Is Summer Pet Care Different Than Other Seasons?
While we provide general care for our pets year-round, it’s important to pay special attention to seasonal issues. The associated risks of extreme weather are always significant, but issues that appear in January don’t necessarily turn up in July. As a result, let’s discuss the in’s and out’s of summer pet care!
Preventive care offers tremendous insight into your pet’s general wellness, and it enables us to get ahead of any developing issues. A major part of summer pet care is disease prevention, especially if you plan on being outside with your pet.
Likewise, parasite prevention is an absolute must to keep fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes at bay. Please let us know if your pet needs to update their year-round prescription.
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July is one of the busiest times of year for animal shelters. The effects of fireworks and thunderstorms cannot be overemphasized. Microchips are a great defense against a lost or missing pet, but there are also other ways to mitigate the stress, fear, and anxiety related to summer noise:
- Crate train your pet before the season is in full swing. This provides a safe, quiet retreat from the outside world.
- Desensitize your pet to the rumble of thunder and explosion of fireworks by playing recordings over a period of time. Reward them with treats or affection.
- Make sure your pet is inside before and during thunderstorms or any firework displays.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Turn on the tv or play soft music to help tune out the noise.
- Call us for additional help. Sometimes supplements, training, or medication are necessary.
Summer Pet Care
A common threat to your pet’s health during the summer is the heat. Dehydration and heat stroke are terrible, but with a little prevention, your pet can carry on without a hitch.
- Exercise your pet at dawn or dusk. Avoid being outside during the hottest times of day.
- Take frequent rests in the shade.
- Always provide lots of cool, clean water.
- Avoid hot concrete, asphalt, and gravel.
- Inspect the paw pads after every outing.
Many pets enjoy being outside on the patio or deck. This is great, just be sure they can always get back inside and provide lots of shade and water.
Time to Sneeze?
Pets can suffer from seasonal allergies throughout the summer. Weeds, grass, and loads of blooming plants all contribute to their misery. Likewise, allergic reactions from bees, wasps, fire ants, hornets, and other stinging insects can cause severe problems. If you notice any issues with your pet’s eyes, skin, or respiration, please contact us.
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Summer pet care is a breeze when you know the potential risks. If you have further questions or concerns, please let us know! From all of us at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, have a happy and safe summer!