Great tips from Henry Schein on tick-borne disease prevention!
We receive many questions about the cost of spaying or neutering a pet. Families deciding where to go for these surgeries have a lot of information to process! Every owner worries for their pet’s safety but also has to manage costs.
It’s important to us at Lake Orion Veterinary Hospital that your pet gets the best care possible—even if it’s not at our hospital. Remember that veterinarians are trained surgical professionals whether they work at a low-cost clinic or a specialty practice. The variance in cost is due to facilities, materials, medications, and support staff.
Ask these questions when weighing cost and value:
The most important sign of a safe surgical environment is organization. Look for a hospital where the staff is ready to talk about the procedure and discuss their cost-saving measures with honesty and integrity!
Ah, summer. Popsicles, day trips, and… devastating news stories about heat stroke in pets. Even dogs with thin coats are at risk for heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke and death. But what is heat stroke, and what can you do to prevent it?
Heat stroke occurs when a dog’s body temperature gets too high (above 105.8℉) and the brain sustains damage. It’s called “heat stroke” because the nervous system is one of the first systems to show signs of damage. High temperatures can damage many other organ systems in addition. Heat exhaustion happens before heat stroke and is less serious. Heat exhaustion rarely causes organ damage, but can be uncomfortable and cause dehydration.
Preventing heat stroke is easy. If you are attentive to your pet, they will likely never suffer from heat exhaustion. Pay attention to how your pet is feeling. Is their skin hot? Are they panting and drooling? If so, offer a cool drink of water often and use damp towels to cool their skin. Limit water intake. Dogs drinking ice-cold water may drink too much and cause gastric dilatation-volvulus (known as GDV or bloat).
Heat injuries happen when we are comfortable and don’t notice our dog’s distress. This can happen when we are walking on pavement (because we wear shoes, but dogs could burn their pads), when we are sweating (dog’s can’t regulate their body temperature by sweating) or when we are exerting less effort during playtime (biking while your dog is running, throwing a ball, etc.). Be alert during these “mismatch” situations and watch your dog closely for signs they are too hot.
Avoid exercise during the hottest part of the day. If you enjoy exercise with your dog, aim for a morning or evening workout. A run or hike between 10 AM and 2 PM is dangerous if there is little shade on your route.
Absolutely never leave your pet in a hot car. Open windows won’t cool the car much, and create a security hazard.
Offer shade and plenty of water when pets go outdoors. If your dog spends time in a fenced yard or on a lead, make sure they can access cool grass and shade no matter where the sun is.
Pay extra attention to flat-faced breeds like pugs and French bulldogs. Their respiratory system might not work to cool them off when they get hot.
If you see these signs of heat exhaustion, administer first aid and take your pet to a veterinarian right away:
At the first signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, begin first aid:
Most American dogs are afraid of fireworks to some degree, and many are crippled by the stress. Each summer, Lake Orion Veterinary Hospital receives many requests for medications to ease patients’ anxiety. But are there drug-free options? Absolutely! We encourage you to explore these tips (that won’t compromise their liver or kidney health):
As a general safety tip, make sure the information associated with your dog’s microchip is updated. If they panic and run away from you, microchips are the best way to make sure they find their way back. Check your pet’s ID tag as well. Is your phone number current and readable, or has it rubbed off? Replace it if you can’t read it easily.
LOVH is pleased to add home delivery to our many services. You can now go on-line and order the products you need, and have them delivered at home. You can even have your pet’s prescriptions refilled! We’re thrilled about this, because so many people like the convenience of an on-line pharmacy, but finding one that is reputable is not easy! It’s really easy–if you are asking for a prescription refill, it has to be approved by Dr. M, for your pet’s safety. Imagine that! That’s just how we do it, if you walk through our door to have prescriptions filled! As soon as he approves it, it is sent right to you.
This is also a great option for some of the pet food products. It will also give you an expanded selection of nutritional products, treats, and flea and tick products that we don’t carry in our “brick & mortar” location, simply because we have limited space for inventory. (I can’t even believe I’m saying that, after our move….”limited space”….wow!)
As always, we strive to offer you all the service you need for your pets. What services would you like to see added to this incredible line-up?
Have you heard? LOVH is hosting it’s first-ever Fall Pet Fair and Grand Open House! We wanted to have a day when we could open our doors and say “Thank you” to all the folks who have been our die-hard fans and tireless cheer-leaders over the years, and our little idea kept gathering steam, and now, here we are with a bigger than life pet fiesta!
We hope you can join us for special speakers and demonstrations, fun contests, tours of our new facility, a sneak peak into our future plans, and, of course, cider and donuts!
Special Speakers and Demonstrations:
10:40 How to Raise a Leader Dog, by Leader Dogs for the Blind
11:40 Falconry presentation, by Susan Ryan and Chris Martello
12:40 Agility dog, Nikki, and her handler, Michele Smith
1:40 Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept K-9 Units
2:40 Search & Rescue Dogs, by Tri-State K-9 Search & Rescue Memebers, Larry Barker and Debbie Mapes
An event like this is beyond our ability, and there isn’t any way we could have put this together without help from several local businesses. We hope you will visit and tell them how much you appreciate their presence at the Fall Pet Fair! These are business who have been wonderfully supportive:
Yates Cider Mill (Canterbury Village location)
Starbucks of Lake Orion
Buffalo Wild Wings of Lake Orion
Metamora Canine Academy
Invisible Fence/Happy Tails
Lake Orion Pet Centre