Summer is full of fun, and, with the right preparation, it can be fun and safe for you and your pets. Whether you’re heading out for a hike or hitting the road for a multiday trip, a first-aid kit is essential to treat any minor issues that may arise. Many of the items that make up a well-equipped kit for humans also make up a great first-aid kit for pets. With a few additions, you’ll both be ready for your next adventure. • Get your pet up to date on their shots, including their rabies vaccine. • Ask your vet if a leptospirosis vaccine makes sense for your pet. • See that your dog gets anti-flea and anti-tick treatment. Pets can get Lyme disease too! • Estimate water needs for you and your pet based on how long you’ll be gone. Typically, the amount of water your pet needs is equal to what you need, but it does vary depending on their size. • Gauze pads and stretchy bandages are great for tending to minor cuts and scrapes. • Ice packs help with bruises or swelling. • A multitool with pliers/tweezers helps remove thorns or other objects. • Hydrogen peroxide is an easy-to-use antiseptic. • Benadryl: Talk to your vet to be sure about the amount for your pet. • Pet aspirin: Talk to your vet about the right dosage and type. First Aid for Your Pets BEFORE YOU GO WHAT TO BRING SUMMER FUN CHECKLIST
We’re nearing the dog days of summer, the hottest, most humid days of the year. These weeks have nothing to do with real dogs; they were nicknamed after the “dog star” Sirius by the Greeks to reflect the hottest time of the year following the star’s heliacal rise. Still, it’s a pretty good excuse to escape the heat with a dog movie marathon. Here are the films we recommend. ‘AIR BUD’ Most people remember “Air Bud” for the wild loophole, “Ain’t no rule says a dog can’t play basketball,” but this movie is about much more than a dog playing ball. After the death of his father, 12-year-old Josh Framm feels depressed and distant from his family. Enter a stray golden retriever named Buddy, who teaches Josh how to open his heart again. The two bond and learn lessons in overcoming loss, fighting for what you love, and, yes, playing basketball. “Air Bud” spawned a number of sequels and spin-off movies, but this first film is a true classic. Dog Movies for Dog Days BEAT THE HEAT WITH A CANINE MOVIE MARATHON
‘LADY AND THE TRAMP’ “Lady and the Tramp” is the classic story of two dogs who come from different worlds: the refined, loyal Lady and the rogue with a heart of gold, Tramp. This movie has music, laughs, and a spaghetti scene that rivals the balcony monologues from “Romeo and Juliet.” One of the few animated Disney classics about animals that won’t have you in tears, this is a movie the whole family can enjoy together.
Dog booties protect your pup’s feet.
• A collapsible water bowl is easy to pack and use. Come check out the ones we have available at the clinic.
‘HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY’ Looking for a bit more action in your animal movies?
“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” delivers! After three beloved pets are left behind when their family goes on vacation,
With these items on hand, you’ll be able to handle most situations until you can get further medical treatment. On long hikes and trips, keep an eye on your pet. They can’t tell you what they’re feeling, but they do give you signs when something’s not right.
they trek across the Sierra Nevada wilderness to be reunited with the humans they love. Their adventure has thrills, close calls, and a heartwarming ending that will make you want to hug your pets close. Once it gets too hot to go outside, make some popcorn and enjoy these great movies with your family. Don’t worry, none of the dogs die at the end.
As always, if you notice anything out of the norm with your pet during or after your summer adventures, give Surface Creek Veterinary Center a call. Our dedicated staff will get your pet back on their feet and ready for the next adventure.
On Thursday, July 25, Surface Creek Vet Center is teaming up with the American Red Cross and Impact Cares to save pets and their owners by installing as many smoke detectors for free as we can in one day. Our clients can help in one of two ways. First, we need volunteers. Second, if you know of anybody who is not protected with smoke detectors and would be interested in having the trained Red Cross teams install smoke detectors in their home or trailer FOR FREE WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED, CALL 970-361-3956.
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