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YOUR PET AND THE SUN

 

Dog with Sunglasses This year we’re experiencing hotter weather than usual in different parts of the country. That’s why it’s extremely important that you take heed of your pets outside. Please… always remember to take the care of your pets into consideration during the hot weather.

 

Your pets should always be taken inside during any harsh weather, but when they are outside make sure your pet has access to shade. Pets can dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of fresh clean water. Look for signs of overheating such as panting, gasping, acting despondent or heavy drooling with a rapid heartbeat. Older and/or heavyset pets are vulnerable because they cannot breathe as easily. Never leave your pet in your parked vehicle! It upsets me when I see a poor pet shut in a locked vehicle during a hot summer or a very cold winter. It is no different for them than it would be for you. Think about walking into the mall on a hot summer day. By the time you reach the door your feet feel like they’re burning up!

 

Well guess what it feels like to your pet to have to walk on hot pavement! Giving your dog/cat a lightweight haircut in summer can help prevent overheating. Sunscreen and insect repellent is also a good idea for your pets, however, make sure it is specifically for use on animals. Also, there’s one more thing that is so important during the hot months of the year. Most people like to walk their pets and exercising with your pet is very smart, with early morning or evening being best for you both.

 

Take your pets to the vet for a spring or early summer check-up. A check for heartworms and other parasites will make for a more comfortable summer for all. A good heartworm preventative plus a flea and tick control program will help keep them healthy.

 

Not all dogs are good swimmers, so introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from the fur and try to keep them from drinking pool water as the chemicals could cause stomach upset.

 

If you live higher than one story, simple precautions like keeping all screened windows or doors in your home closed will keep your pet safer. It is a fact that pets, mostly cats can fall out of windows and doors very easily which can be fatal.

 

Taking your dog to a backyard barbeque requires special care and attention. Remember that the food and drink we ingest may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from them as they can be a threat, in fact, any change of diet may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. AVOID raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with a sweetener “xylitol”.

 

You and your pet have a great summer!

 

-Ms Suntan

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