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    Deciding Whether to Travel With Your Pet

    Last updated 3 months ago

    For pet owners, leaving their beloved cat or dog at home while they vacation is not an option. If you have an upcoming trip on your calendar, consider whether your pet should accompany your journey. As much as you may want your furry friend to be part of your vacation, the following questions and answers can help you assess if your cat or dog can withstand the rigors of travel.

    Do you have the appropriate travel devices?

    Whether you decide to take a trip by automobile or airplane, you must have on hand the right equipment that will make your travels safe for your pet. If you have a cat or dog that can travel in a plane cabin, have a size-appropriate carrier that is both comfortable for your pet and small enough to stow at your feet. Should you travel by car, allowing your pet to move freely inside it could lead to life-threatening consequences in the event of an accident. Instead, keep your pet secure in a crate.

    Can you stay with your pet during travel?

    For the wellbeing of your pet, make every effort to be with your cat or dog at all times while en route to your destination. Given the stress that new environments can cause for an animal, it is important that it knows you are close by. Consider carefully whether your pet must be part of your vacation if your airline requires it to travel via the cargo hold, which can have extreme temperature changes and poor oxygen levels. When on the road, never leave your cat or dog unattended in your vehicle, as it may lead to pet theft or heat stroke.

    Is your pet in good health?

    Even with ideal travel arrangements, older pets or pets with existing health conditions may not have the strength or stamina for long periods of travel. Before embarking on a trip, schedule a veterinarian examination to determine if your cat or dog is in good enough health for an excursion.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital can help you decide the best arrangements for your pet. For your peace of mind, we offer pet boarding services that can keep your furry friend happy and safe while you vacation. For more information, call our Lake Mary location at (407) 792-3322.

    How to Choose a Great Veterinarian

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Have you just added a pet to your home? Then you might be wondering about how to find a reputable veterinarian who can look after your pet’s needs.

    This video offers tips on finding the right vet for your furry friend. First, talk to people who are happy with their veterinarians. Second, follow up on their referrals. Call each veterinarian and ask if you can schedule a visit to his office. Third, upon arriving at each animal hospital, observe how the staff interacts with their patients. Lastly, be forthcoming with questions. Should a medical emergency ever occur, know ahead of time that your veterinarian can ably address it.

    Lake Emma Animal Hospital offers exceptional veterinarian services for pet owners living in Sanford, Heathrow, and Lake Mary. To set up an initial consultation with one of our vets, call (407) 792-3322.

    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.           

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