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of dogs, cats, and wildlife (coyotes are a main carrier). Transmitted by over 30 types of mosquito, it causes permanent and severe damage to the heart and internal organs.

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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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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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The Bugs are Out! Is Your Pet Protected from Parasites?

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Summer comes with so many advantages: swimming, barbecues, outdoor parties, lakeside relaxation, camping, hiking… you name it! But along with the perks, comes the parasites.

That’s right; mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other warm body seeking parasites are out in droves. Not only are these pests incredibly annoying, but they are also potentially dangerous in the number of illnesses that they can pass on to their unwitting hosts, including pets and people.

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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…