Dog Days of Summer


For most of us the Dog Days of Summer mean something like this.  But did you know it actually goes back to ancient Rome?  The Dog Days arrived with the appearance of the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major (meaning Large Dog).  For now, well just enjoy July through early September with a nice bowl and cool water and a dip at the pool.  And yes, beagle puppy kisses.  

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Warm Weather is here.  It’s Allergy Time in the Desert again!

Allergies are among the top reasons for dogs and cats to visit our hospital. Heredity can play a role in a pet’s ability to developing allergies, with certain breeds being more likely to develop allergies, but all breeds of cats and dogs can develop allergies after two or more exposures to a given allergen.

While symptoms of an allergic reaction vary, itchy, swollen skin is the primary symptom of allergies in pets. “If left untreated, dogs and cats with seasonal allergies will scratch or lick themselves constantly,” says Dr. Link Welborn, AAHA past president. “In an attempt to relieve themselves, dogs and cats often create sores that become secondary infections.” Symptoms of an allergic reaction also include difficulty breathing and disruption of the digestive system, which can lead to diarrhea or vomiting.

While allergies are incurable, lifelong conditions, but we can help you do much to decrease your pet’s discomfort.  Isolating and treating pet allergies can be a complex undertaking. With many potential allergens and ambiguous symptoms, simply determining that your pet is suffering from allergies can be a challenge in and of itself. Take special note of your pet’s symptoms and any possible irritants that exist in his or her environment.  If you travel between summer and winter homes take note to see if there is any improvement with a change in environment.  

 Call and schedule an appointment if you would like to know more about your pet’s allergies and what you can do about it. 

For emergencies, Contact Southwest Animal Emergency Clinic

1067 E Tabernacle 
St. George, UT 84770
Phone: 435-673-3191

8:32 am - October 03, 2013Updated: 9:00 am - October 03, 2013

Better than most; the Best of Mesquite winners announced


By Kent Harper

"Sometimes, it’s our pets that need medical attention. The Best Pet Health Care award went to Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital, 660 Hardy Way, #44. …."

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