News & Events

ATTENTION CLIENTS!!! DOORS CLOSING EARLY!!!

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

Summer Heat Stroke & Dogs

image for Summer Heat Stroke and Dogs

Summer temperatures are soaring! Even the short walk from the veterinary clinic to my car makes me hot enough to need a cool drink of water. Just imagine how the dogs staying outdoors during the summer feel!  They get overheated, too!

Overheating goes by many names including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or heat prostration. No matter what you call it, overheating means trouble for dogs.  Getting overheated can cause more than just a little discomfort. Extreme heat can make pets quite ill and elevated body temperatures can even be fatal.

Causes of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is more likely to occur when both temperature and humidity are high. Increased humidity raises relative temperatures to unbearable levels. If you live in a hot, humid area, your dog is more at risk of heat exhaustion.

When a dog experiences heat exhaustion, his temperature may rise rapidly from normal (approximately 101.5 degrees F) to 104-105 degrees F. At this point, the dog loses the ability to regulate his body temperature, which continues to rise. High body temperature can potentially harm internal organs. Without a quick, appropriate cool down, major organs may be irreversibly damaged, resulting in death.

Why Dogs Are More Prone to Heat Exhaustion than People

Even though we get hot outside, we aren’t as likely to have a heat stroke as our dogs because dogs don’t regulate their temperature the same way we do. When you become overheated, you perspire. The perspiration evaporates to help cool your body.

Our canine friends don’t perspire. Dogs dissipate excess body heat by panting – which doesn’t cool as efficiently as good old sweating. Plus, they’ve got a fur coat on! They can’t take off their fur coat. They can’t turn on the fan. They can’t fill their own water bowls. See why dogs are prone to heat exhaustion?

Preventing Heat Stroke

It’s our responsibility to provide adequate protection from the summer heat for our pets, especially those that spend lots of time outdoors.

First, make sure there is ample shade in the yard and train your dog to rest in this area by placing his water bowl and toys under a large tree, covered patio or canopy. Second, provide a constant source of fresh water and keep it cool by occasionally adding a few ice cubes to the bowl. Third, if your yard doesn’t benefit from a nice breeze, create adequate ventilation with a fan. Be careful to keep electrical cords out of your dog’s reach.

Some dogs find a quick dip in the water very refreshing. Scout uses our backyard fountain to cool off, but a plastic kiddie pool works just as well. If you have a real swimming pool, train your dog to use the swim out or steps. Dogs don’t climb ladders and accidental drownings occur every summer as dogs exhaust themselves treading water when they can’t find a way out of the pool.

Exercise with caution during warm months. Try walking your dog in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler. Take shorter walks or runs than usual. Stop for frequent water breaks. Avoid the “sunny side of the street” and find a more shaded area to exercise. Bring along a mister and spray your dog during exercise sessions. When you return home, you can give your dog a good spray with the water hose. But remember that water left in the hose becomes very hot, so let the water flow for a few minutes before spraying your dog.

How to Recognize the Signs of Heat Stroke

It’s important for you to recognize the warning signs of heat stroke. Pets that suffer heat stroke may have these symptoms:

  • Excessive panting
  • Pale gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling thick, ropey saliva
  • Vomiting

With severe heat exhaustion, dogs experience serious breathing difficulties and may become disoriented or non-responsive. They may collapse and be unable to move. In the most difficult cases, dogs become comatose and die.

Emergency At-Home Treatment for Heat Prostration

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, provide emergency care. Immediately move your dog to a cooler area inside an air-conditioned house, under a shaded covering, or in front of a fan. Wet him with cool (not ice cold) water. Either immerse him in a tub of water or gently wet him with a hose. Do not force him to drink water. Saturate his foot pads with alcohol. If you can, monitor his temperature with a rectal thermometer. When he cools down to a safer temperature (102-103 degrees), place wet towels on him and proceed immediately to your veterinarian.

