Summer Heat Safety for Pets

Overly hot and humid days are not the norm in Northern California, but we do get our share of warm temps. The summer heat means spending as much time as possible outdoors, at the pool or beach, and of course enjoying popsicles and lemonade. 

When it comes to our pets, it’s important to keep in mind that they need a little extra TLC when temperatures heat up. Heat safety for pets is a priority for responsible pet owners everywhere. As your partners in pet care, Redwood Veterinary Hospital has tips and tricks to take the best care of your furry pal when the temperatures climb. 

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Buggin’ Out: The Importance of Pet Parasite Prevention

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are rarely spoken of in a positive light – and for good reason. These tiny parasites are not only annoying, they also pose a serious risk to pets and people.

In our temperate climate, we rarely get a break from bugs, meaning they pose a threat year-round. That’s why pet parasite prevention is essential to the health and safety of your pet and your family.

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To fully understand the need for protection, let’s take a closer look at the most common parasites your pet is likely to encounter.

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The Itchy Truth About Pet Allergies

Beagle itching with hind leg while outsideIf your pet always seems to be itching or chewing on their paws, back, or ears, they probably have pet allergies. In fact, according to pet insurance companies, pet allergies are the number one reason that pet owners seek veterinary care. Luckily, pet allergies can be diagnosed and treated. Here’s what you need to know to help your pet find relief.

The Basics of Pet Allergies

There are three main allergies that pets experience, and some have a combination of one or more. Here are the basics of each:

Flea allergies – Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) occurs when a pet is allergic to flea saliva. Even one flea bite can trigger an allergic response that sends your pet’s immune system into chaos. Pets with this condition typically itch on the back half of their body, around the base of the tail.

Environmental pet allergies – Dust, pollen, dander and mold are environmental allergens. Allergies to these substances typically start occurring only during certain times of the year, depending on climate and what’s in bloom, but often progress into year-round symptoms. We sometimes refer to this type of allergy as Atopic Dermatitis.

Food-related pet allergies – Some pets are allergic to ingredients in pet food. Most of the allergens are protein-related, however, your pet can develop sensitivity to any of the ingredients in his or her food. Pets with food allergies typically experience itchiness all year long, and some may also show gastrointestinal signs, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Continue…

Why are Foxtails a Danger to Your Pet?

Foxtails are a threat to pet health. Exercise outdoor pet safety when hiking with pets or playing outside with pets.Foxtails… The name conjures up images of soft, fluffy plants that seem pretty harmless, right? Actually, wrong! Foxtails, rye grass, gamma grass, cheatgrass and other common members of this plant family are well known for the injuries they can inflict on pets. So, what are these formidable foes and why should your pet avoid them in the great outdoors?

Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to help!

What are Foxtails?

Foxtails are a grass-like plant (considered a weed by many) in the genus Hordeum. As its name implies, foxtails have a fuzzy end that resembles a fox tail. This genus also includes other spikelets, like cheatgrass, barley, millet, and rye. These grasses contain a tiny barb or awn that allows them to attach to anything going by, including your pet. This mechanism also contains an enzyme that helps the awn propagate by burrowing into its host. Continue…