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Posted on 06-05-2017
Fleas and ticks are of course a common danger, especially in warm weather. Flea treatments should be given regularly to protect pets from insects that can not only be itchy and irritating for your pet but can also carry dangerous airborne illnesses such as Lyme Disease. In addition to external flea treatments, pets should also be treated by a vet for protection from intestinal parasites such as heartworms, which can be deadly. Be careful of the animals you expose your pet to and also be on high alert when taking your pet around wooded and grassy areas, which are common places for pets to get infected by ticks.
The heat of summer brings the danger of heatstroke and dehydration for your pet, especially if they are outdoors a lot and are very active. Try to avoid leaving your pet in an enclosed vehicle in hot summer weather, even if it's for a short time. If it is a must, be sure to leave a window open enough for them to get some fresh air flowing through. When your dog is outside playing or when you're taking him for a long walk, make sure to have water on hand so that he can drink as much as possible to keep from getting dehydrated.
If you don't usually cut your pet's long hair, you may want to make an exception during the summer months. Although you may prefer the shaggy look, all that fur or hair may become much too cumbersome for your pet and cause him to overheat easily. If your pet is panting more than usual during the summer, it may be because it's time to make a trip to the groomer.
On the other end of the spectrum, if your dog is short-haired or has spots on his body where the fur is sparse, he may be susceptible to getting sunburn on very sunny days. There are dog sunscreens you can use to help protect his skin and avoid painful burns, especially on the belly and the tip of the nose, which are two of the most vulnerable areas.
Summer picnics are fun, of course, but for pets, they may be a land mine of possible dangers. From the choking hazard of bones and corn-on-the-cob to the dangers of inadvertently swallowing toothpicks, pets can end up vomiting, experiencing diarrhea, or worse, having to make an emergency visit to a Greensboro emergency veterinarian. By all means, enjoy frolicking in the grass but be sure to monitor your pet and keep an eye on what he's eating while you're at it.
For more tips on summer pet care, call Happy Tails Emergency Vet Clinic, your 24 hour emergency vet in Greensboro! Contact us by calling us at (336) 288-2688. We look forward to meeting with you!
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