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Summer Precautions for your Pets

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Although we are approaching the end of summer, it sure feels like we’re just beginning! We urge everyone to keep in mind that next time you leave for work, go shopping or spend a day in the beach – make sure your pets stay in a cool, shaded, well ventilated area with plenty of fresh water.

These simple preventative measures will keep your pets safe and keep your money in your pocket by avoiding an urgent trip to the animal emergency clinic.

In the last couple of months, we have seen an increase in cases of pets that have suffered the most common heat related problem, heat stroke. Heat stroke, also known as heat stress or hyperpyrexia is a real emergency for pets.  Since dogs don’t sweat like we do, they are unable to dissipate the excess heat and heat stroke may quickly set in.  Some particular short faced breeds such as Pugs or Bulldogs are at higher risk. Even on moderately warm days, an excited dog might show a body temperature increase of 2-5 degrees Fahrenheit. On a 70 degree day for example, temperatures inside a car can soar to over 150 degrees in less than one hour! In addition, every year thousands of pets succumb to heat stroke because they are left inside cars while owners ran “just a few” errands.

Never, never leave your pet inside your vehicle regardless of the reason.

It is possible however to enjoy the summer with your pets and family by simply taking a few precautions.

1. Always be aware of the weather forecast. Knowing the high temperature can help guide your plans for the day.

2. Don’t leave your pet unattended outside or plan heavy exercise on hot, humid days. If your pet is left outdoors, he or she must have access to adequate shade and plenty of fresh water.

3. If you enjoy walking your dog (or cat), opt for the early morning hours or late everning. The cement can be scolding hor and burn their paws. Avoid shaving your dogs coat as it could expose a lightly pigmented dog to potential sunburn. Consult with the Veterinarian for the best grooming options for your pet.

4. When it comes time to run errands, leave your pet at home. Remember, even a few minutes in a hot car is enough to increase your pet’s body temperature dramatically.

If you happen to find your pet disoriented, panting excessively or collapsed in the yard, move him immediately to a cooler environment. Use cool wet towels over his back, armpits and groin to help bring his temperature down. Fans are also helpful and DO NOT USE ICE!

Then, get him to the Veterinarian or the nearest emergency clinic so that they can assess his status and begin life saving treatments. 

If you are planning to take your pets to any outdoor celebrations or cook-outs, check the forecast, find out first if pets are welcome or if fireworks are planned. It might be easier to simply leave the dogs at home rather than risk a run-away or injury.

We hope this information is helpful in keeping your pets safe from the heat this summer. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pets. We’re always here to help!

Earth Day April 22, 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Earth day is coming this Friday and there are lots of local events taking place. Here is just a sampling of them:

Biscayne Nature Center Earth Day – Ghost Bird Documentary Friday, April 22, 2011 – 6pm sharp Refreshments, childrens activities www.biscaynenaturecenter.org/events/events.html

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION The Barnacle Historic State Park April 17, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Celebrate all things green at The Barnacle. Booths will feature green businesses and local environmental groups. There will be environmental activities for the kids. Bring your own picnic, or buy burgers, hot dogs, and veggie dogs here. Acoustic music will be provided by local favorite Lenny Batista between noon and 3 pm.
Free with regular park admission ($2, 5 and under free) Contact: (305) 442-6866 The Barnacle is located in Coconut Grove (Miami) at 3485 Main Highway.
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Award-winning Artist & Naturalist Jim Arnosky Reveals the Secret World of America’s Birds of Prey-April 8

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Award-winning Artist and Naturalist Jim Arnosky
Reveals the Secret World of America’s Birds of Prey in
Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators

WHEN: Friday, April 8 at 3:00 pm

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Town & Country Animal Hospital Video

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Town & Country Animal Hospital Video

For those of you who are new to our site and haven’t met us yet, click on the link above and see this video to get an insight of our American Animal Hospital Association accredited hospital and the staff that looks forward to caring for your pet.

We will be featuring some great promotions and coupons in the coming months so be sure to check out our Specials Offers and Discounts Page regularly to take advantage of some great money saving offers for your furry companions.

Humane Society Walk For The Animals

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Humane Society of Greater Miami has announced their annual Walk For The Animals.

Walk for the Animals 2011Here is their press release:
We’ve set the date – let the fundraising begin! Join us on Saturday, February 19, 2011 where we expect more than 3,000 people, with or without their dogs, to join us for a scenic one-mile walk around Bayfront Park on Miami’s downtown waterfront once again to celebrate the contributions animals make to our lives. The Walk for the Animals is a widely promoted, fun-filled event with local celebrities, activities, games and contests to keep our 8:30 am – 12:00 pm event schedule lively and entertaining.

Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VII

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

As an AAHA-accredited hospital, we are a proud sponsor of the 2011 Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VII.

Watch this year’s Puppy Bowl on Sunday February 6th at 3pm e/p and learn more about our accreditation and what it means to your pets!

The show also contains information on how viewers can adopt the puppy players featured in the game. These puppies are all rescued by shelters nationwide. For additional shelter information about the players visit http://animal.discovery.com/tv/puppy-bowl/pet-adoption/pet-adoption.html 

Enjoy the show!

HELP-A-PET – Find out how you can help!

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This is a nonprofit organization with a single purpose: to provide financial assistance nationwide for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense.

If you wish to donate to help an animal in need or request financial assistance for one of your pets visit their website at www.help-a-pet.org

One of our patients received financial assistance from this organization and we wanted to share it  because we are glad to know that even in this economy there is help for our furry friends. We hope you can help with a donation.

Six Long-Lost Haitian Frog Species Found

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Photograph courtesy Robin Moore, iLCP

Scientists searching for long-lost frogs in Haiti’s forests came face to face with the critically endangered La Hotte glanded frog, which sees the world through unusual, sapphire-colored eyes.

The frog is among half a dozen newly rediscovered Haitian species, which had not been seen for nearly two decades and occur nowhere else in the world, found by researchers from Conservation International (CI) and IUCN’s Amphibian Specialist Group

“All we hear from Haiti is bad news and we wanted to highlight something unique that Haiti has and really should be proud of,” said Conservation International’s Robin Moore, an amphibian conservation specialist and co-leader of the expedition. “It really is a symbol of what there is left to fight for and protect in Haiti.”

(Related: “Haiti Earthquake Pictures: Devastation on the Day After.”)

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Polar Bear-Grizzly Hybrid

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010


Photograph by Troy Maben, AP

A stuffed “grolar bear,” or “pizzly”—grizzly-polar bear hybrid—looms over the living room of Jim Martell in Glenn Ferry, Idaho, in 2007. Martell shot the animal (picture), the first recorded grolar bear, in Canada’s Northwest Territories in 2006.

As the Arctic thaws as a result of global warming, polar bears will increasingly be forced to stay onshore, where they’re likely to bump into their grizzly cousins—some of which are moving north as temperatures rise. Arctic Ocean sea ice, which polar bears rely on to hunt marine mammals, is predicted to disappear in summer before the end of the century, experts say.

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