Camping Season

Who Wants To Go Camping!!!

Hey Everyone, Camping season is here! We will be posting safe and smart camping with pet tips throughout the summer, so stay posted!!

  • When camping there is many new smells and sounds our curious furry friends are going to want to wander off to - We don't like to say it, but there is always that chance of getting lost! Before taking your pets camping this summer make sure they have some sort of identification on them at all times! This way if they get lost they can be tracked back to their homes.

  • Remember everyone - ticks are bad this year!! We strongly suggest tick control before taking your pets into the woods for camping or hiking! If your heading out on a camping or hiking trip its a great idea to come in and get a Tick Twister, a safe and easy way to remove ticks from your pets, even if your not heading out on a trip feel free to come on in and grab one to have for the summer!!

  • Plan your hikes to avoid the hottest times of the day! Always make sure to bring enough water for you and your pets; STAY HYDRATED! Avoid burning paws; if the surface is to hot it chances your pets paws of getting burnt, so please prevent that from happening. Please keep your pets in mind with planning your hikes!

  • Safety tip! Make sure your pets are vaccinated and healthy before bring them on a camping or hiking trip. Also it's a really good idea to always have a pets first aid kit on hand at all times - we do sell them here @ Columbia Summit Veterinary Hospital so come on in on your way out and grab one! Also feel free to give us a call and we can order you one (as they go out fairly fast) @ (250) 314-1861

To Prevent Heat Stroke:

  • Do NOT leave your pet in a car on hot days, or outdoors without access to shade and water.
  • Make sure it they have plenty of fresh drinking water.
  • Check on your pets regularly
  • avoid excessive exercise and excitement in hot weather

What To Look For:

  • Rapid, noisy panting
  • Bright red mucous membranes
  • Thick, stringy saliva
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Bloody stools

What To Do:

  • Take your pets temperature with a rectal thermometer
  • If temperature is less than 40*C (104*F), move pet to cool area and offer water. Consult with vet
  • If temperature exceeds 40*C (104*F), move pet to a cool area and run cool water over their body to cool them down. Do not use icy water
  • Transport to the Vet for examination and further treatment

Bee/Wasp Stings:

Most stings are harmless and occur around the mouth, nose and feet. An allergic reaction to insect venom can cause the air passage to swell and close, which can stop breathing.

What To Look For:

  • Localized redness
  • Increased salivation
  • Rubbing and pawing of head
  • Shock within 30 minutes if there is an allergic reaction (Call your vet ASAP)
  • Swelling
  • Drowsiness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Visible stinger if a bee sting (likely very hard to see in a thick haircoat)

What To Do If Stinger Is Found:

  • Remove stinger using tweezers with an even, steady pull.
  • Apply cold compresses to the area
  • Neutralize a wasp sting with lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Neutralize a bee sting with baking soda paste

Things to watch out for when having your dogs swimming in all the lakes and rivers this summer!

  • Hot Spots can be caused by a number of things, anything that can irritate the skin and cause a dog to scratch or lick at him or her self can cause a Hot Spot.
  • Swimming is a main cause of Hot Spots, once your dog has came out of the water always dry them off to avoid them getting Hot Spots!

Other causes:

  • By Allergic Reactions
  • Mite or Flea bites
  • Poor Grooming
  • Underlying ear or skin infections
  • constant licking and chewing prompted by stress or boredom

Ear Infections

Similar to people, when dogs go swimming, they can accumulate water within the ears. The configuration of their ears differs from humans due to their L-shaped structure, which can make it very difficult for water to escape. the moist environment created is a favorable environment for yeast and bacteria, which can then lead to development of an ear infection.

  • If you notice this happening to your pet, please give us a call right away, we will fit you in asap!

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  • "" I love coming to Columbia Summit Vet Hospital, not only do I get treats when I have been good, the staff are great too. I love coming to see Dr. Hunter because he is so nice and when I have to get shots he does them quickly so they aren't painful and after I get treat. I also know that my Furry Cat Sisters love coming too, not as much as I do because they don't like the car ride but they know if they don't feel good Columbia Summit will do everything they can to make it better. Thanks for always taking care of me and my Sisters.""
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