From Road Trips to Parasites: The Buzz on Summer Pet Safety

June 20, 2017, by Community Pet Hospital

While most of us look forward to sunshine, vacations, and other awesome activities, summer also presents a few challenges for us – and our pets. Warm, humid days, pesky pests, hot cars, and sunburns are all concerns that pet owners should be aware of this season.

To make your summer – and your pet’s – one that is comfortable, safe, and enjoyable, take some time to review these tips for summer pet safety.

The Great Outdoors and Summer Pet Safety

While the Willamette Valley may not see scorching temperatures like other regions, our warmer than average days can make for some additional risks when it comes to our pets. Animals are susceptible to dehydration and heat stroke, and being outside in the direct sunshine or in an area without access to shade and water can spell danger.

Along with the warmer temps, summertime also means increased exposure to lawn chemicals, pools, and hot grills. Make sure you have all the following safety protocols in check:

  • Bring your pet inside on hot days or when the humidity index soars.
  • Carry plenty of water everywhere you go (for you and your pet).
  • Encourage your pet to stay hydrated by adding ice cubes to water bowls.
  • Try your hand at frozen pet treats.
  • Limit vigorous exercise to cooler times of the day.
  • Supervise your pet around all bodies of water, including pools, rivers, and lakes.
  • Avoid areas where grass or vegetation has been treated with chemicals, as well as toxic mulches like cocoa shell mulch.
  • Use caution when grilling, making sure to cover trash containers and throw away scraps (including choking hazards like meat bones).

Is Your Pet Protected?

Although parasites are active throughout the year, it seems like they’re especially relentless (and ready to attack) during the summer. That’s why protection from parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes that carry heartworm require year-round control. If your pet isn’t on a preventive medication, please inquire with us about the right option for your pet.

Along with these pests, parasitic illnesses such as giardia and leptospirosis have been on the rise with outbreaks in areas previously thought to be less affected. If your pet is outdoors a lot, please discuss with us some ways to better protect him or her. Since both of these illnesses are primarily transmitted through water, discourage your pet from drinking from any standing body of water (lakes, puddles, etc.).

On the Road Again: Pet Travel Tips

For many families, summer is the time for road trips and vacations. Naturally, your four-legged family member will want to make the journey with you.

Before hitting the wide open highway with your fur pal, make sure you have the following travel care tips mastered:

  • Be certain that your pet’s vaccines are up-to-date. Ask your veterinarian if any additional vaccines are needed based on your destination. Remember that we offer discounted exams & vaccines every Tuesday!
  • Pack all of your pet’s daily care needs, as well as a crate/carrier or seat belt attachable harness.
  • Stop frequently for rest, potty breaks, and to stretch your legs (and don’t forget the water!).
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car; an emergency situation can happen within minutes.

We hope you and your pet have an amazing summer. If we can answer any additional questions, please contact our team!

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