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Pet Safety in the Summer: Beat the Heat

Temperatures have begun to climb these past few weeks, a clear indication that summer is here!! Not only are us humans feeling the heat, but our furry friends are too.  After all, they are walking around in fur coats that they aren’t able to take off.  Some easy ways to keep your canines cool are:

–        Fill a kiddie pool with water

–        Go for a swim in a lake (make sure to dry them off well afterwards!)

–        Always have fresh water available

–        Toss them some ice-cubes (you can put them in their water as well)

–        Drape a towel soaked in cool water over them

–        Limit time spent outdoors

–        Shorten walks (like young children and elderly people, dogs are more at risk to get heat stroke if outside on hot days for long periods of time)

Pets that are a little bit on the chunky side (or “fluffy” as some would put it) are more at risk for overheating in the summer as the added fat puts stress on their bodies.
The most important reminder for the summer is, not to leave your pet in a car. Even in a short amount of time, the interior of a car can get very hot, very quick.  For example, if it is 32OC outside, in just 10 minutes the temperature inside a car rises to 42OC. In 20 minutes, the temperature rises to 48OC. Just leaving a window open for them does cool the car down fast enough, after all, it is still hot outside. If you must leave your dog in a car, even for a short while, it is best to bring someone along who can sit in the car with the dog, and leave the car running with the air conditioning on.
Remembering these helpful tips will allow you, your family, and your pets to have a safe and enjoyable summer!

 

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective September 28th, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

5. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic