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By contactus@northwoodah.com
June 12, 2018
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Summer means more time spent outdoors on walks with Fido and soaking up the sun. However, if you notice your dog is wanting to lay down in the grass instead of walking, it may be due to the temperature of the asphalt.

Just like how the inside of a car is much warmer than the outside temperature, asphalt follows that same rule. Asphalt can quickly reach high temperatures that will burn the sensitive pads on the bottom of Fido’s paws. If it is 77 degrees outside the asphalt in the sun is 125 degrees, which will cause serious damage to your dog’s pads. Just imagine what a 90 degree day would do.

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A dog’s pads on the bottom of their paws are as sensitive as our bare-feet. So an easy test to see if asphalt is too warm to walk your dog on, is to touch it with your bare foot. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog. To avoid the high temperatures you can plan your walks in the morning, when temperatures are typically cooler.

After a walk be sure to inspect Fido’s pads. If the pads are red relieve the heat by putting the paws in cold water. If they are blistered or peeling, contact your vet.

 

If you need to let your dog outside during the hottest part of the day, do so in the grass. The grass will be cooler and that is where all the fun smells are for Fido. Restrain from dragging or pulling your dog because you think they are being stubborn. Dogs are intelligent and may be trying to tell you their paws are in pain.

Another option is to bring your dog to the lake to run through the water. The cool water will feel refreshing on Fido’s paws. Not to mention, you can dip your toes in the water for a cool down.

 

To be extra safe you can purchase a pair of dog booties to provide protection.

Other surfaces to be cautious of are metal and sand, as they can become hot in the sun and burn Fido’s pads. Think twice before bringing Fido to an event that will involve a lot of pavement walking, like farmers markets. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy summer with Fido.

 

Author: Tiffany Brito, Social Media Specialist

By contactus@northwoodah.com
June 05, 2018
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As the weather warms up, it's important to take precautions to keep your dog happy and healthy. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: 

 

Be mindful of the weather: Dogs can overheat very quickly and can suffer from heat stroke. During very hot and humid days, it's best for Fido to be active outside during the early morning hours from 5-8am.

 

Watch out for their feet: Pavement and asphalt get incredibly hot on summer days and can quickly burn your pup's feet. If it's too hot for your hand, then it's too hot for their paws! To be safe, only take your dog running or walking on dirt trails, grass, or sand. Stop periodically during your outings to check their paws for burns or cuts.

 

Keep a watchful eye and hydrate: Make sure Fido has had a chance to drink water before going outside. Take a portable water bowl if you plan to spend a lot of time in the sun. Also, be sure to check on your dog for signs of pain or suffering from heat exhaustion. 

 

Lather up: Believe it or not, dogs are susceptible to sunburns. If you're taking them outside on a sunny day, be sure to apply sunscreen to both yourself and Fido if your dog has shorter hair or is a lighter color.

 

 

Author: Tiffany Brito, Social Media Specialist

By contactus@northwoodah.com
May 30, 2018
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How do you combine your love of outdoors and spending time with your dog?

Hitting the trails with your dog is a fun way to exercise and bond. The wide open space, fresh air, and enticing smells will have Fido waiting at the door. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or a newbie, these essentials will make it a success. There are a few areas to think about like safety, fun, and responsibility.

Safety

There are a few items that can make your hiking adventure safe for your dog. Remember to start slowly and work your way up to the long or strenuous hikes.

Harness- A harness with a reflective strip or bright color is the best choice. The harness will keep your dog visible in the woods, and is a safer option for walking.

Leash- Keeping your dog on a leash will keep your dog at your side and out of trouble. Dogs are curious and may run into a wild animal, or try to eat a toxic plant if not on a leash.

Boots- If you are going to be hiking over rough terrain, then Fido may need some paw protection. Boots, like the Guardian Gear Dog Boots, are breathable, lightweight, and will protect the paws from abrasive terrain.

Water bottle- Be sure you bring enough water for you and Fido. Staying hydrated is important especially during hot weather. It is best to hike in the morning or evening, the cooler times of the day, on a hot summer day.

 

Bug Spray- The woods are a peaceful escape, but is home to multiple bugs and wildlife. Keep your dog safe by spraying him with dog-safe bug repellent to ward off pesky bugs. Try this Insect Shield® Sleeveless Dog Pullover and skip the spray. The pullover will repel mosquitos, ticks, and flies.

Check Fido over for bugs after the hike. Ticks are common in the woods and love to burrow in dogs. They can be hard to spot with all the fur, so do a thorough examination.

Fun

All of the sights and smells will keep Fido entertained for hours. However, if you want to play a game of fetch in the open field or lake you can upon, consider packing one of these.

KONG Squeaker Bone– This is what you get when you combine a tennis ball and a bone. This lightweight toy is perfect to play a game of fetch.

 

Responsibility

When hiking it is important to stay on the dedicated trail and pick up after your dog. The goal is to leave no trace behind.

Clean up after Fido with a handy waste bag holder that dispenses bags easily. It even attaches to the leash or your belt loop for convenience.

Get outside and enjoy nature with your dog. Reap the rewards spending time doing what you love with the ones you love.

