Summer Safety with Your Pet
It’s summer time and the living is easy!
Our pets love summer almost as much as we do! For many it’s the best time of year to be out and about. It’s even more fun when we get to share the outdoor adventures with our four legged friends. Camping, swimming, hiking, running, these are just a few of the thing the staff of Rayne love doing with their pets. As much fun as summer can be for you and your pet, there are a few safety tips that will hopefully make the summer months safe and carefree for all.
- Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets: Dehydration in dogs and cats is a big concern in the summer, especially if your pet is quite active and plays outside for extended periods of time. Signs of dehydration include: dry gums, excessive drooling, lethargy. Give your active pet plenty of breaks in the shade with access to fresh water.
- Never leave your pet in the car: Sometimes we think its ok to leave our pets for a few minutes in the car, but this can quickly lead to heat stroke in dogs and cats. In bright sunshine your car acts like an oven, becoming much hotter inside than outside. If you are unable to take your pet on your errands with you, then they are best to stay at home.
- Flea/tick and heartworm prevention: With the warmer months and our pets spending more time outside it is essential to prevent/treat these nasty bugs. Ticks are becoming more and more of a concern, even in our own backyards! Talk to your veterinary team about what products would be best for your pet.
- Pools and water; not all dogs have mastered the doggie paddle. Some breeds do not like water and some breeds may have trouble swimming. Whether you’re pool-side or beach-side, if you bring your dog make sure they have a floatation device to keep them safe.
- Sidewalks and pavement: Sidewalks and pavement can get very hot and can burn your pet’s paws. If it is too hot for your bare feet, likely it is too hot for your pet’s feet. Try walking your pet early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hot pavement.
- BBQ’s and family cookouts; who doesn’t love a good BBQ and eating dinner on the patio?My dogs love to linger and see what is going to fall on the ground. There are a few of our favourite foods that can pose a problem with our dogs:
- Corn on the cob-dogs have difficulty digesting corn cobs and this BBQ staple can also be a choking hazard or cause a serious intestinal blockage.
- Fruits with pits-peaches, avocados, and other pitted fruit can also pose a threat for choking hazards.
- Foods with toothpicks or skewers-these can splinter when eaten and cause intestinal damage.
These dangers may sound scary, but with a little preparation and a watchful eye, it’s all you need to take the heat off your summer.