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Summertime Tips for Healthy Pets

July 25, 2013

Since we’re in the hottest part of summer, here are a few reminders for keeping your pets cool, safe and healthy.

Outside pets need fresh water and shade that lasts all day, especially if you’ll be away. If they can’t be kept inside in air-conditioning when the temperatures rise close to those dangerous numbers, be sure they can get out of the sun at all times.

Dog breeds such as pugs, boxers and bulldogs (any known as the brachycephalic breeds) are more susceptible to having respiratory problems in the heat because of their flat faces. It’s best for them to avoid heavy activity when it’s hot.

Pets can suffer from heatstroke the same as people. Never leave them in a hot car alone for any length of time.

On the hottest days, walk either in the morning or later evening, especially if walking on pavement. A good test of whether it is too hot to walk your dog on asphalt or cement is to lay your hand flat on the walkway and if it’s too hot to keep your hand there for thirty seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.

Another danger I recently learned about is that of the foxtail. A wild grass that often likes to attach itself to passersby, foxtail is quite prevalent in some areas and can cause all sorts of problems if it becomes embedded in ears, eyes, or just about any part of a pet’s body. If a foxtail is not removed, a pet could actually die from the ensuing infection. It’s always best to check a pet over carefully if they’ve ventured into grassy areas, and if you suspect a foxtail is embedded anywhere on their body, call the vet.

Keep up to date on heartworm and flea/tick preventative, as the nasty little varmints can cause all kinds of problems. As I learned the hard way once, don’t wait till you see fleas to treat them. It’s much easier for you and your pets to prevent them.

By taking just a few precautions, you can enjoy the summer with your pets.