Hospital Treatment for Heat Exhaustion

Rapid response may cool your dog off, but his core body temperature may have reached a critical level before your intervention. It’s important for dogs to see their doctor even if they look normal after an overheating episode.

Your veterinarian will begin other lifesaving measures in the hospital to avoid potential organ damage. Your pet’s doctor may start an IV of rehydrating fluids, give medications to stabilize respiration and treat shock. Your veterinarian may suggest a hospital stay for further treatment and laboratory tests to assess organ function.

Predisposition to Heat Stroke

Any dog is prone to heat stroke, but some are more susceptible than others. The very young or very old tend to have more difficulties with overheating, as do the overweight. Dogs with short noses such as Boston Terriers, Pugs, Bulldogs, and Shih Tzus don’t dissipate heat as well as long-nosed breeds. And, of course, dogs with thick coats such as Huskies or St. Bernards get quite warm. These dogs need extra attention during warm weather.

Enjoy the Summer

Summer is a great time to be outdoors. It can be even more fun if we remember to take precautions to prevent heat exhaustion for ourselves AND our pets.

http://deergrovevet.com/news/summer-heat-stroke-and-dogs

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

NEW!!! WEEKEND DAYCARE PROMOTION

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

Jezebel Magazine’s Pup-Approved Patios!

Click HERE for a list of Pup-Approved Patios!

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

MICROCHIP CLINIC SPECIAL!!!

Visit http://trustedfriendvet.com/services/microchipping for more details.

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

VOTE FOR FIDO FIDO!

Vote for us in Jezebel magazine’s 2014 Best of Atlanta pet categories.

Bring in or submit proof of voting and receive a goodie bag for your pup!

Voting link below.

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

Case Study: Competitive Advantages for fido fido

Understanding and promoting your competitive advantages can help you stand out in the market place.

fido fido, a boutique hotel and daycare for dogs that provides a safe, fun and thoughtfully-designed “home away from home” in Sandy Springs, Georgia, certainly understands that fact. That’s why they turned to us for help in identifying objective, quantifiable and sustainable points of difference.

After conducting client interviews and research, our findings included:

  • fido fido provides the most intimate, upscale dog daycare and boarding experience in the Sandy Springs area. Ninety-three percent of clients noted that our team genuinely loves their dogs, taking the time to learn each pet’s likes and dislikes, habits, quirks and special needs.
  • In a 2013 client survey, 100% of respondents rated fido fido’s customer service as excellent.
  • Nearly 90% of fido fido’s business comes from repeat clients.
  • The entire fido fido staff is comprised of dog lovers and owners with previous experience working with pets prior to joining the team. We offer the most extensive training and on-going employee education in the local area.
  • On average, fido fido dogs spend up to 90% of their time in supervised activities such as exercise, playtime and interacting with others.

We also provided fido fido with ideas on how to leverage these outstanding competitive advantages  in their marketing and PR effort. If you would like to gain a leg up on the competition,  contact us to see how this kind of project can significantly benefit your brand.

Check out the full article here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Illuminating-the-Possibilities.html?soid=1115635502693&aid=6_H3KqPP5I0#LETTER.BLOCK12

 

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

Coyotes in Sandy Springs

 SANDY SPRINGS TO HOST COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING ON THE TOPIC OF COYOTES

The City of Sandy Springs will host a public Open House to address recent coyote sightings in Sandy Springs. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be present to explain coyote behavior, biology, habitat, management options, and safety precautions.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sandy Springs City Hall Council Chambers, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs

Safety Tips from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources:

  •  
    Bring pets indoors at night, as this is the coyote’s primary hunting time.
  • If a pet must be kept outside, install fencing and motion-activated floodlights to discourage predators.
  • Clean and store grills when not in use. Keep pet food indoors, or feed your pet indoors, and refill bird feeders in small amounts.
  • Keep trash can lids securely fastened, or store trash cans in a secured location.

 For more information, please visit : http://www.sandyspringsga.org/Community

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

HOLIDAY SEASON SCHEDULE!!!

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SALE!!!

Posted in News & Events | Leave a comment