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Rising Temps: Summer Heat Safety for Pets

Practice summer heat safety with pets to avoid heatstroke. During the summer, many of us are on the go. We’re outdoors playing, hiking, boating, or just hanging out in the backyard with friends and family. For pet owners, this also means including our pets in all the fun.  

However, the summer heat and humidity can cause problems for our furry loved ones. That’s why Clairmont Animal Hospital wants to take a moment to review some tips for summer heat safety for pets.

The Basics

Temperatures are rising all over the Decatur area, and it’s important to know that pets don’t sweat the same way that humans do. Imagine wearing a fur coat all summer long! It’s easy to see why preventing overheating in our pets is so important. If you think it’s hot outside (or inside!), it’s even hotter for your pet. Continue…

Enjoy Local Hikes and Walks with Your Dog  

Local hikes and walks with your dog are great pet exercise.Have you been spending too much time on the couch? Has your dog been giving you the stink eye every time you pass by the leash? It might be time to dust off those running or hiking shoes! Fortunately, there’s nothing quite like outdoor walks with your dog to get you motivated.

The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital has compiled a few pointers to keep your pet safe, as well as some local suggestions for good fun and exercise.

Safety First: Going on Walks with Your Dog

Before you grab the leash and head outside, make sure you brush up on summer pet safety tips. Be a dog walking pro with the following suggestions: Continue…

Military Working Dogs: Honoring the Lives of Canine Veterans

canine veteransDogs are famous for their incredible sense of smell. Not only do they have more receptors in their noses than we do, but the part of a dog’s brain that processes scent is much larger than ours. Of course, this gives them an edge when tracking or detecting, but when used in tandem with their equally phenomenal sense of hearing, dogs are an absolute boon to military operations.

In large part, their skills are a result of formal training by – and recognition of – the military in war efforts since World War II. Canine veterans have bravely served and sacrificed for our country and, like their human handlers, have earned a highly regarded place in history.

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What’s the Big Deal About a Fear Free Vet Practice?

fear free vetThe pets we know and love have profound reactions to the world around them. We can make the case that pets respond positively to various stimuli (think walks in the woods, laser pointers, snuggles on a cold night), so it only makes sense that they react in kind to stressful or traumatic events.

Fortunately, the national trend that honors an animal’s emotional state is growing – and fast! With a fear free vet, your pet no longer endures those “red light” moments of acute stress or anxiety when traveling to our practice. Indeed, your pet may even look forward to routine visits.

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Beyond the Itch: Pet Skin Problems and the Benefits of Dermatology

pet skin problemsIt may come as a surprise to many owners, but pet skin problems are among the top reasons pets are brought in to see us. Our furry family members tend to experience a wide array of conditions that can manifest in the skin, including allergic response to pollens, molds, and even food.

Parasites cause everything from mange to chronic anxiety issues, and you might be shocked to learn that our four-legged friends often experience skin problems due to a number of different illnesses and conditions. That’s why veterinary dermatology is so important to the health and well-being of cats and dogs alike.
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What You Need to Know About Pet Heart Health

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death worldwide. Heart problems are on the rise among our four-legged friends as well, making pet heart health a growing concern among veterinarians and pet owners.

At Clairmont Animal Hospital, your pet’s wellness is our top priority and we hope to empower all of our clients to take the very best care of their pets’ hearts!
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Beyond Bad Breath: Why Pet Periodontal Disease is a Serious Concern

Male vet examining dental hygiene of a purebred dog.It may come as a surprise to many owners, but pet periodontal disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions among cats and dogs. This is due, in part, to how easy it is to overlook the condition of your pet’s teeth and gums, as well as a lack of awareness around pet tooth brushing.

But what is periodontal disease, and how can it be prevented? Let the team at Clairmont Animal Hospital help you learn more about why pet dental care is so important to your fur friend.
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Itchy And Scratchy: Our Guide To Fall Pet Allergies

Baby shepherd scratchingIf only pet allergies were relegated to a certain season (ahem, we’re looking at you, spring)… The truth is, however, they can affect any pet at any time throughout the year. Fall pet allergies are particularly irritating because there isn’t ever a break between pollinating autumnal weeds, such as ragweed, sagebrush, thistle, and cocklebur, that line thoroughfares and paths alike. But there is power in preparation – and when you know the source of the problem, treatment is more effective. Continue…

My Pet Ate My Homework! What Should I Do?

The Dog Ate My Homework!!!“My dog ate my homework” – although an age-old excuse for students, it is still a relevant concern among pet owners when it comes to pets eating something they should not. Pets have interesting habits. Of course, this is why humans feel so compelled to share time and space with species so unlike our own: it never gets old! When a pet’s proclivities turn dangerous, interesting quickly morphs into frightening.

When a well-meaning Lab simply cannot stop eating your gym socks, for example, understanding the reason why can only get you so far. If your pet ate something unusual, it’s more important to know what to do. Continue…

Thin Air: Protecting Brachycephalic Breeds From The Heat

Pug on the baechOf the most popular dog breeds in the Atlanta area, French Bulldogs and Bulldogs round out the top five. Perhaps it is their unique charm and inexplicable cute factor that endear them to owners and dog lovers alike, but this can often come at a cost. Indeed, the anatomy of these special brachycephalic breeds can cause problematic breathing, a matter made worse by the scorching temperatures of high summer.

Clairmont Animal Hospital understands the importance of protecting brachycephalic breeds from the heat, and hope we can all increase the safety and comfort of these unique pets. Continue…