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Warm Weather Hazards
Author: Dr. Thomas Mackowiak
August 12, 2014 / 0 Comment / In Category Here
Be Mindful Of These Hazards To Your Pet
Minimize your pet’s time on asphalt. It heats up quickly, burns paws and causes overheating.
BEACHES, BOATS & POOLS
Not all dogs are good swimmers. When on or near water, keep your dog in a flotation device designed for dogs. At the beach, pool or in a boat, give your pet a shaded area and plenty of fresh, clean drinking water. Don’t let it drink from pools or bodies of water.
BUG SPRAY & SUN SCREEN
Do not use human products on pets. Use only products labeled specifically for use on pets.
Never leave your pet unattended in a car. Cars heat up quickly and pets can suffer from heatstroke, a serious problem that can damage the kidneys, liver, brain and other organs. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting and drooling, mild weakness and elevated body temperature.
Eating hot dogs, bratwurst, etc. can do more than cause an upset stomach – it can lead to pancreatitis, a serious illness for pets. And be sure to keep alcoholic beverages away from pets because alcohol is poisonous to them.
Pets can quickly become dehydrated. Animals should be kept inside during the hottest parts of the day.
Loud noises can be terrifying to pets. Keep your pet inside and secure in a comfortable place, away from windows and doors during summer celebrations. Mask the sound with music or television.
Lily, azalea, oleander and many other plants are poisonous to pets. Don’t let pets eat your garden plants. Closely follow directions if you use herbicides and pesticides, which can be toxic to pets. Keep pets off recently treated areas.
Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes carry disease that can be harmful or even fatal to your pet. Work with your primary care veterinarian to develop a program to protect your pet.
When traveling in an automobile, keep your pet securely inside the vehicle in a crate or using a specially designed seatbelt harness. Be sure your pet is micro-chipped so it can quickly be reunited with you should it become lost.
WINDOWS, BALCONIES & DECKS
Each summer, dozens of pets fall or jump from windows, balconies and decks. The injuries can be extensive and sometimes the pet cannot be saved. Keep pets safely secured with a harness leash held by a responsible adult when on balconies and decks.