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Pet Disaster Preparedness

Pet owners must prepare for disasters for themselves, but also for their loved pets. Before a disaster arrives, you should also take time to review the important details of your pet’s medical history, including vaccination and rabies status. Also, please review or make a plan with your buddy regarding which diet and medication your pet is taking and how it is to be given. Microchip your pets, as often there are stray or lost animals that are clearly from a loving home. You can also consider adding a second name to the microchip database, allowing for an alternate person to be contacted if you unable to be reached. Birds can also benefit from easy identification through leg bands, and a photo in the disaster preparedness kit.


Pericardial Effusion

The pericardium is the fibrous envelope of tissue surrounding the heart. In health, the pericardium contains a small amount of fluid and the heart. Normally, a small volume of pericardial fluid allows the heart to move easily within the sac as it beats. Several functions are attributed to the pericardium, but it is clear that the pericardium serves no vital function because it can be removed surgically when diseased without untoward effect.


Cancer: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My local veterinarian said that my dog/cat has cancer. Now what? A: Ask what it will take to find out for sure, and are they able to do it? Q: When should I get a second opinion? A: If your primary vet is not able to do the tests that would determine if your pet has cancer, or if you want to know more about the possible cancer, before your pet undergoes more tests.


Heatstroke: 10 Points

Elevated body temperature caused by environmental factors is called heatstroke, hyperthermia, or heat prostration. A dog’s normal body temperature is between 100-102 F. Body temperature higher than 105 is life-threatening. Environmental factors that lead to heatstroke include hot summer weather, especially when associated with humid conditions and poor ventilation. A closed car with a pet […]

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