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It's the season for festivals & outdoor markets & many of them are dog-friendly -- but how do you know if your dog will enjoy them too? Ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure your pup is festival-ready.
1. Is your dog large enough for its own safety?
Smaller dogs can easily get underfoot, putting festival goers at risk of tripping & injuring the dog or themselves. Smaller-sized dogs should be off the ground in a doggie stroller or even a purse/backpack for their own safety & the safety of others.
2. Does your dog have a suitable temperament?
Some dogs can be aggressive/unsure in crowds or with other dogs. You want to make sure they have a social temperament to deal with crowds including children, as well as being able to deal with a lot of loud & unexpected noises.
3. Are your pets vaccinated?
Up-to-date vaccinations are a must or make sure your dog has protective immunity levels by doing vaccine titers! Calgary experienced a significant outbreak of parvovirus this year, as well as kennel cough, so it's important pets are protected.
4. Is your dog healthy enough for a festival?
Older dogs with mobility issues or other health problems can have a hard time being outside in the sun & on hot pavement all day. Old-timers are best left at home if long days wear them out.
5. Is your dog wearing identification tags/has a microchip?
Festival noise is unpredictable & dogs can be spooked by unexpected, loud noises causing them to get away from you. If they have proper ID & a microchip, they are easily identifiable & are more likely to be returned quickly.
#sledisland #calgarystampede #yycfolkfest #yycfringefestival #summerfest #yycliving #petsmatter
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Happiness is like a cat sleeping on your lap. You can't force it to come to you & you can't force it to stay with you! Hope you had a great Father's Day weekend & have an awesome week! http://ow.ly/UUlg30cIbin #yycliving #petcare #healthypet
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Now that the weather is getting warmer we are seeing more dogs with hot spots. A hot spot is a raw, moist sore on a dog’s skin, usually surrounded by matted fur. The sore occurs when a dog persistently licks, bites, scratches or chews an area on his body, causing significant damage to the skin & ultimately, an oozing sore. What causes the pet to self-chew & lick is another story. Hot spots are very uncomfortable & painful for your pet, so medical intervention is warranted. A hot spot is usually a symptom of a larger problem. #yycliving #petcare #healthypet #pethotspots
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We might be distracted & don't say it often enough but we are thankful for our wonderful clients & followers ...... ooh look a butterfly..... #yycliving #petcare #pethealth #thankyou
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Hit the road, plaque & don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more! We can help you help your pet keep plaque at bay and maintain good oral health. Call & book an oral check exam today! Poor oral health = cranky pet! http://ow.ly/eUNY30cwznA #yyc #petsmatter #petoralhealth
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We all try to save money, but cutting corners by self-diagnosing & utilizing old medication is simply not prudent! The risks far outweigh any potential benefits.
The fact is that you really shouldn’t give your pet any medication without first talking to your veterinarian. The veterinarian will most likely say that the pet needs to be examined before a treatment can be recommended & a trip to the clinic is probably what you are trying to avoid. The veterinarian is doing right by your pet. Imagine how terrible everyone would feel if the treatment that was recommended without the benefit of an exam makes your pet’s condition worse rather than better.
ORAL ANTIBIOTICS - first of all, you should not have “leftover” oral antibiotics! Weren’t you told to give your pet the entire prescription? Regardless please do not be tempted to give your pet whatever is lying around when a new problem arises. Antibiotics have no efficacy against viruses, fungi, or any disease that isn’t caused, at least in part, by a bacterial infection. Also, a particular type of antibiotic is only active against a certain subset of bacteria. What are the chances that the antibiotic you have on hand is the ideal one for treating the infection your pet now has? Finally, expired antibiotics can lose their effectiveness. Giving your pet an antibiotic when it is not needed, the wrong type of antibiotic or an expired antibiotic can result in antibiotic-resistant infections that are very difficult to treat.
STEROIDS - avoid giving your pet any medication that contains a steroid unless it has been prescribed by your veterinarian to treat your pet’s current medical problem. Steroids suppress the immune system (among other things)& if your pet has an infection of any sort, they can make your pet’s condition worse rather than better. This applies to both oral & topically applied medications.
EYE MEDICATIONS - never put anything in your pet’s eyes without first consulting a veterinarian. Most eye injuries/disorders cause pets to have similar symptoms (redness, drainage, squinting). Without an exam & few simple tests, it is virtually impossible to know what is going on. Problems affecting the eyes tend to go from bad to worse VERY quickly, particularly if they are treated with the wrong medication. http://ow.ly/yrlq30ctr0T
Keep your pet safe and know we are here to help you help your pet! #yyc #yycliving #donotsharemedication #pethealth #petsmatter
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Sharing a blog to help you minimize exposure to toxins for your pet & human family members! http://ow.ly/nZpG30coP7n #oneplanet #healthypets #yycliving #petsmatter #greenliving
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It's pet appreciation week & we appreciate them for being such agreeable friends! They ask no questions & they pass no criticisms! #petsmatter #yyc #peopleandpets #yycliving
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Friend's don't let friends with four feet drive! Be safe! http://ow.ly/dba230ccXSc #petseatbelts #yycliving #petcare #petkennel
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