Beware of Summer Dangers – Veterinary Hospital Tips

It’s been a long, action-packed summer filled with fun in the sun. Now we’ve reached the “dog days” of summer and it HOT! Unfortunately, this time of year can be extremely dangerous to dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets. They depend on you for their health and survival, so it’s important not to let them down. Our veterinary hospital wants to remind pet owners to take extra special care of their animals during the hottest months of the year!

Protect Your Animals with Summer Pet Care Tips from our Veterinary Hospital

Dehydration & Heat Stroke
Make sure your pet has enough fresh, clean water and a place where they can protect themselves from the sun. Pets most at risk for heat stroke are those with thick fur coats or are overweight. Dogs with short noses (like bulldogs and pugs) also have a hard time panting to keep cool.

Pets that spend any time outside in the summer are at high risk for ticks. Make sure you check your pets at least once a day, especially after walks. Ticks can give your pet a wide variety of diseases, so it’s important to pay attention. Contact our veterinary hospital for recommendations on the best tick medications.

Pools & Lakes
Not all animals like the water or know how to swim very well. Don’t force your pets into the pool or lake. If they enjoy swimming, rinse off all bacteria and chlorine afterwards that can be harmful to their health.

Hot Vehicles
Never, ever leave your dog or cat in the car while you run an errand! This can have serious consequences on the health of your pet. The high temperatures inside your vehicle can even claim their life.

Now you and your pet are ready to successfully navigate the “dog days” of summer! If your pet is suffering from sickness or injury, then call your veterinary hospital immediately for assistance. For more pet care tips, please contact the friendly team at Cimarron Animal Hospital!

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