What are the Signs Your Pet has Heat Stroke

It’s that time of year again, when the thermometer is climbing as temperatures reach sweltering levels. Summer time doesn’t mean you have to keep your pets indoors constantly, but it does bring an added risk of heat stroke, a serious and sometimes fatal condition that will most certainly result in an emergency trip to your Boca Raton veterinarian. To help ensure that your pet enjoys the warmer Florida weather safely, here are some of the signs to watch for. Signs and Symptoms of a Heat Stroke in your Pet! A pet suffering from heat stroke may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms: Excessive panting Tongue and gums dry, sticky and colored dark or bright red Extremely high body temperature (104-110 degrees F) Staggering, stupor (disorientation) Bloody diarrhea Vomiting Seizures Unconsciousness If you notice any of these signs in your pet, bring them to your Boca Raton vet immediately – time is of the essence. Preventing your Pet from a Heat Stroke! You can take some measures to help protect your pet from suffering heat stroke, such as: Keep your pet out of direct sunlight as much as possible Do not leave your pet outdoors for long periods of time If indoors, supply air conditioning if possible or keep your pet in an area that is naturally more cool, such as the basement Always provide an ample supply of cool (not ice cold), fresh water Keep fur trimmed short Limit strenuous activities Cool your pet’s body frequently using wet cloths Give your pet a cool bath Never, ever leave your pet in a vehicle unattended Again, if you suspect that your pet may be suffering from heat stroke, it is imperative that you seek [...]

Great First Pets To Consider

A Child's First Pet If you're considering getting a first time pet for your child, then these helpful tips may point you in the right direction. No matter what kind of pet you have, it's going to be a lot of work. And, no matter how much your kid tries to convince you that they'll do everything, you'll have to shoulder a certain amount of responsibility. Pet ownership means adoption fees, vet bills, food, toys, grooming, cleanup. Taking on the care of an animal can teach your child how to be responsible and aware of the needs of others. A pet is a live-in nature lesson. The bond with a pet can provide immeasurable fulfillment for everyone in your family, not just your child. But how to pick the right pet? Hermit crabs Hermit Crabs are low-maintenance pets. These small crustaceans require a daily diet of fresh food and water, plus a misting of water to keep them moist. Your child will need to be attentive to the hermit crab's behavior, since they do molt regularly and require progressively larger shells to wear as they grow. Hermit crabs are a great way to introduce your child to the world of responsible pet ownership. Lizards Not every kind of lizard will work well for the novice pet owner. Iguanas and Savannah monitors start out cute and small, but they grow into lizards several feet in length and they're also capable of inflicting nasty bites. Instead, consider a leopard gecko or bearded dragon. These reptiles are good starter pets due to their docile nature, low-maintenance lifestyle and small size. Though delicate in their infancy, once they reach adulthood, they're resilient and hardy creatures. Birds There are a [...]

Taking Your Pet on Vacation? Here Some things to Know!

Before packing for your next vacation this summer, consider these important tips while traveling with your pet. 1. Will my pet be comfortable and happy during the travels? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home and a “homesick”, possibly motion-sick pet will ruin everyone’s trip. In such a case it’s probably wiser to leave your pet with a friend or relative or hire a “pet sitter”. 2. If you decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own. If you plan to travel by plane, bus, train, find out if your pet will be welcome and, what kind of reservations and transport arrangements must be made. If you’ll be staying at hotels, motels or campgrounds, you must check if animals are allowed or if kennel facilities are available. If your staying with friends or family, make sure that your pet is also invited. 3.Ensure your pet ALWAYS wears a collar with complete identification and a license tag. Microchipping & Registering your pet is the way to ensure you will retrieve your animal should it be lost. Have your pet examined and vaccinated, if necessary, by your veterinarian before a long trip. If your pet must travel in a crate or carrier, be sure it is strong, large enough for him to stand and turn around, has a place for food and water, is well ventilated, has a leak-proof bottom and closes securely. 4. Contact the airline you wish to fly well in advance-each has its own regulations and reservations for your pet will be necessary. Be sure to ask about the airline’s rules for pet carriers. Try to book a direct [...]

