How to Keep Your Pet Safe While Traveling This Summer

Dog traveling in car.

Summer is the perfect time of year to escape and enjoy some time traveling. For many people, summer vacation means bringing along all members of the family, including pets! While traveling with pets can be fun, you must also be prepared to keep your pets safe and comfortable on the trip. 

The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital has put together this list of pet safety tips to keep your pet happy, healthy and well-cared for while traveling this summer:

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An Explanation of Clairmont Animal Hospital’s Increased Wait Times

Dog in hospital with veterinarian.

At Clairmont Animal Hospital, one of our top priorities is to give you a pleasant experience any time you visit our facilities. We know there have recently been increased wait times for phone calls and appointments, and we want to give you an inside look into our new reality to help you understand what’s been happening. Covid-19 has changed all our lives, and it has also impacted the way we see patients.

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A Real Issue: Counterfeit Drugs and the Online Pharmacy for Pet Medications

A dog sits with his owner who shops on an online pharmacy.

Here in the twenty-first century, we are all about having things at our fingertips. With just a click of a button, we can schedule a doctor’s visit, have our groceries delivered, or start our robot vacuum from miles away. The appeal of being able to order our pet wellness products and medications online for direct delivery is strong.

Clairmont Animal Hospital knows how convenient this is, but we also see some pitfalls and even dangers in the online pharmacy option. We want to be sure that our clients know how to keep their pets safe when using this option and avoid dangerous consequences like counterfeit drugs.

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What You Need To Know About Zoonotic Diseases

A woman gives her dog a kiss.

At this time last year, most people had probably never heard of a “zoonotic disease,” which is one that can be passed from an animal to a human. After losing twelve months and counting to the global pandemic, however, we are all thinking differently about disease prevention and what we can do to keep our families safe.

The team at Clairmont Animal Hospital is here to help you keep your pets happy and healthy and to make it easier to avoid issues with zoonotic diseases that could potentially infect your family.

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Stop It, Already! 4 Common Pet Behavioral Problems and How to Solve Them

Brown dog digging hole in yard.

Our pets are the joy of our lives, but sometimes they can present some challenging behaviors we’d like to avoid. Most cats and dogs have behavior problems here and there, but if your pet is engaging in destructive behaviors like chewing, scratching, or having accidents in the home it may be time to take action.

There are a number of common pet behavioral problems we hear about at Clairmont Animal Hospital. Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to help redirect your sweet fur friend.

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A Quick Guide to Introducing Your New Pet to Friends & Family

Bringing a new pet home is exciting. Whether they’re young and need lots of training or are a bit older (there are many adoptable senior pets out here), all new pets require a safe introduction to their new environment. Introducing your new pet to your friends and family members (including other pets) is a priority, and managing first impressions is key to lasting trust and confidence.

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Making a Plan to Prevent Pet Separation Anxiety Post-COVID-19

Pets are ruled by routine because it makes them feel safe and secure. They thrive when they get meals at the same time, daily walks during the regular morning or evening hours, and snuggles (all the time). 

Because of the stay-at-home order, your pet happily adjusted to a new way of life, which included having their people around more often and, most likely, on a more pet-centric routine. Now that we have gone back to work (or getting ready to), we are preparing for the change, but may not consider this impact on our pets.

Some pet owners have already felt the effects of pet separation anxiety in their households. This is why the team at Clairmont Animal Hospital wants to help you ready your pet for the transition.

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What to Consider Before Adopting a Pet

There’s much to be said for pet ownership. Pets are cute, funny, and loving companions that bring joy and laughter to our lives. In fact, studies show that pet owners are happier and healthier overall than their non-pet owning peers. This does not mean, however, that pet ownership is for everyone.

Although more and more people are opening their hearts and homes to pets these days, it does not mean that pet ownership is right for everyone. To help, the team at Clairmont Animal Hospital have some tips to get you set up for success.

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Is It Time to Play With Your Dog? Absolutely!

There has never been a better time to play with your dog than right this very minute. The weather’s gorgeous, you’re both feeling a little antsy, and the truth is, a bit of outdoor time goes a long way toward overall health and wellness. 

Whether you’ve got a perfectly content little lap dog or a busy working breed, the time you put in to play with your dog can make all the difference in both of your lives.

The Long View

Depending on your dog’s age and breed, the general recommendation involves 30-60 minutes of exercise every day. This could mean a simple walk around the block, a trip to the park, or a strenuous hike.

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Winter Pet Activities to Curb Cabin Fever 

The weather outside may be frightful, but that doesn’t mean that fun inside can’t be delightful! If you and your pets are feeling a little stir crazy, Clairmont Animal Hospital has just the ideas you need for some fun winter pet activities. 

Banishing the Blues

When the temperatures drop, the daylight hours diminish, and we spend more time indoors, things can get a little depressing. Chances are that you and your pet are less active. This can lead to some potential problems. 

Boredom and lack of stimulation can lead to issues such as:

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