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Panting dog

It’s just been so HOT this summer! And it’s not just us humans that are being affected, our pets are feeling the heat too.

Here are 10 great tips for keeping your pets cool this summer: (in no particular order)

1. Clip long haired dogs and cats fur shorter

2. Create a shaded area, not just a tree, but even a shade cloth under a tree.

3. Give them a kiddie-pool to cool off in

4. Put water in an ice-cream container, throw in a few treats and freeze, then give it to your dog the next day as a frozen treat.

5. Always provide fresh water in a shaded area, and throw some ice cubes in there when you are home.

6. Special beds or vests with cooling gel can be purchased for dogs or cats

7. Instead of a hot walk, take them for a swim or play in the sprinklers, or have a  water fight with the hose.

8. Go for walks in the early morning or evening, and bring cold water in a bottle for drink breaks. Don’t forget that your dog can get scorched paw pads on the hot concerete during the heat of day!

9. Put sunscreen on their noses/ears, especially animals with white fur and pink skin

10. Never leave them in a car unattended during summer time.

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Update on Puppies

As was requested, here’s some pics of nurse Victoria’s mini dachshund puppies at 6 weeks old. By this time, they were running around, practicing their barks, whines, and cute puppy-dog eyes, and getting into a lot of mischief while looking ultra-adorable. The dapple girl is staying with the breeder, but the other two black and tan girls are now happy and settled in their new homes.

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Christmas is only a few sleeps away, and Domino the miniature dachshund has received and destroyed his first Christmas teddy! Lots and lots of fluffy stuffing came out, then the squeaker. It was so much serious fun for him, it was almost worth the rag at the end. Just a note of caution if you are buying xmas toys for your pet, watch them with it to make sure they do not swallow the stuffing! (Domino did swallow some stuffing and his droppings came out all fuzzy….funny to talk about now, but he was lucky it did not block in his intestines.) Maybe we will try just edible treats in his stocking next year!

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But here are some cute pics of pets all dressed up for Halloween… Did you dress your pet?

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The Clinic’s New Year resolution this year was to write a new blog every week.

Oops!

December and January have been immensely busy here at the clinic, with many unusual and interesting animals turning up on our doorstep. The vets and nurses have all been working long hours and extra fast to keep up.

At a recent visit, ‘Shaz’ reminded us all just how blissfully happy it would be to be a puppy!

All the excitement of her first vaccinations, and it was time for a wee sleepy.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) Shaz fell into her very deep slumper upon our reception counter desk.

Needless to say, it halted our work a little as we all just had to gather around and smile!

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A few months back, a man came in to the clinic carrying a green canvas bag. It was during a real cold snap in the weather in Christchurch, and it had been raining for days. The man had found the bag behind a dumpster next to a tavern. Inside it were two very cold, very wet and very hungry 4 week old puppies. How long they had been there we weren’t too sure, but we doubt they would have survived the night.

The tavern was directly over the road from our veterinary clinic. The person that dumped the puppies didn’t even have the guts to cross the road and bring them to us.

We are very lucky to have wonderful friends ‘At the Vets’ who help us out when we are overflowing! The two pups were fostered for many months with a caring family who named them ‘Walter’ and ‘Tilly’. They have now found loving homes and are doing well.

10 year old Jaden made this slideshow video of Walter and Tilly’s time with his family:

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