"I Hate Heat Stroke" - An infographic by The Preventive Vet

This summer has been a scorcher and it looks like the heat is here to stay for a little bit longer. For humans, if we get too hot we can easily find shade and get ourselves a glass of water. But for our pets, we are responsible for their safety and comfort. Dogs don't sweat like humans do, so when they're hot they tend to pant and release sweat through their paws and nose. When dogs can't cool down quickly enough, over-heating becomes a serious risk. Just to be safe, make sure to know and recognize the symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Excessive panting that can start and stop randomly
  • Excessive drooling or foaming of the mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of distress including (but not limited to) barking and whining

If your believe your pup is experiencing heat stroke and any of the following signs, it is crucial for you to act immediately and take your pup to the vet.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Confusion, lack of coordination, loss of consciousness
  • Very red gums
  • Uncontrolled tremors
  • Listless and very weak

To prevent heat stroke, we URGE owners to never, ever leave their pets in the car unattended. Even when the weather is pleasant outside, your car acts like an oven - the temperature can rise very quickly. This video from Red Rover Org shows us just how dangerous leaving a pet in the car can be.

Additionally, avoid rigorous exercise when it's too hot outside (we recommend doing this in the early morning or late evening), and never leave your pet outside without access to shade and water.

By Play Admin on Sep 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm 0 Comments

Casey R. Doodle

With autumn finally here, the colder weather brings some unexpected hazards for your pup. To help ensure you and your pets enjoy the season, we wanted to share some pet safety tips for fall! 


To help with the colder weather, many car owners need to put anti-freeze or engine coolant in their car. Since the coolant tastes sweet, many animals can’t resist it - but it is extremely harmful to pets; it is fast acting and can result in death in as little as four hours! If you suspect your pet has ingested coolant, call your vet right away! Even when you aren’t using it, make sure you store it in a safe place where pets can’t reach. Also, dispose of old anti-freeze in a sealed container and if you see a spill, clean it up immediately!

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If you enjoy taking your pet for long walks through the wilderness, be extra cautious in autumn. Fall is mushroom season and even though most are harmless, some are highly toxic and can cause life-threatening problems. Try to keep pets on trails and away from potentially dangerous plants. It is getting darker earlier, so if you walk your pet at night take extra caution and have your pet wear reflective collars or use reflective leashes.  It’s also hunting season, so make sure to wear bright clothing and ensure that your pup stays close to you. Stay visibile and safe!


Our last tip for fall conditions is: keep your pet warm! Indoor pets not used to fall conditions should not be left outside for extended amounts of time. Make sure they stay warm by purchasing jackets—they are cute AND functional! If you keep your pet outdoors, make sure he has a shelter for unpleasant weather and some sort of insulation to keep him warm (P.L.A.Y. beds work great!). Also, your pup needs more food during the colder months to generate the necessary body heat needed to stay warm - so make sure to feed him a little more than usual.


Fall is one of our favorite times of the year and we hope you and your pets enjoy it as much as we do! Stay safe and have fun playing in the leaves. Special thanks to all of our fans who posted adorable pictures of their dogs enjoying the fall - we could not have written this without you! 

By Play Admin on Nov 08, 2011 at 6:25 pm 0 Comments

Happy 4th of July weekend! Around the country millions of people are barbequing, soaking up the sun and enjoying a festive firework show. However, while you’re eating your hamburger and lighting that sparkler, make sure to keep your four-legged friends safe (and happy) too.

Fireworks frighten a lot of dogs – we’ve all heard the story about the dog that dug under the fence, jumped out the window, or chewed through the wall because he was scared. Did you know that more dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? To make sure your dog isn’t one of them, here are a few tips.

  • Don’t take your dog with you to any firework festivities. All of us want to include our four-legged family members, but the loud squealing and bangs often trigger the flight instinct in dogs.
  • Keep your pup in a quiet area. Turn the TV or radio on to distract from any outside noise and keep a water bowl accessible.
  • Make sure your dog is tagged. If you don’t have her microchipped – make sure to do so for next year! In the meantime, make sure she has a collar on and your contact info on her ID tag.
  • Get your pup a Thundershirt. They help with a wide variety of symptom like shaking, panting, barking, whining, “accidents”, clawing, digging and many others! Easy to use and drug-free, Thundershirts have an 85% success rating AND a money back guarantee – it’s definitely worth a shot. Check out this video for some more info.


  • Never leave your pup unattended outside – remember the story about the dog that dug his way out of the yard? You DON'T want this to happen to you.
  • If your dog has SUPER anxiety, talk to your vet. Sometimes, depending on the severity, they can prescribe sedatives to help.

Remember, Independence Day is supposed to be FUN - coming home to a missing pet is anything but.

From all of us at P.L.A.Y., we hope you and your families have a very happy AND safe 4th of July!

By Play Admin on Jul 03, 2011 at 8:26 pm 0 Comments