Is your dog usually happy to be on the go, but now acting stubborn as you drag him through the local farmer’s market? Ever heard the expression, “It is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk”? Well, this time of year, it could be true! Though sidewalks are a few degrees cooler than asphalt or black top, they can still cause pain and discomfort to a pet walking on them. And even when it’s only 80°F outside, sun-exposed asphalt can rise to 125°F. At this temperature, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, asphalt is hot enough to cause skin destruction with only about 60 seconds of contact. To put that into perspective, an egg can fry in five minutes at 131°F!
My first thought was that our pets have thick, tough pads, right? True, like calluses on human hands, our pets’ thick pads can offer a little protection, but the thresholds are estimated at only about 10°F higher than our hands can handle.
Let’s take a look at how hot it needs to be outside to create unsafe walking surfaces:
Since most of us don’t walk around with an infrared thermometer taking surface temperatures, the best way for us to test pavement temperature is with our bare hand or bare foot. Try testing the surface by holding your bare hand or foot on it. Can you hold it there comfortably for more than 10 seconds? If not, you may want to postpone taking your pet outside until it cools off.
Here are a few tips for keeping feet happy:
On hot days, plan on taking your dog for walks before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
Keep your pets in shaded grass as much as possible. Even grassy areas in direct sunlight can be uncomfortably hot.
Purchase pet shoes, pet socks or adhesive pads that cover your pet’s paws.
Moisturize pads to keep them more pliable. Use pet wax or ointments such as Musher’s Secret.
Keep cats inside. Not only is the asphalt too hot for them, but they also may try jumping onto other hot surfaces, such as the scorching hot metal hood of your car.
Walking dogs often on (cool) cement can help strengthen the callouses on their pads, build protection for extreme temperatures and prevent injuries such as cuts.
Pet should wear a collar with an ID tag. Microchipping is also a great idea! Remember to update contact information with the registry if your pet is already microchipped.
Take a current photo of your pet, just in case!
If your pet is historically anxious, ask your veterinarian for suggestions! We carry several anti-anxiety items such as Feliway, DAP diffusers and Sileo.
Walk your dog early in the day before fireworks begin! Also, make sure the collar is secure and your dog can’t back out of it. Ask our receptionist about martingale collars.
Remind guest to not feed your pets table scraps as many foods that are okay for people can be toxic or harmful to pets. Keeping treats available at parties can help avoid this temptation!
Going out? Leave your pet at home! A safe secure crate or pet safe room with some gentle music playing can provide a secure place for anxious pets. Giving frozen treats or a stuffed Kong can also help ease anxiety.
If you’re having a cookout, remind guest to close gates and placing signs can help remind them.
Keep pets away from charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks. Also keep in mind some pets also may try to fetch or attack fireworks!
Great! You’ve located a trusted acquaintance or relative to take care of your pet and you’re finally off to the airport. You showed them the ropes, how much and when to feed, how often we go for walks, that favorite place on her belly she loves you to scratch and where the extra-fave bedtime snacks are hidden. Hopefully you left a list with your contact information and a local contact as well. Did you remember to leave the name, address and phone number of your local veterinarian as well? Good! Now here’s one you might have not thought about:
Before you leave, swing by our office and sign a very short form called “Authorization for Treatment in Owner’s Absence” and we’ll leave it in your file in case of an emergency. That way, if we are unable to contact you, your pet sitter can make medical and financial decisions regarding your pet’s care until we can contact you. We will always provide emergency treatment but don’t want to delay referral or major treatment decisions because an owner is not able to be contacted for an extended period of time. Unfortunately it happens. We want to be prepared just in case!
Okay, we’ve got your back. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Uh Oh! The cat just ran under the bed! But the dogs are in the back seat! Right, cats just don’t seem to share our enthusiasm for touring like we think they should, and maybe that’s ok. Most cats would opt for an alarm clock and a 40 hour work week long before they’d chose to go for an extended car ride so we usually opt to leave them at home. Pet sitters are a great option, or give us a call and Aunties Deb and Kindi will have a room ready for them here at the CVC!
We usually take a dog or three, so this article is geared more toward traveling with dogs. Besides their food, kennels, beds, and other supplies don’t forget the first aid kit! We usually combine our own first aid kit with theirs as many of the items are duplicates. A tackle box works well for me except that I have a duplicate one that has fishing tackle and once I grabbed the…. aw, never mind!.
