Here are some ways to keep your pets safe this summer.
- Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water and shade. Dehydration is a very real threat for dogs and cats during the summer months.
- Protect against parasites including mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Ask your vet for a recommended treatment.
- Limit strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day.
- Continue heartworm preventative treatment throughout the year and not just during the summer months.
- Do not ever leave a pet in a car unattended. In can take less than 10 minutes for a pet to overheat in a hot car. Signs on overheating include: Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, and wobbly legs
- If a surface is too hot for you to touch, it is too hot for paws. Hot surfaces can lead to burns and also heat stroke.
- From the ASPCA: Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
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