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Lots of tips on keeping your pet healthy during summer! If you have questions or problems, you should come in to see us to ensure your pet is okay.

Staying Cool

  • Pets will overheat just like humans when out in the hot sun so limit exercise/walks to early morning and evening hours. Being outside in the heat for extended periods of time can cause heat exhaustion, stroke, brain damage, and even death in severe cases.
  • If outdoors, freeze a bucket of water and allow it to thaw throughout the day for cool drinking water. Let them drink small amounts of water at a time or allow them to lick ice.
  • Put ice packs on your pet's head, neck, and chest ONLY.

Fleas and Ticks

  • Both fleas and ticks carry parasites and diseases that can be harmful to your pet. Some of these diseases are zoonotic and can affect humans.
  • Use only flea and tick products recommended by your veterinarian as some over the counter products contain harmful toxins.
  • A preventative medication should be given once a month to ensure proper protection.

Fireworks

  • Be sure to keep pets at home while fireworks are being let off.
  • You can also consult your vet if you feel your pet needs a medication to calm them down during fireworks and/or storms.
  • In case your pet is known to run away during these times, make sure you keep a collar with ID on them at all times. You may want to consider getting them microchipped as well.

Lawn Care Products

  • Lawn fertilizers, plant food, and insecticides are poisonous to pets. Do not allow your pet to play in/near the yard shortly after being treated with chemicals.
  • Most commercial grade treatments are pet safe once they are allowed to dry on your lawn. ALWAYS consult with lawn care professionals before having your lawn treated.
  • Follow the instructions on the bag or contact the manufacturer before using the product if you have questions.

 

  • Overheating is common due to the lack of sweat glands on pet's bodies. Signs of heat stress include panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness/staggering, vomiting, and a deep red-to-purple tongue. If you suspect this, apply cool water to your pet's body in a cool or shady location. Place a fan in front of them as well.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car as temperatures can easily extend up to 102 degrees internally within minutes and more after extended time.

Identification

  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with ID on them at all times to ensure they come home safely.
  • Collars with identification are the easiest method of identifying a lost pet.
  • Microchips are also effective.

 

 

Mulch

  • Allowing your pet to eat/play with mulch can cause GI irritation and even GI obstruction.
  • Cocoa mulch is made from the shells of the cocoa bean. It provides many benefits for your landscaping, but does contain the toxic ingredient theobromine. This is the same component that makes chocolate toxic to your pets.
  • Insecticides containing disyston, disulfaton systemic organophosphates (roses), and metaldehyde snail baits are extremely dangerous.
  • You can visit householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov to look up information on all of your lawn care, as well as indoor products.

 

 

 

  • Keep your pet groomed to remove the undercoat. Keep in mind that shaving your pet's coat down may result in sunburn as their coat serves as protection from the sun.
  • Apply sunscreen on your pet's nose and ear or place a t-shirt on your pet to prevent sunburn. This is especially important if they have light colored skin,

 

 

 

Water

  • Always supervise pets when around water as lakes and pools can be a good way to cool of your pet during the summer.
  • Put an ear cleaner into your pet's ears when finished swimming to discourage ear infections caused by resting water in the ear canal.
  • See more about Ear Care here.


Boarding

  • If you plan on boarding your pet, make sure they are current on all of their vaccinations and you have records available.
  • This includes having a bordetella vaccine given within six months to ensure proper protection.
  • You can also contact Animal Poison Control at (888) 426-4435: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A consultation fee may apply.