Here are few tips that you might find helpful:
Tape an inventory list inside the lid of your first aid kit.
Include your veterinarian’s phone number so you can call for advice or a prescription refill if needed.
Customize your own kit to include items specific to your pet’s needs.
Always carry a current rabies certificate for your dogs. A photo is also helpful if your pet should get lost.
Most supplies are commonly available at your local pharmacy or at the Cornelius Veterinary Clinic. Need help? Call us at 503-536-2487.
• 3X3 gauze sponges
• Rectal thermometer(digital) and case
• Antibiotic ointment (“Quadratop”, Triple antibiotic ointment, etc.)
• Sterile non-adherent (“Telfa”) pads
• “Vetwrap” or “Coban” elastic bandage material
• Gauze, cast padding, or similar
• 1” roll adhesive tape
• Leash (inexpensive slip leash)
• Povidone Iodine(“Betadine”) surgical scrub or surgical prep pads
• Bandage scissors
• Flea/Tick Preventative
• Famotadine (“Pepcid AC”) 10 mg (1 tablet q 12 hrs /40 lb dog prn -vomiting)
• Loperimide (“Imodium AD”) 2 mg tablets – (1 tablet /40-60 lbs q6-8 hrs prn diarrhea)
• Diphenhydramine (“Benadryl”) 25 or 50 mg (1-2 mg/lb 2-3X/day prn allergic rxns) OR
• Clemestine HCl (Tavist) 2.68 mg tabs (1 per40-60lbs 2X/day prn allergic rxns) (avail in 1.36mg tablets for smaller dogs- 1 per 20-30 lbs 2X/day)
• Dimenhydrinate(Dramamine) 50mg (1 per 20 lbs prn motion sickness). May cause sedation.
• Any medications your pet is currently taking.
Optional Items to Consider
• Bottle of contact lens saline solution to use as eyewash
• Antibiotic eye drops or ointment from your DVM
• Rx “Rimadyl”,“Metacam,”, or other NSAID for arthritic dogs(consult with your DVM)
• Kelly forceps
• “Elastikon” adhesive stretch tape
• Emergency blanket
It is also a good idea to take a copy of your pet’s rabies certificate and microchip number with you and a photo. Remember to pack human first aid supplies for yourself also! Your first aid kit is a convenient place to carry Band-Aids, bandage material, sunscreen, etc.
Please join us December 12th, 2015 between 10 am – 3 pm to get a pet picture with Santa. It’s $20 per sitting and includes two poses of your pets with Santa, a CD digital copy of your photos, a free gift bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a year supply of Frontline or Nexgard!
Photos taken at
Cornelius Veterinary Clinic, PC
1280 Adair Street
Cornelius OR 97113
As the weather continues to be hot and outdoor activity increases, please remember that rattlesnakes represent a potent danger to dogs. Like all cold-blooded animals, rattlesnakes are more active in the hotter seasons. Rattlesnakes like to bask in the sun most days, increasing the chances of encountering one when hiking, camping or on a walk in central and eastern Oregon. Young snakes are very dangerous, as they have poor venom control and will often inject all they have into each bite. Rattlesnake venom is extremely dangerous to pets, leading to excessive swelling and necrosis of the tissue surrounding the bite wound by disrupting the integrity of the blood vessels.
Rattlesnake bites should be treated immediately at the nearest emergency facility. Treatment may include hospitalization, where your pet receives intravenous fluids and close monitoring. Depending on the severity and physical location of the bite, anti-venom medication may be necessary as well. Remember, not treating your pet could lead to death.
Pets have a difficult time staying cool during the hot summer months. This means they are at increased risk of dehydration and heat stroke. As an owner, it is important you take the necessary precautions to ensure your cat or dog is safe this summer.
Always have abundant fresh, clean water readily accessible to your pet.
Never leave your pet in a hot car. Vehicle interiors can soar to nearly 160°F on an average summer day, quickly overheating your pet to fatal temperatures.
Do not over-exercise your pet. Outdoor activity in the summer months is more taxing than during cooler times of the year. Pets are susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration after even moderate exercise.
When possible, keep pets indoors, in a cool, air-conditioned area.