IT’S SUMMER!

HELPFUL HINTS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE

1. NEVER leave your pet in the car. According to the journal of Pediatrics the temperature of a car can raise at least 40 degrees in as little as 15 minutes. Cracking windows doesn’t help and parking in shade doesn’t make a significant difference.

2. AVOID THE HEAT! Do not take pets for a walk during the day. Especially short nosed dogs,such as bull dogs, pugs, shih-tzus, do not handle the heat and can not cool off as quickly. Provide plenty of fresh, cool water and shade. When possible keep the dogs in the air conditioned house.

Pets can also be badly sunburned. Certain sun screens can help.

3. Do not share your barbecue with your pet. Food that is safe, and yummy for us can cause vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, etc. This may result in a costly visit to our office.

4. If you take your pet swimming, or have a swimming pool, provide escape routes, (i.e. ramps etc). Certain breeds of dogs will sink, and any dog can drown. Make sure your pet is watched at all times. Also swimming pool, lake or pond water may make your pet ill if they drink it.

Remember Cats and other pets too!

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