Newsletter The veterinarians and staff at Stamford Veterinary Center are pleased to provide you with an online newsletter. This fun and fact-filled newsletter is updated on a regular basis.

Included in the newsletter are articles pertaining to pet care, information on our animal hospital, as well as news on the latest trends and discoveries in veterinary medicine.

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Current Newsletter Topics

Lyme Disease Is the New (Bad) Summer Trend

Along with the heat, it looks like Lyme Disease is also expected to be on the rise this summer. A disease once attributed to deer is now shifting its blame to the decline of foxes, who lunch on mice, which in turn lunch on ticks before they’re able to lunch on us and our pets.

Studies reveal that young dogs appear to be more susceptible to the disease than older ones. The infection typically develops after the deer tick has been attached to the dog for 18 hours or more.

Here are a few signs that your dog may be infected:

  • Stiff and inflamed joints (producing lameness)
  • Sensitive to the touch
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depressed behavior
  • Kidney damage (producing vomiting, diarrhea, increased urination)

If you see signs of Lyme Disease, bring your dog to a veterinarian for an examination. Treatment typically consists of an antibiotic that can be taken from home. Your veterinarian can also recommend different collars and sprays that work to repel ticks in the first place.

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe and Cool This Summer

This summer is forecasted to be one of the hottest on record. This could make for some great family beach days and cook-outs. However, our four-legged counterparts have a different experience with temperature than we do. During the summer, pets can easily become overheated. So, while we like all of the warm weather activities summer can bring us, our pets can be in danger. Here are some tips to keep your pet cool this summer:

Hot Dogs are for Barbeques, Not Cars When it’s 70 degrees outside, the inside of a parked car heats to 90 degrees in about 10 minutes and 110 in about an hour. So, if you are thinking that you should leave your dog in the car while you run into Urban Outfitters, think again. Responsible bystanders should report if they see an animal trapped in a car on a warm day to their local animal control or local law enforcement. If you leave your dog in the car, don’t expect him to be waiting for you when you get back.

Limit Outdoor Exposure to Hot Temperatures Even for the most active of pets, it is important to adjust exercise schedules during the summer months. Most animals rely on panting and limited sweating abilities to cool themselves when they’re hot. So if you’re going to take your dog out for some exercise, try to do it in the morning or late evening when the temperature outside is a bit cooler. Make sure to avoid those mid-day oven-like conditions.

If your pet is just outside to hang out, make sure that they have access to shade and fresh water AT ALL TIMES. You never know how long it might feel to them to be outside so ensure they always have shelter and something to drink to cool them off.

Be aware of the signs of heat stroke According to American Humane: “Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, and coma. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, you should seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible. You can provide some immediate treatment using cool (but not icy) water to lower your pet’s temperature by submerging the pet in a tub of water, wetting him with a hose or sponging him down. If your pet showed signs of heat stroke but has been cooled and now appears fine, do not assume that all is well. Internal organs, such as the liver, kidneys and the brain, are all affected by extreme body temperature elevation. It is best to have a veterinarian examine your pet to assess potential health complications and ensure that other risks are not overlooked.”

The summer is a great time for pets and owners to spend time together outside. Just remember it is crucial to be safe during the summer months. Using these tips you and your furry friend should stay safe and cool all summer long.

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

We all remember doing fire drills in elementary school. Once a month every month for the entire school year. When we were children we may have thought they were totally pointless, in the event of a fire all those practice drills could have been life-saving. Having a plan and being prepared for emergencies doesn’t only apply to us humans. Animals need to be prepared in case of a fire or other disaster, and so it is crucial to take the necessary steps to minimize your house and your pet’s susceptibility to fire-related dangers.

When your pets are around:
-Put out open flames. Animals are naturally curious and clumsy and will accidentally knock over candles or greasy pans, both of which can lead to big trouble.
-Remove knobs from the stove. When you turn around your pet may accidentally turn on your stove.
-Securing young animals when you leave can help avoid potential fire hazards. Using a kennel or a completely ‘pet-proofed’ room are both good ways to avoid problems.

Minimizing Risks:
-Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting for when the power goes out. Fumbling around with candles in the dark is a sure way to start a fire when pets are around.
-Replace glass water bowls with plastic or metal bowls. When you have a glass bowl on a wooden deck outside, the glass can act as a magnifying glass and actually singe the wood or start a fire.
-Have a plan. Designate which members of your family will be responsible for which pets in case of an emergency.
Not just fires:
Having a disaster preparedness plan does not only apply to fires. Natural disasters are not uncommon and so it is important to know what the plan is in any situation. Make sure to ID all of your pets and always keep them with you. Make sure to take all necessary steps to make sure your pet's environment is safe and disaster proof. Read here to get some more tips from the Humane Society on disaster preparedness plans just in time for hurricane season.