By Sandy Robins
There is no question of how damaging the sun’s rays can be; they are harmful to both people and pets. And, that also includes cats who have an indoors-only lifestyle and dogs who like to lie in sunbeams because the sun’s harmful rays penetrate glass.
Pets that lie in the sun too long can get sunburned (solar dermatosis) on the delicate hairless areas of the body, namely the nose, ears, and any pink spots on the tummy that have less hair. As with humans, the biggest problem concerning excessive sun exposure is that it can lead to skin cancer, which is especially common in pets with pink skin and white fur. What can appear to be a harmless scratch on the face, particularly on the nose and ears, could be the start of solar-induced squamous cell carcinoma. Crusty sores on the tips of the ears, the lips, and the nostrils may also indicate skin cancer. Often, affected...Continue Reading
By Justin Young
Independence Day is nearly here. Americans will celebrate the day in many ways. Some will spend the day at the lake or on the beach. Others will invite their friends and family over for a summer feast cooked on the grill. After the sun goes down, many people will gather outside to admire the fireworks that light up the night sky. While humans will enjoy the sights, our canine friends may become stressed out and fearful. Here are some ways you can prepare for the Independence Day fireworks with your pet.
By Caryl Wolff
Let me say at the outset that I am 100% against leaving dogs in hot cars. However, there may be an emergency where you can't leave your dog at home, and that's what this article is about.In the summer months cars can be dangerous, even deadly, to our dogs. We've all seen the news reports of dogs...
As a veterinarian practicing in warm and sunny Southern California, I know the important role hydration plays in promoting my patients's best health. Water makes up 70-80% of a dog or cat's body mass, so it's a crucial nutrient to maintain normal cellular function. A loss of only 10% of the total body fluids can cause serious illness. Learn how important it is to keep pets hydrated and the signs of dehydration to watch out for.