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Heatstroke in Dogs (and Cats)

  1. What is heatstroke, and what happens to a dog’s body when they are having one? Heatstroke occurs when the body can not get rid of excessive heat. It is EXTREME hyperthermia at the body’s core (usually a body temperature of 105-109 degrees F) and this extreme heat causes damage to many different tissues of the body.  For perspective, a dog’s NORMAL body temperature is 100-102.5 degrees F.
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Ouch! What to do if Your Dog Breaks a Nail

Springtime in Chicago is a wonderful time of year and many dog owners in the Lakeview or Lincoln Park area start to take their dogs to the parks. One of the most common reasons why owners bring their dogs in to Blum during the warmer months is for torn or cracked nails, often occurring when they are running around outside or at the dog park.
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Treating Your Pet This Valentine’s Day

While you already may have plans with your significant other on Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about your furry family members! A company called Apollo Peak created a line of wines specifically for your cat or dog! Their products are all made with organic ingredients and do not contain any alcohol. Per Apollo Peak, “All of our pet wine products have a proprietary blend that includes all-natural organically grown herbs, fresh beets and natural preservatives to help hold the taste and color.” Their drinks are all aptly named – for cats these products include Catbernet, Pinot Meow and White Kittendel; for dogs, Zinfantail
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Be Prepared for Any CATaclysmic event

In November, a large barn in Big Rock, Illinois caught on fire and the house nearby had a lot of pets inside. Due to the diligent work of the firefighters, and the family alerting them that there were pets in the house, all of them were rescued. This type of emergency situation should make all pet owners think, do you have a disaster plan in place?
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