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Fleas & Ticks

Traditionally, summer is the time of year for trips to the lake and fun in the sun. For your pets, however, summer is the time of year for fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks prefer cool, moist places and can often be found in lakes, tree shrubs, leaves, and in creeks. Make sure to check your animals regularly for fleas and ticks to avoid an infestation, even in the winter. Unbeknownst to most, fleas and ticks can live year round and can still affect your animal, even in the snow. Be aware of your animal’s surroundings and use flea and tick treatment if you suspect your animal may be infested.

Know your animals’ behavior

In the heat of the summer it’s important to know your animals’ typical behavior. While it may be fun to take them along on a car ride or to play fetch at the park, your pet may be overheating without even knowing. Watch for signs to know if your pet may have heat exhaustion or possible heat stroke.

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Signs of Heat Stroke or Hyperthermia Include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Small amounts of urine or lack of urine
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Vomiting
  • Black stools
  • Seizures
  • Unusual muscle tremors
  • Unbalanced or wobbling movements
  • Unconsciousness

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog or pet, get them to a cool place immediately and call your veterinarian. Make sure your pet is drinking plenty of water while outside and taking breaks when necessary.

Independence Day & New Years (4th of July & Jan 1st)

It may not be a party for your pets! The flashing of the lights and the noise may cause your animal great distress. If you need help calming your dog or cat during a holiday give us a call! We have proquiet for $4.06 over the counter. For prescription strength we carry Silo. Make the holidays safe and fun for your pets. Stop by before the fireworks go off.

If you have any seasonal health concerns for your pet please call Animal Health Hospital to learn more and schedule an appointment.

We proudly serve customers in Boise, Eagle, Garden City, Meridian, Kuna, Star, Nampa, Caldwell and all throughout the Treasure Valley.

Dr. Ellen German DVM, CVCP


With over 25 years of experience in the veterinary field Dr. German, along with her caring staff at Animal Health Hospital, will provide you with extensive and excellent care for your pets. Learn more about us.

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