"HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PET IS IN PAIN?"                                   

The age old question. Find out the answer by clicking here:
                                      "DO I NEED TO BRING MY PET IN?" What constitutes a pet emergency?
I think our receptionists answer this question multiple times each day. The phone rings, and the client on the other end describes the symptoms their pet is experiencing, then asks "Do I need to bring him in?".  The rule of thumb is if your pet is sick or injured, you should seek veterinary care as soon as possible. If you are concerned enough to call, then yes....the pet should come in. However, some conditions are more urgent than others, and how is a pet owner to know? Find out by clicking here:

Animals cannot sweat like humans do, and their normal body temperature runs much higher than ours. Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads. If they have only overheated air to breath, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Heat stroke is a dangerous rise in body temperature due to exposure to heat, past the ability to self-cool. A dog’s normal body temperature varies from 99°-102.5° F. Heatstroke occurs when a dog is exposed to extreme or prolonged heat. A dog experiencing heatstroke will feel hot to the touch and exhibit forceful panting. The dog may be drooling, have glazed eyes, lack of alertness, unsteadiness or staggering. The severe symptoms are loss of coordination, sudden collapse, and unconsciousness. Moderate to severe heatstroke is a medical emergency. Read more about it:


In fact, yes…both dogs and cats, indoor and outdoor are at risk for heartworm disease, and El Dorado County has been deemed a “high risk” area. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes, and although the mosquito population is lower in the winter months, we recommend prevention ALL year long.  Read more about it:

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