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Keeping Your Pet Safe This Summer

Summer, like any season, brings with it a few hazards for our furry friends. Fortunately, it’s not hard to keep your pet safe. Learn how below from your Gresham, OR veterinarian.

Prevent Dehydration and Heatstroke

The heat and humidity of the summer months puts pets at risk for deadly dehydration and heatstroke. Avoid these dangers by not allowing your pet outdoors for long periods of time; bring them indoors where it’s air conditioned and allow them to cool off. Also make sure you provide your pet with plenty of cool, fresh drinking water to keep them properly hydrated.

Exercise Smart

Try exercising your pet in the morning or evening hours, when the temperatures are at their coolest. If you exercise your pet heavily during the scorching middle part of the day, you’re inviting your pet to become overheated.

Car Safety

Leaving pets in parked cars during the summer is a big no-no. Even on milder days when temperatures only reach into the 70s or 80s, the temperature inside a car parked in the sun can climb to well over 100 degrees in a few short minutes. Unless you’re able to bring your pet inside at your destination, it’s best to leave them in the air-conditioned safety of your home.

Warm-Weather Pests

As pets spend more time outside in the summer, they’re at a greater risk for the pests who tend to come out of the woodwork this time of year. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and parasitic worms all present a danger. The best way to avoid the risk is to keep your pet on a year-round or seasonal preventative medication to combat these pesky critters. Your veterinarian can tell you what sort of pests are common in your area and what specific medications your pet will benefit from.

Avoid Asphalt

When the sun beats down on blacktop all day, it can become scorching hot. Unlike us, pets don’t have rubber-soled shoes to protect their feet. It’s entirely possible for a pet’s paw pads to become burnt and blistered by hot asphalt, so avoid parking lots and blacktop driveways whenever possible. If you must traverse across asphalt with your pet, do so quickly in order to avoid the potential of burns.

By following these tips, you and your pet should be able to have a safe, happy, and relaxing summer. Give your Gresham, OR veterinarian’s office a call for more helpful information.

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