Saturday, August 1, 2009

Heat Prostration














What is heat prostration?

Heat prostration, or heat exhaustion/heat stroke, is an elevation of body temperature. Heat stroke occurs during the hot summer months due to high environmental temperatures and a dog’s inability to dissipate heat. Dogs cannot sweat to keep cool like humans. Instead, they rely on panting to lower their body temperature. Short-nosed breeds (such as bulldogs and pugs), overweight, and dark-colored dogs are especially at risk. High body temperatures can cause tissue and organ damage and other life-threatening complications.

What does heat prostration look like?

A pet suffering from heat stroke can exhibit many different signs, such as: excessive panting, collapse, inability to rise, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and sudden death. Body temperature will be elevated above 104°F. The dog’s gums may be bright red. The pet may seem dazed and unaware of its surroundings. Tiny red splotches, or petechiations, may be seen on the dog’s skin.

What should I do if I suspect my pet is suffering from heat prostration?

This is an emergency! Contact a veterinary hospital or emergency clinic. Move the animal out of the heat into a cool area. Immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water using a garden hose or tub. Do NOT cover the pet in ice; this can actually be more harmful than good. Apply cool, moist towels to the groin and neck area and transport your pet to a veterinarian immediately.

How is heat prostration treated?

Your veterinarian will continue to cool your pet to a normal body temperature. Intravenous (IV) fluids will be given. A blood sample will be analyzed to determine how well the body’s organs are functioning. Medications will be given to control seizures, irregular heartbeats, and swelling around the brain.

One major complication of heat stroke is disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC. This is when tiny blood clots form throughout the body. These tiny clots can result in damage to internal organs or hemorrhage. DIC is difficult to control once it starts.

What is the prognosis?

The prognosis for a pet suffering from heat stroke is variable and dependent on the severity of the pet’s symptoms and complications. Many pets recover fully. Some pets are not so lucky.

How can I prevent heat prostration in my pet?

Keep pets indoors or provide plenty of shade if they must be outside.
Provide access to fresh water at all times.
Avoid long walks on hot days and monitor your pet’s breathing while exercising.
Sand is hot, keep your pet off the beach during peak sun.
Parked vehicles heat up very quickly, NEVER leave your pet in a parked car.

Kelly D. Gimbel, DVM
Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Friday, July 31, 2009

3 Outer Banks Pet Events Today!


Barker Brunch Friday's
10:30 - 12noon
May 22nd - September 11th All you can Eat! Doggie Breakfast BuffetOver 20 different organic, natural treats & goodies.
At Outer Barks located at 1171 Duck Road, in the Scarborough Lane Shops in Duck, NC.

2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day
Every Friday
Stop in for your free Doggie Treat Bag and Free Bumper Sticker
At The Holistic Pet Shop located at the Seagate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills, NC

OB is taking a Brake from the Heat but you can......Pick up an "OB" Autographed Pampered Pets Guide and Register for the Pampered Pets Club

Today July 31st
at the Holistic Pet Shop
Sea Gate North Shopping CenterKill Devil Hills, NC
from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

For contact information for Outer Barks & the Holistic Pet Shop as well as other Outer Banks Pet Friendly retailers, please visit us online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/ and click on the Pet Directory.

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Stephen M. Samson DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital “Summer Phobias & Treatment Options” by visiting the Pampered Pets Guide online or by clicking on the provided link http://pamperedpetsguide.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-phobias-treatment-options.html

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pawgaritaville Doggie Island Theme Party!


Pawgaritaville!


Doggie Island theme Party Today!

Party is Absolutely FREE to All Dogs & their Humans


Every Thursday from 2pm - 4pm

ALL SUMMER LONG! Island Theme Party, Costume Contest,Free Pawgaritia's
at Puparazzi! Pet Bow-tique
located in the Phoenix Shops in downtown Manteo, on Historic Roanoke Island.

and don't forget to mark your calendars for......... "Barker Brunch" on Friday!

May 22nd - September 11th
All you can Eat! Doggie Breakfast BuffetOver 20 different organic, natural treats & goodies.
The time scheduled for this Fun Outer Banks Pet Event is 10:30am to 12 noon.
at Outer Barks located at 1171 Duck Road, in the Scarborough Lane Shops in Duck, NC.

