Summer is here! We are all excited for the warm weather, vacations, spending time with our families and friends. We have a couple of things we would like you to keep in mind for your fur family members during this summer season.
- Heat Stroke
- Always have water and shade available at all times.
- We can not stress this one enough: never leave your pet or child in a hot car!!!
- It does not take long at all for a car to get hot (minutes in fact!). Please watch this video by Dr. Ernie Ward
- Be cautious as not all dogs know how to swim
- As much as possible, do not let them drink the salt water
- Dry them off well, especially long hair breeds to try to avoid hot spots
- Consider cleaning their ears afterward if they are prone to ear infections
- Mosquitoes can carry heartworm disease, prevention for heartworm is ideal
- Most children’s mosquito repellent are safe for pets; spray your hands or a towel and wipe onto your pet
- Paws and hot surfaces
- Avoid, if possible, activity on hot surfaces, like asphalt, during extreme temperatures; this can cause injury to their paws
- Avoid ingestion of gardening supplies, manure/compost and such; these may be toxic or cause gastro-intestinal upset
Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for you pet. Do you have any other tips you think we should share? Leave a comment.
Enjoy your summer!