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The mountains are known for cool temperatures and skiing, but western North Carolina residents know well that summers can be hot and humid. In a previous article, we discussed signs the heat is too much for your cats and dogs. In this post, we will discuss what you need to know about the heat and your pocket pets.

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As the temperatures warm up and your pets spend more time outdoors, their chances of getting bitten by a snake increase. It's important to remember that not all snakes are venomous. In Western North Carolina, the two poisonous snake species that are pets are most likely to encounter are rattlesnakes and copperheads.

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Beagle Grass

Dogs, cats, and other pets will show key warning signs that they need immediate veterinarian attention. In a pervious blog, we discussed the first four of eight important signs to take your dog or cat to a pet hospital, which included:

  1. Odd Eating Habits
  2. Gastrointestinal Distress
  3. Abnormal Elimination
  4. Eye Problems

In this article, we will complete the list, with the following four of eight signs you should take your pet to the vet:

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We all know that warm temperatures can affect our dogs, but how hot is too hot? There are numerous variables to determine what temperature your dog can be comfortable in, and we will discuss a few guidelines to follow.

In general, most dogs who have access to circulating air, fresh water and shade can probably handle heat in the 85-90 degree range; however, there is no hard rule about temperature limits.

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Biking Dog

Your dog might be the perfect partner for you next bike ride. Hiking and biking with your dog is a great way to bond, and a great source of exercise for your pet. However, it is important to remember that your dog can not tell you when he is tired, when his paws are hurting, and when he needs water.

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