Help your dog avoid heatstroke this summer

kiddie pools help keep dogs coolEvery year, veterinarians treat dogs who needlessly develop  heat stroke. And just like people, dogs that become severely overheated can become very ill and even die. It’s important to remember that your dog cannot remove himself from a dangerous situation. It’s up to you, as your dog’s guardian, to ensure he is not left in a place where he may become overheated.

Here are a few tips to help prevent your dog from ever having to experience a heatstroke:

  • Never leave your dog unattended in direct sunlight or in a closed vehicle, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  • Ensure your dog always has access to cool water and shade in hot temperatures.
  • The pads of some dogs can be sensitive to hot pavement, so walk in the shade or grass whenever possible.
  • Limit strenuous activity during the middle of the day, when temperatures are the hottest. Exercise your dog during cooler parts of the day; in the morning and evening, not mid-day.
  • If you enjoy taking your dog to the dog-beach, make sure he does not drink the salt water. This may lead to vomiting, and dehydration. Bring lots of fresh water not just for yourself, but for your dog as well.

Invest in products and treats to help keep your best friend Fido cool:

  • Kiddie pools are a great way to keep your dog cool if they love water.
  • There are cooling packs that you can place in the freezer and place around the dogs neck to help keep cool.
  • Ice-cubes are a favorite treat for dogs.
  • Spraying the dog with cool water is helpful.

The following is a list of the major signs that may indicate heatstroke in your dog:

  • Breathing rapidly
  • Panting excessively
  • Difficulty standing
  • Restlessness
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Your dog lies down and is unable to get up, or doesn’t want to get up when typically he would want to get up
  • Uncontrollable defalcation or urination
  • Erratic breathing
  • Whining as if anxious

If you note any of the symptoms of heatstroke, it’s important to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more your dog’s life is in danger. He may go into shock or even die. Get your dog out of the heat as soon as possible. If you have access to cool (not cold) water, pour it on him starting with the neck and the pads of the feet. It’s okay to give your dog very small amounts of water to drink, but do not let him gulp the water down. Contact your vet or emergency vet right away.

The onset of heatstroke can be very rapid. Planning for summer outings with your dog will ensure he never experiences any of the above symptoms. A little bit of caution means you and your dog will have a fun, safe and cool summer!

Photo credit: Usonian on Flickr

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how do i know if my cat has chewing lice?

Question by : how do i know if my cat has chewing lice?
i thought my cat had flees so we bought a flee collar but he was still scratching himself. So i checked him and he had little black things in his fur. I took one and squished it between my finger nails and blood came out…So my brother thinks he has chewing lice….WHAT DO I DO D:

Best answer:

Answer by Wafers
Flea collars don’t always work. Take him to the vet and see what it is.

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Help for Low-Income Pets

I think it would be useful to pull together a database of help sites for low-income pets in distress.
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I Have an Old Dog That Has Health Problems, Where is a Place That I Can Get Her Put to Sleep?

Cheap and will dispose of her after


Humane society l0 to l5 dollars. They will dispose of it also. Or you can bury in the back yard. Sorry.

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Buying Raw Food for Dogs

Dogs on a raw food diet are naturally healthier, happier, and more energetic. They will face less health problems both in their present state and in the long run when compared to their kibble fed (or other dog diets) counterparts. However, buying raw food for dogs can be a challenge to some dog owners since [...]
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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

Check out these Fleas images:

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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I always hate hearing about how badly pit bulls ar…

I always hate hearing about how badly pit bulls are treated in shelters and elsewhere – simply because they're "pit bulls". I have 2 myself and once my children are grown, I'm sure I'll have a few more. I've had all types of dog breeds during my life and my pit bulls have ALWAYS been the friendliest and most loyal – it's all in the way that they are brought up. I really wish more people would give them a chance to see what good dogs they really are. Thank you for the article, it was very informative.

