Why Is my dog drinking an excessive Amount of Water?

All things related to your dog’s water consumption!   Just like humans, dogs need water to survive and with all the running around and activity they have, it’s important that they have access to both indoors and outdoors.    But, is there such a thing as your dog drinking too much water?    At The Vet Set in Carroll Gardens, we’re your local vet clinic in this part of Brooklyn stop by for your dog’s basic vaccinations in addition to other health issues that they face. Take a moment with us as we explore what water has to do with your dog’s health!

Why Water Is Important For Dogs

  Water is vital to your dog’s health — dog’s lose water through various processes such as panting and drooling, and need to be able to replenish the hydration that they lost. Being properly hydrated is a balance — too little and they become dehydrated, while too much may be a sign or symptom of other health issues.    It’s important not to restrict water from your dog, and instead, be taking note of how much they’re drinking and then relaying this to your vet.   

How much water do dogs need?

  How much water your dog needs to drink will vary from dog to dog based on a couple of different factors including their diet and activity level.    If your dog consumes a diet of mostly wet food, they will probably drink less water than those dog’s who are feed mostly kibble. Activity level also plays a role in how much water they need — if your dog is extremely active they may need additional water, especially in the hot summer months.    The standard guideline for water consumption that vets agree on is approximately one ounce of water per one pound of body weight.   

When Your Dog’s Water Consumption Becomes An Issue

  Why is my dog drinking so much? is one of the most frequently asked questions at the vet!    When a dog drinks too much water, this is known as polydipsia and it can be related to a myriad of health issues.   

So, what does it mean when your dog is drinking too much water? 

Because your dog is drinking so much, it could mean that they’re urinating in larger volumes, and this can be a helpful indication and diagnostic tool for vets.    Vets will typically check for the following health issues if your dog is drinking too much water:  
  • Infection
  • Liver disease
  • Adrenal issues
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
 

When should I act if I think my dog is drinking too much water?

  If you think your dog is drinking too much water, keep an eye on it at least for a day or two because it could be related to other things such as a reaction to other medications, drinking (or playing with the water) out of boredom, or maybe they’re just extra thirsty from running around the yard!    If your dog’s excessive water consumption goes beyond a day or two, contact the vet for further action. It’s important to take action earlier rather than later because if they do have a disease it could mean catching it early enough for a better treatment outcome.    Water is something dogs need and while it may be frustrating or irritating to you that they’re drinking a lot of water, it could also indicate an underlying health issue such as an infection, liver disease, adrenal and kidney concerns, or diabetes all of which should not go unaddressed.    So, let your dog drink water and if it becomes excessive, contact your vet.   

For more answers to all of your pet questions and to learn more about our vet services in Carroll Gardens, reach out and connect with our office today! 

 

Halloween Safety For Your Dog

Keep your dog safe and healthy this Halloween!

  Halloween is one holiday where local vet clinics are packed as a result of dogs and cats who give their owners quite a freight on this spooky day! It’s important to practice safety with the food and costumes that come with this holiday to avoid a hazardous Halloween!    Halloween can be a delight and at The Vet Set, we love seeing the cute pics of all of our furry friends dressed up and participating in the festivities. Learn more about Halloween safety for your dog in today’s post!

Halloween Safety For Your Dog

  Between all the sweet treats and cute dog costumes, there is some room for your dog to get into a little trouble, so below we’ll address some of the common health hazards we see on all Hallows Eve and how to better prevent them.   

