It’s mid day, and you take your dog to the dog park for some fun. He joyfully romps around with another dog for about 5 minutes, then comes back to you panting and drooling. He seems a little out of it, so you decide to take him home. He has trouble jumping into the back of your truck like he normally does. On the way home, he’s quiet and subdued.
Is your dog in trouble? You bet. He has some of the classic early warning signs of heat stroke in pets, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition.Continue…
One of the best parts of living in Jacksonville is the beach. Most of us enjoy this perk of local living at least periodically, and who can resist bringing their dog along to one of our many dog-friendly beaches?
We must remember, though, that some planning is required to ensure that Fido stays safe during these outings. Saltwater toxicity in dogs is a real issue, and one that has recently hit close to home. At King’s Trail Animal Hospital, we want to make sure all of our pet patients stay safe while enjoying the surf.
Saltwater Toxicity in Dogs
We all need water, and on a hot summer day, our dogs may need even more than usual. Saltwater and freshwater are two very different things, however. In fact, if enough is ingested, the amount of sodium in ocean water can actually be toxic to both pets and people.
An excess of sodium draws fluid into the intestines and away from the organs through osmosis. This outflux of fluid can lead to: Continue…
Hurricane season is upon us here in Florida, which makes being prepared for an emergency more important than ever. Most of us have the essentials on hand and a plan in place in case of evacuation, but not everyone factors the family pet into the equation. Hurricane preparedness for pets is critical for their safety and health, and King’s Trail Animal Hospital can help!
In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster, the safest place for your pet is with you. Never leave your pet behind if you have to evacuate, as abandoned pets are at serious risk for injury or death. Exchange house keys and evacuation plans with a few trusted neighbors or local friends, and plan to evacuate each other’s pets if one of you is caught outside evacuation lines. Continue…