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Stephen M. Samson DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital “Summer Phobias & Treatment Options” by visiting the Pampered Pets Guide online or by clicking on the provided link http://pamperedpetsguide.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-phobias-treatment-options.html

Watch for OB on Outer Banks TV 12! And after “Animal Planet” on Prime Time on the Outer Banks!Or see OB’s commercial by visiting us online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/OB’s schedule is published in the Classified Plus pick up a copy at over 150 Outer Banks Locations!Listen to Dixie 105.7 “Today’s Hottest Country” for OB’s schedule

Don’t forget to register for the “Pampered Pets Club” membership card for Valuable Discounts, Waived Pet Fees, Free Gifts & more at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

OB is taking a Brake from the Heat but you can......
Pick up an "OB" Autographed Pampered Pets Guide and Register for the Pampered Pets Club

July 31st
Holistic Pet Shop
Sea Gate North Shopping CenterKill Devil Hills, NC
from 5:00pm - 6:00pm


August 7th
Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique Downtown Manteo, NCHistoric Roanoke Island
From 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2 Outer Banks Pet Events Today!


The 10th Annual "Happy Yappy Hour!" is today and takes place Every Wednesday through September 9th, 2009, from 4pm - 6pm. The schedule will change during the spring & fall of the year.
The World Famous, 10th Annual "Yappy Happy Hour!" is held at Outer Barks, located at 1171 Duck Road, in the Scarborough Lane Shops in Duck, NC.

This family fun pet event includes complimentary treats such as frozen Doggie Daiquiris & Arf D’ouevres for your pampered pet. There will also be (refreshments and munchies) for the humans inside the store at the same time.

The children's wading pool will be filled with water and a toy or two, ready to splash and have some fun. The Agility Course is waiting for your pets practice and enjoyment.

The most fun of all, everybody loves Ms. Robin & her help in creating unique Priceless Pet Paw Painting Art. There is so much going on at Happy Yappy Hour it is hard to list it all. OB just loves his Paw Painting! Thanks so much Miss Robin!

WINE FESTIVAL - Every Wednesday afternoon, 3 to 7 pm JULY, AUGUST, & SEPTEMBER 2009Come and celebrate the interesting world of wines! All wine connoisseurs and novices are welcome! Enjoy a Wednesday afternoon of wine tasting under the tents on the North Lawn of the Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park. With your $20 admission adults can sample wines from North Carolina and around the world; keep your souvenir glass; take a complimentary tour of the Whalehead Club; listen to popular local musical artists perform on the stage; sample food from local vendors. Children are also welcome at no charge. Bring your pets on a leash. Parking is free.

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Stephen M. Samson DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital “Summer Phobias & Treatment Options” by visiting the Pampered Pets Guide online or by clicking on the provided link http://pamperedpetsguide.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-phobias-treatment-options.html

Watch for OB on Outer Banks TV 12! And after “Animal Planet” on Prime Time on the Outer Banks!Or see OB’s commercial by visiting us online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/OB’s schedule is published in the Classified Plus pick up a copy at over 150 Outer Banks Locations!Listen to Dixie 105.7 “Today’s Hottest Country” for OB’s schedule

Don’t forget to register for the “Pampered Pets Club” membership card for Valuable Discounts, Waived Pet Fees, Free Gifts & more at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

OB is taking a Brake from the Heat but you can......

Pick up an "OB" Autographed Pampered Pets Guide and Register for the Pampered Pets Club

July 31st
Holistic Pet Shop
Sea Gate North Shopping CenterKill Devil Hills, NC
from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

August 7th
Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique Downtown Manteo, NC
Historic Roanoke Island
From 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Fun Twosdays is Today !


Summer Fun Twosdays is Today !
and will continue Every Tuesday through September 1st 2009.

There is not a set time for this Outer Banks Pet Event, but if you bring your Pampered Pet by today your pet will receive Free Special Twosdays Treats!

AT Salty Paws Homemade Biscuits
located at 3723 North Croatan Highway
Kitty Hawk, NC

For contact informaton for Salty Paw Homemade Biscuits and other quality Outer Banks Pet Retailers please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/ and click on the "Pet Directory".

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Stephen M. Samson DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital “Summer Phobias & Treatment Options” by visiting the Pampered Pets Guide online or by clicking on the provided link http://pamperedpetsguide.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-phobias-treatment-options.html

Watch for OB on Outer Banks TV 12! And after “Animal Planet” on Prime Time on the Outer Banks!Or see OB’s commercial by visiting us online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/OB’s schedule is published in the Classified Plus pick up a copy at over 150 Outer Banks Locations!Listen to Dixie 105.7 “Today’s Hottest Country” for OB’s schedule.

