How to Keep Pets Safe on the 4th of July

How to Keep Pets Safe on the 4th of July

If we could ask them, every pet would probably say that the 4th of July is their least favorite holiday. The weather is hot, the noises are loud, and almost everywhere feels unsafe for pets. For this reason, taking extra precautions on the 4th of July holiday is important to keep your pet safe and comfortable.
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6 Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

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1. Microchip Your Pet

Pets get easily frightened by fireworks. As a result, the 4th of July is a day when pets commonly get scared, run away, and go missing. Before the holiday, be sure your pet’s collar ID tags are current and readable. You should also seriously consider outfitting your pet with a microchip which provides them with permanent identification that a veterinary clinic or animal shelter can read in the event their collar or tags come off.

2. Create a Safe Indoor Environment

If you can, take your pets out to exercise early in the day and then later create a safe haven for them inside your home. If you are entertaining, be sure your pet cannot escape your house as guests come and go. Set them up in a quiet room with white noise, food, water, and their favorite bed.

3. May your pet benefit from prescription medication?

For some animals, no amount of comfort can ease their fears/nerves with noise phobias. Please talk to your veterinarian to see if your fur baby may benefit from sedatives. There are options available that are safe for most pets.

4. Check Your Yard

Make sure your fence and gate are secure so that your pet won’t be able to escape if they become frightened by fireworks and panic.

5. Keep Human Foods Out of Your Pet's Reach

If you’re having a cookout, be sure to keep all foods and beverages out of your pet’s reach, as many of our favorite foods and drinks are toxic for pets.

6. Avoid Heatstroke and Dehydration

If you’ll be outside or camping with your pet, ensure they have access to fresh water and shade throughout the day to avoid dehydration and heatstroke.
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Summer Safety for Pets With Advanced Mobile Vet Care

With Advanced Mobile Vet Care, we can bring everything your pet needs to stay safe this summer and on the 4th of July right to your doorstep. Whether your pet is in need of a microchip or parasite preventatives, we’re here to help you and your pet enjoy the summer sun while staying safe. To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact us today.

Vaccinating Your Pet – What You Should Know

Vaccinating Your Pet – What You Should Know

There’s been a lot of controversy buzzing about vaccines lately, but we’re here to explain the truth about vaccines, how they work, and why you absolutely should (and, in some cases, have to) vaccinate your pets.
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How Do Vaccines Work?

Vaccines train the immune system to recognize and fight diseases before they have a chance to invade the body. A vaccine contains antigens, which are partial or inactive viruses. They resemble viruses but don’t actually transmit disease.
Vaccinations stimulate the body’s immune system, causing a mild immune response without making the patient sick. If exposed to the virus in the future, the body will recognize it and fight it immediately, reducing the severity of illness or preventing it altogether.

Are Vaccines Safe for My Pets?

The benefits of vaccination far outweigh any risks. As with any medical treatment, there is always a small risk that a pet could have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. These reactions, however, are usually mild and are also quite rare.
Vaccinations usually cause slight tiredness and temporary soreness at the injection site following administration. Our veterinarian will ensure you’re aware of the signs and symptoms of an adverse reaction. You can monitor your pet following vaccination and contact if anything unusual occurs.
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Why You Should Vaccinate Your Pets

The diseases that vaccinations prevent are usually dangerous and highly contagious, and vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect your pets from these diseases.
Vaccination protects your human family members from exposure to a variety of zoonotic diseases (those that can be transmitted between humans and animals). Several vaccinations, including the rabies vaccine, are required for pets by law.
Vaccinations are much less expensive than the cost of treating the diseases they prevent. Additionally, it saves your pet from suffering illness. Vaccinations keep our communities safe by limiting the spread of contagious diseases throughout the pets, wildlife, and people in our community.

Schedule a Wellness and Preventative Care Appointment With Our Mobile Veterinarian

If you have a new puppy or kitten or if your pet is due for vaccine boosters, you can make sure they’re protected without having to leave home. Our mobile veterinary clinic will recommend a schedule of vaccinations for your pet based on their individual exposure risk. Plus, we’ll bring your pet’s wellness and preventative care right to your doorstep.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Advanced Mobile Vet Care in Orange County today.
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How to Tell if It’s Too Hot Outside for Your Pet

How to Tell if It’s Too Hot Outside for Your Pet

Summer has almost officially arrived. While it’s fun to get some sunshine with your dog, it’s also important to remember that what’s too hot for them might not be the same as what’s too hot for you, and exposing them to hot temperatures, sunshine, and pavement could put them at risk of heatstroke and burns.
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When is it Too Hot for Your Pet?

Unlike humans who can sweat, dogs are only able to cool down by panting, and this means that they can overheat much more quickly. That being said, there’s no set temperature that is considered too hot for dogs because several factors actually affect what’s too hot for a dog.

Humidity

The humidity makes it more difficult for dogs to cool themselves by panting. Even if it’s relatively cool outside, high humidity could make it too warm for a dog.

Access to Shade and Water

Shade and access to cool water will help a dog stay cool on a warm day.

Breed and Size

Generally, the larger the dog, the more difficult it is for them to cool down. However, some smaller, brachycephalic (shorter snouts) breeds have an even more difficult time staying cool because their shorter, squished noses make painting less efficient.
Additionally, breeds that originated in cooler climates like huskies, malamutes, and Samoyeds usually overheat more quickly and cannot tolerate the same high temperatures as other large breeds.

Weight

Extra weight also factors into a dog’s ability to keep cool. A svelte dog will cool down more quickly, while one that’s carrying around a few extra pounds is more prone to heatstroke.

Age

Puppies younger than six months and senior dogs will also overheat more quickly.

Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

On warm days, provide your dog with plenty of water, shade, and a wading pool. Plus, learn the signs of heatstroke which include:
Despite your efforts to keep your pets cool in the summer, heatstroke can still happen. If a dog or cat suffers heat stroke, this is an emergency, and you should seek veterinary care immediately.

Emergency Veterinary Care in Orange County

Our veterinarian at Advanced Mobile Veterinary Care in Orange County is available for most hours of the day for emergency pet care. If your pet is showing signs of heatstroke, take steps right away to cool them down gradually and contact our veterinary staff and we will do our best to bring our emergency veterinary services to you. If after hours contact us or your local 24-hour emergency hospital.