Bringing Your Animal to the Party?

Pets That Could Be In danger From Spring Picnics! It’s summer—time for picnics, parties, and outdoor fun for the whole family! It’s a good bet that your pet will be included in the festivities, so use these tips from a Boca Raton veterinarian to make sure he stays safe and sound. Foods that Could Harm Your Pet Your picnic or party probably has various human foods that pets shouldn’t have, and they may even be sitting out on tables or counters where pets can easily swipe them! Take care to have your pet avoid chocolate, candy, gum, avocado, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, citrus fruits, baked goods, and salty foods. All could cause upset stomach at the least, and toxic symptoms in the worst-case scenario. No Table Scraps for this Party Animal Too many fatty table scraps will upset a pet’s stomach, so don’t let any of your guests slip Fido a meaty treat. Raw or cooked bones are a no-no as well, since they can splinter apart, lacerating or puncturing your pet’s insides. One to Many Drinks Remember that alcoholic beverages have the potential to severely poison a cat or dog. Wine, liquor, beer, and even champagne can all poison a pet in small amounts, so watch all drinks carefully. If you see your pet exhibiting uncoordinated movements, stumbling, vomiting, or diarrhea, he may have ingested alcohol. Call your Boca Raton veterinary professional while rushing your pet to the emergency room right away. Keeping it Cool Provide your pet with plenty of cool, fresh water at all times, especially if he’s spending a long time outdoors. Make sure there’s a shady spot for him to cool off under as well. You might even consider purchasing [...]

Is Your Cat Too Fat

Nearly half of domestic cats are over their weight limits. If you can't tell if your cat is too fat, follow the following information from Boca Raton veterinarian clinic. Stand above your cat and look directly down at her body. There should be a slight indent behind the ribs, blending into the rear end. This is your cat’s “waist.” If you don’t see an indent—or worse, this area bulges out—your cat is probably overweight. Get a good look at your cat’s body from the side profile. On your cat’s underside, behind the ribcage, there should be a slight upward tuck that leads between the back legs. If there is a straight line from your cat’s belly to the rear end, or the area seems to have a lot of sagging, obesity may be to blame. Place one hand on each side of your cat and feel the ribs. You should be able to feel them fairly easily with some slight pressing. There should be a thin layer of fat, but not one large enough that it obscures obvious rib bones. If you can’t feel the ribs, your cat may be obese. Try going online and finding a diagram of what a healthy cat should look like. Compare this image with that of your cat, and you’ll have a good idea if your cat falls within the proper weight categories. These diagrams are also available at some pet stores and veterinarian’s offices. Some charts even contain weight scoring tables that you can use to evaluate your cat’s weight and health. The most definitive way to tell if your cat is obese is to have her examined by a vet. If she is, your veterinarian can help [...]

By |April 7th, 2015|Categories: Pet Care|Tags: |0 Comments

Veterinarian Office and Your Fearless Canine

It’s a safe bet that your dog doesn’t like the vet’s office—he’s only been poked, prodded, and probed there in the presence of strangers! If you’d like to get your pooch to calm down by the next veterinary visit, try your Boca Raton veterinarian’s suggestions. Check with our vet’s office in Boca Raton to see if they’ll allow a casual visit with your dog. If they don’t mind, bring your dog along to the vet’s office simply to visit, without an appointment! Use a lot of treats and toys to encourage your dog, and let him explore on his own. With any luck, he’ll realize that the vet’s office isn’t all bad. You might even give the office staff a few treats to give your dog. When it’s time for a real appointment, your dog will be familiar with the sounds, smells, and sights of the office. When a real appointment does come along, many dogs are helped simply by being distracted. Bring along your pet’s favorite toys and plenty of treats. During the car ride to the office, waiting in the parking lot, sitting in the waiting room, and even during the examination, keep your dog distracted with these items. At home, you can try faking exams to get your dog acclimated to the sensations he’ll feel during the actual veterinary exam. Sit your dog up on a table, offering a supporting hand at all times. With the other, poke and prod your pet a bit, feeling the ribs, legs, back, and tail. This is a good time to check your pet for actual medical concerns—let your vet know if you feel any lumps or bumps. If you keep up this fake exam procedure [...]