 

 

 

Author: Tiffany Brito, Social Media Specialist

By contactus@northwoodah.com
May 26, 2018
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BREAKING NEWS!

 

Your feedback and comments are not taken for granted here at NAH.  Many of you have spoken, and We have listened.

We are excited to let all of our NAH Clients know that we now carry the NEW Simparica Chewables from Zoetis.

In Comparison with Merial (BIVI) Nexgard Chewables, Simparica Chewables not only WILL SAVE YOU from 40 - 50%* in comparison to Nexgard (Merial/BIVI) in price, but also works faster, last up to 35 days*, and Kills 5 species of Ticks, including the Ixodes scapuaris (Deer Tick)

Simparica has been priced by our NAH Management to be lower than online stores such as 1800 PetMeds, Chewy, and others, when our NAH Coupons are used and the Zoetis Rewards Savings are taken in consideration ( Register your pet at ZoetisPetCareRewards.com and start saving now!) So now all of our canine friends can have a VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDED, affordable, easy to administer flea and tick prevention year round!

 

Here is an example with data pulled from the Website of 1800 Petmeds on 5.24.18  vs  NAH data pulled on the same date:

 

Product Compared: 6 month Supply of Simparica 44.1 - 88 lbs

 

1800PetMeds including their 20% off and Free Shipping (which means YOU have to wait to get the product) = $84.37

 

Northwood Animal Hospital- Your Local Veterinarian- including our 10% OFF Coupon (Coupons & Promotions) and Zoetis $15 Pre-Paid Visa Rewards Card ( ZoetisPetCareRewards.com ) = $73.50 and you get the product on the spot with our NAH and Zoetis Customer-Product Guarantee!

 

So why wait, stop by NAH today and Pick up your Supply of Simparica Chewables today!

 

You may want to keep a close eye on your pets this summer.

Heartworm and Lyme disease are on the rise in the United States and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) predicts that more animals may be affected this summer than ever before.

How are pets at risk?

Heartworm is a potentially deadly condition in dogs caused by parasitic worms lodged in the heart. The most common symptoms being a dry cough and shortness of breath, severe cases may end in congestive heart failure and death.

Dogs cannot pass the disease on to other dogs but heartworm disease can be passed to a dog from a mosquito in one bite. The immature worms make their way to the chambers of the heart, where they grow, eventually clogging main blood vessels.

Canine heartworm disease occurs all over the world, anywhere conditions are warm and wet enough to attract mosquitoes, which transmit the disease.

 

Lyme disease is spread by ticks. These insects climb onto the ends of grass or bushes, waiting for a new host to move by. Once snagged by fur or clothing, the tick will move to a spot of bare skin and bite its host.

While only leading to symptoms in 5 to 10 percent of dogs, PetMD reports, those that do contract the disease may experience lameness or swelling around joints, lethargy, or lack of appetite.

In very severe cases, dogs infected with Lyme disease end up with liver or kidney damage, and sometimes even heart or nervous system complications.

 

Where is it spreading?

Both heartworm and Lyme disease are expected to spread into non-endemic areas this summer.

 

 

Cases of heartworm can occur anywhere in the United States, particularly in the warmer and wetter Southeast.

 

 

Lyme disease, while typically restricted to states east of the Rocky Mountains, is expected to hit record levels in the Midwest, New England, and along the east coast.

 

What to Look For

 

Mosquitoes

  • Live in damp, warm areas
  • Carry heartworm parasite
  • Transmit parasite to host animal
  • Most active in the spring and summer

 

Ticks

  • Live in grassy, wooded areas
  • Carry Lyme disease bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Transmit Lyme disease to pets and humans
  • Most active in the spring and summer

Why is it spreading?

Warm summers have allowed mosquitoes in the U.S. to expand their territory, bringing the heartworm disease to new areas. With another warm and damp summer predicted for 2018, the pattern is expected to continue.

Lyme disease closely follows the migratory patterns of white-tailed deer and birds, the most common carriers of the ticks that transmit the disease. The ticks are most active, and pose the greatest risk of infection.

What can you do?

Pets should be checked for heartworm by a veterinarian if they exhibit any signs of the disease.

Current drugs available are 95 percent effective in curing the disease when caught early enough. Safe and affordable heartworm preventatives are also available, and much more preferable to the pain and frustration of treating an advanced case of parasitic infection.

 

To prevent Lyme disease, while and after animals are playing outside, they should be checked for ticks. Several options for preventing the disease are offered:

  • Check for ticks on your pets feet, mouth, eyes, ears, and tail after walks through woody areas.
  • Use a small pair of tweezers to remove the tick completely, or ask a veterinarian for help.
  • Flea and tick repellants are available, but it’s best to check with a veterinarian first to see which is right for your pet.
  • Keep your grass short to cut down on potential tick hiding spots.
  • Lyme disease vaccinations are not appropriate for every dog, but they are effective, and can mean a life of good heath for yours. And, of course, consult your veterinarian to learn the best options.

Use this knowledge to your advantage and enjoy a happy and healthy summer with your animals!

 

 

Author: Tiffany Brito, Social Media Specialist





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