Pet Heat Stroke: Not Just a Summer Worry

Pet heat stroke is a very serious threat to your pet's lifePet heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency that affects all pets regardless of age, species or breed. The symptoms are most common when the weather is hot and humid, but can also result from strenuous over-exertion or confinement in tight spaces (like a parked car). This means that even though the season’s changing from summer to fall, pets remain at risk. Prevention is definitely the key, but immediate recognition and treatment are critical toward a positive outcome.

 

Taking Stock

Pet heat stroke happens when the body cannot regulate body temperature. Impacting the entire body, pet heat stroke can damage the nervous system, alter normal cellular and enzymatic functions, injure the tissue, and collapse circulation. Left alone, internal temperatures hovering over 106 degrees can result in fatality.

As mentioned, all animals can suffer from heat stroke, but some pets, like those with short muzzles, the young and senior pets, and those with other health issues are more prone.

 

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New and Improved: Airline Rules for Pets

Pet carrier stowed under plane seatTraveling with a pet is never easy, and airplane travel is no exception. Although it can be wonderful, and sometimes necessary, to bring your pet wherever you go, it certainly adds a layer of stress, as well as the need for lots of planning and preparation. Hearing about the recent pet deaths and other unfortunate pet-related incidents on flights can also make the thought of flying with a pet seem downright scary.

Regardless of whether you need to book a flight for your pet in the cabin or in the cargo hold, airline rules for pets have changed in recent months; keeping up-to-date with these new regulations is essential for traveling pet parents.

Airline Rules for Pets

Although most of the new airline rules for pets have been implemented by United Airlines, other companies are following suit and changing the way they handle pet passengers. Part of traveling with a pet should include researching airlines to find out which one is right for you and your pet. Continue…

On the Road Again… Tips for Traveling with Pets

Jack Russell dog out campingWith the kids out of school and longer days at hand, many families choose summertime for vacations and weekends in the outdoors. For those with pets, bringing along the car-ride-loving family dog (or the reluctant-to-travel cat) is an an attractive option. But, traveling with pets adds a different dynamic to road trips and hip destinations.

To keep your travel plans pet-inclusive, your friends at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates have compiled some tips to make your trip the tops.

Traveling with Pets to the Country

For many pet parents with canine kids, outdoor and rural destinations are a perfect fit. Being outside, whether camping, boating, lounging on the beach, or hiking the U.P., provides great opportunities for fresh air and exploration. Continue…