PET TIPS FOR HOT WEATHER:
● NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes!
● Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!! Make sure your pet has access to fresh water. Give extra water to avoid illness.
● Protect your pet’s paws from hot surfaces. Walk your pet in shade or grass whenever possible.
● Don’t overdo outdoor exercise. Stop frequently for breaks & water!
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE IN DOGS AND CATS
● Excessive drooling
● Warm and dry skin
● Rapid heartbeat
● Discolored gums; gums should be bright pink.
If you suspect signs of heat stroke you can lower your pet’s temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water. DO NOT use ice or extremely cold water. Use a fan to cool your pet and contact our office or an emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
FRIGHTENED BY STORMS AND FIREWORKS?
If your pet does not like storms or fireworks be prepared! Visit with our office to discuss medications and things you can do to keep your furry family member feeling safe and comfortable!
FLEA, TICK AND HEARTWORM PREVENTION
These fun little pests never rest and they LOVE the warmer weather! With all the recent rains, mosquitoes are in abundance so make sure your pet is covered with flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Talk with our office to find what product is best for your pet.
When traveling with a pet we recommend a pet first aid kit that contains the following:
● Any pet prescriptions your pet is currently on.
● Benadryl in case your pet gets stung or has an allergic reaction.
● Prescription pain med or anti-inflammatory in case your pet is injured.
● Diarrhea medication as travel can be stressful on your pets digestive system.
● Their own food as a sudden change in diet can cause problems.
Make sure your pet is properly vaccinated before going on a trip and have a copy of their rabies certificate and vaccination records. Make sure your pet has proper identification, we highly recommend you microchip your pet and have an engraved tag or collar embroidered with their name and your phone number. Keep your veterinarian’s information handy in case any problems arise.
Wishing you and your pet(s) a safe and happy summer!