The dog days of summer are in full swing. What better time to share some helpful tips for keeping pets safe and cool this summer.
Summertime often means time spent at the lake. If you’re like me, I love to take my dog to the lake, and we all want to make sure our pet has a safe and enjoyable time while there. One good way to keep your pet safe while near or on the water is to get a life jacket. This will allow you that peace of mind if they happen to get away from you, and unexpectedly land themselves in the water. After your lake day is over, be sure to bathe or spray your pet down, to get all the debris off. Ensure to dry them thoroughly to take away all the moisture. If moisture is left on the skin, it can create a hot spot that can irritate your pet and may need medications to get rid of it. If there is any water in the ears, be sure to clean them out as this is perfect breeding ground for yeast. Clean ears with an ear cleanser, not water, that creates an environment with a neutral pH
that yeast does not like.
Early morning or late evening is the best time to walk your dog when the weather is hot. If walking them in the evening, test the pavement first to determine if it is too hot for their paws. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dog so that they do not overheat. Brachycephalic, or short-faced, breeds tend to have a difficult time breathing without adding heat. After every walk, offer your dog fresh, cold water.
Summer fun often brings celebrations, and there can be a lot of loud and weird noises associated with these celebrations. Take note of planned events, and be prepared for unplanned events by providing your pet with a safe space where they can go and relax. Play music or tv to drown out the sounds and make sure to include their favorite toys to keep them distracted and bundle them up!
Taking pets in the car with you wherever you go can be fun but remember not to leave them in the car alone on warm days. The temperature in a car can rise quickly and cause your furry friend to overheat fast. Even parking in the shade and having windows down can cause your cars inside temperature to rise.
Hiking and camping are great ways to spend the summer and include pets. Giving them flea, tick and dewormer medication monthly can protect not only them from parasites but you and your family as well. Contact our clinic so we can help you get the best products for your pets!