submitted by the Health Team of VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital
Warm weather means we need to take some extra precautions to keep our pets safe. Here are some tips to help ensure your pet stays safe, cool and healthy.
Parasite prevention – While they are a problem throughout the year, parasites like fleas, ticks and mosquitos become active in warmer weather. If your pet is not on a year-round parasite prevention plan, arrange for a veterinary visit now.
Water safety – Never leave your pet unsupervised by water. If around a pool, show your pet how to use the steps to get out of the water. Be aware of currents, tides and underwater hazards before your pet swims in rivers, lakes or the ocean.
Never leave your pet in your car! Even when parked in the shade or with the windows cracked open, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise even if the windows are cracked.
Heat stroke – Young, old and overweight pets, as well as those with flat faces, are more susceptible to heat stroke. Symptoms range from heavy panting, glazed eyes and rapid heartbeat to vomiting, seizures, and loss of consciousness. Move your pet to a shady or air conditioned spot and place ice packs or cold towels on their head, neck and chest. If you suspect heat stroke bring your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
Avoid hot surfaces – If the sidewalk or asphalt is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws. Look to take walks in the early morning or evening instead.
Backyard hazards – Keep citronella candles, Tiki torches and insect repellant coils out of reach. Don’t allow your pet access to areas of your yard that have been treated with rodenticides or insecticides.
Dangerous foods – Never allow your pet to have raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate or products with the sweetener Xylitol. Meat skewers and bones can be summer barbeque hazards to pets.