Too Hot to Handle: Heat Exhaustion in Pets

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Being in the great outdoors with your pooch is so much fun during the summer months, with ample opportunity for hiking, walks, frisbee, camping, swimming, and more. Unfortunately, along with the fun comes the risk of too much sun and heat for your dog.

It’s important to understand the signs of heat exhaustion in pets to prevent serious medical problems, such as heat stroke. Read on as the team at Godspeed Animal Care helps pet owners protect their furry friends from the summer heat for a wonderful experience in the outdoors.

Recognizing the Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Pets

When a pet is exposed to intense heat, the body temperature can rise to dangerous temperatures. Anything over 103.5 F is considered hyperthermia. This is when the body goes into heat stroke, which is a life-threatening state that puts the organs of the body under serious duress. 


A Summer Pet Safety Survival Guide

Despite the fact that most pets detest change, they have surprise capabilities when it comes to adapting to changing environments. 

Your pet’s body is highly skilled at coping with hot weather by shedding the thick undercoat, panting, and sweating through their paw pads. However, pets do reach a point where it becomes far too dangerous to withstand overexposure to the heat.

An essential component of summer pet safety is managing risk, increasing comfort, and being extra careful between the hours or 10 am and 4 pm.

It’s Elemental

Water is part of a pet’s natural defense against the heat.

How can you be sure that your pet drinks enough each day? For starters, cats should generally drink 5-10 ounces every day. Dogs need one ounce per pound of body weight daily.


Stuck Inside: Indoor Activities to Exercise Your Pet

During the past several weeks of the stay at home order, you may have noticed yourself getting into old hobbies and pastimes that you let go by the wayside. 

Needing to keep ourselves busy, many Americans turned to gardening, bird watching, board games, puzzles, and so on. Likewise, our pets need lots of interesting things to do, since they are at home far more than we are. A bored pet is typically one who struggles with behavior problems and does not get the exercise they need to thrive.

We are here with some great solutions for keeping your pet busy, happy, and active. Here are some favorite indoor activities to entertain your pet from your friends at Godspeed Animal Care


Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Industry

What happens when those who are supposed to take care of us (humans and animals) become so emotionally overwhelmed that it affects their own personal well-being? This is a not-so-uncommon scenario referred to as compassion fatigue, and the long and short of it is that caring too much hurts. 

Compassion fatigue most affects those in service and healthcare industries, and is well known to be prevalent in the veterinary profession and in all staff members. Godspeed Animal Care is passionate about delivering the very best to our patients and their families, and we hope that you will help us care about ourselves the same way. 


The Case of Frito Feet: When Your Pet’s Paws Smell Like Corn Chips

The mystery of canine odors is one most of us don’t really want to sleuth out. Unless the smell becomes bothersome, the topic of stinky feet isn’t something that comes up in normal conversation about pets. 

When it comes to “Frito feet”, however, many dog owners will readily admit that their dog’s paws do strangely smell like that corn based snack!

The case of Frito feet isn’t that difficult to solve. The team at Godspeed Animal Care is here to explain why this smell is a natural and generally harmless one.


Those Cute Critters: What to Do if You Find a Baby Wild Animal 

Spring has sprung and with it, you can expect to see more wildlife, including the newborns. These adorable animals are one of the wonderful aspects of being out in the wild, observing them from afar and enjoying the great beauty of nature. But what happens when you find a baby wild animal

Wildlife encounters can be tricky, especially when you have your pet with you. There are some things to be aware of during these encounters, though. The team at Godspeed Animal Care is here to help in these situations.


Tips and Tricks for House Training Your Dog with Success

Perhaps the most important thing for your new pet to learn is where to eliminate and when. Without this basic skill, even the most endearing housemate can become unwelcome. When it comes to house training your dog, setting yourself up for success

is key and Godspeed Animal Care is willing to spill all of our best secrets! 

Success from the Start

If you are welcoming a new family member who needs to start from scratch, half the battle lies in being prepared ahead of time. As soon as you bring your new bundle of joy home, house training your dog begins. 


What Does Your Pet’s Blood Work Say About Their Health?

During your pet’s wellness examination, you may have wondered why certain diagnostic tests were ordered. 

Your pet’s Blood work, or lab work, is commonly done to assess your pet’s overall health and the health of the organs. There are some important tests we order to ensure your pet’s best health and wellness, and we would like to explain some of them to you.

Complete Blood Count

You may have heard us say that we are ordering a CBC or complete blood count for your pet. It is one of the most basic of blood tests, but can tell us much about how the body is functioning. This test analyzes the white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets to determine their shape, quantity, and so on. It can show us whether or not there is an infection or if your pet suffers from anemia. 


Upbeat Winter Activities for Pets That Will Use Up Excess Energy

The long cold days of winter can throw everyone off their game. Through the busy holidays and cold weather, you and your pet may have chucked the usual exercise regiment in favor of sleep and snuggles. That’s okay to a certain point, but daily exercise and socialization are important to good health and well-being for your fur friend. 

Godspeed Animal Care came up with these exercises and fun inspired activities you can do to burn off some of your pet’s pen- up energy. These will surely inspire the two of you to maintain those games, activities, and daily walks, even if you have to do them indoors. 


On Thin Ice? How To Practice Winter Pet Safety

We may only get a thin dusting of snow in our neck of the woods, but winter pet safety is still at the top of our minds at the moment. Each pet is an individual, and the colder months affect them all differently. 

Whether your pet doesn’t mind a romp outside in the colder months, or prefers to snuggle up by the fire, these winter pet safety tips from Godspeed Animal Care are worth keeping in mind.