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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

    ASPHALT

    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.

    CARS

    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.

    COOKOUTS

    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.

    DEHYDRATION

    Pets can quickly become dehydrated. Animals should be kept inside during the hottest parts of the day.

    FIREWORKS

    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.

    GARDENS

    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.

    PARASITES

    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.

    TRAVEL

    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.

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    About Aurthor : Dr. Thomas Mackowiak

    As a charter member of the new breed of veterinarians, Dr. Mackowiak brings something to the table that few vets can match. From his attention to detail to his individualized approach to pet care, every checkup is a one-of-a-kind experience and every conversation has value. A true man of the world, Dr. Mackowiak is at home in multiple languages, multiple cultures and multiple disciplines. Having grown up in Germany,Thomas studied law in Chile, switched careers mid-stream, emigrated to Oregon to work on a veterinary research project, completed his doctorate at Oregon State University and enjoyed four years of veterinary practice in Portland.