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Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic Blog

No Sun? No Problem! Rainy Day Activities for Pets

Rainy day activities for pets can help with pet exercise and pet boredom.Most of us enjoy engaging in outdoor activities with our pets when the weather is nice, but what about those days when it’s raining cats and dogs? Are there any rainy day activities for pets that will keep your four-legged pal occupied indoors? Yes! Check out these ideas that are sure to keep your pet entertained no matter the forecast.

The Benefits of Being Active

More than 50% of pets in the U.S. are overweight or obese, so it’s essential to stay active – even during inclement weather. Mental activity is also important to stave off boredom, which can lead to a host of behavioral issues. Keeping your pet engaged both physically and mentally is better for everyone’s health and happiness. Continue…

Pet Safety in Your Own Backyard

Outdoor pet safety keeps your pet safe in the yard and garden, all year longFor pet owners who have a yard, it’s important to consider certain factors such as size and accessibility. If a four-legged friend is very lucky, they’ll also have someplace to enjoy a good nap and take in scenic views of wildlife. As an extension of your home, backyards are usually safe for pets provided they’re fully fenced, reinforced, and gated. But what about not-so-obvious dangers to pet safety?

Pest-Free Zone

We all like to think our backyards are clean and pest/parasite-free, but, unfortunately, we can’t control the great outdoors. We can, however, do our part to reduce the impact bugs have on our lives. Continue…

Brrrrrring on Winter! Winter Pet Safety Tips

winter pet safetyIn Lynnwood, our little slice of heaven, we are lucky to have mild winters. Since we usually don’t get much snow, it may be easy to overlook winter pet safety. However, it is still good to think about how to best keep our pets safe in cold, wet weather.

Read on for some tips to keep your pet friends safe, comfortable, and happy during the coldest months of the year.

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Hot and Smoky: Summer Pet Safety Tips You Can Count On

summer pet safetyWe think of summer as the season to enjoy the great outdoors, but due to wildfires here in Washington and British Columbia, many plans have been dashed. Snohomish County has recently qualified our air as “unhealthy.” This certainly affects all of us, and pets are no exception. Indeed, many animals are even more vulnerable to the smoke. Beyond limiting exercise and outdoor play, what are some other tips for summer pet safety we can all get on board with?

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Dehydration in Pets: Is Your Furry Friend Drinking Enough Water?

pet dehydrationYou know that feeling… Parched throat, dry skin, and incredible thirst that hits you during warm, dry days (or even dry winter days!). Although we know we’re supposed to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day, most of us don’t consume that much in lieu of tasty coffee beverages and fizzy drinks.

Likewise, our pets can succumb to dehydration when they’re not getting their daily intake of water. Whether it’s because Mittens is extremely fussy (only distilled water for her, thank you!) or your super active dog isn’t drinking enough to combat the heat and moisture loss, dehydration in pets is common.

If you think your pet isn’t drinking enough water, keep reading to learn more about how you can encourage healthy hydration.

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More Than Buds and Blooms: Spring Pet Safety Tips Yield Sweet Results

pet groomingIt’s time to get motivated! Spring has officially sprung, and the honey-do lists are filling up fast. There’s so much to do, and when the weather is accommodating, there’s no stopping us from cleaning, gardening, and building. In the midst of all these activities, spring pet safety can take a back seat – but not if we can help it!

More time spent outside is always a good thing for pets. Increased exercise plus environmental enrichment almost always equals a happier animal – but there are certain risks involved in outdoor access.

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The Dreaded Itch: Combating Winter Allergies in Pets

Curious Calico CatThere are many factors at play when it comes to maintaining our skin. Thanks to the cold, windy winter weather, not to mention the dry heat found inside most homes and businesses, our skin can become dry and itchy. The same is true for our pets, especially those who already suffer from allergies.

Winter allergies in pets is a common condition, but, fortunately, there are a variety of tactics you can use to help your pet feel more comfortable when temperatures drop.
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Remaining on the Path of Fall Pet Safety

Black dog and maple leaf, autumnThe remaining weeks of the year also happen to be some of the best, and we can almost visualize the age-old cornucopia offering autumn’s abundance. To fully enjoy all that the season has to offer, though, risks to your pet must be avoided. Pet emergencies are not uncommon between Halloween and New Year’s, making fall pet safety a top priority.

Fall Toxins

There are lots of natural items, such as seeds, nuts, leaves, vegetables, or roots that are scattered all over during the fall. The good news is that even if your pet is tempted to sample or chew on various plants, most are completely harmless.
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Your Pet’s Biggest Protector: the Pet Skin Function in the Immune System

Cat climbing treeDid you know that your skin is your largest organ? The same is true for most animals, including our pets. It is one of the most important, and varied, organs we have however we tend to take it a little for granted. Among other things, the pet skin function is the first line of defense in the immune system. And, when it is negatively impacted by health problems, it can cause serious trouble.

Skin Deep

The skin has many important functions. It holds everything together, provides a nice barrier to the outside world, helps regulate temperature, aids in sensation, makes vitamin D, and is even part of the immune system. Skin is part of what is known as the integumentary system which also includes hair, scales, feathers, nails, and hooves. This system is the protective layer of the body that works to try to keep harmful things out and hold the important things in. Continue…

Spring Has Sprung: Springtime Activities For Pets

Woman plays with her dogSpring has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest! The rainy season may not be quite over yet (is it ever really “over”?) but the telltale signs of spring are everywhere you turn these days.

Chances are, you and your pet are more than ready to get out and smell the cherry blossoms, and we don’t blame you! We’ve put together a list of our favorite springtime activities for pets (and their people) sure to please everyone! Continue…