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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)


Feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) is the most common lower urinary tract disorder diagnosed in cats. Symptoms can include painful urination, urination outside the litter box and blood in the urine. Stress is a significant factor in the incidence of FIC. Veterinary researchers have determined that cats with highly sensitized nervous and endocrine systems are more prone to FIC. Research indicates that felines suffering from FIC may experience high levels of stress without exhibiting any noticeable symptoms. Fortunately, there are specific alterations to your home and changes you can make in your cat’s daily routine that can help to prevent mental and physical stress.

The first thing to consider for possible modification is your cat’s diet. Cats suffering from FIC typically have highly concentrated urine and are fed mostly dry food. Your veterinarian may suggest transitioning to a canned food, or adding water to dry food, but this may not always be the best option. Some cats simply prefer dry foods and may experience increased stress if forced to transition to a canned food. Luckily, the solution is simple – just offer canned food next to his typical dry food, in hopes of a gradual transition.

If after watching this video you believe your cat has FIC, please visit your veterinarian to rule out any other causes of urinary tract problems, such as an infection or bladder stones.

If your cat has previously been diagnosed with FIC, now is the time to take steps to minimize the chances of the disease reoccurring. In the second of this two-part series, Dr. Sarah discusses how to view your home from your cat’s perspective and how to reduce your kitty’s stress by making their environment more kitty-friendly.

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Cool Sarcoptic Mange images

A few nice sarcoptic mange images I found:

sarcoptic mange

Image by bob the builder of luv

sarcoptic mange

Image by bob the builder of luv

sarcoptic mange

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Lions killing dogs in Nairobi

Nairobi National Park’s lions sometimes wander into residential areas.

The city of Nairobi is very close to a national park, which is called Nairobi National Park.

Nairobi is a growing metropolis, and it’s now spreading into areas that were used as corridors for wildlife migration.

Although the park is fenced on the city side, the inhabitants can wander out on the other sides.

So now there are lions roaming the Nairobi suburbs.

Discovery News reports:

“There have been no attacks on humans — only dogs — but as the encroachment increases the probability of attacks grows,” said Francis Gakuya, chief vet for Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), as captured lion cubs growled in the background.

Pacing in a cage at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, four orphaned cubs hiss and snarl at vets taking care of them — then give a surprisingly powerful roar for a two-month-old baby already the size of a small dog.

Wildlife rangers were forced to shoot dead the cubs’ mother after it was spotted in Nairobi’s Karen suburb and it charged before it could be darted. The cubs are now being looked after.

But it is not the only recent case. Conservationists warn of the growing likelihood of closer interaction between wildlife and humans if development is not managed in a sustainable manner.

Another lioness captured last month later escaped back into the park, a 117 square kilometre (45 square mile) wilderness where buffalo and rhino roam just seven kilometres (four miles) from the bustling high-rise city centre.

Wildlife officials have issued warnings to residents near the park to call them “should they see another lion in their area as it is possible more than one lion had strayed from the park.”

Traps are set out when a big cat is reported but the wily lions have so far avoided the baited cages — sparking concern in residents, fearful at night when guard dogs howl that a lion could be hunting in the back yard.

“Lions can hide invisible in the long grass so it’s frightening they could be around waiting to pounce,” said Mary Okello, who lives close to where recent lions were caught.

Visit the park and one is rewarded by the bizarre sight of long-necked giraffes running through wide plains of yellow grass with the gleaming skyscrapers of Nairobi’s business district rising in the distance.

Although fenced in on the city side — some bars even have terraces where one can view animals over a cold drink — the park is open-sided everywhere else to allow the annual migration of wildlife in search of grazing.

Nairobi is not entirely dissimilar from Anchorage, Alaska, which has a population of brown bears roaming the city’s parks.

Of course, brown bears normally attack people as a defensive response.

Lions attack people because they’ve figured out that people are easy prey.

And they’ve just now figured out that suburban dogs are very easy prey.

It’s not a big jump from hunting dogs in backyards to hunting people in those same backyards.

So it won’t be so much fun.

Of course, Kenya has a solution to some of these problems.

They recently let some Masai spear six lions just outside of Nairobi.

So maybe those lions will think twice before eating a person.

That person could be packing a spear!

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