Beach Safety for Pets

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Beach Safety for Pets

It’s beach season, and that means many of you will be heading to the shores along with your favorite furry friends. If your dogs are like most dogs, going to the beach is probably their favorite activity (along with everything else you do together). While playing at the beach and swimming in the ocean are great activities for you to enjoy with your dog, the beach does present a few safety risks for pets. So, following these safety tips can ensure you have a fun and safe time outdoors.

5 Safety Tips for Pets at the Beach

1. Fresh Water

Playing in the sun and heat all day puts pets at risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Be sure to bring plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink. Additionally, be sure to keep your pet from drinking the ocean’s salt water as this can put them at risk of salt poisoning.

2. Swimming Safety

Not all dogs can, like, or know how to swim. Before jumping in head-first with your dog, take a test swim in a calm, shallow location. You’ll get a sense pretty quickly of whether or not your dog enjoys being in the water and whether or not they can swim strongly enough to play in the ocean waves.

3. Sun Protection

Dogs are at risk of sunburn – especially those with shorter coats. If grooming your dog, be sure to keep at least an inch in length to protect their skin and apply a dog-safe sunscreen while you’re out in the sun.
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4. Hot Sand

In the heat of midday, the sand at the beach can become scorchingly hot and this can burn your dog’s sensitive paw pads. Purchase a pair of dog booties to protect your pet’s paws or visit the beach in the morning or late evening.

5. Post-Beach Care

For healthy skin and coat, be sure to wash all of the sand and salt off of your pet after a day of playing at the beach.

Summer Checkups at Pacific Pet Hospital

Before heading out with your pet this summer, we recommend scheduling a checkup with a veterinarian at Pacific Pet Hospital in Chula Vista. We can ensure your pet is fit enough for an ocean swim, well protected from all sorts of parasites, and outfitted with a microchip’s permanent identification capabilities. To learn more or schedule an exam for your dog, we welcome you to contact us today.

What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

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What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

Telemedicine has been around almost as long as the telephone, but new technologies have revitalized the telemedicine space, making it more convenient than ever to access professional veterinary advice for pets. At Pacific Pet Hospital, we are pleased to provide state-of-the-art veterinary telemedicine via the Anipanion smartphone app.

What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

Telemedicine refers to the practice of getting a doctor’s advice over the phone or via email, video chat, or texting. In the case of pets, telemedicine refers to getting advice remotely from a veterinarian regarding your pet’s health and/or care.
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What Kinds of Veterinary Services Are Available Via Telemedicine?

Telemedicine makes getting a quick professional veterinary opinion easy since you can access it from the comfort of your own home – or anywhere you have internet or cellular service. With telemedicine for pets, you can send videos and/or pictures of your pet to our veterinarian and talk with a veterinarian about your pet’s symptoms to receive advice from afar.
Telemedicine is especially useful for managing our existing patients’ ongoing veterinary concerns, medication refills, surgery follow-ups, consultations, and advice regarding whether or not emergency or urgent veterinary care is needed.
That being said, telemedicine does have its limitations because we cannot physically examine your pet in person during a telemedicine appointment. As a result, we can’t measure your pet’s vital signs, feel your pet’s vital organs, take x-rays, perform ultrasounds, or collect samples for laboratory testing. So, depending on the situation, achieving an actual diagnosis can be difficult with telemedicine.
However, our veterinarian can evaluate your pet, consult with you, and provide you with advice based on our remote observations and the information you provide.

Is My Pet Eligible for Telemedicine?

At Pacific Pet Hospital, we always strive to practice veterinary medicine with the utmost care and responsibility. For that reason, our telemedicine services are only available to our existing patients, and we approve telemedicine appointments for those patients on a case-by-case basis since it is sometimes still necessary to actually see a pet in person to monitor ongoing health concerns with in-person examinations and routine diagnostic testing that can only be achieved in our office.
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Learn More About Telemedicine for Pets in San Diego

Our veterinarians and team at Pacific Pet Hospital welcome you to contact our office to learn more about telemedicine for pets with the Anipanion app. To learn more, please contact us today.

Enjoying the Beach With Your Pet in Winter

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Enjoying the Beach With Your Pet in Winter

Southern California life is beach life, and that’s true for dogs, too. Most dogs love splashing in the waves and digging around in the sand – no matter the season. To make sure you and your dog fully and safely enjoy your time together at the beach, consider the following safety tips.

6 Beach Safety Tips for Dogs in Winter

1. Be Mindful of Colder Water, Temperatures, and Wind

When the water and air temperatures are colder and the wind is whipping, too, remember that your pup is susceptible to hypothermia. Dogs often get too excited playing to realize that their internal temperature is dropping dangerously. Limit your time outdoors on cold days, especially in the water, and if the water looks too rough, don’t let your dog go in.

2. Make Sure Your Dog Can Swim

Plenty of dogs love the water and love to swim, but many don’t and some can’t swim at all. Before running paws-first into the ocean with your dog, take them to a calmer, safer spot to make sure they like the water and that they are able to swim.

3. Cold Water Can Be Painful

Cold water can exacerbate symptoms for dogs with joint problems like arthritis or hip dysplasia. It’s best for these dogs not to swim during the winter.
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4. Visit Dog-Friendly Spots

Before you set out, make sure you plan to visit a beach that allows dogs and check the leash rules and regulations to make sure you have a leash of the proper length if required. (We recommend always bringing a leash no matter what.)

5. Bring Drinking Water

If possible, keep your dog from drinking the ocean water, as the salt in it can dehydrate your dog and lead to salt poisoning. Bring plenty of fresh water and a collapsible bowl to keep your dog hydrated while he plays.

6. Rinse and Dry Well

The salt in ocean water can irritate your dog’s skin and damage her coat. Be sure to wash your dog thoroughly with fresh water and dry them off well to keep them from getting too cold during the winter.
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Schedule a Checkup at Pacific Pet Hospital

Before heading out for any unusual physical activity or more exercise than normal, it’s best to have your dog’s health checked out by a veterinarian. We welcome you to schedule an appointment at Pacific Pet Hospital to make sure your dog is fit for a romp in the waves.