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Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog

Heatstroke Prevention for the Dog Days of Summer


It’s July, which means that we are officially in the dog days of summer. This phrase refers to the hottest and most humid days of summer that typically occur in July and August. Both people and animals can suffer from heat-related illnesses at this time of year. Unfortunately, heatstroke is common in pets and has a fatality rate of approximately 50 percent. That’s why it’s so important to educate yourself about heatstroke prevention as well as its symptoms and treatment options.


Tips for a Fun, Parasite-Free Summer


Dogs, and some cats, love spending time outside in the warm weather. What's not to love when there are new areas to explore and holes to dig? Your pet isn't aware of the many parasites that lurk in the grass and on other animals that would love to feast on his fur and inside of his body. Fortunately, you can do several things as a pet owner to prevent these annoying critters from putting a damper on summer fun.


Coping with the Loss of a Pet and Celebrating Their Life


Pets offer us many qualities that are sometimes difficult to find in people, such as unconditional love, emotional support, and constant companionship. It's only natural to grieve the loss of someone who brought your life so much joy, even when it's a pet and not a person. You will eventually get to the point of wanting to celebrate the life of your pet, but for now, it's important that you allow yourself to grieve.