Summer Pet Safety 

  • Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. 

    • Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication. Make sure your pet receives their flea and tick preventative, and any vaccination boosters they need.

  • Make sure your pets do not become overheated!

    • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors.

    • Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets.

    • Excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

    • Some pets have a greater risk of heatstroke. Those pets with flat faces, overweight, senior, or any organ damage or disease are at higher risk.

    • If you fear your pet is suffering from heatstroke call your veterinarian immediately!

  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. 

  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around any body of water (pool, lake, creek, etc.)

  • Open un-screened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all un-screened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.

  • Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but do not shave your dog.

    • The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn.

    • Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. 

    • Be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

  • Keep walks during these times to a minimum. 

    • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.

    • While you are walking your pooch, be sure to keep their safety in mind. It is recommended to keep your dog on a short leash in order to prevent dangers with street traffic, other pedestrians, cyclists, and other dogs.

  • Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested.

    •  keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well.

    • Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.

  • Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets.

    • Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas.

    • Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments.

    •  Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.

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