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    How to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Summer

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Pets can get as much joy from the summer months as their owners, as the idyllic weather makes it easy to take advantage of the sun and sand. Should you bring your pet along during your summertime adventures, though, keep in mind the common health dangers inherent to both land and water activities. With a little preparation and consistent supervision, you can make sure that this summer is a happy and healthy one for your furry friend.

    Prevent Water Accidents

    Many people assume that all dogs can easily navigate their way through lakes, rivers, and oceans. However, dogs must learn how to swim, too. In some cases, even when they can keep afloat, some pets may have no desire to be in the water. To prevent a water-related accident, carefully assess your dog’s ability to swim. If he has an evident aversion to water, refrain from placing him in it. Conversely, if he enjoys the water, make sure that he takes breaks from it to rest and hydrate.

    Steer Clear of Sun Dangers

    How would your skin fare if you went outside for several hours with no sunscreen? Human skin can quickly burn with just a few minutes of sun exposure, and animal skin may respond in much the same way. Especially if your pet has a short coat, it is important that you protect its skin from potential burns. Use veterinarian-approved sunscreen on your pet each time you head outdoors and remove your pet from direct sunlight after no more than a few hours to avoid skin damage.

    Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

    Dogs can be effective in controlling their body temperature through panting and drinking water. However, pets can be susceptible to heat-related problems should they spend too much time in high temperatures without water or shade. Even if your pet is at rest while outside, be sure to monitor it for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Always provide a constant source of water for your pet and offer air-conditioned respites from the heat.

    Would you like more tips on how to protect your pet from summertime accidents and illnesses? Lake Emma Animal Hospital in Lake Mary is here to help! Call (407) 792-3322 or visit our website to learn more about how to keep your pet safe and healthy throughout the summer months.

    Pet Allergies 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Did you know that your pet can suffer from allergies just like you? Everything from the wrong kind of food to environmental triggers like pollen can set off an allergic reaction. If your pet has allergies, you may notice that he or she is constantly scratching or licking, and his or her skin may become red and irritated as a result. Runny eyes and itchy ears are also common. If a food allergy is involved, your pet may experience tummy troubles like vomiting and diarrhea. This Infographic from Lake Emma Animal Hospital explains the causes and symptoms of pet allergies. If you think your pet is experiencing an allergic reaction, get him or her to the vet right away for treatment. Please help spread the word about allergies to other pet owners by sharing this information.

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    Get to Know Dr. John J. Dee

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Your pet is part of your family. That is why it is important to find a great veterinarian who will help you take the best care of your four-legged family member. When you visit Lake Emma Animal Hospital, your pets can receive the very best care from Dr. John J. Dee.

    After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Dee went on to the University of Florida to get his D.V.M. Dr. Dee started in general practice but decided to work in emergency medicine for a few years. In 1989, Dr. Dee made his return to general practice by starting Lake Emma Animal Hospital. When he is not caring for pets at the animal hospital, Dr. Dee is at home with his family, which includes two dachshunds and three cats!

    Find out more about Dr. Dee by scheduling an appointment at Lake Emma Animal Hospital today! Give us a call at (407) 792-3322 to learn about our veterinarian services and see when you can bring your pet in for a visit.           

    What to Know About Your Dog's Dental Health

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Veterinarians regularly check dogs’ teeth and gums during wellness exams and other appointments. This helps them spot signs of periodontal disease before it becomes too advanced. Your veterinarian is not the only one responsible for your dog’s dental health, though—you can help with this information:

    Dental Health is Linked to Overall Health

    Your dental health is linked to your overall health. The same is true for your dog. Dental problems may not seem like a huge concern, but they can become worse and lead to health problems in other parts of the body if left untreated. Keeping an eye on your dog’s teeth and gums can protect his health and prolong his life.

    Your Dog Needs Help Brushing His Teeth

    It would be great if your dog could brush his own teeth, but that is one difficult trick to master. You can help your furry friend by investing in a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Try to brush his teeth every day to remove food particles that can lead to plaque and tartar growth. If these particles stay on the teeth, they can eventually lead to periodontal disease and other health problems.

    Toys Can Help Keep Teeth Clean

    Your dog’s favorite toys do much more than provide a good time; they can also provide dental care! Chewing on bones or other toys encourages your dog to generate more saliva, washing away the food particles leftover on his teeth after eating. Make sure your dog has plenty of toys around after mealtime.

    Visit the Vet When Necessary

    Keeping an eye on your dog’s dental health will also clue you in on when to visit your veterinarian. If you notice changes such as bad breath, cuts or sores around the mouth, missing teeth, excessive drooling, or swollen gums, schedule an appointment with the vet right away. These can be signs of health problems and your vet can find the right treatment plan.

    Get more tips for protecting your dog’s dental health from the friendly staff at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Learn about our animal hospital services by viewing our website or calling us at (407) 792-3322.

    Never Give These Foods to Your Dog

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Dogs are known for flashing the big sad eyes whenever humans are eating. It can be difficult to resist the temptation of pleasing your pooch with a few table scraps, but this habit can also be dangerous. Knowing what foods are safe and what foods are harmful is essential for keeping your dog healthy around the dinner table.

    Watch this video to learn about the most dangerous human foods for dogs to eat. The list includes alcoholic and grapes or raisins. Avoid giving your dog gum, as xylitol can harm his liver. You should also steer clear of giving your dog garlic or onions that are harmful to his red blood cells.

    If you are worried about what your dog is eating, contact the veterinary staff at Lake Emma Animal Hospital. Our animal hospital offers the services and treatments needed to keep dogs healthy in all areas of life. Call us at (407) 792-3322 to learn more.

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