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Podcast: Fireworks Anxiety and 4th of July Pet Safety

More pets go missing around the 4th of July than at any other time of year and fireworks are to blame. Animal control offices across the U-S report a 30-60% increase in lost pets between July 4 and July 6. Many shelters say July 5 has become one of their busiest days.

Dr. Julia Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago says there’s only one way to keep your pet safe at home. “Keep them away from all the fireworks,” she says. “Pets get really scared with fireworks and it may be something you don’t want to celebrate outside with your dog.” (more…)

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Canine Influenza Outbreak Chicago

As you many have seen or heard, we are currently experiencing a massive and worrisome outbreak of Canine Influenza (CIV). Although Chicago was originally introduced to this virus in 2008, this outbreak is widespread throughout all of the Chicago land area and shows no signs of slowing down.

CIV is a unique virus in two ways: it can affect any age or breed of dog, no matter its health status, and it has a high morbidity rate (the majority of the dogs exposed to the virus become sick). Please note the following important information about CIV: Canine Influenza virus is highly contagious and can live on fabrics for up to 24 hours and on hard surfaces for 48 hours. (more…)

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Podcast: Pet Dental Health

February is Pet Dental Health Month when dog and cat owners are reminded of the importance of brushing their four-legged friends’ teeth. The awareness event is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which says dental disease in one of the most common problems veterinarians see in pets.

Pet dental problems can become serious if untreated and dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs, becoming a life-threatening condition for pets. Practicing good dental hygiene with your pets is the best prevention and AVMA recommends brushing at home and regular dental cleanings by your veterinarian. (more…)

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Podcast: Cold Weather Tips for Pets

Many breeds love to go outside in the winter but smaller dogs and those with little or no hair should have sweaters or coats to protect them from the weather. It’s important to pay close attention to your pet when outside in winter weather. If your pet is shivering, it’s probably time to go inside.

“Bitter cold can damage the lining of a dog’s respiratory tract, a problem for pets with heart or lung disease,” says Dr. Julia Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. “Prolonged exposure can lead to hypothermia and frostbite, which usually occurs at the tips of ears and tails and is characterized by red or gray-tinged skin,” she says. If you suspect frostbite, never rub the affected areas and gently warm them up by immersing them in water – warm not hot – then seek medical attention. (more…)