Halloween Treat Safety

  While dogs can eat most foods, there are some ingredients they should stay away from.    Chocolate - Chocolate is the number one thing dogs should absolutely not eat, though the temptation to get into it is high around Halloween! Ensure that your dog does not get into the Halloween candy by placing it high enough so they can’t get to it or in a closet or pantry. It smells so good and inviting, but dogs don’t know the difference and will gladly eat a whole bowl if left to it!     Candies and Gummies - The largest concern with candy other than chocolate, is candy with the artificial sweetener xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is toxic to pets and showing up in a variety of candy. What’s difficult is a product that contains xylitol doesn’t have to be labeled as sugar-free and more and more it’s showing up in treats. When you purchase your Halloween candy, peruse the ingredients and see if it contains xylitol — if it does, take the same precautions as you would with chocolate.   Raisins - Some folks like to hand out the little boxes of raisins as an alternative to all the sweets, but just be aware that grapes and raisins cause health problems for dogs and can even provoke renal failure in dogs.    Hard Candy - Hard candy doesn’t seem like it would be an issue if there is no chocolate or xylitol, right?! Well, we’re sorry to say that even hard candy is a risk for dogs. If they consume it in large quantities — which happens when left to their own devices — it can clump in the intestines or stomach and create an obstruction.    If you want to treat your dog this Halloween, the best course of action is to make your own Halloween treats or find some goodies at your local pet store. And, as always keep the Halloween candy and sweets out of reach of your dog!  

Halloween Costume Safety

  Dressing dogs in costumes has become quite the event over the past couple of years, and while most costumes are safe for dogs, there are some safety precautions to take.    Costume size - It’s important that you find a costume that fits your dog just right because a costume that is too small can cause breathing restrictions and one that is too big can cause them to trip and fall. Either way, an ill-fitting costume can be uncomfortable, not to mention, hazardous to your dog.     Costume accessories - It’s important to keep your dog’s costume relatively simple, meaning no extra accessories. Things like necklaces can be a choking hazard for your dog, and even masks can block their ability to see clearly. So, use accessories for fun pictures, but ditch them if your dog has to do any kind of walking or moving around.   

Make this Halloween safe for your dog!

  With a little extra precautions when it comes to treats and costumes on Halloween, you can enjoy a boo-tiful holiday with your pooch.     

If you have questions about Halloween treats or just want to send us a cute Halloween pet pic, connect with us today! 

            

Enjoy The Quiet: Breeds That Don’t Bark

Enjoy The Quiet: Breeds That Don’t Bark

If loud noises, barking included, cause you anxiety, we’ve got you covered! Barking can be a real problem, not only as a dog owner, but it can be disruptive to neighbors and when you’re out and about. While there are methods you can use to train your dog to bark less, if you’re looking for breeds who are quiet and content, there are a handful that fit the bill.   At Vet Set, we understand how a dog’s demeanor means everything — you need a dog that fits your lifestyle and barking can really put a damper on things. Join us in today’s post as we navigate dog breeds that bark less to help maintain peace and quiet.

Quiet(er) Breeds

  There is no a guarantee that your dog will never bark at the occasional squirrel or when someone comes to visit, but below are the breeds that tend to bark less, so let’s explore these peaceful pups.  

Shiba Inu

  You may pick up an introverted vibe when you first meet a Shiba Inu — they’re reserved yet inquisitive, and they always look like they want to tell you something. The Shiba will very rarely bark and stays calm and adaptable to most environments.   Shiba Inu’s make a great pet because they’re low-maintenance with minimal grooming needs and exercise requirements.  

Whippet

  Whippets look like mini-Greyhounds and do not bark much. When Whippets are comfortable and feel a part of the family they are quite loving and playful, but if you’re a stranger they may take some time to warm up to you.   If you’re planning on getting a Whippet based on their quiet personality, keep in mind they need a lot of exercise — when they don’t get enough they can become destructive and stubborn, which isn’t good for anyone.  

Akita

  This is a large dog breed who is stoic by nature and only barks when it's needed. They make a great guard dog for protection, so when they bark, it’s probably to bring attention to something. An Akita is an intense breed who loves fiercely and loyally but is quite independent — they'll guard and protect you, but shy away from a more playful nature.  

