We all love spending time outdoors with our family and friends in the summer, and of course that includes our pets. Here are some simple precautions that you can take to keep your pets safe this summer.
FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVES
Make sure that all pets in your household are protected by flea and/or tick preventatives. Be sure to take advantage of our flea bundles, and save 15% on a one year supply of your flea preventatives. Dogs should also be protected from Heartworm, which is carried by mosquitoes, with a Heartworm preventative.
HIGH TEMPERATURE PRECAUTIONS
Pets can dehydrate very quickly. Be sure that they have access to clean, fresh water and plenty of shade. Be careful not to over-exercise them, and to keep them indoors and cool when temperatures are extremely high.
Never leave your pet in a parked car! Even with the windows down, the temperature in the car will rise to well above the outside temperature within minutes.
Remember that when the temperatures are high, concrete (and especially asphalt) get extremely hot. Your pet is much closer to these surfaces than you are, and will heat up quickly. Also, sensitive paw pads can burn very easily. If it's too hot for your bare feet, then it's also too hot for theirs.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE IN PETS
Symptoms include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rates, drooling, weakness, stupor, or even collapse. In more extreme cases you may also see vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. Cool your pet immediately with cold towels, and by applying rubbing alcohol to the paw pads. Then bring him/her immediately to a veterinarian.
Do not leave your pets unsupervised around pools. Make sure that they wear flotation devices if you take them out on a boat. After swimming, be sure to rinse your pet to remove chlorine or salt from his/her coat.
OUTDOOR PARTIES WITH PETS
Outdoor parties and BBQ's are fun, and we love to include our furry family members, but be very careful that they do not have access to people foods, trash cans, or alcoholic beverages. Also be cautious when a lot of people are coming and going. You don't want to end the evening scouring the neighborhood for a lost pet. Is your pet microchipped? If not, call our office to take advantage of our 20% microchip special!