Regardless of the time of year, Summer Pet Care information is always useful as it can also pertain to some other special precautions to protect your pet. From heat, to bugs, and parties and picnics our furry friends can get sick or injured if not properly protected from some of the dangers summertime can present. Fortunately, being aware of these dangers and proactive in protecting your pet from them can ensure a fun, safe summer for all.
Some Summer Pet Care Tips:
- Ticks are a parasitic danger that can affect outdoor cats and dogs. Make sure to frequently check your pets for ticks and promptly remove any you find. After removing a tick, observe your pet for any change in behavior. Talk to your veterinarian about preventative medication to protect your pet from ticks.
- We are all aware about our own increased risk of dehydration in the summer, but our pets are also at risk. Make sure your pet always has access to clean water, and be aware of the signs of dehydration. Lethargy, not urinating, and other behavioral changes can indicate that your pet is dehydrated.
- Summertime can mean lots of barbecues, picnics and parties, and with that comes lots of yummy foods. Pets also think of these foods as a tasty treat, but many foods pose a health threat to your pet. Your best bet is to make people food off-limits to your pets, but you can also contact us for a list of foods that are especially dangerous.
- It should go without saying, but never leave your pet in a car, no matter how short the time. The interior of a car gets too hot very quickly and can easily cause heat stroke in your pet.
- When the weather gets hot so does the pavement. When walking your dog, or allowing you cat to go outside be aware that paved surfaces, especially dark ones, can burn the pads of your pet’s feet.
- It’s not something many people think of, but your pet may need sunscreen. Animals with short, thin fur or pink skin may need protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Check with us to see if your pet should use sunscreen.
Remember these tips as we move through the rest of the summer and into the warm days of early fall. We hope you and you furry friends have a fun and safe summer season!