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1. Your passenger vehicles heat up quickly, even when the sun is under a cloud and the temperature is moderate. Heat builds up within minutes and can be deadly to your pets. Don’t take your furry companions with you if you have to leave them in the car on those humid, summer days.

2. If your pet is outdoors, have fresh water and a shady area available for them. If you are out for a walk/jog, watch your pet for signs of heat intolerance. They can be susceptible to heat exhaustion and will excessively pant, become disoriented and unsteady, even collapse. Medical treatment is urgent at that point.

3. A resurgence of ticks usually occurs in August and September. We recommend continuing flea and tick prevention through October. Option for flea and tick prevention include Frontline, a flea/tick collar, and Nexgard. Frontline is a topical prevention applied monthly. Scalibor is a waterproof flea and tick collar that lasts 6 months. It works well with Frontline for tick infested areas. Nexgard is an oral form of flea and tick prevention. 

4. If your canine companion loves the water, that’s great! Be aware that they can tire if not in good swimming condition. Don’t let them swim too far from you, and watch for swift currents in rivers and streams. If you see algae on the surface of the lake/pond, don’t let your dog drink the water. Blue Algae is toxic to animals. Enjoy safety when boating with your pet. There are animal flotation devices available in pet stores if your pooch is not a swimmer (not all canines are).

5. Some dogs love chewing on nuts and fruit fallen from trees. They also think corn cobs are cool to gnaw on and swallow. They actually are possible foreign bodies waiting to get stuck in their digestive tract, removable only by urgent surgery. Watch what your pet is “playing” with out on your walks or even in your own yard. There’s a variety of plants that are toxic to cats and dogs. We have a brochure with a list of toxic, mildly toxic and non-toxic plants available at our office. Grass is usually innocuous unless it is chemically treated. Check with your lawn service about product safety in regards to pets.

6. We recommend heartworm preventative year round. Get your pet checked and placed on Heartgard Plus or Triheart Plus, now!

7. Make certain your pet’s vaccinations are up to date! Check with our staff to see if your pet is vaccinated for everything it may be exposed to this summer. 


Enjoy your summer!


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6555 Cahill Ave #104
Inver Grove Hts, MN 55076-2060

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Blackberry Veterinary Center, PLLC opened in October of 2001. It originated when veterinarian Dr. Cathy Rahimi decided to pursue her dream of creating an animal hospital that would offer clients and their animal companions a home-like personal, caring atmosphere.

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