Seasonal Pet Care Tip from Community Animal Hospital
Summer Safety Tips
We are finally having some warm weather, here are some tips to help keep your pets safe and happy during this summer.
Leave Pets At Home
Your pets don’t want to wait in the car while you run errands – they’d rather be at home in the cool air conditioning! The inside of your car can reach upwards of 20 degrees higher than the temperature outside in just a few minutes. Cracked windows and shade from trees do not provide enough relief and your pet is at risk from suffering a fatal heat stroke. When it comes to pets, staying at home is best!
Provide Lots of Water
Your dog and cat will need some extra hydration when the weather warms up. Make sure to fill that water dish and keep it full! If you are taking your pet on an outdoor adventure, bring water and a portable container with you. Ocean, lake or river water contains bacteria and other contaminants that can harm your pet – it’s best to bring a supply from home instead! Providing extra water can be fun, too.
You might be tempted to shave your dog or cat in the summer months. A short trim is fine, but shaving your pet too short can result in sunburn and bug bites. Brushing your dog or cat can help to remove excess fur and keep them feeling fine in the summertime.
Avoid Pavement When Possible
Of course, your dog will still need to go for walks each day, but keep them shorter during the hotter times of day. Don’t let your pet linger on hot pavement or asphalt – that can lead to burns on the pads of paws. If the pavement is too hot for your feet, it’s too hot for their feet.
Fireworks and Pets Don’t Mix
Fireworks are a lot of fun … for humans. Loud noises and bright lights can scare many pets, leaving them lost and disoriented. Find an escape-proof room in your house for your dog or cat during firework displays, and enjoy the Fourth of July with your favorite people, not your pets! If your pet is scared or anxious with loud noises like fireworks, reach out to us to see if there are other things that might help your pet.
Don’t Skip Flea & Heartworm Prevention
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and mosquitoes thrive in the warm weather. To be safe, it’s best to keep your pets on heartworm prevention year round. Heartworm is preventable, but left untreated, it is fatal. We offer different options for easy to use, safe heartworm and flea & tick prevention here at the hospital.
Know When to Act
Keeping your pets cool in the summer time is the best way to avoid heat stroke, which can be fatal. It’s important for pet owners to know the signs, which include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness. If you see these signs in your pet, immediately contact a veterinarian.
Take these simple steps to keep your dog or cat safe in the hot summer months ahead!
For more information about summer pet safety, please contact us today at
(508)753-7077 or ask us at your next appointment!