It’s summertime, and the living isn’t always easy for our animal friends. Dogs & cats suffer from the same problems humans do, such as overheating, dehydration, and even sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets healthy and happy.
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE:
Rapid panting, hot skin, twitching muscles, a dazed look. Wrap them in a towel soaked with cool, not cold water. In severe cases, place them in a bathtub. Heatstroke can be fatal. Get the pet to the clinic as quickly as possible.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A PARKED CAR:
Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle hypothermia can be fatal quickly. Even with the windows open, on a 70o day, the car temperature can rise above 150o in minutes. It’s extremely dangerous and the NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF HEATSTROKE!
KEEP VACCINATIONS UP-TO-DATE:
This is the time when most pets come in contact with other animals at parks, campgrounds, etc.
PROVIDE PLENTY OF FRESH WATER:
Dogs can only sweat through the pads of their feet and by panting. Evaporation from the wet surfaces of their mouth and nose helps lower body temperature.
STOP EXTERNAL PARASITES BEFORE THEY BITE:
Fleas, ticks, and ear mites thrive in warm, humid environments. A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must: add to that a test for heartworms. Ask us for the best flea and tick controls for your individual pet.
AVOID INTERNAL PARASITES:
Be sure your pet has been heartworm tested and is on year-round prevention.
WATCH FOR HOT PAVEMENT AND BEACHES:
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt. Its body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
FIND A COOL SPOT:
For indoor pets, keep the air circulating with a childproof fan or air conditioner. Provide fresh water and plenty of shade for pets kept outdoors. A properly constructed doghouse serves best. Bring your pet inside during the heat of the day to rest in a cool part of the house.
THE STREETS AREN’T SAFE:
Don’t let them run wild! Unsupervised, off-leash activity can lead to an animal contacting a fatal disease or injury. Pet theft can also be a problem. Just in case make sure your pet wears an ID tag. Your pet is no match for a car. Also we see many more fight wounds in the summer.
A tip for all seasons: if you must tether your dog outside, use a buckle collar with identification tags. Keep it up to date. It’s a fact: A lost pet without a pet ID tags seldom finds its way home. Never use correction liquid to update your contact information; it is easily scraped off or washes away over time.
Make sure there are no open, unscreened windows or doors in your home, through which animals can fall or jump.
THE YARD ISN’T ALWAYS SAFE EITHER:
Summers the time when gardens, lawns, and trees are sprayed with insecticides, so avoid walking your dog in suspect areas. These chemicals can cause harm, even death. If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian immediately.
BRUSH EVERY DAY:
Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems, especially for dogs with heavy coats. Shaving the hair to a 1-inch length never down to the skin, please, which robs Rover of protection from the sun will prevent overheating. Frequent brushing helps keep cats tangle-free.
IT’S ALLERGY SEASON:
People sneeze. Pets scratch. Common pet allergies include fleas, pollen, grass, and weeds. If your pet scratches excessively or chews at its paws, bring it in for examination.
WATCH THE EXERCISE AND DIET:
Don’t encourage exercise during the hottest part of the day. And let them eat less. Overeating can lead to overheating. The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is hot & humid.
NOT EVERY DOG PADDLES WELL:
Animals in the water for the first time should be eased in, never thrown in or chased in. Don’t let them drink from pools, streams, or the ocean. And, if they swim, rinse them off. Salt and minerals can damage a dog’s coat.
SUNBURN IS NOT A FUN DAY AT THE BEACH:
It hurts. Shorthaired pets and those with pink skin and white hair are especially susceptible. Limit their exposure.
FIREWORKS ARE NO FUN FOR PETS:
Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day displays. Instead, keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered area at home. The highest incidence of lost pets occurs on the 4th of July!
KEEP OLDER PETS AND SNUB-NOSED DOGS INSIDE
Be especially sensitive to old and overweight pets in hot weather. Keep pets with heart or lung diseases indoors in air conditioning as much as possible. This also applies to snub-nosed dogs, such as bulldogs, Pekinese, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos, & shihtzus.
WATCH FOR COOLANT LEEKS FROM YOUR CAR
Its sweet taste attracts pets, and ingesting just a little can be fatal. To be safe, use animal-friendly products that use propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.