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   Four Paws Animal Clinic

521A Searls Ave., Nevada City, CA 95959


Dr. Susan Murphy


Summer however, brings a wide range of dangers to pets. Your team can minimize the problems by educating pet owners and reminding them to take added precautions to help keep their pets safe and happy.

Here are the top 7 cautions you can add to your daily conversations with clients when you see them in your practice and also through your website, emails, Facebook page and other communications.

1. Heat

Summer brings nice warm temperatures, but even on a moderately warm day it can get very hot inside your car. Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, even with the windows open, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Dogs only sweat through their paws and death comes quickly when overheated

2. Thunderstorms and other severe weather

With summer, bad weather can be a concern. Thunder can have the same affects as fireworks and lightening can also be scary to a pet. Just the changes in the atmosphere for dogs and cats can pose a significant stress to them.

3. Summer parties

Summer get-togethers can be fun to us, but to our pets it means a change in their normal routine. Harmful aspects can include extra people, people of different ages, the excitement in the air, not getting the normal degree of attention they normally get (whether it’s more or less) and then the dropped food, adult beverages or the guests thinking our furry family members need a little treat. 

Celebratory situations and how the loud noises and confusion can be very dangerous to your pets’ well being.

4. Hot grills

After the party or even after grilling, people need to take extra care to avoid dropped grease or grease-covered coals in areas pets are exposed to. Dogs don’t care what they’re eating if it’s covered in something tasty!

5.Hot Pavement

Every summer we see dogs with burned pads. Please be careful with their little feet

6. Outdoor critters

Walks in the great outdoors are very beneficial for all species, but we also know that clients need to be aware of the threats out there while doing so. Mosquitos, flies, rodents, ticks and snakes can be a real issue in some areas.We have rattlesnakes here that can cause serious injury and death. We also have a vaccine that may help protect your dog from the worst symptoms.

7. Busier traffic

In most areas, many more people are out and about in the summer time. With the extra people walking, riding bikes and traveling by car, pets may have a hard time encountering all this extra stimulation. They can become excited and increase the chances of gaining freedom from the leash. 

Our Resolution

Our Resolution is to always do our best to provide excellence in wellness, illness and surgical care for patients; to build close, positive relationships with clients, and to provide education and empowerment to clients and staff in a calm, comfortable, healing environment.


       Dr. Susan Murphy and Jenna

Four Paws Animal Clinic is a full-service animal hospital whose mission is to provide compassionate care and support for all our 4 and 2 legged friends. We provide complete medical, dental, surgical and imaging services, including ultrasound as well as deluxe cat boarding.  Our staff is extremely well trained and are passionate about veterinary medicine , having worked with Dr. Murphy at Best Friends for many years. She calls them the "Dream Team".


At Four Paws Animal Clinic, you will walk into a calm, welcoming, and friendly environment every visit, so that the experience is as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. We strive to provide professional, affordable, and advanced veterinary services, including, but not limited to newer alternative therapies such as cold laser and stem cell therapy using your pets own stem cells found in their fat cells. click here to read about this new and exciting treatment for your pets arthritis .

We also have an in-house pharmacy, dental care products, carry some premium foods and have access to specialists, making our veterinary facility a one stop shop for your pet's health and medical needs. Please browse around our new website to learn about our facility and to read interesting pet articles. Click on the "email us" link below to ask us a question or to submit feedback. For directions to our office see our contact us page. To receive free monthly veterinary care articles, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Remember, at Four Paws Animal Clinic, your pets are our family!

Dr. Susan Murphy
Nevada City Veterinarian | Four Paws Animal Clinic | 530-265-3722

521A Searls Ave.
Nevada City, CA 95959

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Dear Dr. Murphy,

Thank you so very much for your brilliant diagnoses of my endocrine issues this past year.

I am now a happy, active boy; getting more stamina by the day. The bounce is back in my step. Thank you!  

Love, Harvard  Nevada City