Made in the Shade: A Quick Guide to Summer Pet Safety

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summer pet safetyMonrovia may fall short on national averages for precipitation, but our “comfort index” is amazingly high. All bragging aside, we really hit the jackpot with our climate, but that doesn’t mean our high and dry temperatures are safe for everyone. Pets are noticeably affected by the scorching sun, but if you play it safe with our summer pet safety tips, you can avoid sizable risks.

I Spy With My Pet-Focused Eye

It’s not uncommon for a dog to play or work to exhaustion. Often, a pet owner may even be surprised their dog is faring so well in the heat and sun – until he or she suddenly isn’t doing well at all.

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Get Your Wags-worth with Puppy Training and Socialization

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Training A PuppyAs anyone who has ever loved a dog before can attest, their companionship and love rivals even the best of human friendships. And anyone who has been lucky enough to raise their dog from a puppy, knows that the challenges that come with puppy training are worth their weight in gold later in life.

Puppies, much like babies, rely on us for everything. We are the guardians who introduce them to the world all around, as well as instill in them a sense of security and understanding of their place in our “pack”. Yet, unfortunately, many puppies do not receive the training and socialization they need for their safety and well-being.

That is why we want to highlight the many great reasons why training and socialization classes are so important for your new puppy.

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Pets and Rattlesnakes: How to Keep Your Pet Safe

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For most pet owners, spring is all about outdoor recreation and trail time with Fido – and where there are wild or natural places, there are snakes. Rattlesnakes are becoming more active now that we’re experiencing warmer temperatures and longer days. However, pets and rattlesnakes is one combo you’ll want to avoid.

Avoiding a Clash Between Pets and Rattlesnakes

In Southern California and many places throughout the West, snakes are a common sight. From Gopher Snakes to Whipsnakes to Western Racers, many species are nonvenomous and mostly harmless to cats to dogs, preferring rodents and other small mammals.

However, we also share our terrain with a few different species of venomous rattlesnakes, all of whom have the idiosyncratic “rattle” at the end of the tail.

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Leave Nothing to Chance: Determining a Pet Emergency

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Whether it’s waking up to the sound of a gagging dog or the chocolate bar you had is suddenly MIA, there are many situations that can feel like a possible pet emergency.

Yet, making a visit to the nearest emergency hospital is often a second choice behind waiting it out or consulting “Dr. Google.”

Because these situations can be something of a quandary for many pet owners, the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital would like to review what constitutes a pet emergency.

Obvious Emergencies

There are some situations that should be treated as an emergency, regardless of physical signs or symptoms. This includes: Continue…

Pet Wellness: There’s Always More than Meets the Eye

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Doing anything regularly can become boring. Even seasoned thrill-seekers admit that, after awhile, the same experiences that once brought them mind-blowing exhilaration can become humdrum. We’re not experts on that account, but we are an authority on routine pet wellness examinations.

Establishing Good Habits

Pet owners who establish good habits are ensuring a happier, healthier, and longer life for their pets. To that end, young pets should be seen at least once a year until they reach their senior years, typically around the age of six.

We appreciate the chance to assess your pet’s overall health. With an eye on the future, disease prevention (through routine vaccinations and boosters) is the key to pet wellness. Continue…