By |April 1st, 2015|Categories: Boca Pet Vet, Pet Care|0 Comments

Boca Raton Pet Emergency Kit

What Every Pet Needs in There Emergency Kit! Are you prepared in the case of a emergency for your pet? Give yourself peace of mind by doing all you can to prepare ahead of time! Our Boca Raton veterinarian lists the essentials for your pet’s emergency kit at Compassionate Care Animal Clinic. First-Aid Kit Pet Supply: Consider packing in a pet emergency kit these essential first-aid items, bandages, gauze, medical tape, tweezers, nail clippers, a disinfectant, rubbing alcohol, scissors, styptic powder to help stop bleeding, and a pet thermometer. Consult your vet in Boca Raton for a complete list of first-aid essentials you may want to pack. Food and Supplies: Many pet owners forget that food and water is essential to pack if you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time. You may not be able to get to a store to buy pet food, so it’s best to pack canned food and bottled water. Don’t forget to include a can opener! Pet-Specific Medications: Does your pet take any medications regularly? Most likely he or she is on a preventative regimen against fleas, ticks, and other pests. Be sure to pack some of these medications in your pet’s emergency kit. Remember to check for expiration dates and switch out expired medicines with new products. Medical Records: Another often-forgotten essential for emergency kits is your pet’s medical records. If you need to evacuate your home or take your pet to a veterinarian for emergency treatment, up-to-date medical records can be lifesavers. Get a water-safe baggie to pack the medical records in. Keep the bag updated with the latest immunization records, medical history forms, and proof of ownership. If you don’t have [...]

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: Boca Pet Vet, Pet Care|0 Comments

Should I Neuter My Pet Cat

As any experienced veterinarian in Boca Raton will tell you, having your pet spayed or neutered is simply the responsible thing to do in most cases. Yet, there are still people who aren’t sure whether this routine procedure is the right choice for their pet. If you’re one of those people and you just can’t seem to decide what you should do, perhaps examining a few of the many benefits that come with having your cat spayed or neutered will help you to make a more informed decision on the question of, “Should I Neuter My Pet Cat.” […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Categories: Cats, Pet Care|Tags: |0 Comments

National Pet Dental Health Month

National Pet Dental Health Month (N.P.D.H.M) Dental disorders are some of the most common health maladies that veterinarians treat in dogs. To avoid the pain and discomfort for your dog and a potentially costly treatment regimen for you, use these tips from your local veterinarian in Boca Raton, at Compassionate Care Animal Clinic. […]

Tub Time, How to Wash Your Puppy!

There’s no better time to get your dog used to bathing than when he or she is a puppy. However, if you’re not experienced at tackling this puppy tub time, it can seem stressful and messy. You want to make sure you do it right so that the experience is a positive one for your new pet. Compassionate Care Animal Clinic's guide to "Tub Time, How to Wash Your Puppy!" will give you the steps for fun puppy tub time! [title size="2"]Compassionate Care Animal Clinic[/title] First you should consult with your Boca Raton vet before you bathe your pup for the first time. You want to make sure that he or she is healthy enough, and that you’re using the right products to ensure a safe and positive experience. Once you’ve got the go-ahead, you can begin by getting your new dog used to the bathing area. Place your puppy in the tub and offer a treat. Wipe your puppy with a wet towel and offer another treat. Finally, pour some warm water from a pre-filled container over your puppy. Do this repeatedly until your dog begins to feel comfortable. Then you should be able to start a real bath. Plan out your puppy's tub time! You’ll want to have the following items ready before you start the bath process: ◾Shampoo (approved by your Boca Raton vet first) ◾Towels (the bigger the dog, the more you’ll need) ◾Slip Leash ◾Non-Slip Bathing Surface (try a rubber mat if you’re bathing in the tub) ◾Soft Brush (ask your Boca Raton vet to recommend one) Brush your dog’s fur thoroughly to remove any knots or matting. Place your puppy in the tub and run warm water. Using a [...]

By |February 9th, 2015|Categories: Pet Care|Tags: |0 Comments
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