Summer means getting outdoors, getting on the road, and getting your barbeque on—but it can also be hazardous for your pet. Here are some tips to make sure you and your furry friend have the best summer ever!
• Heat kills—never leave your pet in a car, even for a quick trip! On a sunny 70-degree day, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees in minutes. Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws—so if it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pooch.
• Don’t let your dog drink seawater, lake water, or river water. Water from the ocean can bring on vomiting and dehydration, while lake and river water are often full of bacteria that can cause illnesses.
• Even if your pet is on a tick preventative, it’s a good idea to check for these parasites after being outdoors. They can jump from pets to people and carry nasty illnesses, including Lyme disease.
• Cookouts are tasty, but cooked meat bones often splinter and become hazardous if swallowed. Nix the corn cobs, too—they can cause intestinal blockage.
• If you’re taking your pet on the road or in the air, health and/or travel certificates from an accredited veterinarian may be required. Our veterinarians can issue those and ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel.
For any questions related to summertime pet safety, please contact us at 805-369-2222.