Coyote Coat

Call it a ‘coat of confidence,’ or a super hero costume for the walk around the block – whatever you want to name it – these vests are bold protectors for your pooch.

Doggy vests with spikes, and colorful whiskers, designed by a couple in San Diego, who claim the vest can save a dog’s life.

They call it the “coyote vest.”

Paul and Pamela Mott created it after one of their dogs was killed by a coyote while on a walk.

“We were in the parking lot and I had two dogs in the car when I heard a yelp. When I turned around I saw my third dog, Buffy, in the jaws of a coyote being carried away,” said Paul Mott. “I tried to chase after the coyote as hard as I could, but he disappeared into the bushes and I never saw Buffy again.”

Mott, who is an engineer, began researching different ways to protect his other two pets from the same fate.
“It’s like a car crash you’re dog is dead in an instant,” said Mott.

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Behavior Counseling and Training

Behavior issues rank as one of the leading causes for bringing pets to the shelter or owners considering euthanasia in an otherwise healthy pet. Often owners do not realize that Behavior issues can be changed. All pets have the potential to exhibit behavior that may be stressful to an owner or give us concern that our pet is not healthy or happy. Many behaviors may be frustrating to deal with. The good news is that we can help!

Not all behaviors are due to mental or brain disease. Often animals will act out or demonstrate pain in a way that gets our attention. A classic example is urinary tract infections. Often pets will urinate in abnormal places but otherwise act normal. Owners can easily misconstrue this for spiteful behavior. Fear and pain can be demonstrated by aggression or hiding.

We will work with you to determine the cause of the unwanted behavior that your pet is exhibiting then develop a strategy for success. We incorporate training techniques as the foundation of our success. Although there isn’t a magic pill, sometimes we will use medications for a short period of time to make our training techniques more successful.

It will take dedication to a simple program to make significant strides with behavior issues, and if persistent, your hard work and our assistance will lead to a more rewarding relationship for you and your pet.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Weight Management With Your Pets

Pets with a healthy weight live a longer, better quality of life. As pet owners we can control what and when our pets eat. Proper nutrition is vital for our pet to function properly. Adequate exercise is the cornerstone to having a healthy weight and normal mental health. Our pets depend on us to give them exercise and to make sure they are not over fed or fed the wrong foods. Some weight issues are made worse by underlying health issues. Thyroid disease, heart disease, arthritis, Cushing’s disease, diabetes and lung disease can greatly affect our pet’s ability to maintain a normal weight or maintain reasonable activity.  We will work with you to begin a healthy weight management program.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Stay Connected With Southern Hills Animal Hospital

In this digital age, it seems like we keep getting busier.. and busier.. and busier!  That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for our clients to get the service they deserve both in person and online.

We have added new features to our Facebook page, have medical records available online for established clients, and so much more.

On Facebook, you can now request food refills, RX refills, appointments, etc.  On Pinterest, you can view some of our great clients, learn tips from our vets, and view other vet approved recipes and tips.  You can even follow us on Twitter to see news from our Facebook feed including pet food recalls, canine influenza updates, etc.

We live in a digital age, and we want to make taking care of your pet as easy as possible.  Having problems logging into PetSites or finding our Facebook page?  Give us a call at 540.343.4155!

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/

Tips To Keep Your Dog Cool During Summer

Summer can mean lots of fun outside with your dog. But when the temps soar, take steps to protect your pet. Whether you take him for a walk down the street, a ride in the car, or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be hard on him. Here’s how to keep your furry best friend safe.

Never leave your dog in the car. No, not even if you think you’ll only be a few minutes. Even when it isn’t that hot outside, the temp can soar inside a closed car. On an 85-degree day, it can reach 102 F within 10 minutes. And that’s with a window cracked. After 30 minutes, it could be up to 120. Leave your dog at home, or go places where he can come with you.

Keep your house cool. If Fido’s home alone, make sure he can truly chill. Leave the air conditioner on and close the drapes. If you don’t have AC, open the windows and turn on a fan. You may want to try a cooling vest or mat to see if they help.

Watch when you exercise. Limit when and how much you do when it’s hot and humid. Take walks in the cooler part of the day, in the early morning and evening hours. Carry water, too — enough for both of you.

Check the pavement. Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so his paws don’t burn.

Offer plenty of water and shade. Don’t leave your pooch alone outside for long. And when he is there, make sure he has shade and lots of fresh, cool water. Add ice cubes when you can. Trees are better than doghouses for shade. They let air flow through. Doghouses can trap the heat and make it worse. Think about a kiddie pool or a sprinkler to help your pal cool off in the yard.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital
3827 Hite St. SW
Roanoke, VA 24014-2377
540-343-4155
http://www.southernhillsanimalhospital.com/