Summertime Pet Tips
The temperatures are rising and so are the risks to your pets during this summer heat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two serious problems to be on the look out for.
Please do not leave your pets in a car on a hot day. Even on a mild day with the windows partially open the temperature inside your car can skyrocket quickly.
Dog houses do not keep your pets cool in the summer heat
Limit exercise: walks should be limited to early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. Don’t forget the asphalt gets very hot and can burn your dog’s paws. Always carry water for you and your pet when exercising.
Higher humidity makes it harder for dogs to cool themselves by panting
Be aware if your pets are especially susceptible to heat related issues: snub nosed dogs/cats can have more difficulty breathing while lighter colored coats can increase risks of sunburn.
Heat exhaustion can quickly lead to heat stroke: if your pet has any symptoms of heat stroke bring them to the veterinary office immediately.
One of our favorite past times is fireworks on Independence Day but the loud sounds and lights are not our pets favorite.
Plan ahead so that you are not too late in trying to make your pets comfortable; some medications do not work unless given prior to the events.
Provide a safe environment for your pets whether they are indoor or outdoor. An inside room in the house is ideal to reduce the chances of them running away from the sounds and lights. Turning on a television or radio can help tone down the festivities.
Sounds and lights are not the only thing to worry about. Fireworks contain several chemicals to make them amazing. Some of these can be harmful to your pets. Be sure to keep them well away from where fireworks are being lit and where they are going.
Some dogs/cats may become more anxious than others and may need medication to help them through the raucous night. Talk to one of our veterinarians about whether a medication may be right for your pet.
Keep in mind that the dangers are not over when the night is over. Left over fireworks can also be harmful to your pet. Be sure to clean up the next day when you can see clearly at home and to watch for the trash that sometimes gets left behind if you walk your dogs.
We all love BBQ food, including our pets.
Keep pets in a separate are from your BBQ grill. Whether you prefer propane or charcoal, the heat can be dangerous, as well as the fumes.
Don’t feed your pets any food from the grill. Most of these foods are rich and can be harmful to your pets causing problems from an upset stomach to pancreatitis.
There are several snakes common in our region. Six of these species are venomous, the copperhead, cottonmouth, timber rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, eastern diamond back rattlesnake, and the eastern coral snake. The copperhead is the most common. If you think your pet may have been bitten by any of these snakes bring them to our office or the closest emergency facility immediately.
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