Saturday, June 30, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Heat Stroke, Bufo Toads, and more ...

Heatstroke in Dogs & Cats – It’s Getting Hot in Here!

Dr. Christopher Byers/CriticalCareDVM

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Heatstroke, Bufo Toads, and more ...

I know that I just highlighted articles on this subject recently but I don't believe it can be brought up too many times. On top of that, one thing I love about Dr. Byers' article is that he explains the ways in which dogs' bodies cool.

Everybody, hopefully, understands how they cool themselves through evaporation when they pant. That is also the most important and most effective way they can do that.

Did you know, however, there are three other ways which work to a various degree? Convection, conduction, and radiation.

Convection is the transfer of heat from the body as air passes over it; that's why having a fan running for your dog can provide some benefit.

Conduction is the transfer of heat between surfaces, such as between the dog's body and tile floor or cooling bed.

Radiation is the release of heat into the environment.

To learn more insightful information about heatstroke, read. Dr. Byers' article.

Related articles:
Heat Stroke: What Happens in the Dog's Body?
Don't Make this Mistakes: Ruby's Death to Heat Stroke
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Excessive Panting
Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog: Mucus Membranes

Prep Your Pets for the Fourth Fireworks

Dr. Jean Dodds

The Independence Day celebrations are approaching and so are the inevitable fireworks. However you might feel about them, I doubt they're going away any time soon.

If you are a well-educated owner, you have already been taking steps to counter-condition your dog to ease their fear. And fireworks are not the only danger to your dog's well-being.

What else can you do to help your dog gets through the festivities safely?

Some tips are well known, such as anxiety wraps or shirts, herbs and other calming supplements. But Dr. Dodds includes tips you likely have not heard of before.

Did you know that fatty snacks alone might not be the only villains behind acute pancreatitis? Stress can indeed be a strong contributing factor.

Exercise can help reduce stress but not any exercise; it needs to be relatively high-intensity. I know this from my own experience. If I want to use exercise to reduce my stress or anxiety, I have to do something quite substantial. Simple walking won't cut it.

Learn what other great suggestions Dr. Dodds has in her article.

It’s Bufo Toad Season: Take Care With Your Dogs


Fortunately, here in Northern Ontario, Bufo toads are one of the things we don't need to worry about. If you live in Florida, though, or going down there on vacation, please keep this in mind. These guys are really poisonous. And I don't mean just "make your dog drool" type of deal like with normal toads. The toxin they produce can lead to seizures, heart problems, and even death.

What Do Pills and Peanuts Have in Common

Dr. Peter Dobias

This article isn't groundbreaking in any way. But it does highlight the importance of not overmedicating our dogs. Not only each medication can have its own side effects; the more you throw in the mix, the higher chance of unknown and unexpected interactions.

My grandma almost died because various doctors kept prescribing her more and more meds for all kinds of different things without properly checking what she was already taking and how well the combinations might sit together.

They did not. The emergency doctor ended up removing two thirds of her pills. It saved her life. And it didn't make her any sicker that she stopped taking all of them.

When medicating your dog, be conservative. I stay away from meds unless my dogs absolutely needs one. Most of the time I look for other options.

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