Seasonal Tip: Summer Pet Safety
The sun is shining, and the sidewalks are baking. Heat is always a concern when it comes to our pets, because they’re much more vulnerable to heatstroke. No matter where you plan to go this summer, make sure your pet is well provided for. Read on for essential pet summer safety recommendations!
1. Keep them cool and hydrated. You might be able to just walk into the house and grab yourself a glass of water, but your pet doesn’t have that privilege. If they need to be outside for any reason, make sure they have more than enough cold, fresh water nearby, along with plenty of shade to shelter from the glare of the sun. Even if it isn’t sunny, the humidity can really take a toll on your pet. Most important, NEVER leave them unattended in a parked vehicle. If it’s as low as 60 degrees outside, your car will heat up to 89 degrees in approximately 10 minutes. Do not put your pet at risk! Leave them at home if at all possible.
2. Ocean water is not for drinking. The high concentration of salt and numerous bacteria in seawater can make your pet very sick. Keep a close eye on your pet when you’re at the beach, and don’t let them swim too far out into the water—drowning accidents occur more often with pets than you would think, and the ocean has strong currents, and dangerous riptides. Stay at your pet’s side at all times.
3. Don’t let the bugs bite. Summer is the ideal season for parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on their vaccinations and has taken their parasite preventatives within the month. Ticks carry Lyme disease and mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease, so be vigilant about parasite prevention.
Seasonal Tip: Winter Animal Safety
In addition to providing your pet with professional, compassionate wellness services, Colma Animal Hospital also provides you with tips to keep your pet safe and happy in every season. With the cold winter weather here, it’s important to know what risks your pet faces, and what you can do to keep them safe.
1. Be prepared. Avoid leaving your pet outside for long periods of time when it’s cold. When he is outside, make sure he has a warm, insulated shelter to stay in with plenty of food and unfrozen water. Consider getting your pet a coat or booties to wear when he’s outside.
2. Keep antifreeze away from pets. Antifreeze is great for our cars in the wintertime, but not for our pets. It has a sweet taste and smell that’s enticing to pets, and they don’t know it’s poisonous. If consumed, antifreeze can cause severe, even fatal, damage to your pet. If you think your pet has consumed antifreeze, medical help should be sought immediately. Signs of antifreeze poisoning include: lethargy, disorientation, grogginess, and in severe cases vomiting, oral and gastric ulcers, and kidney failure. Wipe up any antifreeze spills, and keep it in a sealed container that’s far out of your pet’s reach.
3. Reconsider rat poison. When rats or mice try to come into your home, the typical response is to set out rodenticide. The problem with that is that rat and mouse poison is toxic to any living creature that consumes it – this includes your pet. If you think your pet has consumed rat or mouse poison, call your local veterinarian immediately. Symptoms to look out for include: lethargy, coughing up blood, pale gums, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and collapse. Keep rodenticides sealed up tight, and far out of your pet’s reach, or don’t use them all together and try alternative ways to rid your home of rodents.