We all enjoy spending summer days outside with our furry friends but being an eager beaver in hot weather can be dangerous for them! Here are some tips from our friends at the ASPCA to keep your pets from common summertime ailments:
Visit the vet for a spring/summer checkup. Make sure your pet gets tested for heartworms and gets proper FLEA AND TICK protection.
Ticks are a very big problem in the NY area and they can spread nasty germs to us and our pets!
Make sure pets have access to plenty of fresh, clean water to prevent overheating.
If you notice a fever over 104, call your vet ASAP.
ANIMALS WITH FLAT FACES, ELDERLY ANIMALS, OVERWEIGHT ANIMALS, AND THOSE WITH HEART OR LUNG DISEASES ARE MORE LIKELY TO CONTRACT HEAT STROKE THAN OTHER BREEDS. THEY SHOULD BE KEPT IN A/C AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
Never leave animals alone in a vehicle.
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool. Despite popular belief not all dogs are good swimmers!
Keep all unscreened windows or doors closed, as it poses risk of the animals falling out.
Trimming your dog's hair is vital in the summer. Do not completely shave off their coats, as it acts as a natural sunscreen to their bodies.
Beware that food and drink commonly found at BBQ's can be poisonous to pets. In case of emergency, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888)-426-4435
There are many ways to have fun this summer with your furry friends. That's why we at Bark & Purr provided you with these tips to make sure Summer is safe and fun for everyone!