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It won’t be long before the weather really starts to heat up—before you know it, the dog days of summer will be upon us! There are several hot-weather hazards for pet owners to be aware of. Read on as your Tipp City, OH vet tells you how to keep your dog or cat safe and healthy this summer.
Dehydration is a particular problem for pets in the warmer months, both those who venture outdoors and those who stay inside. Luckily, it’s easy to combat dehydration—provide your pet with a large bowl of cool, fresh water to drink from as they please. Be sure to check the bowl periodically to see if it needs refreshed or refilled.
Along with dehydration comes the risk of heatstroke, especially when pets remain outdoors for extended periods of time. Don’t keep your pet outdoors for hours on end during the summertime—it’s only inviting problems! Instead, allow your pet back indoors frequently where it’s air-conditioned and comfortable.
Did you know that pets, too, can experience sunburn? It’s most likely on areas of skin that aren’t completely covered by your pet’s fur or areas where the fur is thin, such as the edges of the ears, tips of the nose, or top of the paws. Save your pet from painful burns and blisters; if they’re going to be out in the direct sun for longer than a few minutes at a time, you’ll want to apply a canine- or feline-formulated sunscreen. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.
When the sun beats down on asphalt parking lots and driveways all day, the surface can heat up dramatically. It can be quite painful for your pet if they linger there! Do your best to avoid paved surfaces like these entirely. If you must cross them with your pet, do so quickly to avoid any blistering or burns.
With hot weather comes the danger of pests like fleas, ticks, and worms that are just waiting to get a bite out of your animal companion. The trick is keeping your dog or cat on proper preventative medications to ward off these critters. It’s far easier—and less expensive—than treating an infestation or infection after the fact!
Does your pet need preventative medications? Want more tips on hot-weather pet safety? We’re here for you! Contact your Tipp City, OH veterinarian today.