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Animal Care Tips

Summer dog safety tips

Jun 2, 2022

How to Keep Pets Healthy and Happy This Summer

Steve Marks offers some important hot weather tips for pets during the summer. 

toxic algae bloom in pond

Aug 13, 2019

Toxic Algae Blooms Harmful to Pets

CVM toxicology professor Dave Dorman on what you need to know about toxic algae blooms: What are Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)? Toxic algae that harm dogs and other animals are a bacteria known as cyanobacteria.  An algae bloom occurs when conditions favor the growth of these bacteria.  These conditions include warm weather, stagnant water, fertilizer… 

dog looks up at owner

Aug 11, 2019

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Neither Can Your Pet

It happened so quickly and so unexpectedly that at first Brenda Stevens didn’t realize it was happening at all. Stevens, a general practice clinical professor at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, was outside playing fetch with her standard poodle, Olive, throwing her favorite tennis ball. It was a sunny, comfortable spring day. “I looked… 

Bulldog in polk dotted life vest in pool with yellow ball in mouth

Jul 18, 2019

NC State Veterinary Hospital Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy this Summer

Marks advises owners to take immediate action if the pet is panting excessively or has difficulty breathing, has an increased heart and respiratory rate, dry gums, glazed eyes, drools, appears tired, weak or... 

Jan 5, 2015

Keep Animals Healthy and Safe this Winter

You might find it cute and amusing when you see a Chihuahua wearing a miniature coat, but there are practical reasons for such canine fashion. Small dogs have a high body surface to weight ratio and lose body heat much more quickly than larger dogs. A snug sweater can provide a needed protective layer as…