Sun Safety: Does My Dog Need Sunscreen?

Catching the summer rays while enjoying time in the backyard is something we all crave, especially after a long winter. Our dog companions love to get out with us on hikes, beach vacations, walks to the park, and all other outdoor activities that involve them. 

With warm weather fun, though, comes the risk of sunburn and other complications when you don’t protect your skin. But what about Fido? Does my dog need sunscreen, you may ask. The team at Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital is here to answer that question and provide more information to keep your pet safe this season.

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Say What? A Look at Why Dogs Bark

Dog owners typically feel very tuned into their dogs. They may be able to simply tell what their dogs want or need based on body language or facial expressions. Likewise, an experienced owner knows implicitly what their pup is trying to say when they woof, yap, growl, yelp, snarl, or howl. 

The magic of a barking dog may be lost on someone disrupted by an intense, or repetitive bark (which can range between 80-100 decibels). However, dogs bark for many reasons, some of which provide great insight into complex canine emotions.

Closely Aligned

Dogs have proven to know a great deal about human emotions and moods. Since they are so dialed into us, we can return the favor by understanding why dogs bark. 

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The Beat on Canine Heart Disease

Our pets have a lot of heart, and we love that about them. In fact, we want to do whatever we can to keep their hearts as healthy as possible. Canine heart disease is a little different from heart disease in people, though, so the best place to start is with a little understanding. 

Evendale-Blue Ash Pet Hospital knows how much your pet means to you, and helping you understand canine heart disease is the least that we can do to help support that bond. 

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Got a Smelly Dog? Sure-Fire Ways to Reduce the Stink 

From car exhaust to garbage dumps, raw sewage to skunk spray, we live in a world of powerful odors. It’s bad enough to encounter funky smells when we’re out and about, but living among them can be unbearable, and that includes a chronically stinky pet. 

A super smelly dog that romps around spreading a truly unique odor may rattle human nerves, but it’s not entirely their fault. What’s more, there are techniques to reduce or eliminate canine odors.

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Why Pet Wellness Exams Mean So Much in the Long Run 

A common misconception is that, if an animal isn’t exhibiting certain tell-tale symptoms, they are the picture of health. In other words, if it “ain’t broke”, don’t fix it. 

Sadly, many pet owners do not realize their beloved pet is sick or injured until it becomes too late for preventative measures. The regularity of pet wellness exams (once a year, and twice annually for pets over 6) helps us support lifelong health, detect problems early on in development, and treat conditions before they get out of hand. 

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