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Deskunking your Dog

My dog Mattie has been sprayed by a skunk 3 times in her life, twice in June, and surprisingly once in February. It has always happened at night. If you are as unfortunate as I have been and your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Once you realize what has happened, try to keep your dog outside until after bathing. Otherwise, your dog will try to rub it’s skunky face all over your couch!
  2. Flush the pet’s eyes with water if they are irritated.
  3. In a bucket, wear rubber gloves, and mix 1 quart hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 tsp liquid dish soap. Apply mixture to affected areas on the dog. Rinse well.
  4. Follow with dog shampoo.

To avoid contact with skunks in the first place, turn floodlights on and scan the yard before letting your dog out at dusk or dawn to go potty.

By Dr. Sullivan

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Noise Phobias: Summer Storms and Fireworks

Between fireworks and thunderstorms, summer is stressful for our two dogs. Last year, we heard fireworks every night from June 29th through July 15th! Here’s what we’ve found works:

1. Carly is the less nervous of our two dogs. For her, distracting her with an awesome treat is enough to get her through the fireworks or storm.

After loading up a Kong with peanut butter and treats, we freeze it so we always have one ready. A frozen treat takes more focus and takes her longer to get through it.

2. Adie is our nervous Nellie – we can hear furniture or heating baseboard shaking if she’s touching them. Sileo came out last year and is a game-changer for her.

Manufactured by Zoetis, it is a gentle medication for noise phobias. A gel that we place in her cheek, It doesn’t knock her out and she stays alert – it just relaxes her. We can adjust how much we give her based on how nervous she is. Most importantly, she becomes part of the family again.

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Running Safely with your Dog in the Summer

It is important to make sure your dog is safe when running during the hot summer months. Here are some tips to keep him safe and healthy!

  1. Make sure your dog is conditioned to run in warm, humid weather for the distance you are going.
  2. Always check that the road is cool enough for your dogs paws. Place your hand or bare feet on the road, if it is uncomfortable to hold them there for more than 30 seconds, then it is too hot for your dog to run on.
  3. Run early in the morning and towards evening when the weather begins to cool.
  4. Always watch your dog for signs of heat exhaustion: slowing down/lagging behind, excessive panting, tongue hanging out. If they seem to be having trouble, bring them to a cool area and call a veterinarian.
  5. Bring plenty of water for you AND your pet!

Photo on the right Oz after an 11 mile run. He got a cool spray down with the hose and a frozen healthy treat. Just mix water, blueberries, and raspberries in a small Tupperware or ice cube tray, and freeze!

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How to Decrease Your Pet’s Anxiety About Going to the Vet

Do you have pet who is a little skittish when it’s time to come visit us? Here are our top four tips to help!

  1. Practice: Pull out the cat carrier several days ahead of time, and leave it open with treats inside. Or take your dog for a few car rides leading up to the appointment day.
  2. Rewards: We use high-value treats, such as peanut butter and hot dogs, to reward your pets during their exam. It’s really important that your pet comes hungry to their vet visit.
  3. Sounds: Sounds can set the mood – even for pets! Consider playing classical music during the drive, and speak with a low calm voice. High-pitched praise can often increase anxiety.
  4. Call: If you have a really anxious pet, call us ahead of time to let us know. Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical intervention may be advised to supplement your other fear-free efforts.

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