Bernese Mountain Dog

  If you’re ready to accommodate a  large breed, you will not find a more playful and loyal dog! While they remain quiet and tend not to bark, they’re happy to alert you when there is something worth barking about.   This breed requires a good amount of exercise and a bond will be cemented in this fun, play time.  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

  If a smaller breed is more your style, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is the best little, albeit quiet, companion. They are quite easy going and love to snuggle, but tend to be a bit more high maintenance in the grooming department. Their long coat requires daily brushing, but other than this they are pretty easy to care for.  

Bulldog

  A bulldog is a perfect companion who is extremely low-maintenance, and better yet, doesn’t bark. Their short coat makes grooming a breeze, andtheir short, muscular stature doesn’t require a whole lot of exercise.   Because they’re not overly vocal, you’ll know exactly if something is up or if they want your attention.  

Chow Chow

  A Chow Chow is a very independent dog who is more aloof than anything. While Chow’s have a reputation for being aggressive, it’s typically as a result of wanting to protect their people.   If no danger is present, Chow’s are typically quiet, but they won’t hesitate to signal to you if danger is near.   All dogs bark, whether out of boredom or to alert someone that there is danger, there is not a completely barkless dog — which is a good thing. So, keep the peace and your neighbors happy with a breed that barks less!   There is a dog breed for everyone and even for those who prefer their dogs not to bark at every person that strolls by! Keep peace and quiet with dog breeds that are more naturally quiet! Breeds such as whippets, Akitas, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, bulldogs, and Chow Chows all tend to be less vocal than other breeds.  

For more information about how to care for the dogs listed above or the vet services we office, connect with us today!

      

Inspiring Tips For Being The Best Dog Owner

Are you ready to embark on puppy pawtrol? Being a good, responsible dog owner takes more than you think!

Furry friends are irresistible — they’re cute, cuddly, and they always have the best attitudes, which makes them some of the ideal companions in our lives. But, there is a large gap between loving your dog and being a responsible dog owner. At Vet Set, we are Carroll Gardens’ premier vet clinic and we treat a myriad of animals, including the ever-effervescent and uber cute furry variety! Take a moment with us today and learn more about what it takes to be a responsible dog owner that goes beyond the basics. Beyond Food, Water, and Shelter: # Tips To Become The Best Dog Owner Owning a dog is not only a joy and a freedom we have, but it also takes a great deal of responsibility. The tips below can elevate your puppy parent game or guide you towards being the best you can be — for your furry best friend! Consider Your Lifestyle Dogs not only require physical activity, but they deserve an owner who is present. It can be selfish to get a dog to quell something in you, only to leave them home alone a majority of their lives. So, consider what kind of lifestyle you have. Are you single or partnered? This will play into how much attention your dog receives and if the duties can be split. If you’re single, what kind of hours do you work? Do you work from home or are you gone more than eight hours a day? This gap of time is not only lonely for a dog, but it can spark behavior issues if they start to get bored. If you can take your dog to work, that’s wonderful — they’ll get the interaction and attention they warrant. The takeaway — if you’re gone more than you’re home, getting a puppy is probably not a good lifestyle fit. Grasp the Commitment As a future dog owner, do you realize the commitments that are involved? It’s not only feeding, watering, and picking up their poop, it involves a significant emotional, financial, and time commitment to help your dog thrive. What if your dog requires surgery or breaks a leg? You have to be able to financially accommodate these issues. And, your dog needs exercise and daily walks to keep them sane (just like us) which takes time from your, perhaps already, hectic schedule. Adopt a Dog That Fits Your Lifestyle There are different breeds of dogs that fit well into various kinds of lifestyles. For example, if you’re a runner a pug may not make it through your long runs — but a Weimaraner might! Or, if you’re more of a couch potato yourself, a Bichon Frise would fit right in! Doing a little is important when figuring out a dog that will meld with your life. Make a list of the breeds you like, and find some information on their demeanor — from here you can better recognize the the needs of the dog and yourself. Being a responsible dog owner is much like being a parent — it’s a long term investment! You have to cater to their physical and emotional wellness, in addition to backing them with financial support to feed, shelter, and take care of their needs. There are many more tips we have for you, so stay tuned for part two!

