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Are you seeing target lesions on your pet like the picture above? These are biting fly bites! No need to worry! If you don’t like to see them or are concerned about them, we do carry a product called Vectra 3D, which is a topical flea and tick prevention that repels biting flies, meaning they don’t even want to land on your dog.

HOWEVER, if you removed a tick and are now seeing a target lesion like this, your pet needs to be seen!

 

Bulldog Bash is coming up soon! It is May 19th, here at the clinic from 3pm-5pm! Come stop by! We will have the puppy kissing booth, dog games, people games, and a raffle! It should be lots of fun!

Lets talk about the weather. 2 weeks ago we had snow and the other day…. it was 80°F outside! We went from worrying about our pets being too cold to worrying about them being too hot.

It’s time to think about if you should be leaving your dog in the car. If you have to question it, the safe answer is no.

Dr. Carpenter gave me some info about car temps in relation to outside temps….

80° Outside

After 10 minutes

99° in the car

After 20 minutes

109° in the car

After 30 minutes

114° in the car

90° Outside

After 10 minutes

109° in the car

After 20 minutes

119° in the car

After 30 minutes

124° in the car

 

Basically this means, the hotter it is outside, the hotter it gets in your car. The longer your dog is left in the car, the hotter they get!

 

We see overheating animals quite often during the warmer months. Especially in the brachycephalic (smush faced) breeds.

How do I know if my dog is overheating?

Excessive panting is the first sign you will see if your dog is overheating. If the case becomes severe, you can see collapse, bright red or blue gums, and labored breathing.

What should you do if your dog is overheating?

  • Move your dog to a cooler area.
  • Check your dog’s temperature rectally. If it is above 103, they should be seen by a vet ASAP!
  • If you are near a body of water (lake or pool) put them in the water and let them cool down. If not, place cool (not cold) damp towels on their back and neck.
  • Let them drink water if they are able to.
  • Get them to the vet! The best place for an overheating dog is the vet.

 

Talk to you soon!
JP

https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/healthcare/heat-exhaustion-in-dogs