Dental Health

Periodontal disease may not be visible to you, but can be painful for your pet. For instance, some dogs and cats will chew only on one side of their mouth because of gum or tooth discomfort. If left untreated, the disease and pain will only progress. Advanced periodontal disease has been linked to other health […]

New Year, New Resolutions

January has become the month of reinvention. It’s easy for us humans to get excited about new habits for ourselves at the start of a fresh year but what about our pets? Making resolutions with your pets in mind is a great way to hold yourself accountable especially if getting up early or exercising are […]

Happy Vet Tech Week!

Guess what? It’s National Veterinary Technician week! Our technicians are essential to the day-to-day function of WAH. Our technicians always go out of their way to give patients individualized attention and affection. For this reason alone, we are forever grateful. Because team work makes the dream work, we always celebrate each and every one of […]

4th of July Safety

Independence Day creates a “perfect storm” for missing pets. Statistics show that more dogs are lost over the 4th of July holiday than any other time of the year. Even the most laid back of dogs can be frightened by fireworks causing them to flee in fear. When pets run in fear, they can lose […]

Swimming Safety

They didn’t coin the term “doggy paddle” because our canine companions stay on shore. Many dogs enjoy swimming as much as people do, and cool times in the local swimming spot are irreplaceable summer experiences. But you have to look out for your pet around water, since even the strongest, most enthusiastic swimmers can get into trouble. The keys to water safety for dogs are prevention, preparedness and awareness.


No dog should be given unsupervised access to a backyard pool, neighborhood pond or creek. Swimming pools are best fenced off for safety. If that’s not possible, they should be equipped with alarms that sound when the surface of the water is broken by a child or pet falling in and a ramp to help them find their way out.

Prevention also means teaching your pet what to do when he’s in the pool. Dogs don’t always understand that the steps are on a certain side, and they may tire while trying to crawl their way out. If your pet likes to swim, work with him in the pool to help him learn where the steps are so he can get out easily. Some breeds of dogs, such as Bulldogs, Corgis, Pugs and Basset Hounds, do not have the body conformation to make them natural swimmers, and need to be outfitted with a lifejacket and may need to be taught how to swim.


Before letting your dog swim in natural surroundings, survey the area for safety. Rivers and oceans can change frequently, and an area that was once safe for swimming can become treacherous. Consider currents, tides, underwater hazards and even the condition of the water. In the late summer, algae scum on the top of standing water can be toxic. When in doubt, treat it like you would a child: better safe than sorry.

Dogs on, in or near the water should be wearing a life jacket. These are especially great for family boating trips, because most have sturdy handles for rescue when a pet goes overboard.


Be aware of your dog’s condition as he plays. Remember that even swimming dogs can get hot, so bring fresh water and offer it at every opportunity. When your dog is tiring, call it a day. A tired dog is in danger of drowning.

Be particularly careful with young and old dogs. Young dogs can panic in the water, and old dogs may not realize they aren’t as strong as they used to be. Keep them close to shore, and keep swimming sessions short.


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June 1, 2018

February – Dental Health Month

Did you know that approximately 80% of adult dogs and 70% of adult cats have some form of oral disease?  Dental problems are among the top three pet owner concerns in dogs and cats! Periodontal disease may not be visible, but it can be painful for your pet and will get worse without proper dental care. […]

Thanksgiving – Pet Safety

THE FOOD Thanksgiving is all about the food. But be aware, a sudden switch from dry or canned pet food to a plate full of turkey and stuffing can upset your pet’s digestive system, potentially leading to pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. More than just a tummy ache, these conditions can be very painful and even life-threatening […]

Halloween Safety

Halloween is spooky, cute, funny and furry! That's right, furry! Whether or not your pet stays home to greet trick-or-treaters or hits the street with the kids, we have some safety tips for a smooth night. Don't feed your pets Halloween candy; keep dog treats handy instead! Many candies we consume contain xylitol (a common sugar [...]

Halloween Costume Contest

  All pets, big and small, are welcome to enter!     *THE DETAILS*    1. ‘Like’ our Facebook page at   2. Email your entry to WATEREESOCIAL@GMAIL.COM before October 20th. Be sure to include your name, pet’s name, and phone number.    3. Vote! Voting will be on our FACEBOOK PAGE from October 23rd – […]