Part of your obligation of being a pet parent is making sure their health is in tip-top shape. Vet Set is your resource for wellness check-ups, vaccinations, and pet emergencies in the Carroll Garden area — connect with us and schedule your appointment today!

Everything You Need To Know About Emotional Support Animals

Because navigating emotional wellness with a four-legged furry friend is always better!

  You may have noticed dogs roaming in unconventional places — airports, restaurants, and even shopping malls — and while service animals are quite recognizable, what is an emotional support animal (ESA)?   Our furry best friends complete our families — not only do they keep us company on runs and provide us with a lifetime of laughs, they’re always by our side offering their undivided emotional support. The VetSet is here to make sure your furry friend lives out their days healthy and happy. We provide traditional and alternative care at our brick and mortar vet clinic and also our mobile vet services. Join us in today’s post as we explore all that pertains to emotional support animals.

The Power of Animals

  While emotional support animals have received a lot of media attention from both critics and those in favor, most people can identify and have experience with the power of animals. Whether it’s a special bond you have as a pet parent or the joys of fostering, you can relate to the ease and calm that pets can bring. They can sense when your in turmoil both physically and emotionally, and are the first ones at your side to help soothe.   Emotional support animals are no different and they offer those who are managing health issues more rights than your typical household pet.  

What’s The Difference? Emotional Support Pets Vs. Service and Therapy Animals

  A service animal is typically a dog trained for a specific task. We have service dogs for the blind, for those in wheelchairs, and even those who have epilepsy. Emotional support dogs differ from service animals in that they’re not trained for a specific job so they don’t have the same public allowances that service animals do.   A therapy animal — again, typically a dog — is a pet trained to offer psychological and emotional support. Common places to spot therapy animals are in nursing homes, schools, and therapists offices.   The largest difference between an emotional support animal and service and therapy animals, is that they’re not trained for a specific task or job. They are simply there in their presence to offer an emotional connection void of less legal accommodations.     Emotional support animals do not have the same rights as service animals under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) because they are not needed to provide their owner’s in assistance in everyday tasks and do not receive ongoing, consistent, and professional training. The very beautiful thing about ESA is that the law recognizes their significance, and some laws extend to them — you are allowed some rights in public spaces. ESA’s are recognized in the Fair Housing Amendment Act (FHAA) and those with emotional support animals are allowed to keep them, in addition to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) that allows owners to bring their animals on a flight even beyond whether they fit in a carrier under the seat or not.   The laws are only so permitting — in units with a no pet policy, ESA animals are still not allowed, and within the ACAA, you can only fly with a dog or cat.  

What Makes An Emotional Support Animal Legal?

  To certify an ESA, you must get prescribed a script requesting an ESA by your mental health practitioner. These scripts are typically written for those who suffer from the following mental health concerns:  
  • Depression
  • Learning disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Cognitive issues
  The letter must include all information such as:  
  • A script written by your current mental health practitioner
  • The disability stated for an ESA
  • How your life is impacted by the health concerns you have
  • How the ESA would improve your quality of life
  • Be dated a year or less out from the time you require it for housing or travel
 

More on Emotional Support Animals

  ESAs are widely beneficial for the quality of life they can help guide you towards. An ESA needs no specific training or certifications and can be a pet you already have or one you’re planning on adopting.   It is highly recommended that they do have basic obedience training and manners so they can behave well in a public space.   ESAs play a vital role alongside side both service and therapy animals. They can help those struggling with a psychological issue gain a better quality of life and soothe them in stressful situations such as long flights or being home alone.     It’s also important to go through all of the right avenues to gain certification, so as not to abuse the system and make it more difficult for those in the future to obtain a ESA.   If you are managing a health issue and feel you need the support of an animal, look into an emotional support animal to help you through your toughest days.  

If you have an emotional support animal and are in need of vet services in the Carroll Garden area, reach out to us today!

      

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