Heatstroke

Purebred bulldog

Heatstroke is a very serious medical emergency.  The combination of high temperatures, high humidity, and poor ventilation can be fatal to dogs and cats.  Panting and radiation of heat from the skin surface are their main means of controlling body temperature. If the air temperature and humidity are high and air circulation is reduced, these protective measures are rendered ineffective.  Body temperature can rise radically, resulting in collapse and severe shock.  Dogs with short, flattened noses, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese, and Boxers are very susceptible to heat stroke, due to their restricted breathing. Common symptoms of Heat stroke include:

Panting

Disorientation

Refusal to obey commands

Listlessness

Dark red or purple gums and tongue

Rapid heartbeat

Vomiting

Collapse

Do not leave your pet in the car.  The temperature inside a car can rise as much as 40 degrees in under an hour.  On an 85-degree day, the temperature in a car can reach over 100 degrees even with the car windows cracked.  Even if you only have to run a few errand is safer to leave your pet at home.

Memorial Day

The Doctors and Staff of Detroit Dover Animal Hospital would like to express our profound gratitude for the men and women of our  military for their bravery and sacrifice.  American Bugle

In observance of the Memorial Day Holiday, the hospital will be CLOSED Monday May 30, 2016.  We will reopen Tuesday May 31,2016.

Pollen counts affect Fido And Fluffy as well

Kitten and Puppy ScratchingSpring has sprung and the weather is warming up.  The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and the allergen counts are rising.  Pets can have allergies just like humans. There are many types of allergies that pets can have; Environmental, Flea, Food and Contact allergies are the most prevalent. Seasonal allergies fall into the Environmental category.  These are caused by histamine reactions to pollen and mold particles in the air which cause pets to lick and  scratch excessively at their paws, ears, abdomens and under arms.  Some pets will lick and chew to the extent that they cause hairless sores, known as hot spots.  For pets who seem to suffer most seasonally, limiting the time spent outside at high pollen times may offer some relief. There are different medications that help alleviate symptoms as well. If you notice hair loss, or excessive  licking and chewing, call the office to discuss these symptoms with your veterinarian.

Flea and Tick Season

Dog considering health risks of tcks, fleaSpring is in the air.  Flowers are blooming, the weather is getting warmer and we are looking forward to summer. It’s time for spring cleaning, putting away the winter clothes and most importantly pick up your pet’s flea and tick preventative.

Detroit Dover Animal Hospital offers three different medications that prevent fleas.  One of these products, and monthly oral chew for dogs, prevents fleas and all species of tick that are found in this area. The other two products are topical and easy to apply for dogs and cats. Please call the office and speak with one of our professional support staff to find out which products are best for you.  Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to FLEAS and TICKS!

Seasonal Safety

spitz puppy and cat, cat and dog

Spring is almost here in Northeast Ohio!  Even though this year has been mild, we are still looking forward to warmer weather and longer days.

Just a few suggestions to help keep our furry friends happy this season, too.

Please use caution filling and hiding Easter baskets, remember to keep them out of Fido and Mitten’s reach to avoid possible problems later.

Colored cellophane grass, a favorite basket filler, when eaten by your pet can get knotted in the intestine and  lead to extensive and costly surgery.

Chocolate is made by roasting the seeds of the cacao plant.  Although it tastes very good and many pets are attracted by the scent, it contains certain chemicals, specifically caffeine and theobromine that are toxic to cats and dogs when they’re ingested.  The amount of caffeine and theobromine can vary due to growing conditions and cocoa bean sources and variety.   Also different types of chocolate contain varying amounts of caffeine and theobromine. In general the darker and more bitter the chocolate the greater the danger.

 

Type of Chocolate Amount of theobromine (mg) per oz
Baking Chocolate 450 mg /oz
Semi-sweet chocolate 260 mg/ oz
Milk Chocolate 60 mg/oz
White Chocolate 1 mg/oz

Many seasonal plants are poisonous to cats such as Easter lilies, day lilies, Tiger lilies, and Stargazer lilies. Other plants with ‘lily’ in the name, such as peace lily or lily-of-the-valley do not affect the kidneys like the other members of Lily family, although some of these plants are toxic in their own right. All parts of the lily – including the stem, leaves, petals, stamens and pollen – are toxic.   Even minor exposures such as chewing on a leaf or getting pollen on their coat can potentially be harmful.

