Is Pet Dehydration a Cause for Concern?

dehydrationIt’s easy to take a healthy pet’s wellness for granted. After all, if all the components of health are in place, such as diet, exercise, and disease prevention, a unique balance prevails. However, if a single element is out of whack, the entire foundation can crash. So it is with pet dehydration.

Pets typically drink when thirsty, but even a slight loss of bodily fluids can result in critical care.

Maintaining Function

Water makes up about 70-80% of a pet’s body mass and helps maintain the normal functioning of cells. In the summer, we all face the challenges of hydration, but pets need extra help in that department. The associated health risks of pet dehydration are preventable, so let’s get focused on drinking water!

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On the Run: How to Handle Pets Who Like to Escape

When it comes to pets who like to escape, the “now you see me, now you don’t” act couldn’t be more frightening. An estimated one in three pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and many of these are cat and dog escape artists.

While your mini Houdini (Hound-ini?) may only make it down the block or into the neighbor’s yard, the act of escaping can have serious consequences. Many pets end up lost or stolen, resigned to shelters, or victims of accidents. Because of this,  it’s important to get to the bottom of why your pet is attempting to escape and implement some precautions to better protect him or her.

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The Ultimate Party Pooper: Gastrointestinal Obstructions in Pets

Just like small children, our pets tend to explore the world with their mouths. This is all fine and well, but some things just aren’t meant to enter the digestive system. Some items or substances can be irritating or even toxic, and still others can get stuck if swallowed. Gastrointestinal obstructions in pets are no fun as a general rule, but luckily our expert staff at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services are well equipped to help if your furry family friend commits the ultimate party foul.

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Pets and People Meds: Preventing a Pet Poisoning Emergency

pet poisonsMost pet owners go to great lengths to keep their furry loved ones safe, but many of us end up overlooking the potential for a pet poisoning situation right in our own homes.

Every year, one-quarter of all phone calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and half of calls to the Pet Poison Helpline are about pets ingesting human medications. By learning how to protect your pet from accidentally ingesting human medication, you can help to turn this statistic around, one pet at a time.

Meet Your Meds

The most common medications ingested by pets, according to the APCC and Pet Poison Helpline, are as follows:

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