Keeping Pets Cool during the Balmy Summer Months

My husband and I live in the beautiful southern United States. While we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, we sometimes get excruciatingly hot during the summer months. We aren’t the only ones that get hot at our home though. Our beautiful dog Lucy also gets hot. I’m constantly searching for effective ways to keep her cool while she’s outside. And during the winter, it can get oddly cold at times. Do you have loving pets at home? Consider purchasing a small plastic pool for your pets to splash around in. And when it's cold, make sure to monitor them very carefully while outside. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you care for your pets during any extreme weather.

Three Ways To Relieve Your Pet's Anxiety After Surgery

Pets & Animals Blog

If you're like most people who share their lives with a canine companion, you want your pet to have the best of everything — and as a result, you've made sure to seek high-quality veterinary care so that your furry friend remains as healthy as possible. However, if your pet is scheduled for a surgical procedure in the near future, you've undoubtedly got some questions and concerns.

Fortunately, before you leave the animal hospital after the surgery has been completed and your pet has recovered sufficiently while under observation by the staff, you'll be provided with a list of post-operative care guidelines about food, water, and exercise. For instance, you likely be advised to limit exercise, and your veterinarian may also recommend light feedings for the next several days. But, like their humans, dogs also feel stress and anxiety, and a stressful home environment can get in the way of recovery.  Minimizing environmental stress helps keep post-surgical pups calm during the healing process. The following are three ways that you can promote a serene household ambiance during the days following your pet's surgery.

Set Some Clear Household Ground Rules

The ground rules that you set will depend on the demographics of your household. If small, active children are part of the picture, you'll have to set some firm boundaries, such as no roughhousing with the pet. If someone in your home likes to slip the dog tasty table scraps, you may have to remind them that post-operative dogs should have a strict diet and light meals. 

Set Up a Quiet Room for Your Dog

Although your pet may want to stick close to you for reassurance in the days following a surgical procedure, having a quiet room ready for times of heavy household activity provides your pet with a serene sanctuary away from the chaos. The room should have comfortable bedding, favorite toys, and a bowl of fresh water. 

Invest in Some Interactive Toys and Puzzles

Many people find that keeping busy is a tried-and-true way to relieve anxiety, and the same holds true for dogs. Interactive toys and puzzles do a great job of keeping pets occupied and engaged.  One of the most important things to keep in mind at this time is that your pet will take its cues from you. If you're anxious or upset, for instance, your dog will pick up on that, which will exacerbate the anxiety the animal is already experiencing. Always keep interactions with pets positive during the days following a surgical procedure. 

For more information, reach out to a vet hospital near you.


8 November 2022