Summer Pet Safety Tips in Pasadena
As a devoted pet parent, you’re serious about keeping your pet safe and secure in every situation. However, nobody’s perfect—it’s easy to take certain things for granted, especially if you make them a part of your daily routine. As your veterinarian, we’re just as concerned about your pet’s health as you are, we’ve provided a list of friendly reminders and summer pet safety tips to keep you informed and confident about your pet’s well-being.
Pet Heat Safety Suggestions
It’s in our pets’ nature to endure things without complaint, including the weather. You may not know that the heat is making your pet ill until they begin to show alarming signs. To prevent your pet from overheating, be sure to:
- Always keep them hydrated with lots of fresh water
- Keep them inside where it’s cool
- Avoid leaving them in the car at any time
- Walk them only in the early morning or evening when the sun is low and the pavement is cooler
- Keep your pet’s activity to a minimum during the day
Without proper pet parasite protection, your pet is an enticing target for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. To keep these pests at arm’s length, remember to:
- Give your pet their monthly flea, tick, and heartworm preventive
- Regularly vacuum your floors, carpets, and upholstery and remove clutter from inside and around your home
- Check your pet’s fur, ears, and paws for signs of fleas and ticks before letting them into the house
- Be responsible--pick up after your pet to prevent the spread of parasites such as roundworms and tapeworms
Severe Weather Safety
Thunderstorms and the occasional hurricane are staples of summer. However, we know that some pets can get very nervous when a storm is on its way. For your pet’s safety, try:
- Using a Thundershirt or makeshift garment that fits snugly (but not tightly) around your pet’s middle. This can help them feel more secure.
- Talk to us about products that can help with your pet's noise aversion and fear of thunderstorms and fireworks. Your veterinarian can prescribe the proper treatment for your pet.
- Keep your pet’s ID tags up to date and have them microchipped for added safety. Some pets may bolt in fear when they hear loud noises, but a microchip can increase the odds of their return.
- Have shelter and evacuation plans in place well ahead of time. Practice some of the steps with your pet to acclimate them to the experience and help them be more cooperative in stressful situations.
- If you need to evacuate, make sure to bring along a safety and first aid kit, an up-to-date copy of your pet’s medical records, nonperishable food and plenty of water, and a sturdy leash and/or carrier.
We would be happy to answer any questions you have about your pet’s safety. Get in touch with our animal hospital at (410) 317-2028 for more information!
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