SUMMER PET SAFETY
Summer is a great time of the year…especially for our pets! We want you to get out and enjoy this season with them safely. There are a number of hidden dangers that you should be aware of in order to keep your pet safe and secure during the warm weather.
HEAT AND DEHYDRATION
Want to take your pooch on a long walk in July? Consider early mornings or late evenings in order to avoid overheating and potential heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke include; heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, lethargy, excessive thirst, dizziness, fever, vomiting, purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. Pavement (even sand) gets really hot and can actually cause burns to your pet’s paws…walk your pet on the grass, if at all possible. Never ever, leave your pet alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows cracked. Your pet can suffer irreversible organ damage in a short period of time and may even die. If you are out for a stroll, be sure to carry ample amounts of water for your pet and continue to keep him hydrated.
FIREWORKS AND THUNDERSTORMS
Does your pet suffer anxiety from the boom of thunder or fireworks? Keep in mind, that your pet cannot control his/her reaction to loud noises, and may run away or injure itself trying to flee from the noise. You can contact us here at Independence Veterinary Clinic for options to help your pet cope with the anxiety from loud noises.
BITES AND STINGS
Just like humans, your pets can suffer bites and stings. The most common reaction to an insect bite includes swelling and redness at the site. Some pets can have a more severe reaction which can cause vomiting, severely inflamed skin, breathing difficulties and possibly, even death. If you notice a severe reaction to a bite or sting, you should seek medical attention immediately. During the warm summer months, you should consider preventative measures in dealing with fleas and ticks. Independence Veterinary Clinic has many options for flea/tick prevention.
POOLS AND WATER
Did you know that not all dogs are good swimmers? If you have a dog who does not know how to swim, you should consider investing in a dog life vest and never leave the dog unattended around the pool area. You may even want to take a course in pet CPR…this may not only come in handy around the pool, but in other situations. Pets tend to be more sensitive to chlorine than us humans. Consider hosing down your pet after a swim. Water can also cause ear infections in your pets…be sure to dry those ears really well after your doodle takes a dive in the pool.
FERTILIZERS AND INSECTISIDES
Who doesn’t want the best looking lawn on the block? Fertilizers and insecticides can be harmful to pets. There are many options available to keeping your lawn looking lush while protecting your pet from harmful chemicals. Look for natural and chemical-free lawn care and insecticides. Check out some of the options available at Yard Guard and Yard Organics.
We hope you found these tips useful…now get out and enjoy the beautiful summer months with your pet safely!