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Summer Safety

  • Skin cancer is a risk for pets just as in people. When pink noses, pink skin showing through white fur and sensitive areas like the inside of ears are exposed to sun, apply pet-safe sun block.
  • Heat stroke can become very dangerous and can be costly to treat if not caught early. To help prevent heatstroke, give your pet access to shade, a fan, or air conditioning and plenty of fresh water.
  • Resist the urge to take your dog(s) to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
  • Noise from fireworks are a problem for many cats and dogs. If you anticipate your pet having a problem with noise on July 4th, please call our office to discuss solutions.
  • Pets can become dehydrated when their body fluid levels drop to less than normal. Fluid loss can be due to overheating in hot weather or from vomiting or diarrhea, especially in puppies.
  • A common problem in dogs that go to the beach is ingestion of sand. Ingestion is usually accidental when they snatch up a tennis ball or frisbee and can cause a serious intestional obstruction. To reduce the risk, play on hard-packed sand.
  • During hot summer months, exercise your dog(s) during the coolest time of the day. Remember to stay away from hot pavement. If it’s too hot for your feet, it’s also too hot for their feet.
  • Beach-going dogs can get sand in their eyes, which can be painful. If you notice squinting or redness, it’s best to take him or her to see the veterinarian to make sure the sand hasn’t scratched the cornea.
  • When it’s hot, keep your dog’s foot pads safe from burns. If you wouldn’t walk on the hot pavement in your bare feet, it is also too hot for your dog.
  • An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. Nearly 1,000 of those are started by pets. Take measures to keep your pet safe as well as help prevent him or her from starting a fire.
  • Avoid sunburns in pets. Speak to your vet to learn if your pets are sensitive to sun and how to protect them. Pink noses and skin are especially prone, and skin cancer is a risk for pets just as in people.
  • NEVER, EVER leave your pet unattended in the car. Even with the window cracked, the inside of your car can increase to life-threatening temperatures within minutes. Do your pet a favor and leave him or her at home.
  • If your pet is a swimmer, make sure he or she has an easy way to get out of the water and take the time to show them the way out. Consider getting a life jacket for your furry friend.
  • Pets can get sunburned, especially if they have light skin and short or thin coat. Apply a fragrance free, non-staining, UVA and UVB barrier sunscreen or a special sunscreen made for pets to help prevent sunburn.
  • Dogs and cats are particularly susceptible to heat stroke, which can be life threatening. Provide plenty of fresh water and shade or keep them in an air conditioned room.
  • Signs of heatstroke are panting or salivating excessively, weakness, staggering, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue, warm dry skin, glazed eyes and rapid pulse. Call your vet immediately and move the pet to a cooler area.
  • If you have a swimming pool, make sure your pet has an easy way to get out of the water. Take the time to show them where and how to get out.