Summer days means fun in the sun and “hot” weather! This time of year can be dangerous to our four-legged friends. Dogs and cats can easily become victims of overheating, dehydration, sunburn as well as parasites. Here are a few tips to keep your pets healthy and happy during the summer months.
Water! Water! Water!
- Always have a supply of cool, fresh water available for pet
- Add a few ice cubes to a dish of water for a cool refreshing treat
- When on the go, keep a water bottle filled with cold, fresh water for your pet
- Always wait 30-60 minutes after meals before taking a pet for its walk
- Walk your dog in the grass and keep pavement walks brief! Paws can quickly burn on hot asphalt. Consider paw protectors such as shoes or booties.
- No doggy days at the beach!
- During extremely hot days, your pet would prefer shade to sunshine. Excessive panting, raspy breath and discolored gums are signs of heatstroke. In the event of heatstroke, get the animal in a shady place, cool it with wet towels and call a veterinarian immediately!
- Please be considerate and leave your pet at home with a pet sitter while you enjoy a hot day at the beach!
- NEVER leave your animal in a vehicle! Even with the windows open, the temperature in a parked vehicle can reach more than 100 degrees in a matter of minutes
- Coolant/antifreeze leaks are very sweet tasting and attractive to animals. Drinking these items can be fatal. Use animal friendly propylene glycol coolant rather than ethylene glycol in your vehicles. Never let your pet drink out of strange puddles!
- When traveling or vacationing with your pet please plan your route ahead of time and locate animal-friendly hotels or campgrounds
- Allow plenty of travel time to include potty stops and exercise for your pet
- Double check collars and leashes to avoid losing your pet due to a worn collar or leas
Fleas, Ticks ‘n Heartworms
- Visit your veterinarian in the spring, before the onset of summer bugs
- Implement an effective flea and tick control program. This is a must!
- Early heartworm detection along with preventative medication will help you avoid “heartache”.