Heat, Phobia's, Dementia, Snake Bite First Aid and more.
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How are your pets handling the heat?
Heat and humidity can be very dangerous for your pet. Without shade and water, pets can overheat, becoming ill and can die within a short time. Here's a refresher of some tips and advice you can use to help keep your pets cool this summer:
  • Provide plenty of fresh water. Two or more Bowl/Containers if necessary. Pets need fresh water inside and outdoors. When you go out, take water with you for your pet
  • Watch out for hot pavement and beaches. Sensitive paws burn easily. Watch out for sunburn, short hair pets and those with pink skin or white hair are most likely to burn.
  • Provide a waddling pool, or similar for dogs to get wet in, for cats try brushing them with a wet towel.
  • Limit your pet's time in the sun and help it find shade.  Keep air circulating indoors for pets: use a fan or air conditioning.  Provide shade for pets when outdoors. A gentle sprinkle from a garden hose is also helpful to keep them cool.
  • Watch how much pets eat and exercise, Eating too much during hot weather can lead to overheating monitor thier intake.  Also avoid exercise or vigorous activity with your pet during the hottest part of the day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Fill a freezer safe cup with chicken or beef broth (preferably organic), For dogs, maybe add a small bone, piece of jerky, or their favorite treat and freeze.  You could also use the broth to make normal ice cubes for a small sized cooling treat. For Cats and Dogs, You could also grab a amount of their favorite wet food, put in a bag, snip the corner and "pipe" it onto a board and freeze. you could great creative and make it into shapes.
NEVER leave your pet in a parked car. If it is 30°C outside, the temperature in a parked car can reach 50°C in minutes—even with a slightly opened window or if the car is parked in the shade.
Watch for signs of heatstroke. If you see any of these signs, get to the veterinary clinic immediately. Left untreated, Heatstroke can be fatal.

Some of the signs of heatstroke in dogs are panting hard, staggering gait, rapid heartbeat, dazed look, listlessness, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and/or tongue and vomiting.
Some of the signs of heatstroke in cats include agitation, extreme distress, stretching out and panting heavily, skin hot to the touch, vomiting, glazed eyes, drooling and staggering.  

Treat your pet regularly for fleas during summer as they tend to worsen in the hotter months, adding scratching misery to the heat misery.
We do food orders! We can set up reminders, call you approx a week before you need more, and we will even order it for you. A no fuss solution that Sugarland Animal Hospital provides to help its customers, so you can have little more time to spend with your beloved pet!

From 1st September until the 31st January 2017, Sugarland Animal Hospital is offering you $20 instant cashback, with every Comfortis or Panoramis 6 pack. Comfortis kills fleas fast for immediate relief for your dog and cat, and Panoramis also kills fleas fast, while also protecting your dog against intestinal worms and deadly heart-worm.

It's common for Dogs with Storm phobia to also be afraid of other loud noises, such as fireworks, or gunshots. It can be very stressful for Dog and owner.
Depending on your pet's level of phobia, as well as the strength of the storm, your dog might simply find a place to hide, or a toileting accidents inside, to a more extreme reaction, like running away, or chewing through a door or crate.

There's no easy fix, but here's some steps help reduce yours pooches distress this storm season.
You should not discipline your dog for being scared of a storm, nor should you praise them for the clingy behaviors either. Tricky isn't it?
Each dogs response is different, treatments are customized to the individual animal.
Make a safe area, somewhere your dog can come and go to and feel safe, minimize sensations such as light and sound, provide fresh water, some toys, and maybe a treat.
Another technique is to distract your pet by playing a game with it, or give him a recreational bone to chew on.
There's also some great products on the market to assist with storm desensitization, such as storm jackets that are designed to swaddle your pet giving them a feeling of comfort. There's also Desensitization CD's, and Pheromone diffusers available.
Talk to us about whats best for your pets needs.
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It's well known that aging takes a toll on our entire body including our brain - and the same goes for our pets. Research confirms that our dogs can suffer from dementia and the disease (Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome) that affects dogs has many similarities to Alzheimer's disease in humans.

Common Symptoms:
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Loss of interactions with the family members or other pets
  • A disturbance in sleep patterns
  • Change in activity
  • Fecal and urinary incontinence
  • Lack of self-grooming
  • Reduced activity levels

While Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome has been recognized for some time, there's now increasing evidence that cats may suffer from Cognitive Dysfunction too and symptoms commonly include vocalizing, lack of grooming, agitation and forgetting how to use the litter tray.

Although the cause of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome is unknown, genetic factors may predispose an animal to develop the condition. Unfortunately there's no test to confirm this condition, but Routine blood tests, ultrasounds, and X-rays are also used to rule out other diseases that may lead to behavioral changes associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome.. The main way to diagnose Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome is by a history of the pet.

It is important to keep your pet mentally fit and stimulated as much as possible. Go for walks, Play games, socialize, make them "work for food" by using treat-balls, or playing a hide and seek style game with food. Obedience training could help towards keeping your dog stimulated also.
Good nutrition always helps, There's some great prescription diets on the market, talk to us about a Hills diet for your pet.
Medications are a last resort, Some can have severe side effects so its important to keep your pets monitored regularly by your Vet.
If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake you should keep your pet calm & quiet and take it to a vet immediately. The chances of recovery are greater if your pet is treated early.

Poisonous snakes in Australia include:
                                    Tiger                                                                          Brown 
                             Copperhead                                                                  Black

Tiger Snake: Usually found in association with waterways. Average length 1 meter. Broad headed. Striped. Light grey to dark green, brown or orange.
Brown: Usually found in dry farming areas. Average length 1.5 meters. Dark brown to putty colour with cream-spotted. Slim and rapid moving.
Copperhead: Average length 1.5 meters. Sluggish and thick set. Yellow brown colour. Head is a rich copper-orange.
Black: Length 2 meters. Glossy black with purple sheen. Pinkish to white belly.

Several factors determine the reaction your pet will have to a snake bite. These include:
  • The type of snake (some species aren't as poisonous as others)
  • Amount of venom injected.
  • The site of the bite.
  • The size of your animal.
The start of summer, when snake become active, their glands are fuller so bites tend to be more severe, also the time since the snake previously bit something factors into your pet's reaction.
Common bite sites on pets are limbs and head. Normally, the closer the bite is to the heart the quicker the venom would travel through the body.
Dogs are curious and Cats are born hunters, which puts them at risk of snake bites.

Symptoms of snake bites are varied depending on size and species.
Common symptoms for snake bites are :
  • Sudden weakness, collapse.
  • Shaking/twitching of muscles.
  • Vomiting
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Blood in Urine
  • Loss of bladder/bowel control
  • Pain
  • Swelling of bite area
  • Paralysis in later stages.
If necessary, first aid can be applied, keep your pet calm & quiet and apply a pressure bandage to the area, a firm bandage over and around the bite site, to help slow the venom spreading to the heart.
Do NOT wash the wound or apply a tourniquet.
Go straight to your vet clinic, ring them on the way if possible to let them know that an emergency is coming.
Best way to keep your pet safe from snake bites is to prepare their environment. Keep grass cut low, clean up rubbish piles, tidy around garden edging, or clear hiding places snake prefer (wood piles, under roofing sheets) Snakes also like to hide out in garden sheds and stock feed rooms, so keep them neat and tidy as well.
If snakes are common in your area, you may consider building a snake proof fence.
Its also recommended that if snakes are common in your area, to have the local snake catcher's phone number easily accessible, to relocate them before they bite your pet.
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