Dog Preventive Care


This collection of Dog Preventive Care articles has been curated for you by Valley West and Elk Valley Veterinary Hospitals. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at 304-915-0944.

Today's Hot Take! 6 Safety Tips for Pets in the Face of Rising Temperatures

If you've been watching the news as of late, you know that many cities across the U.S. are breaking heat records. Temperatures are rising just about everywhere, and pets can have trouble beating the heat. As you rest in the shade, take a dip in a lake, or sip iced tea, don't forget about your furry friend panting beside you. Pets can easily overheat or develop other heat-related problems while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.


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Keep Your Dog Safe on the Water with These Paddling Safety Tips

Do you love getting out on the water on a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak? If so, you've probably at least considered taking your canine companion with you on your adventures. Enjoying these hobbies with your dog is safe and lots of fun — as long as you follow a few simple rules and guidelines. At veterinarians, we want you and your precious pup to have a blast every time you head out on the water. That's why we decided to share a few pointers for paddling with your pup. Let's dive in!


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8 Summertime Hazards Pet Owners Need to Have on Their Radar

Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy those warm, sunny days with your furry friend. Unfortunately, this time of year can be hazardous for pets. If you are not careful, your dog or cat could experience serious injuries, illnesses, or worse. As veterinarians, we want you and your pet to enjoy the rest of a healthy, fun-filled summer, so we're sharing information about some of the most common summertime pet hazards below.


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In Honor of National Swimming Pool Day: How to Prevent Dry Drowning In Pets

Drowning is a familiar term to all of us—a traumatic event that occurs when a person or animal is submerged in water for too long and deprived of oxygen. However, a relatively uncommon but related term is secondary or "dry drowning." Water is aspirated into the lungs and causes serious complications, often hours or even days after water exposure. Dry drowning, also known as aspiration pneumonia, can affect humans and their pets.


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National Camping Month: A Guide to Camping Safely With Pets

Every pet owner wants to bring along their four-legged family member when they set out for a fun adventure, including camping. However, camping excursions must be carefully planned, from understanding campground rules to ensuring your pet is safe in an unfamiliar outdoor environment. June is National Camping Month—the perfect time to safely explore how to take your pet along for a multi-day camping trip.


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