We all love spending time with our pets in the warm sunshine of summer. But when temperatures rise, the risk of hazards does, too! Keep your furry friends safe with these summer tips!
Creepy Crawlies: As much as we love the warmth, so do parasites! Intestinal parasites, Ticks, Lice, and Fleas can all pose a hazard to our companions. Before you plan your hike, chat with your veterinary team to ensure your pet is on a parasite prevention program. Never Leave Your Pet In The Vehicle: Leave your pets at home when running errands. Leaving the window down is not sufficient to provide adequate air flow. Temperatures in a vehicle can reach 50C in as little as 30 minutes!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Pets are more active in the summer time and can overheat quickly. Ensure you can provide shade and plenty of fresh, cool water to prevent heatstroke and dehydration. Avoid letting your pet drink from puddles or standing water as they harbour many parasites and bacteria that can make your pet sick. Brachycephalic (flat-faced breeds) such as Pugs, Shih Tzu's, Bulldogs, and Boxers are more susceptible to overheat as they can not pant effectively. Signs of heatstroke can include: panting excessively, drooling, unsteady balance, vomiting, dark red/purple tongue, dry gums, and a rapid heartbeat. If you think your pet may have heatstroke, you must immediately call your veterinarian!
Just Keep Swimming: Water is a great way to cool off, but some pets don't like to get wet! If you have a nervous or poor swimmer, consider providing a doggie lifejacket and avoid areas that have a current. Throw water toys for pets that like to fetch, and avoid sticks that could damage the mouth if chewed. Make sure to clean and dry your dogs ears after every swim to prevent ear infections.
Hot Paws: Don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt! Consider walking in the morning or evenings to avoid mid-day heat. How hot is too hot? Place the back of your hand on the asphalt. If you can't hold it there comfortably for 5 seconds, it's too hot for your pet!