Too Hot to Trot: Summer Pet Safety 101

Summer pet safety can help prevent heat stroke in petsThe dog days of summer are in full swing, and here in Cameron Park that means plenty of heat, sun, haze (and perhaps a strong urge to nap during the hottest part of the day). As the season progresses and temperatures continue to rise, it’s important for pet owners to take the well-being of their pets into consideration, when it comes to summertime hazards such as heat stroke, dehydration, and noise-related anxiety.

Being aware of the risks and planning ahead are the keys to enjoying some fun in the sun with our pets. Whether you are at home or on the go, keep our summer pet safety tips in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Beware the Pesky Weed: Foxtail Season

Many pet owners have been confronted with an unexpected veterinary visit in the spring and summer months after their dog has a run-in with “foxtails”. Common in our foothills, the head of this weed is designed to burrow into the ground when it falls off of the plant, but its sharp awns can also burrow into your pet if you are not careful. Here’s what to know about foxtails and your pet: Read the rest of this entry »

Rattlesnake Alert!

We at Goldorado have certainly been loving the warm spring weather and apparently we aren’t the only ones!

This week we have treated two patients who suffered rattlesnake bites. While you are out in El Dorado County with your furry companions, keep a sharp eye out for rattlesnakes and follow these simple tips to keep everyone safe:

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First, make sure your dog has received the rattlesnake vaccine!

The consequences of a bite can be seen almost immediately and can include severe pain, swelling, bleeding, and drooling. Most of our unvaccinated patients show up to the emergency room looking like this: Read the rest of this entry »