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Welcome to the Late Summer Edition!

Our newsletter features some great summer pet tips for you!  We’ll help you prevent and identify signs of heat stress in your dogs and cats.  You’ll learn about signs, symptoms and prevention of rabies.  And finally, we’ll update you on the Somerset Veterinary Clinic and provide more summer tips to keep your pets safe.

Enjoy this wonderful summer!

—Your friends at Hometown Veterinary Care

Summer Heat 

Every summer we treat dozens of dogs and cats for heat stress or heat stroke. Here is why dogs and cats are susceptible, heat stress symptoms and what you can do to prevent your pet from experiencing this avoidable but damaging event.

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Rabies Prevention and Symptoms

Back in April, a property owner in Oakland shot a skunk that was walking around in circles according to the May 3, 2017 edition of the Waterville Sentinel. The skunk was tested and found to be rabid.

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Moooo!

Did you know Hometown Veterinary Clinic is one of the largest dairy oriented vet practices in the state? It gives us a good feeling to serve large dairy operations and hobby farms. We provide vaccination, pregnancy checks, nutrition consultation, emergency care, and even embryo services. Find out more »

Somerset Veterinary Clinic

We’re happy to report our operation of the Somerset Veterinary Clinic in Pittsfield has kept a valuable and respected veterinary practice in Central Maine from closing. We truly appreciate the loyalty of the practice’s customers and patients.

If you live in the Pittsfield area and haven’t had your horse, dog, or cat in for a regularly scheduled health checkup, give us a call at 487-4384. We’ll make sure they are up to date on their shots and checked for any potential health issues.

More Summer Tips For Your Pets

Adult Beverages and Food. Some food and drinks offered at barbeques and summer parties may be poisonous to your pet. Obviously, alcohol can lead to your pet being intoxicated, but long-term effects include depression and comas. Snacks we enjoy may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Be sure they avoid eating raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and products with the sweetener xylitol. Read more in our blog post Backyard Pet Safety this BBQ Season »

Water Safety. Unsupervised pets near a pool could prove fatal. Not all dogs and cats are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually. Make sure your pets wear flotation devices when on a boat. Rinse your pets off after swimming to remove chlorine and salt. Keep them from drinking pool water as the chlorine and other chemicals can cause upset stomachs.

Keep out of reach. While on the subject of chlorine it is important to keep lawn and garden insecticides, rodenticides, and flea and tick products out of reach. Also, know your walking and running areas, as some folks spread calcium on dirt roads to keep the dust down. Calcium is not good for animal paws.

Never use fireworks around pets. Pets are naturally curious and fireworks can cause severe burns and trauma. Fireworks are made up of toxic substances like potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic, and other heavy metals. Be sure to keep unused fireworks out of reach of children and pets.

Paws are sensitive. Be careful as temperatures rise. Do not walk your pet on hot asphalt as it can burn your pet’s paws.

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