sick dog boxerThere has been recent evidence that dogs eating grain-free legume rich foods are ending up with a heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy. The University of California, Davis veterinary cardiologists found a link between these diets and the heart disease.

Based on their research, dogs that were then supplemented with taurine and a diet change improved. Even patients in advanced stage heart failure showed improvements with these changes.

Summertime is a fun time for both pets and humans alike. More trips to the dog parks, sports, swimming, and vacation time! But along with this fun come many dangers and risks to your pets. Here are a few of the risks that pose the most danger.

dog on leash 1. Heat stroke

Heat stroke is one of the most dangerous things about the summertime for humans and pets alike. The difference is we can control our surroundings but pets need our help. Pets can quickly overheat and dehydrate. Leaving your pet in a hot car for just a few minutes can be deadly. Temperatures rise approximately 10 degrees every 10 minutes even with windows down. If you are not planning to be in the car at all times with your pet, or are not able to leave the air conditioner running, please leave your pets at home. It is much safer for them.

Brachycephalic dogs are at a more increased risk of overheating, so special attention and care is required when taking these breeds out in the heat.

We recommend walking all dogs first thing in the morning before the sun is at its peak or in the evening when the sun has gone down. If you must walk during times of peak heat, please try to walk your pets in the grass. As a general rule of thumb, if it is too hot for your bare-feet, it is too hot for your pets! Walking your pets on hot cement can cause very painful blisters.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial disease that can cause arthritis, kidney damage, and death in both dogs and people. Lyme disease is currently located in every US state.

Exposure to Lyme disease may be greater in dogs than in humans, because dogs spend more time outdoors. Ticks are prevalent year-round, making prevention efforts even more important.

dog tickWhat are the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease?

  • Lameness
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Stiffness
  • Joint pain/swelling
  • Depression

Your pet may have Lyme disease and show no symptoms at all.

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