With the increasing temperatures, summer is well on the way. We wanted to share with you some summer safety tips.
As many of you know, the pops and crackles of fireworks can really stress out your pets. To help relax you dog or cat, exercise them beforehand, keep them indoors, close the windows and doors, and create white noise by turning on the radio, TV, or a fan. Your cat will probably hide under a bed or couch, but you can try to get your dog’s mind off the loud noises by teaching them a new trick or playing a game like fetch or tug-of-war.
Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Ticks:
These critters enjoy the warm weather too! Make sure you stay up to date with your pet’s flea and tick treatments and heartworm prevention medications throughout the summer months. Flea and tick medications are available for dogs in chewable or topical forms and should be given monthly. Flea treatments for cats are also once monthly and available as a topical Advantage treatment. Heartworm preventives should start in June with the mosquitoes and carry through till November for their protection.
Keep it Cool:
Dogs and cats are particularly susceptible to heatstroke–a potentially life threatening condition. To keep you pet cool and hydrated, provide plenty of water and shade or keep them in a cool, air-conditioned room. NEVER leave your pet in the car! The inside temperature in your car will heat up significantly warmer than the outside temperature, even with the windows opened. Learn the signs and what to do if you suspect your pet has heatstroke.
- Panting or salivating excessively
- Staggering or walking unsteadily
- Deep red or purple tongue
- warm, dry skin
- Glazed eyes
- Rapid Pulse
What to do:
- Immediately call us at 705-735-1414 or visit the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic on Bell Farm Road
- Move your pet to a cooler area
- Avoid sudden cooling (like putting your pet in an ice bath)
- Apply isopropyl alcohol 70% to their foot pads, place a cool damp towel on their back, and allow them to drink small amounts of water.
Hydration and Floatation:
Going on a hike or spending the day at the beach? Bring plenty of fresh, clean water for you pet to drink. Try not to let them drink the lake water as microscopic parasites can make your pet sick with things like Giardia.
While most dogs can swim, not all dogs are meant for a life in the water. Flat-faced dog breeds, like French Bulldogs or Pugs, often struggle to swim because of their short snouts and broad chests. If your pet is a swimmer, keep an eye on them and make sure they have an easy way to get out of the water–you can also get a life jacket for your furry friend.
Hope your summer is safe and healthy. Call us at 705-735-1414 if you have any concerns or questions about your pet’s health.