159 River Street, Rutland, VT 05701
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185 Main Street, Ludlow, VT 05149
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Saturday 9:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
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Summer is here, and with the temperatures rising, please be aware of the signs of heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, you must act quickly and calmly. Have someone call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, lower the animal's body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Often the pet will respond after only a few minutes of cooling only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. With this in mind, remember that it is imperative to get the animal to a veterinarian immediately. Even with emergency treatment, heatstroke can be fatal.
Signs of heatstroke include:
If you notice any of these behaviors in your pet, call your veterinarian immediately.
So where are the danger zones? The most obvious is your car. It can become a death trap even on a mild sunny day, and your car's temperature can easily reach to well above 120 degrees. Never, ever leave your pet inside the car. If your pet can't come with you when you get out of the car, leave him at home. Leaving animals outdoors without shelter is just as dangerous as leaving them inside a hot car. Be sure they are not left in a cage in the hot sun, on a chain in the backyard, or outdoors in a run without sufficient shade or air circulation.
Precautions to take if your pet lives outdoors:
The best cure is prevention, and your pet is relying on you to keep them out of harm's way. Summer does not have to be fraught with peril, with ample precaution, both you and your pet can enjoy those long, hot, days of summer.
'Dognition' App Helps Owners Understand Their Dogs' Behavior and Intelligence
A new app called Dognition is challenging people to assess their dogs' intelligence while contributing to scientific knowledge of dogs' behavioral and cognitive patterns. According to Mother Nature Network, Dognition encourages dog owners to take a survey about their pet's behavior, then play a series of games with their dogs that are designed to assess five dimensions of intelligence: empathy, communication, cunning, memory and reasoning. Owners will gain a better understanding of their dogs' behavioral tendencies and individual intelligence, but in the larger scheme of things, they will be providing valuable data that the scientific community can analyze to advance future studies, said the app's designer, Brian Hare.
Hare, an associate professor in evolutionary at Duke University and director of Duke's Canine Cognition Center, said Dognition will help dog owners gain a deeper understanding of what makes their dogs tick.
Do you have an itchy dog or wheezy cat? They could be suffering from seasonal allergies. Many pet owners are not aware that their fuzzy family members can also spend the spring season feeling miserable thanks to pollens and other environmental allergens. There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. If your pet gets itchy during spring, summer or fall, they may be reacting to seasonal, environmental allergens. If their symptoms continue year-round, it's more likely their sensitivity is to something more constant in the environment, or to something in the diet. Unlike humans, whose allergy symptoms usually involve the respiratory tract, allergies in dogs and cats more often take the form of skin irritation or inflammation-a condition called allergic dermatitis. If your pet has allergies, his or her skin will become very itchy. They will start scratching excessively, and might bite or chew at certain areas of their body. They may rub against vertical surfaces like furniture, or rub their face against the carpet. They are trying to relieve the miserable itchiness by any means possible. As the itch-scratch cycle continues, their skin will become inflamed and tender to the touch. Other signs of allergic dermatitis include areas of hair loss, open sores on the skin, and scabbing. Pets with allergies may often have problems with their ears. The ear canals may be itchy and inflamed as part of a generalized allergic response, or they may grow infected with yeast or bacteria. Signs your pets ears are giving them problems include scratching at the ears, head shaking, and hair loss around the ears. If infection is present there will often be odor and a discharge from the ears. While respiratory symptoms aren't common in pets with allergies, they do occur. A runny nose, watery eyes, coughing and sneezing are typical allergic symptoms in both two and four legged allergy sufferers. Allergic pets may also have puffy red eyes, a red chin, and red paws. Since the allergen load your environmentally sensitive pet is most susceptible to is much heavier outdoors, two essential steps in managing their condition are: frequent baths (to give relief to an itchy pet and wash away the allergens on the coat and skin (use a gentle hypoallergenic shampoo), and foot soaks (to reduce the amount of allergens your pet tracks into the house and spreads all over the indoor environment). Keep the areas of your home where your pet spends most of their time as allergen free as possible by vacuuming and cleaning floors and pet bedding frequently. Simple, non-toxic cleaning agents are better than household cleaners containing chemicals. A pet experiencing allergy symptoms should always be seen by a veterinarian before beginning any home care.