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How to Beat The Heat

Published: May 01, 2011

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Summer weather means hot days and warm sunshine-y hours filled with time at the beach and other places outdoors. This could mean being outside with the family dog.

If you choose to leave your dog outside, here are some tips to keeping your pet both safe and comfortable:


·         NEVER leave your dog in a parked car. On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees in ten minutes—even with the windows open. This could cause permanent damage to the dog.


·         Be sure to provide shade and plenty of water. Proper shelter is a requirement of the New Hanover County Code for animals. Water is also covered under manner of keeping and treating your pets.


·         Limit exercising your dog or provide something besides your routine walk, such as swimming in a nearby pond or lake.



The most ideal spot for any pet is safely inside their person's household. While this may not always be possible, use wisdom in keeping your dog safe and healthy during the hot, humid days ahead.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours please Animal Emergency & Trauma Hospital of Wilmington at  (910) 791-7387.