Summer Safety Tips

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer bring with them some special concerns for your pet.

  1. If your pet spends long days outside, be sure they have plenty of fresh drinking water, and access to a shady spot.
  2. Schedule your walks for early morning or evening when temperatures are lower.  Better for both of you!
  3. NEVER leave your pet alone inside your car on a warm day!  On a 75-degree day, the temperature in your car can reach 120 degrees in just 30 minutes!
  4. Be aware of the signs of heatstroke- heavy, rapid panting; excessive or thick, sticky drool; weakness; trouble walking; vomiting.  Call your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog is in distress.
  5. Keep potentially hazardous toxins (weed killer, fertilizer, pool chemicals) safely secured away from your pet.
  6. Keep your pet well-groomed to help them stay cool and help prevent skin diseases.
  7. Be sure your pet is current on vaccinations, particularly if you visit a dog park.
  8. Use heartworm preventative and flea and tick control throughout the year to prevent parasites, rather than having to treat for them.

 

Have fun in the summertime, safely!

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