Dog Care Boise ID

Some dogs need to be given melatonin before they hear the first clap of thunder, which can be hard to predict. But because melatonin has no side effects, a nasty forecast provides reason enough to break out the bottle and ensure that your dog will brave the storm.

Hendricks Veterinary Hospital
(208) 473-7487
6224 W State St
Boise, ID
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

The Cat Doctor
(208) 473-7700
9151 Ustick Rd
Boise, ID
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

Eagle Animal Clinic
(208) 473-7796
435 S Eagle Rd, Suite 2
Eagle, ID
Promotion
Call us today to schedule an appointment for your pet today!
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
24-Hour Vet, Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Cockrum, Kara, Dvm - Orchard Animal Clinic
(208) 376-4433
110 N Orchard St
Boise, ID

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Eastgate Pet Clinic
(208) 336-3278
626 E. Boise Av
Boise, ID
 
All Pet Complex
(208) 515-7749
7660 Horseshoe Bend Rd
Boise, ID
Promotion
Client Referral Program: For every new client you refer, you receive a $25 credit on your account. They will receive a complimentary first exam.
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Mobile Pet Medical Care
(208) 473-7764
1785 W Cherry Land Rd
Meridian, ID
Hours
Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Andrea G. Cannon
(208) 375-1600
5019 N. Sawyer Ave.
Garden City (Boise), ID
 
Boise Cat CLinic
(208) 258-2010
506 N. Latah St.
Boise, ID
Services
Full Service Feline Medical Care
Hours
M-F: 8-6 Sat: 8-12

All Valley Pet Clinic
(208) 331-0667
3642 S Findley Ave
Boise, ID

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Health Matter: Help Your Dog Weather the Storm

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By O’rya Hyde-Keller

Some unfortunate pet owners know a thunderstorm is on its way, not by an ache in their knees, but by the frightened behavior of their dogs. Hiding, excessive panting, shivering, whimpering, or worse, tearing things apart—these are all common symptoms of the thunder-phobic canine.

It’s easy to see, then, why many dog owners simply want to put Fido out of his misery using a chemical tranquilizer or sedative. Why not use a natural solution—melatonin—instead. According to Linda Aronson, DVM, a Massachusetts-based veterinarian and pet behavior specialist (www.petshrink.com), a dosage of melatonin proves effective in 80 percent of cases. Even better, she says, “I’ve had dogs that no longer needed melatonin because they learned to overcome their fears while taking it.”

Melatonin works by affecting the level of serotonin and dopamine in dogs’ brains, the neurotransmitters most involved in behavior. It also increases levels of cortisol, a hormone that helps the body deal with stress.

For dogs 30 to 100 pounds, Aronson recommends a dosage of 3 mg, three times a day. Pups 15 to 30 pounds should get 1.5 mg up to three times a day; and dogs under 15 pounds 1 mg up to three times a day. Dogs that top 100 pounds can take up to 6 mg, but this amount is rarely necessary. Aronson advises using tablets instead of capsules and avoiding time-release forms or brands that contain additional ingredients.

Some dogs need to be given melatonin before they hear the first clap of thunder, which can be hard to predict. But because melatonin has no side effects, a nasty forecast provides reason enough to break out the bottle and ensure that your dog will brave the storm.

Author: O’rya Hyde-Keller

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