The proverbial “dog days of summer” are here, and The Animal Haven in North Haven would like to remind you that your dog can die in a hot car, even if you’re gone for only a few minutes. Across the country each year, thousands of animals are needlessly lost this way. “We think we’re doing our beloved pets a favor by bringing them along for a car ride on a hot day,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, and board member of The Animal Haven, “but when a five-minute errand turns into a 10-15 minute one, the result can be lethal for the pet.” Cracking the windows to let in air is not sufficient, nor is parking in a shady spot—as the sun moves that shade can become full sun within minutes. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the temperature inside your car in the sun will increase by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. You may think it’s a pleasant 80 degrees, but that becomes 100 in the car in that short time. In 20 minutes it can increase by 30 degrees to 11...
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World Zoonosis Day is observed each year in July. Although it sounds like we should be celebrating, we need to take a closer look at what “zoonosis” means. A “zoonotic” disease is one which is transmitted to humans from animals. Rabies is perhaps the best-known example, but there are many others as well, all of which can have serious consequences for our health. “The good news,” says Dr. Arnie Cary, DVM, and board member of The Animal Haven in North Haven, “is that proper and normal hygiene, common sense, and routine veterinary care, including vaccinations for our dogs and cats, is usually all it takes to keep both us and them safe.”
Rabies is the most serious zoonotic disease, and can be fatal to both humans and animals if not addressed in time. To protect yourself and your animals, be sure to follow proper vaccination guidelines for outdoor pets, who are most likely to be exposed to the reservoir of wildlife rabies, but also for indoor cats, who can be exposed to bats that...