Spotlight on Summer Safety
Warm weather is upon us, a sure sign summer is on the
way. Conditions are perfect for lazy
sunny days or outdoor recreational activities with your pet. Please read up on the dangers our pets face
during warm months.
are susceptible to heat stroke just like us. Heatstroke, or hyperthermia, occurs when the body is unable to cool
itself to maintain the appropriate temperature. Activities that dogs enjoy year round become hazardous during warm
weather because dogs lack sweat glands that relieve the body of excess
heat. While they do sweat a small amount
through their paws, it is not enough to maintain a normal temperature. Depending on the temperature, heat stroke can
happen in a short amount of time. Leaving a dog in the car during high summer temperatures can cause heat
stroke within minutes.
include: rapid panting, bright red tongue, red or pale gums, thick, sticky
saliva, depression, weakness, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, shock, and
you suspect heat stroke seek veterinary attention immediately! Remove your pet from the heat source and use
cool water, or towels soaked in cool water to bring down the body temperature
while transporting your pet to a veterinarian. Even if you are able to bring down the body temperature, it is best to
have your animal examined by a doctor to assess internal organ damage and
verify through blood testing the extent of damage to the liver, kidneys, and
Preventing heat stroke requires shade and plenty of water
when pets are outdoors. If your pet is
on a chain, make sure that the chain will not become tangled on any obstacles
that would prevent your pet from reaching the shade and/or water. Pets are adaptive animals, but if your pet is
not used to high temperatures, they will be especially sensitive. You may need to alter activity times during
early or later hours when we are not experiencing peak temperatures.
During the warmer months pets spend more time outdoors so
they have increased exposure to parasites such as fleas, ticks, and intestinal
parasites. All of these parasites are prevalent
in the environment surrounding us.
Fleas are tiny, yet visible parasites that thrive on the
ideal body temperature of pets. They can
lay 50 eggs per day, quickly infesting pets, homes, and yards. Using a preventative such as Comfortis,
Advantage, or Frontline will break the lifecycle and kill the fleas. If left untreated, a flea infestation can
cause anemia (not enough blood) and tapeworm infection. Visit our flea page for additional information.
Ticks are another common parasite. When they attach and feed, they can transmit
serious tick-borne diseases such as Lymes, Erhlichiosis, and several
others. Frontline Plus is a topical
prevention that kills ticks before they are able to transmit these diseases.
Other common parasites include intestinal worms such as
Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms. Some of these are harbored in the ground and
can migrate directly through pets? paws while others are ingested when pets eat
the stool of rabbits, deer, raccoons, and other wildlife. Heartworm preventatives contain ingredients
that will control several of these parasites, but if you see anything abnormal
in your pet?s stool, please contact our office.
If you plan to travel over the summer months, plan ahead for
the care of your pet. If you plan to
take your pet along, gather information about your destination to ensure your
pet is fully protected from the hazards of the region. It also a good idea to have contact
information for a local veterinarian should your pet require healthcare while
you are there. You may want to have a copy
of your pet?s records so the doctor can review your pet?s medical history if
If you are not traveling with your pet, make sure to make
boarding arrangements in advance. Your
pet should be fully vaccinated to ensure they are protected from viruses. This includes da2ppcl for dogs, fvrcp &
leukemia for cats, and rabies for both species. Dogs should also have a bordetella, or kennel cough vaccination. It?s a good idea to take your pet?s food to
the boarding facility to prevent vomiting and/or diarrhea from a food
Please be aware that not all dogs are natural swimmers. Pets should only be allowed in the water
under close supervision. Even dogs that
are great swimmers can suffer from exhaustion or underlying health issues such
as heart disease or obesity which can make it difficult for them to swim. Life preservers and vests are excellent
precautionary measures for water-loving animals!