More Tips on What to
Watch For in Hot Weather
Last week we spoke of the dangers of snakebite and
foxtails to your animals during the summer months. Finishing up on some of the symptoms of
foxtail problems with your pets, if you notice that they are closing one of
their eyes, this may signal the presence of foxtail. We usually put topical anesthetic inside that
eye and search for a foreign object. The
foxtail causes erosions to the cornea and can be a serious vision problem if
not treated right away. We also find
foxtails in nostrils. The dog starts
violently sneezing. The sneezing
persists and often the dog rubs his nose on the ground. Sometimes you can see small strings of blood
coming out of one side of the nose. It
is important to get foxtail out of the nostril.
The procedure must be done under anesthesia because the nose is so
sensitive to any touching. If you wait,
foxtail may travel deep within the head and cause fatal consequences. Sometimes foxtail damage is difficult to
locate because the owner waits too long and foxtail tends to “travel” within
the animal. Always check your animal(s)
for foxtail after any walk outside the home area.
One more thing.
Aside from rattlesnakes and foxtail, one of the biggest problems we see
is animals being left in a car during summer months. This can often be deadly! Please, please do not leave your pet in the
car. Even a few minutes can be fatal
with our hot summer temperatures. As always,
any questions, call us at 598 2512.