Simple Tips for Keeping Your Pets Hydrated This Summer

A dog being given water outdoors

Summer is here, at last! Hot, sunny days mean trips to the water, long, lazy walks, and outside volleyball games. Your pets want to go where you go (except for cats who might want to stay put). Your pets need to stay hydrated so, should you bring your pets with you for summertime excursions?

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My Dog Ate a Fly! Is It Safe?

Auburn, CA dog eating fly

If you are the owner of a curious canine who will eat just about anything, then you are not alone. Dogs scarf up whatever is in their midst, and in some cases the cuisine can be both gross and questionable. Such is the case with flies and other insects. At Bowman Veterinary Hospital, we get asked about whether flies are safe for pets to eat, especially if they have been sprayed with Raid or another bug spray.

Since spring is the high season for flying things, our team is here to discuss what to do if your dog ate a fly (or another insect).

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Avoiding Danger Noodles and Other Snek Safety Tips

A snake on a tree branch.

Those who have lived in the Sacramento metropolitan area for any length of time know that unexpected encounters with sneks, called nope ropes when especially unwelcome, are a part of California living. 

Some sneks are a little more scary than others, though, and in our neck of the woods, shake snakes with their little rattles are the big nope rope to watch out for. Bowman Veterinary Hospital wants all of our cattos and doggos to stay safe and healthy, and so we thought we would share our favorite snek safety tips so you and your fluffers can avoid a heckin big scare:

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Spring Cleaning and Pet Safety: A Match for the Season

A cat watches a woman clean the floor.

The weather is getting warmer and the last traces of winter are quickly fading away. What better way to welcome the new season than by cleaning and organizing your house? As you start to create to-do lists to help you clean out your home this spring, keep in mind that many of the most common household cleaning products can be extremely poisonous for pets. The team at Bowman Veterinary Hospital is here to help you understand spring cleaning and pet safety so you can get your house in top shape without threatening your pet’s health:

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Grow Pet-Safe Plants, Avoid a Pet Poisoning

A dog sniffs an indoor plant.

Having a green thumb and owning a pet are not mutually exclusive but growing certain plants, trees, flowers and shrubs does require careful consideration in (and around) a pet’s environment. This can mean that certain plants are off-limits, but the sacrifice is usually well worth it. 

Since a pet poisoning is one of the scariest experiences for pets and their people alike, it makes sense to eliminate all the possible risks inside the home and around the property.

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All the Yum! Healthy Treats for Pets

Auburn CA healty pet treats

If your pet has been packing on the pounds, or if you are wondering about the quality of treats you feed, you are in luck. The team at Bowman Veterinary Hospital has put together some great ideas for healthy treats for pets this season. 

There are many good reasons for switching to healthy snacks for your furry one. Along with reduced calories, in many cases, you know that you are giving them better ingredients. 

Without further ado, let’s get down to the snacks!

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On the Ready: Disaster Preparedness for Pet Safety and Peace of Mind

Auburn CA safe dogs in car

If you have lived through any natural disaster, you know that every second counts when evacuating or sheltering in place. Each disaster, whether it be a hurricane, tornado, forest fire, or the like, has its own manner of getting to safety. You may even have a disaster plan for your family in place. We have certainly had our share of wildfires this year that have devastated California and the Pacific Coast, as well as the West.

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Orange, Glowing Skies: When Pet Fire Safety Must Be the Rule

Pet Safety for Auburn CA Dog on Couch

In this age of unpredictability, it makes sense to prepare for the worst. For those of us in the west, this means getting ready for wildfire season every year. Between packing up necessities in case of an evacuation and planning the quickest escape route, we can easily overlook the effects of smoke inhalation. 

A wildfire doesn’t have to be in our backyards to suffer from dangerous side effects. As a result, pet fire safety should be one of our highest priorities.

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How Can You Keep Your Cat Safe From Snakes

Auburn, CA cat on a fence.

If the title of this blog sounds a bit like “how can you stop the rain from falling”, we get it. Snakes are instantly captivating (from a distance), but cats cannot help messing with them. 

Many cats find it endlessly amusing to swat at and pounce on them, and their super special owners are “lucky” to get a snake trophy from time to time. It might seem impossible to train cats to distinguish venomous snakes from harmless ones. A better strategy would be to reduce (or eliminate) any snake encounters. 

So, how can you keep your cat safe from snakes? 

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When It Comes to Pet Hydration, How Much Water Is Enough?

Thirsty dog in hot summer day. Labrador retriever drinking water from metal bowl.

Summer evenings in Auburn are absolutely lovely, but we have to go through a lot to fully enjoy them. Slogging through the super hot days of August is not easy (or pleasant), but that’s what air conditioning is all about, right? 

We could all stay indoors until the sun goes down but that’s not always an option for pets. Dogs have to go outside to relieve themselves, but many other pets find themselves outside during the hottest times of the day. Don’t forget: Pet hydration is the key to their health and safety this summer

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