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  1. Booms and bangs of the Fourth of July and Thunderstorms

    Did you know that pets are not like people? pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebration. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce. That all can lead to Pacing, trembling or shaking, excessive panting, cowering or hiding, refusing to eat, clinginess, lip licking and other abnormal behaviors.

    These are some measures that we can take to create a safe and calm space for our pets away from all the loud noises.
    1- Close all windows and doors.
    2- Give your pet a treat or toy that lasts a long time to help you furry friend get distracted.
    3- Turn on calming music.
    4- Use pheromone products like Adaptil on his bed or blanket.
    5- Make sure your pet’s identification tag is up to date.
    6- Just like babies your companions love to be swaddled and comforted
    7- Be careful, debris can end up on the ground where pets can eat or play with it
    9- Desensitizing your pets to the sound of fireworks the week before the actual fireworks happen to minimize the risk of problems. You can play firework sounds at a low volume and increase the volume each day until it sounds like actual fireworks.

    If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date and always take a current photo of your pet.
    The American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters which are inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.

    Since the Fourth of July is right around the corner, it’s a great time to get your pet microchipped, if your pets aren’t already microchipped. Call Good Shepherd pet Hospital today for more information or to schedule your appointment (813) 920-0303.

  2. Good Shepherd Pet Diaries
    A dog day at the beach

    In regards to summer there are many important things, I can’t wait to share with our new clients for better help with their pets to keep them healthy, safe and happy, especially living in a place like Florida.

    Beach days can be a blast when you bring along a canine pal, but taking a dog to the beach requires some preparations!

    Anything that can harm you at the beach can also harm your dog, such as sunburn, riptides, jellyfish, broken glass, sharp shells and other dogs that may be aggressive.

    Remember that the sand can be scorching on sensitive paws. Also avoiding overheating is definitely an important safety rule.

    Be familiar with your favorite beach’s rules and make sure your dog is fully vaccinated and on heartworm, tick and flea preventative .

    Be aware of dog’s tolerance to water, heat and exercise . Some may be at risk according to their age, weight or/ and breed.

    Clean your dogs ears after a day at the beach.

    Things that you should bring to the beach along with you:
    1- Collar, leash, Rabies tag, identification card
    2- Bowl and abundant supply of fresh drinking water. Discourage your dog from drinking seawater by offering him fresh, cool, clean water, and by removing him from the water if you see him drink it. Seawater is a gastrointestinal irritant that can work as a laxative or cause vomiting. Salt water on a dog’s skin and paws can be irritating.
    3- Blanket or towels.
    4- Bring a first aid kit with you in case of cut paws or jellyfish stings.
    5- Umbrella for shade. consider keeping a T-shirt on your dog while he’s in the sun and always provide a shady resting spot.
    6- Zinc-free, friendly sunscreen
    7- Poop bags

    Contact Good Shepherd Pet Hospital in these instances immediately:
    * Heatstroke , drowning, sunburn or burning foot pads.
    * Wounds: Jelly fish stings, dog fights, fish hooks and broken glass.
    * Ingestion: sand , salt water, blockage, Gastroenteritis, shells, fish hook, garbage, Dead Sea life or sunscreen.
    You also may watch for signs of overheating in dogs, which include:
    – Vomiting and/or diarrhea.
    – Excessive/rapid panting and drooling.
    – Coordination problems.
    – Collapse.
    – Loss of consciousness.
    Overall there are many things to keep in mind while experiencing the fresh air with your best pals! I just know in my heart this is going to be a great summer full of fun, loving and happy pets.

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