 

Winter Safety

iStock_000032662070_SmallWinter can be a beautiful time of year, but it can be a dangerous time as well.  By taking some extra precautions, it can be enjoyable to you and your pet.

Just because your pet comes equipped with a fur coat does not mean that they are automatically ready for the dropping temperatures.  Some owners will leave their animals outside for extended periods of time, thinking that all animals are adapted to live outdoors, but our furry companions become accustomed to the warm shelter of the indoors as we are.  When you need to take your pet outside, stay outside with them, when you are cold enough to go inside, they probably are too.  Sweaters and coats help a little, but you cannot depend on them entirely to keep your pet warm, because pets lose most of their body heat from the pads of their feet, their ears, and their respiratory tract.

Animals that are not generally in good health should not be exposed to winter weather for a long period.  Very young and very old animals are vulnerable to the cold as well.  Regardless of their health, though, no pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather.

Pets that go outside can pick up rock salt, ice, and chemical ice melts in their footpads.  By wiping your pet’s feet with a damp washcloth, when your pet comes in from outside, you can remove any debris.  There are “pet friendly” ice-melts and salts available that are less harmful to your pet.

Watch for indoor hazards as well.  Space heaters and fireplaces can warm up a room wonderfully, but can pose a problem if your pet gets too close.  If your dog or cat snuggles up to the warmth, keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces.  Make sure that all heat sources are stable and cannot be bumped or knocked over by your pet.

The cold can be hard on the joints of elderly and arthritic pets, leaving them stiff and tender.  They may have difficulty climbing stairs or jumping onto furniture.  Take extra precautions to make it easier for them to get around.  Make sure they have a thick, soft bed in a warm room to sleep.  Also, watch stiff and arthritic pets if you walk them outside; a bad slip on the ice could be very painful and cause a significant injury.  The best way to guard your animals against the cold is keeping a close eye on them to make sure they are comfortable.

Holiday Safety

Christmas dog and kittens.

Welcome to the holiday season, a time for joy and celebration.  The doctors and staff of Detroit Dover Animal hospital would like to wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.  Listed below are some tips to help make your pet’s holidays a safe one.

  • Try to resist feeding table scraps to your pet.  The rich food of the holidays is sometimes cause gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Make sure your pet has proper identification just in case they slip out when people are visiting.

 

Here is a list of some common holiday decorations that maybe harmful to your pet:

  • Mistletoe: very toxic, all parts, especially the berries.
  • Holly: moderate to very toxic, especially the leaves and berries.
  • Poinsettia: leaves and stems low in toxicity.
  • Christmas greens such as Balsam, Juniper, Cedar, Pine, and Fir.  All parts of these plants have a low level of toxicity.
  • Bubble lights:  Moderate to lethal toxicity, depending on the amount of fluid inhaled or ingested.
  • Fireplace colors (fire salts): moderate toxicity; symptoms are gastrointestinal irritation with vomiting and a variety of other manifestations, including convulsions.
  • Angel Hair (spun glass): low toxicity: can cause irritation of the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract.
  • Christmas tree preservative solution: low toxicity, depanding upon formulation and quantity ingested.
  • Snow sprays and flocking: low toxicity, dry particles are inert; however, toxicity from inhalation can occur if sprayed directly in mouth.
  • Christmas tree ornaments: nontoxic, but mechanical irritation or obstruction of gastrointestinal tract can occur if ingested.
  • Icicles (tinsel): non-toxic, however intestinal obstructions and choking are potential problems.

Please remember to read label warnings on all decorations and take the necessary precautions to protect your pet.  Please keep all toxic plants out of your pets reach.

Holiday Hours

Christmas cat and dogThe hospital will be open  Thursday December 24, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The hospital will be CLOSED Friday December 25, 2015.

The hospital will be open  Thursday December 31, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The hospital will be CLOSED Friday January  1, 2016.