Monthly Focus – Summer Hazards
Summer weather and holidaying can place our pets at additional risk. Awareness of these issues can help you take simple steps to prevent serious outcomes.
Some common hazards include:
When our pets are out and about, there is increased an chance of unpleasant interaction with other animals. This can include predation by wild animals (read about Diesel’s encounter with a cougar) as well as aggressive interactions with other pets. Keeping your dog on leash and supervising your cat’s outdoor activity are two very powerful ways to reduce these incidents.
It’s not only enclosed spaces that cause pets to overheat. Simply being deprived of shade or water – or being exercised too much in the sun can have fatal consequences. Always have water available for your pet, provide access to shade and avoid exercising your pet during the warmer times of the day. Avoid sun heated beaches or pavement which can burn their pads. Pets should never be in a car unattended during warm months, when temperatures can quickly become fatal. Watch this video to see how hot it can get inside a parked car.
We celebrate many of the holidays with fireworks which can be frightening for many pets. Avoid these situations if your pet is sensitive to noise. Call us if your pet is fearful of loud noise in general. There are many steps that can be taken to manage these phobias.
Many parasites including fleas, ticks and internal worms are much more of a risk during warmer months. Remember that risks for certain disease can change if you are travelling. Heartworm disease, carried by mosquitoes, can be encountered in southern Okanagan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Ontario is currently experiencing a spike in tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis. Call us to discuss strategies to protect your pet from these infestations and the disease problems they can bring to your pets.
The summer months, with picnics and BBQs can present more opportunity for your pet to ingest something it should not – which can result in severe digestive upset, vomiting and diarrhea. Drinking salt water can make pets extremely ill, and in large volumes can even have fatal consequences. Monitor your pet carefully to minimize the opportunity to eat harmful items. Call us immediately if your dog shows signs of illness!
During July, Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital is offering weekly draws for a great portable first aid kit!
Drop by the clinic to enter the draw. You can enter as many times as you like! Your entries will also be entered into a monthly gift basket draw.