Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer bring with them some special concerns for your pet.
- If your pet spends long days outside, be sure they have plenty of fresh drinking water, and access to a shady spot.
- Schedule your walks for early morning or evening when temperatures are lower. Better for both of you!
- 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!
- 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.
- Keep potentially hazardous toxins (weed killer, fertilizer, pool chemicals) safely secured away from your pet.
- Keep your pet well-groomed to help them stay cool and help prevent skin diseases.
- Be sure your pet is current on vaccinations, particularly if you visit a dog park.
- 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!