The summer months present many challenges to pet health and safety. Here are a few tips to keep you and your pets healthy and safe this summer.
Summer can be a dangerous time for your pets. They can become dehydrated quickly and overheat causing illness or death.
Give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot outside.
Make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun
Be careful not to over-exercise them.
Keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
Avoid hot asphalt that will burn paws and overheat your animal.
Trim, but don't shave your dog as thier fur actually protects them from overheating and sunburn.
Please know that you can be fined or face criminal charges if you don't protect your pets from the elements.
Leave them at home
Even at 70 degrees, you car can become too hot for a pet in just a few minutes!
See a distressed animal in hot car? CALL HELP.
Keep them cool
From lawn treatments to pool chemicals, to bug sprays and repellants, poisons abound. Keep your pets away from treated lawns and keep citronella candles, oils and insect coils out of pet reach.
Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
Use firework safety sense
More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other time of the year.
Fireworks cause intense anxiety for some pets. Keep your pets inside, safe and secure during 4th of July fireworks and festivities. If you can't avoid the noise, talk with your vet about sedatives and other options like Thundershirts.
Visit your vet
Vet visits are a must. Parasites, fleas, and ticks can cause much discomfort, They can also and threaten the life when they carry heartworms. Make sure you get your pets heartworm tested and if they aren't already on heartworm and flea preventatives.
Monthly flea preventatives are much cheaper than heartworm disease treatments and flea infestations. Talk to your vet about the most effective preventive for your pets.