Don’t forget to register for the “Pampered Pets Club” membership card for Valuable Discounts, Waived Pet Fees, Free Gifts & more at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

OB is taking a Brake from the Heat but you can......

Pick up an "OB" Autographed Pampered Pets Guide and Register for the Pampered Pets Club

July 31st
Holistic Pet Shop
Sea Gate North Shopping CenterKill Devil Hills, NC
from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

August 7th
Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique Downtown Manteo, NC
Historic Roanoke Island
From 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Monday, July 27, 2009

It's Too Hot for OB


This is the last week of July 2009 and the Heat is rising on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

OB needs to take a brake. He has had so much fun visiting so many wonderfully great pet friendly places on the Outer Banks, But now it's just getting too Hot.

OB will be taking a brake the last week of July and the month of August 2009 to stay cool.

However, OB has not forgotten his friends out there that want to be a member of the Pampered Pets Club. Remember you can always register on-line.

But, OB has arranged to have someone at different Outer Banks Pet Events while he takes a brake, to hand out a limited number of "OB" autographed Vol. 7 Pampered Pets Guides and register pets in the Pampered Pets Club.

The last week of July someone will be at the weekly 2nd Annual Customer Appreciation Day,
Friday July 31st 2009. This Event takes place Every Friday at the Holistic Pet Shop located in the Sea Gate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

You will be able to pick up an autographed copy of the magazine and register for your Pampered Pets Club Card from 5pm - 6pm.

On Friday August 7th you can pick up and autographed copy of this years magazine and Register your pet in the Pampered Pets Club during the monthly First Friday Dog Party from 5pm - 7pm. This Outer Banks Pet Event take place at Puparzzi Pet Bow-tique located downtown Manteo, NC on Historic Roanoke Island the First Friday of each Month.

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide on-line to view all of the Outer Banks weekly, monthly and Annual Outer Banks Pet Events at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/ and click on the "Pet Events" botton.

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Stephen M. Samson DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital “Summer Phobias & Treatment Options” by visiting the Pampered Pets Guide online or by clicking on the provided link http://pamperedpetsguide.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-phobias-treatment-options.html

Watch for OB on Outer Banks TV 12! And after “Animal Planet” on Prime Time on the Outer Banks!
Or see OB’s commercial by visiting us online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/
OB’s schedule is published in the Classified Plus pick up a copy at over 150 Outer Banks Locations!
Listen to Dixie 105.7 “Today’s Hottest Country” for OB’s schedule
Don’t forget to register for the “Pampered Pets Club” membership card for Valuable Discounts, Waived Pet Fees, Free Gifts & more at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hot Sand & Pavement can Hurt your Pets Paws


This is just a reminder to all those out there sparing special walks and fun times with their pampered pets on these HOT Dog Days of Summer.

Not only the pavement in developed areas of the Outer Banks, but the beautiful natural sandy shorelines get extremely hot this time of year.

The hot pavement and sand can not only hurt and cause pain for your pampered pets paw pads, but cause serous burns & blisters.

The best time of day to share those special walks with your pampered pet(s) is early morning or late in the day, when the ground has had time to cool.

This is one of the reasons the town of Kitty Hawk, NC and the town of Kill Devil Hills, NC have time restrictions on the time of day (During the Summer Months) that you can walk your pampered pet pets on the town beaches.

If you feel that this time restriction is a disadvantage to you and your pampered pet(s) don't despair, the local Outer Banks Pet retailers have you covered :-)

Many Outer Banks Pet Retailers have special pet paw protection footware for your pampered pet(s) from the very small sizes all the way up to the very large sizes. To find protective paw protection for your pampered pet(s) paws please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/ and click on the "Pet Directory" to locate a retailer near you and contact information.

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Stephen M. Samson DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital “Summer Phobias & Treatment Options” by visiting the Pampered Pets Guide online or by clicking on the provided link http://pamperedpetsguide.blogspot.com/2009/07/summer-phobias-treatment-options.html

Watch for OB on Outer Banks TV 12! And after “Animal Planet” on Prime Time on the Outer Banks!
Or see OB’s commercial by visiting us online at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/
OB’s schedule is published in the Classified Plus pick up a copy at over 150 Outer Banks Locations!
Listen to Dixie 105.7 “Today’s Hottest Country” for OB’s schedule

Don’t forget to register for the “Pampered Pets Club” membership card for Valuable Discounts, Waived Pet Fees, Free Gifts & more at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/

Please visit the Pampered Pets Guide online and feel free to look around and explore all the Pet Friendly Outer Banks has to Offer at http://www.pamperedpetsguide.com/