Summer Pet Health
1. Use Caution When
Visiting the Beach-
Salt and minerals found in ocean water can
damage a dogs coat, rinse them off after swimming or playing.
The salt in seawater, ocean water can and
will make dogs sick if the drink it. Leading to vomiting,
dehydration, and even seizures. Make sure they have plenty of fresh
water to drink.
Taking a jog on the beach the sand can be a
strenuous exercise on your dog’s legs- cause tendon or ligament damage.
Check daily water conditions, sea lice, and
jellyfish can be a danger to your dog.
2. Pool Time/ Water
If you have a pool in the back yard make sure
cover is on firmly, some pets have slipped under covers and drown.
Swimming can be tiring to dogs please take
breaks to allow pets to recover some strength.
Never leave pets unattended in the water
Make sure dogs know where the stairs are
located so they can get out safely, also rinse dogs off after swimming
(chemicals used to treat pool water can damage their coats).
Remember Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease
pets/people can get from contaminated water. There is a vaccine to protect
dogs, but not for people.
3. Traveling Care-
One By Land- Try putting sunshades on car
Bring fresh water and bowl so they can have a
drink when you stop for breaks.
If traveling in a RV never leave completely
closed up, make sure some windows are crack open.
The RV’s using generators, along with air
conditioning units need to be monitored often for any problems to prevent
deadly results due to malfunctions.
Two By Sea- Make sure to put a pet life jacket
(dogs) on before climbing on board.
ID on collar, medical records- include
contact information, the address for the marina, and the slip #. Some places
may require proof of vaccines.
Introduce pets slowly to boats, and the
different noises they make, also the motion the boat might make.
Potty break aboard can be tricky, try placing
litter boxes in the cabin area, for dogs try using a portable dog potty or
Three by Air- Some airline refuse to
transport animals during the summer due to dangers from hot weather. Check with
your airline before buying that ticket.
Make sure all crates are properly labeled,
and you have all required paper work (medical records).
Do not sedate pets prior to travel unless
directed be your vet.
Have a feeding/watering schedule attached to
outside for crate, along with food and drinking water.
4. General Summer Safety-
A. Make sure you never leave your furry
family member in a car. The inside of cars can be deadly for pets, causing heat stroke,
and suffocation. Temperatures can reach fatal levels in minutes even in parking
spaces with shade. It is best to leave pets home in hot weather.
B. When taking your dog for a walk be careful
with hot surfaces. Asphalt, and concrete can burn their
paws easily. Allow them to walk in grass areas when possible.
Grooming – if your pet has a thick or long coat, consider getting a haircut for
them. This will help to keep the cool.
D. Letting the air in- make sure all window
screens are secure when leaving the windows open. No one wants to see a pet take a fall.
E. Hydration- Make sure pets have a good
supply on water to keep them from becoming dehydrated.