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Keeping your dog well hydrated can be difficult. No one likes to drink lukewarm water, and your pets are no different. Keeping your pet’s water cool will encourage him to drink more. But how do you accomplish this while it's still warm out? Here is a great practical tip that can help. Freezing water in a plastic tub, such as a butter container, and then placing the ice “brick” into your pet’s water bowl will keep your pet’s water cooler, longer. Not only will your pet love you for this, but it will also help minimize heat stress for your pet on a warmer day. #keepingdogscool

Are you addicted to chocolate? Where do you keep your secret stash? Dogs find chocolate irresistible as well, so don’t let your furry “kids” in on your secret. Chocolate is toxic for dogs —especially dark chocolate. Even very small amounts can become life-threatening. Taking your dog to be seen by an emergency vet as soon as possible will give it the best possible chance of recovering well. #chocoholicdogs #ERvet

Did you know that Orange County, CA, has the highest sales of medical marijuana in the US? Marijuana is extremely toxic to dogs and is one of our most common pet emergencies. While many may see the humorous side to pets ingesting weed, it can actually have very serious consequences for your pet’s health and can even endanger your pet’s life. If you have access to it for medical reasons or other?!?, just make sure you keep it out of your pet’s reach. If your dog does ingest some and needs to be seen by one of our emergency doctors, rest assured that our concern is to get your pet well again – not pursue the source of the marijuana. #nohashfordogslol

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Bee and wasp stings are just as painful for dogs and cats as they are for people. If you see a bee stinger in your pet, don'’t squeeze it. It is painful for the dog or cat and you may get bit. Be aware that, just like people, some pets are allergic to stinging insects. If your pet shows signs of an allergic reaction, such as having swelling or trouble breathing, get them in to see the vet right away. #beestings #emergencyvet http://ow.ly/B7XbM

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Don'’t believe everything you read on social media. There’s a popular meme going around that says you shouldn’t give ice water to your dogs in the summer time. But don’t worry, if you decide to serve your dog’s water on the rocks (or worse, if he manages to sneak a sip of your ice water), it won’t hurt him. The truth is that ice water won’t harm your pooch in the least. Adding ice will actually be a benefit to him by keeping his water cool for a longer period of time. http://ow.ly/B7XbM

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It’'s the perfect time to play outside with your dog. Just make sure you keep him hydrated by giving him plenty of water. Just like you and your kids, your pet needs plenty of water breaks. If you have an outside pet, make sure he has shady places to get out of the summer sun and always has lots of fresh water available. #waterthedog http://ow.ly/B7XbM

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If you have a pet emergency, one of the most important things you can do for your pet is to remain calm. If your pet senses that you are agitated, it can cause her to become even more excited and stressed, which can cause further problems in many cases. Stay calm, breathe, and do your best to soothe and reassure your pet until you can get her in for an emergency vet visit. #petemergency #emergencyvet http://ow.ly/B7XbM

What is your pet’s favorite game? We'’d love to know!

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Did you know second hand smoke can be harmful to your pets. It can cause allergic reactions and conditions like bronchitis. When possible, keep your pets away from smoke. They’ll breathe better. If your pet shows signs of allergic reaction like excessive coughing or difficulty breathing, get them in to see the vet as soon as you can. #emergencyvet #petsarepeopletoo http://ow.ly/B7XbK

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It can be an exciting time when your pet has puppies or kittens, but it’s important to keep a close eye on them during the labor and delivery. When your pet is straining to produce a puppy or kitten for more than 20 minutes without delivering, you will need urgent veterinary assistance. Getting your pet to the vet as soon as possible will help save the mother’s life as well as the puppies/kittens. Prolonged labor can have fatal consequences. Most dogs and cats will go into labor in the evening hours. Don’t wait until morning to have them seen by your vet. #puppies #kittens #petlabor #emergencyvet http://ow.ly/B7XbK
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